Wednesday 26 October 2016


This is the much-awaited all-new Audi A4.

A fine car, you'll agree, but not as dramatic as we would have liked.

You see, we had a sneaky peek at leaked pictures that looked beastly. In the glossies she boasted three bold new creases up the flanks and TT-style rings on the bonnet, while a massive grille and super-skinny headlights dominated the front.

Maybe it was just a bit too radical for their massive customer base?

What we're treated to is a more conservative version with a heavily revised and widened grille complemented by Xenon headlights (standard across the range) and lots of chrome flashings.

Size-wise, the dimensions of the A4 stay pretty much the same, growing 25mm in length and 16mm in height while the wheelbase is up 12mm. That translates into more passenger space (head and shoulders) in the front by up to 24mm while rear legroom is increased by 23mm.

The cockpit has had a major refit and is sure to retain its best-in-class for build quality and technology.

Following in the footsteps of the facelifted Q3, there has been a major declutter with crisp, clean lines with a minimal amount of buttons.

The dash is dominated by Audi's awesome virtual cock- pit (as seen in the TT and Q7 (an optional extra), while all models will get the updated MMI infotainment system for phone and music controlled through a colour 8.3-inch monitor which features zoom in and out.

The entire MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone and includes an intelligent free-text search function.

Other technology options include Audi phone box with wireless charging, the heads-up display and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services which is hooked up to the new super-fast 4G network.

Avant customers will be delighted to hear that the lugger offers basic storage space of 505 litres, which is the most of any premium model in this class.

With the rear seats folded down, a massive 1,510 litres is available.

An electric luggage compartment cover and electric tailgate are standard, while a kick sensor for opening and closing the boot is available.

Most importantly for the new A4 is the mega-frugal diesel and petrol engines with impressively low CO2 counts of 95g/km for the 2.0 TDI ultra with 150bhp while the Avant emits 99g/km.

Astonishingly, the 2.0 litre petrol with 190bhp emits only 109g/km, and those looking for serious poke can choose from two TDI six-cylinder units with up to 272bhp.

The new A4 is also boasting improved drive dynamic and handling with a new five-link suspension set-up, adjustable shocks and lighter steering which is standard on cars of 190bhp and above through Audi Drive Select.

The two new models will launch in Ireland in November with prices and exact specification to be announced.

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