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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Audi A4
21 reader reviews for Audi A4 Saloon.
  • 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

    Alastair MacGregor , Dorset . Date: 30/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    This my third A4 over a period of 16 years. I planned to buy a 2.0 TDI four years ago but the smooth power of the 3.0 TDI was so impressive and vastly better than any other diesel car I have experienced. The Quattro four wheel drive gives perfect grip on wet roads and OK on snow, but really needs winter tyres for that.

    The ride, handling and reduced road noise is far better than my previous 3.0 petrol 2002 A4. Long distances are completed with ease as the 40mph per 1000rpm in 6th allows for a smooth and economical cruise. Nearly 50 mpg is possible on a long motorway trip.

    The cabin quality is first class and after five years is wearing very well.

  • 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

    Mueed Sheikh , . Date: 16/08/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    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.

  • 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

    M Selby , . Date: 30/03/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 TDIe S/S 136 S line 4dr

    Peter Malkin Date: 08/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    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

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