They’re a feisty lot these German luxury car brands and with Mercedes-Benz’ stunning C-Class sometimes Australia’s best-selling mid-size sedan, rival Audi knew the all-new A4 sedan had to be good…and it’s great.
Very sharply priced from $55,500, the latest Audi A4 range comes equipped with standard features rivals C-Class and BMW 3 Series have on the options list.
As you’d expect the all-new ninth-generation range of Audi’s best-selling model doesn’t skimp on technology with items like LED headlights, an 8.3-inch screen on the dashboard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection and rear cross-traffic alert.
There’s even a ‘vehicle exit warning’ which alerts drivers if a cyclist or another car is approaching when the door is opened.
On the options list is Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ with a programmable 12.3-inch screen for the instrument panel (we select the full-screen satellite navigation display).
The engine lineup is headlined by a new, fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine delivering (110kW/250Nm), two versions of the turbo 2.0-litre petrol engine (140kW/320Nm or 185kW/370Nm) and the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (140kW/400Nm).
Drive is via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and either front-wheel-drive or of course Quattro all-wheel-drive.
While styling is more ‘evolutionary’ than ‘revolutionary’, the all-new Audi A4 does have sharper lines than the previous generation.
Inside, changes are more pronounced – not the least of which is extra space (width is up by 16mm and length is up by 25mm).