There’s real class here, beyond even what we now take for granted from Audi. For some reason, perhaps the way the cabin seems to wrap around the driver, you feel cocooned inside a structure so strong you could roll it down a mountainside and emerge needing no more attention than a comb through your hair.
You’ll not be bothered by the displaced pedals and odd driving position that affects lesser A4s either, because there are only two pedals fighting for space in the footwell. The steering wheel, with its squared-off bottom, can be pulled tight into your chest, and while its rim is thick, it’s not made from that soft and squidgy material BMW insists on using in its performance cars.
But there’s no denying the cabin is ageing. You only have to look at the architecture of more modern Audis such as the A6 to see how much the brand’s interior design has progressed since the S4 was introduced back in 2008. Perceived quality is no problem: the leather is excellent with contrast stitching and all the controls and vents have silver surrounds. But the last generation MMI switchgear is starting to feel its age, as are the pale grey dials. You can see it, too, in the modestly proportioned sat-nav screen.