the facelifts

Was it worth all the ef­fort?

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AUDI A4 WHAT’S NEW?

Head­line act is the move to diesel power for the sport­ing S4 vari­ant. Gone is the tur­bopetrol V6; in its place is a 255kw 3.0-litre V6 TDI turbo teamed with an elec­tric com­pres­sor pow­ered by the 48-volt elec­tri­cal sys­tem.

HAS IT WORKED?

In terms of torque, yes. The new en­gine packs 700Nm, up 200Nm over the petrol V6. But aren’t diesels on the nose? Seems not.

SKODA SU­PERB WHAT’S NEW?

There are enough ex­te­rior changes to al­ter the over­all di­men­sions, and slim­mer LED ma­trix head­lights will be avail­able, as will Audi-style ‘dy­namic’ in­di­ca­tors. A plug-in hy­brid will also be of­fered for the first time.

HAS IT WORKED?

It sure looks crisp and upmar­ket, and may help con­trib­ute to the un­tan­gling of the slightly con­fused Skoda brand val­ues in Aus­tralia.

HYUNDAI IONIQ WHAT’S NEW?

There’s a tex­tured panel where the grille should be, but real news is the big­ger bat­tery and stronger mo­tor. The cell pack is now 38kwh (was 28kwh) while the mo­tor is up 12kw, now good for 100kw/295nm. Up­graded mul­ti­me­dia and cli­mate con­trol, too.

HAS IT WORKED?

We’d say yes, given the range is now 293km (WLTP.) The recharg­ing sys­tem has also been up­graded, mean­ing less time plugged in. Win.

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