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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 – especially if you select adaptive suspension. Doing this creates an A4 that demonstrates a fine blend between agility and comfort that’s hard to beat.

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 worth a look. It’s well-rounded plus provides ample performance and fuel economy for most drivers, and it’s typically a better fit in Audi cars than other VW Group products. We still think upgrading to the 40 TFSI could be worth doing, though. It has an extra level of refinement and is far quieter and smoother.

But if you’re doing big miles you’ll want one of the diesels – and the new 35 TDI with 163hp is a great all-rounder. It doesn’t feel like too much of a compromise compared with the more powerful 40 TDI, offers impressive fuel economy figures and works well with the S Tronic transmission.

Finally, performance fans should be heading straight for the S4 Saloon. Boasting a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 347hp and a whopping 700Nm of torque, it’s an impressively discreet performance car that’s great in corners thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive keeping you out of trouble.

In all, the A4 is an excellent all-rounder, and there are no bad versions of it. The good news is that even the entry-level Technik spec comes with all the kind of kit you could possibly want, so you only need to move to other trims if you want a bit more kerb appeal.

2019 Audi A4 S Line rear