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New car reviews online: Audi A4 and BMW 320d head to head

Plus the Range Rover Evoque reviewed

Audi A4

The new A4 is bigger and more efficient according to Audi

We’re up to our ears in large cars the week with a convoy of 4x4s and saloons somehow squeezing their way onto the Which? driveway.

Thankfully the SUVs are of the compact variety with the supremely popular Range Rover Evoque getting the Which? test treatment alongside the less well known SsangYong Tivoli.

On the saloon side of things there are few automotive rivalries juicier than the BMW 3 Series versus the Audi A4. These two executive titans have been trying to outdo each other for years.

If the Audi and BMW just aren’t fancy enough for you the hyphen-heavy Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe might be. Its a sportier saloon thanks to the sloped roof, but is it worth the steep asking price? 

Whether they’re household names like Audi or relative unknowns like SsangYong all cars enter our lab as equals. Each will undergo the same tests and be driven for hundreds of miles on the same roads so our results are comparable and our reviews unparalleled.

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Audi A4 (2015-) new model

As the German manufacturer’s bestselling car there’s a lot of weight on the A4’s shoulders. Audi isn’t resting on its laurels – the latest A4 improves the ride comfort and comes with more technology than your local Currys store. A seven-inch colour display, Xenon headlights and three-zone climate control are included with the standard version, and for the Apple aficionados out there it has an option to include Apple CarPlay. 

Audi knows the competition is stiff and it’s thrown everything into the A4 to make sure it stays at the top of the heap. Read our Audi A4 review to see if it’s done enough.

Range Rover Evoque (2016-) new model

Range Rover Evoque

The new Evoque may look familiar, but there’s a new engine under the hood

As the baby of the Range Rover family, the Evoque was designed to bring the class and luxury of the larger Range Rover into a sportier frame at a lower price point. It must have done something right – more than 80,000 were sold in its first year on sale.

Five years later the latest Evoque keeps the sporty body and signature concept-style grille and headlights, but under the hood we get the first taste of the Ingenium engine. Jaguar Land Rover claims the Ingenium is its most fuel-efficient engine – not something we normally associate with Range Rovers.

Read our full Range Rover Evoque review to see whether that new engine makes any tangible difference.  

BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury (2015-) tested model

There’s no denying the popularity of the 3 Series in its many guises. The Luxury version is designed with comfort in mind – leather seats, wood interior and chrome detailing on the exhaust, grille and bumpers add some extravagance to an already desirable executive saloon.

There are some useful additions too, like rear-parking sensors, but is it good enough to recommend over the cheaper 3 Series variants? Find out in our BMW 3 Series 320d Luxury review.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe (2016-) new model

If you like your saloons to sit on the sporty side of the fence the latest C-Class Coupe should be on your radar. The extended bonnet and sloped rear give the Coupe a distinctive style of its own – there’ll be no mistaking it for its executive saloon sibling.

Inside, the luxury continues but if you’re in the back you might find that attractive sloping roof gives you a crick in the neck. 

Read our Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe review to see if it has what it takes to tempt people away from the practical spacious executive saloons.

Ford Focus ST estate (2015-) new model

Ford Focus ST

Hot hatch and estate – the Ford Focus ST estate tries to offer the best of both worlds

Combining the best parts of a hot hatchback with a practical estate car is no easy task, but that’s what Ford has tried to do with the Focus ST estate.

As an estate car the 476-litre boot sounds good on paper but it’s not as big as its rivals’. The engines should at least do a fair job of giving the ST a sporty edge with the petrol engine capable of an impressive 247 bhp.

Read our Ford Focus ST estate review to see if Ford has got the balance right.

SsangYong Tivoli (2015-) new model

The crossover takeover of UK roads doesn’t show any sign of slowing down – more than 85,000 were newly registered in March. SsangYong wants a piece of that lucrative pie but is the Tivoli the car to do it?

The stylish compact SUV is hitting all the right notes with a body shape reminiscent of the Nissan Juke, four-wheel drive as standard and a generous five-year warranty. Then there’s the price, which could see people flocking to SsangYong’s banner, with entry level models costing as little as £12,950.

Read our SsangYong Tivoli review to see if such a cheap SUV can be competitive.  

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