They rate it above its rivals : "THIS test was very closely fought. All three German saloons are great compact executive cars, while the Mondeo was far from disgraced. But the Ford is at its best in more affordable trims, and despite its superb chassis and unrivalled practicality, its engine failed to shine and it has weak residuals. This leads to the highest running costs. It finishes fourth yet can hold its head high. Next up is the C-Class. Its air of refinement means it will be a top choice for many, but its pricey, and material quality continues to lag behind Audis and BMWs. The 3-Series remains a fierce competitor. Its excellent chassis, brilliant engine and Efficient Dynamics package make it the top choice for keen drivers. However, its no longer our class leader. The new A4 is a revelation its great to drive as well as being refined, desirable, practical, beautifully built and well priced. Audis UK sales graph looks set to continue climbing for a while yet."