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This is a comfortable high-mileage car and it now has a responsive, powerful four-pot diesel

Our Verdict

Audi A4

The Audi A4 is an improvement over the previous version, but isn't good enough to topple the BMW 3 Series

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What’s new?

Audi began fitting the 168bhp TDi engine into the A4 a couple of months ago but this is the first chance we’ve had to drive one.

This engine is an addition to the range rather than a replacement. We tested a two-wheel drive saloon S-line manual, but you can also have the motor in regular or SE trims, with quattro four-wheel drive and S-tronic twin-clutch auto gearbox — which brings the total number of A4 derivatives in the range to more than 80.

What’s it like?

The engine’s very good. It’s a tad noisier than the best four-pot diesels, particularly at cold idle, but it’s quieter here than in the A3, and its delivery and response are both fine.

Piezo-electric injectors allow fuel to be delivered in very precise doses, helping broaden a power band that is often tight on some high-powered diesels. The rest of the A4 package is left alone — it has a good quality interior and is quiet, but lacks dynamism or B-road ability.

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Should I buy one?

Accept that dynamically this is far from the best car in the class and you could do worse.

This is a comfortable high-mileage car and it now has a responsive, powerful four-pot diesel. 

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