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  • New Audi A4 offers performance and comfort

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    The new Audi A4 saloon is on its way to showrooms across the country, and most reviews seem to think the German manufacturer has come up trumps this time.

    One of the first things that leaps out when reading the luxury vehicle's specifications is its remarkable efficiency capabilities. From the range of four and six cylinder engines, the 2-litre TDI ultra emits just 99g per km of CO2, with an impressive economy rate of 74.3mpg. It also weighs 120kg less than the previous model, resulting in a more nimble and easily manoeuvrable vehicle.

    The range of gadgets available to the driver of the Audi A4 saloon is another element which has caught the eye of reviewers. Not only does it boast a predictive efficiency assistant, in keeping with the car's ethical ethos, it is also said to make driving an ultra controlled experience with a virtual cockpit, rear cross-traffic assist, traffic jam assist, turn assist, and even a collision-avoidance assist.

    Electromechanical power steering has been added to ensure handling is not a department the A4 saloon is found wanting in.

    What Car? went so far as to name the A4 saloon its Car of the Year, and was also going weak at the knees at the launch of Audi's new estate model, the A4 Avant.

    Facing competition from both the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class in the estate category, the Avant is said to be the smoothest drive of the bunch, while leading the way in terms of interior. "It surpasses them on interior quality, running costs and refinement," explained writer Mark Tisshaw.

    Another boxed ticked is its compatibility with the Apple CarPlay system. This means drivers are able to plug their iPhones into the USB port in the car to see phone functions appear on their interior screen, including maps and phone calls.