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All-new Audi A4 unveiled

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The brand-new fifth-generation Audi A4 has been unveiled and is due to go on sale later this year. Whilst prices have not yet been confirmed, the range is expected to start at just under £30,000.

Both the exterior and the interior of the five-door saloon and estate models have been substantially revised, as the new model prepares to go into battle with its main rivals, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Prominent changes to the exterior of the car include a wider single-frame grille, new headlights and taillights, a clamshell-style bonnet, a flatter roof and more heavily sculpted door and side panels.

The interior of the A4 is a more radical departure from the outgoing model, with a contemporary new design and a raft of technology. It will be available with Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ as standard, which replaces traditional dials with a large TFT display.

Owners will have the change to add other high-end options to their A4, including a Bang & Olufsen sound system, tablet-based rear seat entertainment and the latest version of the German car maker’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) system that features an on-board Internet connection.

In terms of safety, Audi’s pre sense city system comes as standard in the A4, and has been specially developed to prevent accidents at typical urban driving speeds. By using a camera to monitor the road, it is able to provide a warning and apply the brakes automatically in the event of a collision, at speeds up to 25mph.

Buyers will have a choice of four diesel and three petrol engines, with power ranging from 148bhp to 272bhp. The most frugal 2.0l TDI ‘Ultra’ model returns a claimed 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 95g/km.

Expect a hybrid version, as well as performance ‘S’ and ‘RS’ editions to be offered at some point after the new A4 reaches showrooms later this year.

Author: Laura Thomson

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