Audi A4
Audi A4

But, as usual, the most expensive item was the Satellite navigation System Plus at £1,975, comprising a DVD-based system and a Multi Media Interface or MMI.  The MMI controller is a rotary push-dial, positioned on the centre tunnel where it is surrounded by 15 buttons, by which the settings for navigation, information, telephone, audio, CD/TV (where fitted) and the CAR menu can be established. The changes are displayed on the 7-inch colour screen.

Rather than being bewildering, the system is intuitive and once you’ve got the hang of it you can make changes on the move rather than having to stop and give it your full attention.

The next most expensive item was the Audi Drive Select, by which the engine, transmission, steering and new shock absorber systems are combined for different driving attitudes. Using buttons on the centre console, the driver can choose between three main settings; Comfort, Auto and Dynamic or, with the full system installed, there is an Individual setting for personal preferences.

Before moving on to the ‘regular’ A4, there is one more thing that needs mentioning. When the test car first arrived in the car park and before reading through the 50-odd pages of information, we couldn’t figure out what the extra light on the front was for. It turned out to be a radar lens, that has an angle of 8-degrees and a range of around 180 metres, which just happens to be the cruise control’s preset distance between the A4 and the car ahead.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) will add £1,100 to the list price but it is worth it for the extras the system has to offer. The front radar is just one but there are also a series of beeps and warning ‘wake-up calls’. Other add-ons include Audi Lane Assist and Audi Side Assist, which cover drifting into another lane and blind spot warnings when overtaking.

The new A4 is wider and lower than its predecessor and a fair bit longer than its competitors; in fact Audi makes the claim that it is the longest car in its class. Most of this is due to moving the front axle forwards by 145mm and also adds stability and balance.

The extra length of the wheelbase means that cabin space is increased, so legroom isn’t a problem, as long as you don’t sit behind a tall person and there’s plenty of shoulder-room, too.

Audi A4 Review | Part Three
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