This is a refined and relaxing to drive with lots of torque from idle, very low noise levels, and an astonishing compromise between performance and economy. I can easily achieve 50 mpg on the motorway at a steady 80 mph cruise, yet it will lift the nose if I squeeze the throttle hard. The engine had an alarming appetite for oil early on, but this had settled down by 5,000 miles.
The seats and driving position are excellent, and the quality of the cabin is the best I've seen on any mass produced car. It is a very soothing car after a long hard day, and it makes most cars I've sat in since feel ill conceived and crude. Standard equipment is tight however.
The car handles well enough, although the whole driving experience is slightly vague and detached. Fun is not on the agenda, but with most of my driving being on long motorway runs, this is not really a consideration for me. I also get my kicks on two wheels, so fun is not part of the brief for any car I choose.
The only real disappointment has been mechanical reliability. My old A4 TDI 110 covered 134,000 miles without a single breakdown or non-consumable part related fault (hence my automatic choice of the newer model to replace it). This newer A4 doesn't seem to be anywhere near as durable based on the evidence so far. Thankfully, the dealers are excellent as ever and couldn't do any more to help.
A superb car, but I am worried about what mechanical woes it will inflict on me, particularly as the warranty doesn't have too much longer to run. I am considering selling the car before the end of this year as a result, and will probably not buy another Audi.