The new Audi A4 will cost about £1000 more than its predecessor when it arrives early in 2008.
The new saloon, which was officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show this week, will arrive in the UK with a choice of two petrol engines (a 158bhp 1.8-litre TFSI and a 261bhp 3.2-litre V6) and three diesels (a 141bhp 2.0-litre, 187bhp 2.7 and 237bhp 3.0).
All will come with six-speed manual gearboxes other than the 2.7, which gets a CVT.
The new A4 is based on many of the same underpinnings as the A5 coupe, which means it should be every bit as sharp to drive, although only the 3.2 and 3.0 will come with quattro four-wheel-drive as standard. As in the A5, this has a 60:40 rear bias.
The A4 also ought to ride well. On standard suspension the A5 is easily the best-riding Audi we've driven, even on 19-inch wheels. No doubt Audi's recent policy of testing in the UK must take some of the credit.
All of the UK launch models will start in SE trim, which means they get 17-inch alloys, three-zone climate control, a 180-watt CD audio system with a 6.5-inch colour display, rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers and aluminium interior trim.
The new A4's available to order now. We get our first go behind the wheel in October; come back then to find out if it's as good as we're hoping.
A4 prices in detail
1.8 TFSI £22,5903.2 FSI £29,6802.0 TDI £23,4902.7 TDI £28,4403.0 TDI £30,290