The Black Edition is available to order now with prices ranging between £32,350 and £42,950 for the saloon.
Expect to add an extra few hundred pounds to the price for the equivalently-engined Avant model. The Black Edition may carry a small premium in terms of company car tax rates due to the higher list price, but in terms of emissions and fuel economy it offers the same reasonable rate of return as the current models.
As for the rest of range, the simplified list will still offer excellent equipment levels and should make the choice that little bit easier, and quicker. You might even find the time to actually read ‘War and Peace’ rather than it just sitting on your bookshelf gathering dust.
- Now available to order from £32,350
- Includes privacy glass, exterior styling pack, and 19-inch alloy wheels
- Cruise control and rear parking sensors now standard on all models
- Available across range from 1.4 TFSI to 3.0-litre V6 TDI engines
- Enhanced equipment levels from SE upwards
AUDI has long been expert on finding new niches to fill in the car market. The breadth and depth of variations and available options designed to fill those niches means Audi’s catalogue could give ‘War and Peace’ an inferiority complex.
Now Audi has decided to introduce a more – and we quote – “rationalised model choice and a simpler and more consistent portfolio of optional equipment packages across the board.” How is Audi marking this occasion? Why, by introducing a new version of the A4 of course, the Audi Black Edition.
The Audi Black Edition has been around before and proved popular. Now it’s been applied to the new A4 Saloon and Avant to provide a more purposeful air. The Black Edition is an option across the full A4 engine range, from the entry-level 150bhp 1.4 TFSI right up to the most powerful 270bhp V6 TDI Quattro.
Designed to make the car stand out, the Black Edition is unashamedly aggressive so it won’t be to everyone’s taste. 19-inch alloy wheels in a matt titanium finish are complemented with titanium black mirror housings, single frame grille and window surrounds, side skirts, rear spoiler, and air intakes.
The absence of a boot means the Avant doesn’t get the rear spoiler but you do get black roof rails instead so you won’t feel left out if you prefer the more practical estate. Both models get privacy glass in the rear windows and acoustic glass in the front to further reduce cabin noise.
Not that an A4 has a noisy cabin in the first place but the additional quiet should make ‘in-transit’ conference calls that little bit easier. Other interior changes include a new flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel and piano black inlays that reflect the exterior design.
The range-topping Black Edition has star billing in the new A4 range but there are also a number of detail alterations that benefit everyone choosing the SE specification and upwards.
All versions will now feature Audi connect Safety & Service for emergency calls and service requests. Sport models will get an upgraded multi-function steering wheel, a seven-inch full-colour Driver’s Information System to replace the original five-inch monochrome version, heated front seats, and Twin Leather upholstery.
The S line models will lose their cloth/leather combination upholstery and replace it with a leather and Alcantara mix for the newly added heated seats.
Audi’s simplified model range will now feature cruise control and rear parking sensors as part of the standard specification on everything from the entry level A1 upwards. The options packs have also been standardised across the range.
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The Technology Pack has been enhanced to include the brilliant Audi virtual cockpit and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging and is available on all models. Touchscreen navigation and the full suite of Audi connect infotainment services are also included in the revised pack.
An updated Comfort and Sound Pack replaces the previous options, and depending on the chosen model offers either front parking sensors or a reversing camera, hill hold assist, a BOSE or Bang & Olufsen sound system and either heated front seats or the advanced key keyless access system.
If you’re in the mood you could also enjoy winding up your colleagues with the new ‘Audi Beam’ feature that projects the four rings via LEDs onto the ground whenever the car is parked and the front doors are opened. On RS models, the projection changes to the Audi Sport logo. Yes, it’s utterly pointless but sometimes that’s exactly the point. And makes you feel very special. So why not?