Indeed it works as well here as it does in those models, bringing a variety of infotainment and navigation data to the driver's field of vision in an easy-to-use format. Coupled with the larger central infotainment screen and features such as adaptive cruise control and Audi's traffic jam assist system, the A4 is a technical tour de force.
There is a downside to the car, and that's its steering. As with all A4s, the 3.0 TDI comes with Audi's drive select system. It offers five damper, throttle response and steering weight modes.
While there's some difference to be found between them - the most noticeable being Dynamic - the steering still feels wooden and devoid of feeling. The Jaguar XE has the upper hand, here, since it feels more engaging and dynamically capable. We did make use of Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system, too, which aids acceleration and adds security when conditions are less than ideal.
Despite its lowered ride height, this A4 still feels comfortable. Make no mistake, the low-speed ride is on the firm side but in corners there is little or no body roll. Meanwhile, on the motorway, the A4 is composed and absorbs imperfections well. Our car's £450 optional acoustic front window glazing also makes sure that virtually no wind or road noise makes its way to the cabin.
The sports seats are very comfortable, while the extra 23mm of rear leg room in this latest A4 is really noticeable. Three adults will feel a little cramped on the back seat but two six-footers will be perfectly comfortable.
Should I buy one?
Chances are that if you're looking at running an A4 as a company car, you'll be swayed towards the 2.0-litre TDI lower down the range. That, too, is a compelling choice, but this 3.0-litre TDI is where the A4's excellence lies. It's sharp, refined and, despite not being overly engaging to drive, remains appealing to drivers as well as passengers.
At £38,135 it's on the expensive side for a compact executive car (remember that the larger A6 can be had in 3.0 TDI quattro S-line form for £40,960) but if you're after an engaging A4, this is the one to choose.
Audi A4 3.0 TDI quattro 272 S line
Price £38,135; Engine V6, 2967cc, diesel; Power 268bhp at 3250-4250rpm; Torque 442lb ft at 1500-3000rpm; Gearbox 8-spd automatic; Kerb weight 1735kg; 0-62mph 5.3sec; Top speed 155mph; Economy 54.3mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 137g/km, 22%