If you'll forgive the analogy, the new A4 is a rather different way of skinning a cat.
This year has seen the launch of some very important new executive saloons, and none more so than the latest, fifth-generation Audi A4. However, rather than following the example of the Jaguar XE
and BMW 3 Series
(currently fighting for the title of ‘sportiest compact saloon’) the Audi A4 instead concentrates on something far more relevant: comfort.
Hence the reference to an ill-fated moggie. Now, while it’s easy to make the delicacy of perfect weight distribution, pin-sharp steering and limpet-like grip sound appealing, the truth is that more buyers will take a soft ride and a refined and plush cabin over the sensation of being connected to the road, or predictable on-the-limit handling.
To that end, Audi has designed the new A4 to be as user-friendly as possible, starting with an exterior that is sure to offend no one. The exterior also sets a remarkable record as the most aerodynamic car the brand has ever made. This, along with a weight saving of 110kg over the previous car, helps to save fuel and increase performance.