But don’t think this is just some executive German estate that can’t excite.
The A4 Avant can switch into a responsive, press-on mode with sharp turn in, strong brakes, and lusty performance from the diesel engine.
That same supple suspension keeping the body in control over crests and adverse cambers – it’s a mature, unflustered performance that leaves you pleasantly relaxed at your journey’s end.
Ready for that virtual doorman to open the door, as you step away from a five star experience.
Driving our company car winners
The Audi A4 saloon won our SME Best Large Company Car Award 2017. Find out why it’s a winner here.
And check out our earlier reviews in this long-term road test of the Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra Sport
- List price now: £32,690
- five-door estate
- VED 1st year/years 2-6) – £140/£140
- P11D: 2017/18 £32,495 (6/17 £31,895)
- BIK tax band 22% (16/17 20%)
- 150PS 2.0 TDI/6-speed manual
- CO2 emissions 104g/km
- 0-62mph/top speed:9.2secs/130mph
- Economy official/ours:70.6mpg/54.3
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra Sport
WE can talk all we like about ride, handling, CO2 emissions, company car tax and practicality. But one of the hallmarks of a company car, or a car you use for business, is how special the car makes you feel.
The small things that you might not notice in the showroom or the brochure.
It’s the deep attention to detail by the Audi engineers.
And that’s where the current Audi A4 really scores. It’s so beautifully, perfectly finished for the end user.
Nowhere is this better illustrated than the Audi A4 at night.
Plip the key fob and the Audi headlights come on. But also shining are pools of light that shine down around the door handles.
Many cars might do this, but Audi has perfected the performance: it’s a small point, a subtle point, but it’s something that makes such a difference to how you experience this car.
Step inside the crafted cabin to the muted interior lighting and already this car is making you feel immensely comfortable.
This is a car that really welcomes you into its interior – as if a virtual doorman had opened the door for you
Drive away and everything is so polished, so crafted, from the virtual cockpit to the deftness of the gearchange, the positive engagement of the clutch, the amount of resistance to the softly leather-clad steering wheel as you turn into a corner.
The Audi’s supple ride absorbs bumps and ruts, further reinforcing the driver’s well-being.