Audi A4

The Audi A4 is one of the German big three in the family saloon sector, until its inclusion this quarter only the BMW 3 series was on the Scheme, the third member, the Mercedes C-Class is a little more expensive and not available.  The A4 is a four door saloon that uses the new MLB Evo platform (the Volkswagen chassis for cars using longitudinal engine layouts) shared with the Audi Q7, the new Q8 and new VW Toureg. The A4 may not be the most exciting looking car but it offers the best in class for weight, comfort, economy and practicality, not to mention the cabin stuffed will all the latest Audi tech. If you were looking at a BMW 3 series you simply have to test drive an A4 before parting with your deposit, for us we simply prefer front wheel drive.

 

Internally the A4 feels and looks more premium than its rivals, the materials are soft and everything feels plush and well screwed together. For space the A4 fares well too, the boot, at 480 litres, is the same size as the BMW but has a more useable lip and shape. The only trim line on the Scheme is the entry level SE, fortunately it is very well equipped with Xenon headlamps, three-zone electronic climate control, a seven-inch colour control screen, cruise control with a speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, 17-inch wheels, a digital radio, a neat smartphone interface that mirrors your phone when it’s connected via a USB cable, and Bluetooth connectivity. Our favourite innovation for the A4 is ‘Air Shower’ a dashboard-wide vent that provides a light breeze rather than the turbulent wind of a traditional cooling system.

 

There is only one engine option for Mobility customers. The 1.4 litre petrol engine with ACT (Active Cylinder Technology) which can shut down up to two cylinders in the engine when the car is idling or travelling at low speeds in order to boost fuel economy, which is a claimed 53.3 miles per gallon as a six speed manual or seven speed DSG Automatic. The new generation of small capacity petrol engines offer performance to match a two litre engine of only a few years ago, this car is no slouch, the lightness and streamlined qualities of the body mean it can reach 62 miles per hour in 8.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph.

The A4 can go toe to toe with the BMW 3 series and in our view has the edge, just be careful with the options, they are plentiful and quickly add up, we would only be ticking the box for heated front seats at £300.

Summer Best Buy – Audi A4 1.4 petrol manual (148bhp) SE  –  £1999 Advance Payment (£945 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Audi A4 1.4 petrol Automatic (148bhp) SE –  £2749 Advance Payment (£1695 wpms)

For a 53 minute full video review pop over tho the RAC website – Audi A4 Video review – which mobility car