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Our Fleet Test Drive: Audi A4 - 2nd report

Date: 03 December 2015   |   Author:

Equipment: 17in alloys, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth,
DAB radio, two USB ports, cruise control, keyless start, rear parking sensors, acoustic-glazed windscreen, electric
boot release
Options: Technology pack (£2000), LED headlights and
rear lights with dynamic rear indicators (£1050), Floret Silver metallic paint (£645), privacy glass package (£450), Parking System Plus (£395), Phone Box with wireless charging (£325), LED interior pack (£325), Audi 10-speaker sound system (£275), smoking pack (£50)

There are times where I worry that I'm basically a small child trapped in the body of a responsible grown-up. Take, for example, my love for the A4's graduated rear indicators.

As part of the £1050 LED package, they're too pricey to be considered by nearly all buyers, but as our car was an early model from Audi's A4 launch programme, we didn't get a chance to specify it ourselves and ended up with a car equipped with a lot of items designed to showcase its varied talents.

Basically, the rear indicator bar pulses across, rather than just lighting up in one motion (see images above). It's distinctive, if a little pointless, but I like it.

The main thrust of the £1050 isn't actually the show-off indicators at all, but the addition of LED front lights that are also part of the same option.

To be honest, although the illumination is really quite good (and I have a degree of unlit cross-country driving punctuated by deer and other wildlife so appreciate decent lighting), I've not looked at the A4's beam and thought it could be worth in excess of a thousand pounds more than the regular A4 headlamps.

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 150 Ultra SE saloon

Mileage 2416
P11D price £29,095
Forecast/actual cost per mile 56.7p/58.7p
Our average consumption 50.6mpg
Official combined consumption 74.3mpg

Verdict


  • Refinement
  • Interior quality
  • Same-again styling

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