With turbocharged power, engaging driving dynamics and available technology that reimagines what is possible in a vehicle’s gauge cluster, the Audi A4 is a feature-laden entry-level luxury sedan that is easy to love.
2017 to Present: Audi A4
The latest Audi A4 sedan was introduced for the 2017 model year. It combines form and function, with an exterior design that is easy on the eyes and one of the most aerodynamic in the segment. When partnered with the standard turbocharged engine, the five-seat A4 provides stellar acceleration, relaxed highway cruising and excellent fuel economy.
The Audi A4 is an entry-level luxury sedan that’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 252 horsepower. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission takes care of lightning-fast gear changes. The A4 arrives with standard front-wheel drive, but Audi’s renowned Quattro all-wheel drive system is available as an option.
The current A4 provides a high level of comfort and luxury, which is complemented by some of the best automotive technology available. Standard features include three-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, an infotainment system and a sunroof.
Audi’s “virtual cockpit” is available as an option. It includes a fully digital instrument cluster with a full-screen display of maps, in-depth monitoring of the A4’s systems and much more.
Thanks to the carefully balanced suspension, powerful turbocharged engine and available all-wheel drive, the Audi A4 provides a rewarding driving experience even in the most mundane conditions. A testimony to Audi’s engineering, the A4 pampers on the highway and during the daily commute. It also rewards the enthusiast who’s willing to push the sedan on a winding country road.
Earlier Audi A4 Models
The Audi A4 was introduced for the 1996 model year as a replacement for the aging Audi 90 sedan. Offered in both sedan and wagon (Avant) body styles, the A4 proved to be a popular model for the brand. In its first year, the A4 came with a 2.8-liter V6 producing 190 horsepower. Buyers had the choice of five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions, as well as front- and all-wheel drive. A year later, a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 150 horsepower was introduced and paired with the same transmission and drivetrain choices.
The A4 was redesigned for 2002, receiving a punchier version of the turbocharged engine with 170 horsepower. A new 3.0-liter V6 with 220 horsepower was also introduced. Front-wheel drive models got a new "Multitronic" continuously variable transmission (CVT). Other additions include dual-zone climate control and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. The A4 Cabriolet debuted for 2003 and was first offered with the 3.0-liter V6 and front-wheel drive. A version with Quattro and a model with the 1.8-liter engine followed later. For 2005, the A4 gained styling updates that include a new front end treatment and an updated dashboard.
The A4’s next redesign arrived for the 2009 model year. The exterior boasts a simple, rounded shape with clean lines and an impressive interior with a decent set of standard features.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was introduced, delivering 211 to 220 horsepower, depending on the model year. Front-wheel drive and a CVT are standard, while Quattro and the choice of manual and automatic transmissions were offered.
Standard equipment for many 2009-2016 models includes 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, tri-zone climate control, leather seats, an eight-way driver's power seat, Audi's MMI infotainment system and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Available upgrades include, heated front seats, keyless entry and ignition, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring.