This car is really good, it drives well, it looks good and it sounds good. I am sure that it is a higher performance car than the manufacturers statistics indicate.
Running costs are fine and all in all this is a good car for long distances. It also feels that bit more prestigious than a 3-series, although that could well change when the new one comes out and there are also thousands more of these Audi's driving about.
The S-Line kit is a lot more subtle than the last one, the car looks bigger but you dont get the spoiler and grill/trim like before. It's a bit more understated than we expected but it still looks menacing enough.
There is however one very real problem with this car that could be unique to this diesel engine size, I dont know - the turbo gives up about a second before you reach the revs where you actually want to change gear. You want it to go that bit further before you have to change gear. If you're going from a standing start on to a motorway for example, it is horrible - you have to resort to changing gear early. Not good. Annoying in fact.
At the top end though it seems to have more than you can use, so makes up for it on fast-lane long distances.
A very good car. The elements taken from S4 and A6 were really needed and Audi has done a very good job with them on the new A4.
Initial price a little steep for this car, but if you are a man who covers at least 30,000 miles each year, the diesel engine will be very soon an advantage. Very torquey engine, but the manual 6-ratio gearbox lacks precision.
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