Audi have confirmed that the ‘virtual cockpit’ multimedia and instrumentation system first seen in the new Audi Q7 has been carried over in its entirety. It offers incredible clarity and an amazing array of ways to present the driving information, navigation or infotainment data.
As with the recently launched Q7, Audi has significantly reduced the weight of the A4, with some derivatives saving up to 120kg compared with their predecessors.
Then there are the reworked engines - three petrol’s and four diesels. The entry-level motor is a 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged unit which pumps out 30bhp more than the 1.8-litre base unit of its predecessor. In this form, Audi claims a 0-62mph sprint of 8.9sec and combined fuel consumption of 57.7mpg, when mated with the optional S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol’s come in two different states - 187bhp or 248bhp. Audi states 0-62mph times of 7.3sec and 5.8sec, and top speeds of 149mph and 155mph (limited) for these 2.0 TFSI variants.
The 2.0 TDI, which Auto Car reports as being strong and flexible from low revs is expected to be one of the biggest sellers in the UK is also available in two forms - a 148bhp version with a claimed 76.4mpg and 95g/km of CO2 which will make it the most economical car in the compact executive class and push the A4 to top of the shopping list for company car drivers and fleet managers.
The other version generates188bhp, coming in at 107g/km of CO2 when driving through an optional seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
There will also be a flagship 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel unit, also in two outputs - 218bhp or 272bhp. Audi claims the former will return 67.3mpg (combined) and average CO2 emissions of 110g/km.