The Audi A4 is comfortable, roomy and full of high-tech touches, but isn’t exactly exciting to look at and alternatives are more fun to drive
The Audi A4 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a smart car with frugal engines, loads of equipment and a comfortable, practical cabin with room for five adults.
It’s not just more spacious than a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class or Jaguar XE – it’s a class above in terms of build quality and high-tech features. Everything you’ll touch regularly feels as solid as a granite doorstop and the optional Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display will make you feel like you’re driving a car from the future.
Sadly, it’s not all good news. Leather seats don’t come as standard on entry-level cars and adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long journeys is a £250 option on SE and Sport models.
Thankfully, there’s enough seat adjustment for you to stretch out – even if you’re very tall – and space in the back is excellent for a car this size. Three adults will fit without feeling too cramped and there’s plenty of room to fit a bulky child seat.
The A4’s boot is pretty practical, too. Its outright capacity is identical to the C-Class and 3 Series, and you can flip the back seats down in a three-way split if you need to carry up to three passengers and some very long luggage at once.
The Audi A4 is super comfortable, packed with high-tech gadgets and built like a nuclear bunker
You can get the A4 with one of seven petrol and diesel engines. Pick the 1.4-litre petrol if you spend most time driving around town or one of the 2.0-litre diesels if you do lots of motorway miles. You can also get faster S4 and RS4 models with powerful turbocharged V6 petrol engines, but they cost a lot to buy and to run.
Stick to the standard A4’s range of engines and you’ll have a frugal saloon car that’s comfortable and quiet over rough roads. You’ll hear less wind and tyre noise than in the BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar and its light controls and standard parking sensors make it a doddle to drive in town.
Another feather in the A4’s cap is its reassuring five-star safety rating – awarded by Euro NCAP in 2015 helps make it a very safe family car and well worth considering if you prefer your saloons spacious rather than sporty.