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10 things we learned about the Audi A4 2.0 TDI this week

Date: 20 April 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Upper medium
Key rival: BMW 3-Series
Model tested: A4 2.0 TDI 150 Ultra SE
Price as tested: £33,565

Same old, same old looks hide a real gem of an executive car in the A4, reckons Al Suttie.

1 - It's telling that it took me a moment to spot the silver Audi A4 in the car park when it first arrived due to looks much like the previous generation's.

2 - Evolution over revolution might be the styling mantra, but the latest A4 is a revelation to drive in SE spec.

3 - Audi has judged the ride quality to perfection in Comfort mode. Avoid the Dynamic setting as it just spoils things.

4 - The handling is another huge leap forward for the A4. Not as sportily precise as a BMW's, but the A4 feels nimble and fleet-footed (geddit. ).

5 - 150hp from the 2.0-litre turbodiesel might not be much nowadays, but it's brisk enough and 99g/km is fine by me.

6 - The supreme refinement of the A4 is also more than fine by me. It's easily the most hushed and relaxing car in the segment.

7 - Optional acoustic glazing helps here as part of a £450 pack, but it's money well spent for the impressive calm it adds.

8 - On the inside, the A4 is also even more impressively nailed together than its predecessor.

9 - One gripe in the cabin is the starter button is set too far forward on the centre console.

10 - Another small gripe is the centre console's layout seems a little haphazard by Audi's usual standards. Not a deal breaker, though.