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Audi A4 (2011-15)

Overall Rating

5 stars

The A4 is Audi's bestseller since its launch over 39 years ago and in its eighth generation. After this amount of time it isn't easy to keep the model range fresh and exciting but Audi have managed focussing on efficiency.

For
  • Re-worked bumper gives refreshed look
  • Improved efficient engines
  • Interior gadgets
Against
  • Audi main dealer servicing can be pricey
  • Big prices to buy
Road Test

Visually, the latest refinement of the A4 range has a reworked bumper with new look angled air inlets and flat fog lights and a revised single frame grille. The interior of the A4 models has refined finish. Improvements include operation of the automatic transmission, the air conditioning systems, Audi drive select and the multifunction steering wheel. The seat heating and air conditioning are now directly operated. All interior colours - except black - have been re-coordinated. The interior of the S line sport package comes in black, and is refined with high-quality applications. 18-inch wheels or the optional 19-inch wheels and Sport suspension that lowers the body by 20 millimetres complete the package. S line sport suspension, which lowers the body by a further 10 millimetres, is also available as a no-cost option on S line models. Audi exclusive and Audi exclusive line offer further individualised options. The A4 Saloon's luggage compartment still has its 480-litre capacity - 962 litres with the rear seats folded down. All nine of the turbo charged and directly injected engines that power it are linked to start/stop and recuperation systems to offer improved efficiency. The petrol range starts with the 1.8-litre TFSI 120PS from early 2012, prior to this is the re-designed 170PS. The 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine has been dropped from the latest range with the 2.0-litre TFSI 211PS completing the petrol line-up. Six TDI engine options with choice of either four or six cylinders. 2.0-litre four-cylinder units, two power acutely efficiency focused TDIe models - 136PS and 163PS. 2.0-litre TDI 143PS and 177PS. For fans of the V6 a 3.0-litre 204PS and a 245PS version is linked exclusively to quattro all-wheel-drive in Saloon, Avant and allroad quattro variants. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for Saloon and Avant models with front-wheel drive, and most variants offer the continuously variable multitronic automatic transmission as an option. The quattro versions feature either the manual transmission or the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch automatic. The A4 allroad quattro employs a manual transmission or S tronic with all engine versions. Audi are keeping on top of their game with the latest generation A4 offering greater efficiency and refreshed looks.

Need To Know

Best Models: All diesels

Worst Models: None


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Audi A4 (2011-15)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

4 stars

Quality & Reliability

5 stars

Performance

5 stars

Roominess

4 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

4 stars
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