Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gold Medal Winner

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gold Medal Winner

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Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW

WHILE the 2012 Olympics are just around the corner preparing to flood the nation with those famous five rings, the motor industry has its own set of circles which signify excellence.

Since 1932 Audi has stood on the foundation stones of the coming together of a quartet of independent German car makers, Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer, under the now legendary badge of the four rings.

The German car giant goes from strength to strength, continuing to triumph in today's harsh sales climate under the "Vorsprung durch Technik" tagline which remains as synonymous with Audi values as when it was introduced 40 years ago.

Audi's medium-sized A4 has been well received since the mid-1990s, continuing to give both BMW and Mercedes-Benz a good run for their money in the premium saloon car sector.

Recently, I drove one of the latest members of the A4 line-up.

While today's Audi A4 shares its distinctive frontend styling with its stablemate the A5 Coupe it does also show off some highly individual style in with some impressive streamlining successfully designed to satisfy both fashion-conscious Audi aficionados and others who enjoy being surrounded by some high-quality design work and finish.

The expected Audi build quality has been responsible for impressive results both inside and out in a saloon which rightly qualifies for luxury status.

In what is one of the most appealing cabins in the compact executive saloon market, comfort is good, particularly when driver and passenger are ensconced in seats which deliver stacks of support while getting maximum points from my companions for proving "great to sit in" over a long haul.

Along with some particularly impressive passenger accommodation in the rear there is also plenty of hip, shoulder and headroom available and, with generous leg-room along with a huge boot and some useful storage compartments, family-style luggage stowage is readily available. …

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