Audi a4 on test | relaxed long-distance runner

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Audi A4 on test | Relaxed long-distance runner

The refreshed Audi A4 proves to be the ideal travel companion in the test – but it's not exactly cheap.

Audi A4 Avant. Image: ho

A hiking trip to the German town of Lauda-Konigshofen is planned; This means that not only a few kilometers are covered on hiking trails, but also around 700 kilometers on the motorway.

A task that seems tailor-made for the finely revised Audi A4. It offers space for five people, with the passengers in the comfortable front seats counting themselves happier than the passengers in the rather tight rear seats. The trunk is also practical at 495 liters, but not lavish.

With the revision, Audi has given the A4 a completely new infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. It is easy to use, but some functions, such as the Bluetooth connection, do not work right away. Unfortunately, the smartphone integration "Apple Car-Play" has to be paid for as an option. In everyday navigation, one would also like a slightly larger display for a clearer presentation and a slightly faster processor; the touchscreen doesn't react nearly as quickly as you know from iPad & Co.

When it comes to driving, however, the A4 does not show any weaknesses. Optionally, without extra charge, a comfort suspension is installed that lives up to its name. The station wagon glides effortlessly and also boasts very good soundproofing. This makes long journeys very relaxing. Especially at night, the matrix LED light (780 francs) and the extensive driver assistance package (800 francs) ensure even more comfort and safety. Finally, the drive also makes its contribution to pleasant travel: The 2-liter diesel with all-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG automatic transmission looks inconspicuous, but still confident. Despite winter tires, it only just missed the factory consumption of 5.9 l/100 km. With the test consumption of 6 l/100 almost 1000 kilometers are possible with one tank filling; the hiking excursion is therefore possible without any refueling stops along the way.

You have to invest when you buy: With the tested engine at least 56,800 francs – without options.

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