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Audi A4 2005 update

Broadcast dates : 27th March 2005
31st March 2005

Audiís A4 is the most important model in its range as itís the big volume seller. And the most important aspect of the new car is the deep, bold, grille that gives the A4 a presence it has never enjoyed before.

The rear end styling is not as dramatic, and some could see the new taillights as a bit weak.

The new look could be seen as a coming-of-age for the A4. It now has an identity as strong as its rivals from BMW and Mercedes. And the image is backed by dynamic and build-quality attributes that some see as the standard-bearer in its class.

The Car Torque team sampled the two-litre TDi engine, which replaces the old 1,9 litre turbodiesel. It delivers a 103 kiloWatts and 320 Newton Metres of torque at 1750 rpm.

Other engine options include a 2 litre petrol engine, a 147 kiloWatt turbocharged 2 litre petrol engine, and a 3 litre V6 diesel.

Drive is through the front wheels, with six-speed manual and DSG gearboxes on offer.

The suspension has been substantially revised to handle the power upgrades.

The interior has been subtly refined, while space and quality levels are excellent.

Satellite Navigation is also available as an option on most A4 models.

That new Audi trademark nose takes a bit of getting used to, but itís well integrated in the new A4 shape.

Car torque feels Audi is on the right track with its new volume-seller.

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