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

Audi has updated the 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.

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.

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

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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28 June 2018

That grill loks to be getting a bit narower thank god!

Looks more like the B7 A4 to me.

 

Still boring though

28 June 2018

...clearly Hyundai have taken control of styling.......

Steam cars are due a revival.

28 June 2018
Looks the same, to me. But I can't remember when a new Audi looked different then the previous model.

Sat nav - it was about time a "premium" car in this class offers what even budget brands have.

28 June 2018

Shame they did not take the chance to let the nav screen fold away - too in your face. A7/8 makes the A4/5 interior look very old.

28 June 2018

Bean counters stopped the pop-up screen, afterall an electric version is standard, and brilliant, in the lesser A3

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

28 June 2018

Hope it doesn't share the full width "high level" brake light along the edge of the boot lid, ala the TT. Too bright, especially at night when waiting at a junction when the numpty in front sits with his foot on the brake. 

It's too bright even if it's shifted to the proper position at the top of the rear window.

Just because you can doesn't mean you should

28 June 2018

....I used to work in PR and Marketing in the car industry...and I'd regularly write about how the latest facelifted version of a car had a 'sharper' look.  That was 30 years ago...so by now all cars should be so sharp you could cut your finger on them.....

 

28 June 2018
nickbowman wrote:

....I used to work in PR and Marketing in the car industry...and I'd regularly write about how the latest facelifted version of a car had a 'sharper' look.  That was 30 years ago...so by now all cars should be so sharp you could cut your finger on them.....

 

You should see how the PR for shampoos works :)

28 June 2018

I’m surprised Audi didn’t take the oppportunity to give the facelifted A4 a new interior similar to those found in the A6/7, A8 and Q8. More so as while being a ‘coupe’ version of the Q7, the Q8 received a bespoke interior. And that the A4 was the first of this current generation of Audi saloons. Mind you if it means you can operate basic and often used controls like climate control and the radio using tactile buttons and dials intuitively and safely, I’m glad they didn’t change the interior!

28 June 2018

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...)

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