An 800bhp V12 and all-wheel steer lie beneath a classic single-seater body. Wow
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Audi A4 Avant
The Top Gear car review:Audi A4 Avant
What is it like on the road?
Audi isn’t afraid to admit that it’s not gone after driver-gratifying brownie points with the front- or all-wheel drive A4. This car is purposefully not as endearing to drive quickly as a BMW 3-Series or a Jaguar XE. But it is more refined than both, much more comfortable than brittle A4s of old, and a supremely unruffled way of moving about. The lack of wind, road and engine noise is uncanny, and if you had to do tens of thousands of motorway miles per year, not caring about the last word in chassis balance when you used the sliproads at either end, there’s a lot to be said for the A4’s effortless everyday manners in place of its absent GSoH.
At this stage, engines are entirely familiar and predictable, focused naturally around the 2.0-litre TDI. It’s now almost uncannily smooth and you can get it in both front- and quattro all-wheel drive. Choose the ones branded ‘ultra’ for best economy.