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- Great all-rounder
- Beautifully-finished cabin
- Huge selection of engines
- Ride quality complaints
- Rivals more fun to drive
- They’re a common sight
That improved even further in 2011 with a facelift and some subtle tweaking, liberating extra performance and fuel economy from a few models. If you place quality and ambience over excitement and fun, the A4 should be right at the top of your shopping list.
Audi rules the roost when it comes to interior quality. The A4 offers the sort of quality you’d expect from the much more expensive A8 luxury car. The fit and finish of the materials really is world class, with not a surface in sight that doesn't feel top-quality.
Ergonomics are a mixed bag. While the A4's dashboard design and layout is about as good as it gets, several testers have found the A4 has an offset driving position. Not only is this a bit of an oversight, it also affects comfort for some drivers. That's a shame, since the seats front and rear are comfortable and the cabin is refined - making the A4 a good long-distance cruiser. Space in the cabin and boot is good though.
The A4 has never really matched the BMW 3-Series for driving fun and the critics still have a few issues with aspects of the car’s drive. Steering lacks feel and ride quality can be a little uncomfortable on occasion, a problem exacerbated by S-Line variants on larger wheels.
Grip is good though in all models, and when you're not pressing on the A4's other talents become more apparent. It munches motorway miles with the best of them and all the controls are well-weighted.
There's a huge engine range available in the A4. Starting with the petrol options, there two 1.8 TFSI petrols with 120 and 170 PS power outputs, and a 2.0 TFSI with 225 PS and standard quattro all-wheel drive.
The diesel range comprises four different 2.0-litre models - kicking off with two 'TDIe' models, with mpg in the mid-60s. 150 and 177 PS TDIs are also offered, each of which scrapes into the 60s for mpg with manual models, dropping a little as you add a dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. A 245 PS 3.0 TDI tops the diesel options.
Right at the very top of the range is the S4, with its 3.0 supercharged petrol engine and 333 PS on tap - good for 62 mph in five seconds and a respectable 34.9 mpg. All the engines score highly for refinement.
Value for money
A4s represent good value, and are often priced very close to rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. For that you get high quality interiors and good equipment levels. The strong economy of all A4s, diesels in particular, means that running costs should be relatively low.
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S-Tronic is Audi parlance for the ubiquitous Volkswagen-Audi dual-clutch transmission. These models drop a few MPG compared to manual variants, and they also cost about £1,500 extra - but they're quick, smooth and easy to use.
Several versions are also available with Audi's famed quattro four-wheel drive, which gets ever more appealing as the British climate deteriorates! Expect to pay just over £1,500 for the quattro option.
The A4 is a solid car, both in chiselled appearance and in its range of talents. Its quality is beyond reproach in the class, even given stiff competition from BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. It also offers a range of dependable engines and a few sportier options.
It does lack the fun found in some of its rivals though, so keen drivers will likely look elsewhere. But in its own way, the A4 is just as appealing as any other car in the class.
- Price range:
- £23,960 - £40,095
- 34 - 65
- Date released:
- Replacement due:
- Within a couple of years
- Model history:
- The current-generation A4 was launched in 2008, before a spruce-up in late 2011 modernised the styling. All reviews after this date apply to the facelifted model.
See here for full details: Audi A4 Facelift - What's Different?
- Engine to go for:
- The 3.0 TDI and S4 models are rated highest by the experts, but most drivers will be more than happy with the 2.0 TDIe 136.
- Other variants:
- If you require more room then check out the estate version, the A4 Avant. It gets even better reviews than the saloon.
- Engine naming:
- TDI engines are diesels, TFSI and FSI engines are petrols
- If you're not sure whether it's worth upgrading to the bigger A6, then check out our Audi A4 vs A6 guide.
|2.0 TDI 143||5||7.6|
|2.0 TDI 170||2||8.0|
|3.0 TDI Quattro||3||8.7|
Audi A4 User Reviews
This is the first Audi I've owned and find it's a serious car with a solid build which is a joy to drive and sticks to the road nicely. It's a great all-rounder. Its looks are sharp. The A4 is an elegant business like car perfect for my stop start city work as well as for longer motorway journeys - perfect in all conditions I've experienced so far...
- By Scott Newson, who owns this car
Video review by MSN cars. Excellent review, they evaluate which engine, and which options, are worth going for.
MotorsTV road test the Audi A4. They give their thoughts on the handling, ride quality and interior. Engine tested is the 3.2 Fsi.
Promotional video showing how the Audi A4 has evolved into its current form.
Video from the NCAP crash tests on the A4.
Excellent video comparing the S4 against the BMW 335i. They tell us which one they'd prefer. Video by Edmund's Inside Line.
Really useful video explaining the different spec levels available on the A4 Saloon.