Mirrored shop windows are surprisingly rare around my way. I only know that because I’ve spent the past few days smooching around in an Audi A4 Cabrio.
Glamour’s a rare commodity in cars without stratospheric price tags, but the chop-top A4’s got it in spades. It looks inherently right, it feels inherently right. You just can’t stop admiring it – hence my scouring the high street for a quick vanity fix.
What you’d never do is be able to get your fix from driving the A4. Yes it’s admirably flex-free, won’t get you into trouble and, in every incarnation save the go-faster S4, it’s refined as well. But the BMW 3-series has still got the sharp-driving soft-top market cornered.
However, this S-line model aims to put some of that right. For an extra £1950 fitted to this 3.0-litre model, and virtually all the others, you can spice things up a bit with an S-line pack. All the extras are designed to give you a better time, or make you feel that you’re having one. So it gets special 18-inch alloys, sports suspension (lowered), sports seats, liberal splashings of brushed aluminium in the cabin and other S-line-specific addenda.