Another reviewer has pretty much nailed specifics about this car which I agree completely with so I won't repeat. As far as the diesel A4 range goes it is evident which is the more popular engine based on the reviews here - which is consistent with What Car's thoughts. However I hoped that the official review would have been more holistic – focussing on the running costs in comparison to the 2.0 litre version is completely missing the point of this car and engine.
Based on what’s currently available in the automotive world, is it reasonable to expect fuel economy from a diesel car of this size that does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds? To put that in context that’s faster than many hot hatchbacks! For those extra enthusiastic, a three figure sum outlay and this engine can be safely be remapped to over 300BHP with 0-60 figures touching the previous outgoing V8 engined S4!
Coupled with the Audi's Quattro all wheel drive know-how and this is the only standard A4 I know of that even BMW Enthusiasts begrudgingly admit amongst themselves that is up there with their cars.
Despite this I have achieved high 30s MPG – and this is bearing in mind that I cannot help but regularly put my foot to the floor with this amazing machine. Bizarrely this car is cheaper to tax with lower residents permit costs than my Ford Focus - which was a 2.0 petrol that did 0-60 in 9.3 seconds!
So as logical as it may seem to do an apples for apples comparison with the 2.0 diesel - it does miss the point.
Despite warnings that it is not as good as a BMW or even a Mondeo to handle, it goes where you point the wheel with no fuss and is fun when hacking across country. And the 4 wheel drive allows rapid pull out of turns or roundabouts with confidence. The grunt makes overtaking so easy, even fully laden. Over 41 mpg long term with brisk driving.
Quiet and refined on motorways and difficult to keep speed legal at less than 2000 rpm in 6th. All in all, near perfect.
Only fault is the voice recognition that does not recognise regional accents (my wife has tried a German accent, but makes no difference)and on this model, the sat nav does not recognise UK postcodes (apparently sorted on next generation Audis). Select Hill Hold Assist as an option - I didn't and wished I had.
I have run this as a company car for the last six months or so. It is a decent comapetent car which goes and handles resonably well, particularly if you push on with it. Downsides - the ride is not good being both hard and underdamped at times. Also average fuel consumption 47 mpg despite driving carefully and the stop/start. A decent car that looks good but is overpriced in my view
I have had the A4 for just over 26 months now and it is an excellent car. It was my first foray into premium brands having owned mainstream cars before and the car and service from the dealer has exceeded my expectations.
The 120bhp engine is modest but has more than enough power for day to day driving and the handling is excellent for such a heavy car. The car looks great in Quartz Grey but the 18" wheels can transmit a lot of tyre roar into the otherwise quiet cabin.
The off-set pedals are not too much of a pain however the raised floor in front of the clutch pedal means you need to have an accurate left foot.
Overall I would recommend the car to anyone, so much so that I have just ordered my next Audi although this time I have gone for an A6.
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