As a result, 225/50 17s tyres with their relatively generous profile help soak up rougher surfaces. The handling is certainly composed too, with little roll even when pressing on through corners.
Set to ‘Efficient,’ The Audi Drive Select system adopts a stodgy throttle response to damp out any efficiency-busting exuberance on behalf of the driver. In the absence of active dampers there’s little other change but in Dynamic mode the throttle response makes an about turn with much crisper response.
Otherwise, little else has changed from the standard model apart from an Ultra badge at the rear. On the inside, Audi’s trademark immaculate fit and finish still mark the A4 out as having one of the classiest interiors in the business and comfortable with it.
Choosing the Ultra model doesn’t affect trim and equipment choice in this area and buyers can still choose virtually any combination they like, for a price.
Should I buy one?
The Audi A4 Ultra is a solid, sensible choice – but its performance is surprisingly lively despite its green credentials
Standard equipment levels are fairly basic with those 17-inch wheels and Audi Concert CD system with DAB radio. The optional Technik specification is still available but, because of the lower ride height, without the usual 18-inch wheels.
What you do get is Milano Leather upholstery and other goodies like a hard disk-based MMI Navigation Plus, the Audi Music Interface and the Audi Parking System Plus system.
The A4 Ultra stacks up well when it comes to tax, falling into band B for VED – meaning tax costs of £20 a year. It also offers a low BIK liability for business users of 16 percent.
Anyone wanting a combination of high quality, reasonable performance and a green option without having to suffer snail-like performance, should find the Ultra ticks all the boxes.
Audi A4 Ultra 2.0 TDI
Price £28,320; 0-62mph 8.3sec; Top speed 140mph; Economy 67.3mpg; CO2 109g/km; Kerb weight 1540kg; Engine 4cyls, 1968cc, turbocharged diesel; Power 161bhp between 3000-4200rpm; Torque 295lb ft between 1750-2750rpm; Gearbox 6-speed manual