The Audi A4 is the brand’s sport sedan, sitting above the A3 entry-level sedan and below the A5 and A6 executive sedans. It’s offered in a more powerful S4 trim as well and as an A4 Allroad wagon variant. The A4s are all powered by four-cylinder turbocharged engines, while the S4 uses a six-cylinder motor instead. Audis are well known for their Quattro all-wheel-drive systems, but the A4 is offered with front-wheel-drive as well. These sedans compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, but you can also add a few other sport sedans in the mix including the Genesis G70, Lexus IS, and Infiniti Q50.

You should be considering an A4 if the A3 doesn’t have enough space for you or your family. It’s a decent sized sedan that should be able to fit adults or teenagers in the rear seats. If you prefer a sporty driving style, but don’t want to sacrifice a smooth ride or luxurious interior, the A4 would be a perfect fit. The A4 is a four-door sedan but Audi also offers the A4 Allroad, which is a wagon version that is lifted and has some rugged body cladding. It’s a great choice if you don’t want a crossover and want to spring some something a bit different.

The A4 has been around since 1994 when it succeeded the Audi 80, and it uses an evolution of the MLB platform, which underpins a number of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles.

The A4 is built in Germany at the Neckarsulm plant, alongside the Audi A5, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi R8.

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Audi A4 Specs

Audi A4 40 TFSI Specs

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 188 hp
Torque: 236 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel-drive, optional AWD
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Acceleration (0-60): 7.1 seconds
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 13.0 cubic feet

Audi A4 45 TFSI Specs

Engine: 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 248 hp
Torque: 273 lb-ft
Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Acceleration (0-60): 5.6 seconds
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 13.0 cubic feet

Audi S4 Specs

Audi S4

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 349 hp
Torque: 369 lb-ft
Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Acceleration (0-60): 4.4 seconds
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 13 cubic feet

Audi A4 Allroad Specs

Audi A4 allroad quattro

Engine: 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 248 hp
Torque: 273 lb-ft
Drivetrain: All-wheel-drive
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch
Acceleration (0-60): 5.9 seconds
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Capacity: 24.2 (seats up)/58.5 (seats folded) cubic feet

Audi A4 Fuel Economy

The Audi A4’s fuel economy changes depending on the drivetrain you opt for. Front-wheel-drive A4 40 TFSI models earn 27 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway, and 30 MPG combined.

Models with Quattro AWD are called A4 45 TFSI and earn 23 MPG city, 34 MPG highway and 27 MPG combined.

You can also get a six-cylinder all-wheel-drive equipped S4 model, which earns 21 MPG city, 30 MPG highway and 24 MPG combined.

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Audi A4 Safety Rating

The IIHS has tested and given this generation of A4 a Top Safety Pick rating, which is just shy from the coveted Top Safety Pick + rating. While the A4 is deemed to have performed well in the crash tests, it falls short in the headlights tests. This is because there are three different types of headlights available in the A4 depending on the trim and options. The best of the three is the LED projectors with automatic high-beam activation, while the worst are the standard HID projectors that don’t have that feature or any curve-adaptability.

The A4 features front collision prevention systems, including an automatic emergency braking, which avoided a collision at 12 MPH, and slowed the vehicle down 22 MPH from 25 MPH.

The A4 is also deemed to have easy to use Child Seat Anchors.

Audi A4 Features

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro

Since it’s a luxury car that starts at around $40,000, you can expect the A4 to be loaded with features. The Audi A4 comes standard with heated leather power seating and leather upholstery, as well as a 40/20/40 split folding rear seats. It also gets standard three-zone automatic climate control and a sunroof.

Audi A4 MMI

There are a number of infotainment features as well, with a seven-inch display that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Audi A4 also features parking sensors, a reverse camera, automatic headlights, and Audi’s pre sense basic and city systems, which help drivers avoid accidents. There are also standard full LED tail lights and LED daytime running lights, as well as Xenon headlights.

Some of the standout features found in the higher trim levels include the virtual cockpit, which is a nice large digital gauge cluster. Buyers can also opt for the adaptive cruise control system, which helps handle some of the more monotonous parts of driving.

Audi A4 virtual cockpit

Audi A4 Pricing

The A4 starts at $39,200 for a front-wheel drive 40 TFSI Titanium Edition model.

You can get a Premium model, which swaps in the 45 TFSI motor and all-wheel drive, it costs $42,000. You can add the convenience package to this for $1,500, a sport package for $750, rear thorax airbags for $350 and an upgraded Bang and Olufson sound system for $950.

You can get more equipment but stick with the front-wheel-drive 40 TFSI powertrain with a Premium Plus model, which costs $42,900. Upgrading to AWD in this model brings the total price to $47,500. These models can be equipped with the $900 19” Wheel package, $750 Cold Weather Package, a $750 sport package, a $350 rear thorax side airbags, $800 ventilated front seats, and an upgraded Bang and Olufsen sound system for $950.

The Prestige model can be had with either the front-wheel drive 40 TFSI powertrain for $46,200, or 45 TFSI Quattro setup for $50,800. These vehicles can be had with the $900 19” Wheel package, $750 Cold Weather Package, a $750 sport package, a $350 rear thorax side airbags, and the $800 ventilated front seats.

The S4 starts at $50,200 for the premium trim level and comes standard with all-wheel-drive and the 349 horsepower, six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. You can get the Premium Plus model for $54,500 which adds a number of high-tech goodies including the Virtual Cockpit. The S4 Prestige model costs $57,800 and comes with a head-up display as well as an enhanced adaptive cruise control system, camera system and lane keep assistance.

All of these prices exclude the $995 destination charge.

Audi A4 Competitors

The Audi A4 Competes with other entry-level, compact sedans like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Genesis G70, Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50, Cadillac ATS, Jaguar XE, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

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Future Audi A4 Plans

The A4 is an important product in the Audi lineup, as it shares a number of components and technologies with other Audi vehicles including the A5, A6, A7, and A8. Any upgrades to those vehicles should be expected to the A4. Furthermore, the last time the A4 received a significant change was in the 2017 model year. Expect a refresh of the vehicle that may use a 48-volt mild hybrid system to improve fuel efficiency, as well as provide the capability for other high-tech features like rear-wheel steering. Expect the next A4 to have a virtual assistant integrated into the infotainment system you can speak to like Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Audi A4 Review

By Jodi Lai

The Audi A4 is a significant volume seller for the German automaker, so there has always been a lot riding on its well-balanced, Teutonic shoulders.

Since 1972, more than 12 million A4s have been sold (including the Audi 80), which means Audi can’t screw this up. The Audi A4 is a solid luxury compact sedan that has features and driving dynamics that trick you into believing it is a much more expensive car.

‘New’ Look

The fifth-generation A4 was redesigned from bumper to bumper. As a whole new generation of the model, very little has been carried over from its predecessor. In fact, Audi says the A4 is 90 percent new or re-engineered. Despite this, Audi has been criticized for being too conservative with the A4’s design, but the design is actually brilliant.

Not pulling a reality show stunt where they take a mousey mouth breather with a neckbeard and some extra chins and turns them into Daniel Craig, the A4’s transformation is more subtle. Like seeing Daniel Craig six months ago at the gym versus seeing him at a movie premiere. He looks sharper, he’s a bit leaner after his workout, he’s wearing a good suit and damn, he cleans up nice. Similarly, the A4’s lines have been sharpened up without looking obscene, it is also leaner after some weight loss, and damn, it cleans up nice. The A4 is clean, classy and handsome.

2016 Audi A4

As a moneymaker, the A4 can’t be a huge design departure from the A4 people know and love. It still has an unmistakable A4 silhouette, and that’s exactly why this is a good design.

By introducing new design elements on hot cars that people lust after like the R8 and TT, and then slowly moving them downmarket to the cars that people can actually afford, Audi has a brilliant strategy. People will like the A4 because it has the same gorgeous LED headlights, slick sequential turn signals, and digital instrument cluster as the R8 and the TT. Audi really packed the A4 with features normally found in its more expensive cars.

Part of the reason why this redesign is also impressive is that the A4 spent some extensive time in the wind tunnel, so it is more aerodynamic than ever before. Audi says that at 0.23, the A4 now has a better drag coefficient than a Prius and a Tesla Model S. Along with some engine enhancements and a huge weight loss, this means the A4 is also 21 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, despite having larger dimensions.

2016 Audi A4 headlight

I showed a photo of the new A4 to a bunch of people who don’t know a lot about cars. The first thing they all told me was, “Woah, those headlights are amazing.” The second thing they said was, “That looks like an expensive car.” Mission achieved, Audi.

A Leg Up on the Competition

If you look at the A4’s biggest competitors, the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes C-Class, Audi brings a lot to the table. When the new C-Class was launched, it pushed the boundaries of what could be expected from a compact luxury sedan. Audi took that as a sign to push things even further. Now that BMW has a totally new 3 Series, however, the Audi A4 is a bit behind in terms of flashy tech, but can still hold its own. Even with some strong competition from the Genesis G70, the Audi A4 is still a powerful player.

What is so fantastic about the new A4 is that if you want an A8 but can’t afford it, get an A4. This used to be an impossible comparison, but this new generation model seriously ups its game. In fact, Audi claims that the A4 now has comparable NVH levels to its executive-level A8 sedan. Driving the A4 around Italy, it was hushed, smooth and there wasn’t a rattle or squeak to be heard.

2017 Audi A4

How Does the A4 Drive?

The biggest difference in the A4’s drive is a newfound lightness. In some models, more than 243 pounds have been sacrificed, scrutinized and chopped. Thank heavens, because the A4 actually drives like a small car again. This new lightness makes the biggest difference in how the A4 feels on the road. It feels quick and compliant, balanced and sure-footed.

All of these attributes can be felt in Comfort mode, where the A4 is competent, but doesn’t feel too different from a Honda Accord. Dynamic mode is where the A4 feels in its natural element. In Dynamic mode, the A4 comes alive, and its steering is well weighted and responsive. The car is more willing to play and more eager to make you smile. This would be my default driving mode unless I was stuck in traffic. It feels fantastic – not a track monster or a 911 chaser, but it feels energetic and even bubbly, something that was lacking from previous A4s.

2017 Audi A4

Driven on the twisting roads of the Italian mountain countryside and through the roundabouts and small streets of little Italian towns outside of Venice, the A4 (regardless of whether it was a front-driver or had quattro) feels confident, staying flat in corners, and displaying a respectable turn of speed with barely any lag when the road opened up.

2017 Audi A4

I spent my driving time in the new A4 with the well-equipped Technik trim with quattro and a front-drive, more basic Komfort model. Both were powered by the turbo 2.0-liter TSFI four-cylinder with a healthy 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and both were paired to a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The engine feels robust and is more powerful than the one it replaces, but combined with the A4’s lighter weight, the car just feels so lithe.

The transmission has a tendency to judder slightly at low speeds and from a stop, giving you a slipping sensation for a fraction of a second before it catches and finds the correct gear. This isn’t a huge deal because it happens so rarely and it sorts itself out quickly. Once underway, the seven-speed DCT is smooth like a Daniel Craig as James Bond pickup line. Gear changes are quick and imperceptible, and it always seems to know what gear to be in to keep the engine in its sweet spot. Passing slower cars is quick, with the transmission not afraid to drop a gear or two if needed.

Beautiful Interior Filled With New Tech

Inside, the driver and passengers are treated to more headroom and legroom. This is amazing because the new A4 is bigger but actually weighs less than it used to. Of course, living up to Audi standards, the interior is lush, covered in tasteful materials, and is tightly screwed together. There are generous storage cubbies, and there’s even a perfect little slot that holds the key. I’m not a huge fan of the rocker-style gear selector; You push a button to park, and rock the joystick-like shifter back and forth to put the car into gear. I prefer predefined gates for each gear, so this just seems like a useless innovation to me, but that’s where my complaints end.

2017 Audi A4 interior

Although there is still no touchscreen, Audi has made its MMI interface with its rotary knob controller much more user-friendly by using fewer buttons and by making the scroll wheel more intuitive: Scroll clockwise to move down the list and counter-clockwise to move back or left. Bless. This makes the biggest difference. The rotary wheel also has a touchpad on top where you can type letters into the system by drawing them with your finger. The touchpad also recognizes pinch to zoom gestures for maps. The system makes it easy to do tasks like pair a phone via Bluetooth, find a radio station or input a navigation destination. There is also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The A4 will also come with LTE and Wi-Fi, a great addition that allows the car to use Google Earth for its maps display and use real-time traffic updates. There is also a Qi inductive charging box in the center console that will wirelessly charge compatible smartphones.

2017 Audi A4 dashboard interior

The highlight of the interior is the 12-inch TFT “virtual cockpit” dashboard display, which is fully customizable and can be configured to display whatever information you want. It looks fantastic without being distracting, and combined with a color head-up display that has all the relevant information you could need, you never have to take your eyes off the road for too long. One of the great things about the HUD is that its height can be adjusted by a control to the left of the steering column; other systems require you to adjust it through the infotainment system, which is always a headache.

One of my favorite features is the 360-degree camera that gives you a full view of what’s happening around the car. You can toggle between different views with the touch of a button, and this is great for low-speed maneuvers like navigating a tight alleyway or parking in a small spot.

Audi Tech in the A4

New Safety Features

Audi says its new A4 has 33 driver assistance features. Many of these features are laying the groundwork for piloted driving. Here are some highlights:

-Adaptive cruise control: Uses radar and cameras to keep a safe distance between you car and the car in front. You can adjust how many car lengths you want to keep away from the car in front. It is very easy to use and works seamlessly.

-Traffic jam assist: A take on adaptive cruise control that basically drives the car in stop and go traffic, keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front.

-Predictive efficiency assistant: Uses radar and GPS to display an icon on the dash and the HUD to tell a driver to let off the gas because they will be stopping or slowing down soon. This helps increase fuel efficiency.

-Active lane assist and side assist: Helps you stay in your lane and prevents you from drifting into other lanes by warning a driver with a rumble, audio or visual cue. If the driver doesn’t take action, the car will provide a gentle steering correction.

-Cross traffic assist: When backing up out of a spot, lets the driver know if there are people or cars coming from the left or right of the car.

-Other notable features include: Pre-sense city (detects pedestrians or other cars to help avoid collisions), parking assist, exit warning, turn assist, collision avoidance assist and camera-based traffic sign recognition.

2017 Audi A4-

The Verdict: Audi A4 Review

The Audi A4 is a car I would recommend to anyone shopping this segment. The sedan does a good impression of a more high-end car like its A8 big brother. Its balanced and agile driving, luxurious interior, sophisticated chassis, mature yet bubbly disposition, long list of available safety features and technology make it a segment leader.

Detailed Specs

Engine / 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder (base engine)
Horsepower / 188
Torque / 236 lb-ft
Drivetrain / Front-wheel drive or AWD
Transmission / 7-speed DCT
Acceleration / 7.1 seconds
Seating Capacity / 5
Cargo Capacity / 13 cubic feet

Our Final Verdict

The Audi A4 is a brilliant sport sedan that balances excellent driving dynamics with comfort and luxury. With a leading interior and a lot of high-tech features, there is a lot to like about the Audi A4 and the A4 Allroad wagon variant. Although the Audi A4 is more conservatively styled than some of its competitors, it showcases an attention to detail and excellent build quality that is hard to match.