Audi A4 range updated with new tech and Black Editions

Audi A4 Black Edition launched, plus cruise control and rear parking sensors made standard across brand’s range

Black is cool. Amy Winehouse went back to black, the Rolling Stones painted it black, while Jay Z’s Black Album is one of the best he’s ever released. Now, the new Audi A4 Black Edition, available in saloon and Avant estate form, hopes to capitalise on the cachet of this darkest of hues. The new trim also ushers in a round of updates to the A4 range.

Audi A4 Black Edition

The Black Edition models feature 19-inch matte titanium alloy wheels, black wing mirror caps, a black radiator grille, black air intakes, side skirts and rear windows, while the saloon gains a black spoiler and the Avant gets black roof rails. Inside, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and black trim inserts continue this theme, and Audi says the Black Edition models – which are based on SE trim – offer £550 worth of added value to customers.

Audi A4 range updates

All A4s now come with eCall as standard, which will automatically contact the emergency services for you in the event of a collision, relaying your position and allowing you to speak to the operator. Choose Sport trim, meanwhile, and you’ll now get an upgraded multi-function steering wheel and a seven-inch colour screen with the dashboard dials. Both Sport and S line models receive improved seat materials and heated seats, too.

Audi range changes

Audi has also rationalised and streamlined some of its equipment, packages and optional extras across its entire range. All versions of the Technology Pack now include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard, for example, as well as sat nav and wireless phone charging. Go for the Comfort and Sound pack and you should now get front parking sensors, a reversing camera and an upgraded (either to Bose or Bang & Olufsen) stereo, keyless entry and heated front seats – although note that Audi says the changes are “depending on model.”

Finally, S and RS models (such as the S5 and RS3) gain light projectors known as Audi Beam, which respectively shine either the four Audi rings or the Audi Sport logo onto the ground when the front doors are opened.

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