If you configure wisely, you will be able to see everything in front, even if it’s dark, because you will have Matrix LED. Which are awesome. And if you get distracted by that Phish song someone added to your playlist, no worries, the A4 can be had with active-prettymucheverything-assist, where it can basically drive itself. But won’t, because legalese.
So, how does it drive? Almost perfect, at least in this tested 3.0 TDI quattro guise.
The engine with 272PS, 600NM and 8-speed automatic more than takes care of straight-line acceleration when needed (always), and the previously mentioned 250km/h when wanted (often).
And when the roads get more narrow and windy, there is still a lot of fun to be had. Engine, steering and quattro suspension play together harmoniously, enabling you to effortlessly feel like being a really really good driver at curve speeds where your mother might start raising an eyebrow or two.
Still, it’s no BMW (without xDrive) or Jaguar steering, which is to be expected since the front wheels also have to deal with going faster and cannot concentrate as much on turning. But it’s quite close.
Also, I am sure the quattro sport differential, not (yet?) available for the 3.0 TDI, would have made quite a difference regarding the still noticeable understeer.
But these minor quibbles cannot distract from my overall impression that the new A4 is an extremely good car. Because a gazillion people will buy it, it may lack a bit in charisma compared to more exotic brethren. But there is a reason all these people buy it.