Dou­ble un­der six

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driv­e­train’s sling­shot ef­fect. The trans­mis­sion is quick and smooth, never be­tray­ing the con­sid­er­able forces be­ing fed through it to theAWDsys­tem.

There’s a sports mode and pad­dles but the clever pro­gram­ming makes these sur­plus to re­quire­ments. The test car had the op­tional adap­tive damp­ing sys­tem, which de­liv­ers more op­tions for the driver when the cor­ners arrive, but most daily driv­ing can be com­pleted with rel­a­tive ease in Com­fort mode.

Un­like the steer­ing, which is light but life­less, the sus­pen­sion is not com­pletely obliv­i­ous to the road sur­face. Audi hasn’t made leaps for­ward in ride com­fort terms but it’s cer­tainly not as brit­tle as some pre­de­ces­sors. For driver in­volve­ment the four-ringed brand has built bet­ter sedans, but this one— as an all-rounder — is im­pec­ca­ble. It’s one of the few cars I have driven that lays claim to fuel use and 0-100km/h . . . both un­der six.

The claimed 5.7L is be­liev­able (the test car hov­ered in the sev­ens on the trip com­puter), as is the 5.9sec sprint to 100km/h, a frac­tion quicker than its slightly heav­ier an­ces­tor.

VER­DICT

Price is the bone of con­tention but this is surely one of the most ca­pa­ble Audis to date— frugal, com­fort­able, quiet and swift in an un­earthly way.

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