The Audi A4 has collected the ‘Best for Big Miles’ award in BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Best Cars in the World issue published today, 29 November. With many motoring journalists seemingly more interested in how cars perform in extremis on the track, the award is perhaps a nod to the nous of Audi product development engineers and acknowledgement that when it comes to creating a sublime daily driver, they have a pretty good idea of what they are doing
The lengths to which Audi engineers and designers have gone with the A4 to bring the unruffled feel and calm cabin ambiance of cars in higher classes to the compact executive segment have not been lost on the Top Gear team, it seems. In the latest issue they write: “With the A4, Audi focused on the stuff most people care about: a quiet, comfy cabin, tech to make your jaw slacken and some genuine ride quality.”
With a low drag coefficient of just 0.23 the A4 Saloon slips through the air under power provided by a wide range of strong and economical engines. These range from the frugal 2.0 TDI ultra with its claimed 72mpg capability and 99g/km CO2 output to the smooth 218PS and 286PS V6 TDIs, the last of which would probably be my choice after an S4.
Customers can increase comfort by adding electronically modulated Adaptive Comfort Suspension with damping control, or choose Adaptive Sport Suspension with damping control for enhanced refinement with a greater emphasis on cornering composure.
Audi also scores well for its latest in-car tech highlights in A4 including the standard Audi Smartphone Interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the optional Audi virtual cockpit with its fully digital, absolutely flicker-free display and the Audi phone box facilitating wireless mobile phone connection and charging.