These are first pictures of Audi’s new compact executive A4 saloon and estate.
nd I’ve been among the first to see (but not drive) the car in the flesh. It is due to arrive in Ireland in November. I’m reliably told it will cost under the €40,000 mark. Just how much of an increase on the existing entry-level model (€36,900) is difficult to gauge at this stage.
The A4 has been a consistently big seller for Audi who claim it has tipped the compact-executive charts for eight of the last nine years.
It looks bigger than the current model and sits lower. But it is, as is so often the case with cars in this sector, more an evolution than a revolution when it comes to looks.
The revolutionary element is left to the technology you can’t see under the skin with lots of it percolating down from larger new models such as the luxury SUV the Q7.
It is designed to make the car safer, more efficient and comfortable.
The new A4 is 120kgs lighter (now 1,320kg) and all the engines are both cleaner and greener.
It is 25mm longer, 16mm wider and there is 70mm more room in the cabin. This was especially noticeable when I sat into the back after setting the driver’s seat to suit myself.
While boot space in the saloon is unchanged, that in the Avant (estate) is up 15 to 505 litres.
Big competitors include old foes such as the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-series and Lexus IS as well as the newly arrived Jaguar XE.
The long bonnet makes the A4 look quite a bit bigger and I expect it to be more imposing on the road.
It is impossible to say how the new suspension and engines will translate into driving but I expect a big improvement on the current one.
The diesel engines include: a 2-litre 150bhp Ultra (3.7l/100km, 95g/km, €180 road tax); a 2-litre with190bhp (4,1-litres/100km, 107g/km) and a 272bhp 3-litre V6 (129g/km). A 218bhp V6 (around 110g/km) will also come on the market.
They have designed the dash to be slim and curved and that is a huge advance on the existing model.
And there are several options on the infotainment front (7ins or 8.3ins depending on model, trim etc).