There was time when the Audi A4 had the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the gold standard bearers of mid-sized premium goodness, in its crosshairs from a sniper-like distance. But the four- and five-doors from Ingolstadt have made the long and patiently crawl closer to point where, today, the recently launched, ninth-generation A4 marks the enemy at point blank range.
Conspicuously, Audi has pushed the ‘modernisation’ and ‘tech’ barrows to create distance from A4’s age-old reputation as the also-ran. But truth is, the sedan and even fresher-faced Avant have lifted their game across the board in all facets that improve the breed. Not only does this new range face-off against BMW andMercedes-Benz on even ground, it seeks to move the medium sedan game forward and become the benchmarker.
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