Core val­ues

Audi’s com­pact sedan is tooled up for the fight against Merc and BMW

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

buy­ers wait­ing for the up­dated A4. They shouldn’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Audi has given the car a facelift, bet­ter stan­dard gear and big im­prove­ments in ef­fi­ciency— the range uses an av­er­age of 15 per cent less fuel than the out­go­ing model.

It still won’t budge buy­ers with a vis­ceral or vis­ual at­trac­tion to the three-pointed star or blue pro­peller badge— they covet the badge, not nec­es­sar­ily the car wear­ing it.

Audi buy­ers and those look­ing to step up to pres­tige sedan ranks will find plenty to like, es­pe­cially with Audi’s prices un­der­cut­ting its ri­vals.

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The base 1.8-litre four-cylin­der turbo is about half a sec­ond slower to 100km/h than its Ger­man ri­vals. It also uses about a litre of fuel less ev­ery 100km and is about $5000 cheaper at $52,700 for the

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