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Design changes and more standard equipment refresh Audi’s BMW 3 Series rival for 2018

Audi has updated the Audi A4 with a mildly tweaked design and enhanced standard equipment list, refreshing the fifth-generation BMW 3 Series rival in its third year on sale.

Visual changes include slightly sharper features, particularly for the S model, which gets a more prominent rear diffuser and larger, 19in wheels. Lower models stick with 17in or 18in wheels, but gain bigger side skirts and a new grille design.

A new colour, Turbo Blue (pictured), is also now exclusively available with cars in Black Edition specification.

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Inside, all versions now come as standard with satellite navigation. Previously, this was only included on models above SE, but now all variants are provided with the SIM-card-using MMI system, which brings a 7.0in display. (SE cars previously came with a 5.0in screen.)

The entry-level model also now gets a multi-function steering wheel and electric folding mirrors as standard. Sport variants feature four-way lumbar adjustment for the driver and front passenger seats and auto-folding door mirrors.

S line and Black Edition models add high beam assist headlights to this list.

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Audi will announce pricing for the updated A4 in the coming weeks when sales start. A slight increase on the outgoing model’s £27,815 starting price is expected.

The A4 range – including the S4 and RS4 performance models – has fared well in Europe so far this year, with 48,979 units delivered up to the end of April. This comfortably beats the 36,736 sales figure of the BMW 3 Series, although some of this disparity may be linked to the fact that the current 3 Series is due to be replaced next year.

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erly5 28 June 2018

Hardly a facelift

Audi have the laziest designers on the planet. 

Citytiger 30 June 2018

erly5 wrote:

erly5 wrote:

Audi have designers?  

I think that what you meant.. 

Andrew Lee 28 June 2018

Oh dear

That droopy snout does it no favours! It looks OK on the more rakish A5s and (oddly) the Q models are given more upright front ends. I blame pedestrian safety legislation for spoiling the look of many designs (even though I'm usually a non-driver...)