Should you buy an Audi A4?
The big question that needs answering first is whether you'd buy this over a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The answer is surprisingly complex – in terms of residual values, interior quality and the amount of user-friendly technology available, the Audi takes the class spoils. There's very little indeed to criticise about the Audi's interior, and the sheer breadth of engines and trim levels available means there's an A4 available for pretty much any type of buyer - whether you want a frugal saloon or a rapid performance-focused model in the form of the S4.
But if you're after a car that delivers a finely-nuanced driving experience, you may want to look elsewhere – probably in BMW's or Jaguar's direction as the 3 Series and XE are both more involving for keener drivers. But for most drivers who just want something easy to drive that comes with a lovely interior, the Audi A4 doesn't just hit the mark, it smashes it.
While buying an Audi A4 on a budget might sound like it defeats the whole point of the car, the base 150hp 1.5-litre 35 TFSI petrol on offer is actually a great little engine. It feels refined and well-rounded plus provides ample performance and fuel economy. The 1.5-litre petrol’s lower list price makes it a tempting company car proposition, yet for us the 150hp 2.0-litre TDI Ultra is the one to go for thanks to pleasingly low CO2 emissions and impressive claimed fuel economy figures. Plus, the extra torque on offer is valuable for long stints on the motorway.
Finally, performance fans should be heading straight for the S4 Saloon. Boasting a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine it’s capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, as is the eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.