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MSRP: $35,900 - $50,200
Invoice: $33,388 - $46,686
MPG: 24 City / 32 Hwy

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Audi A4 Review

The 2016 Audi A4 ranks 4 out of 14 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi A4, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2016 Audi A4 delivers an attractive, spacious cabin, athletic handling and a comfortable ride, according to auto journalists.

The 2016 A4 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reviewers think feels potent at all speeds. A supercharged V6 engine comes standard in the performance-based S4. Front-wheel drive and an automatic transmission (CVT) come standard in the A4, and all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual are optional. According to the EPA, the 2016 Audi A4 earns 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is good for an upscale small car. Critics say the A4 has a comfortable ride, as well as nimble handling when driven more enthusiastically. They find its steering provides good feedback, and think the brakes are strong.

According to auto journalists, the 2016 Audi A4 has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with high-quality materials and a stylish design. They say the seats are comfortable and that there's ample space in both rows. The trunk is somewhat small for the class. The 2016 A4 comes standard with a 10-speaker audio system, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a power sunroof, an auxiliary input and Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color display screen and a central control knob. Available features include a rearview camera, heated front seats, Bluetooth audio streaming, adaptive cruise control, HD Radio, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and an MMI infotainment system with Audi Connect, which has wireless Internet access through a cellular data connection. Most auto writers find the infotainment system complicates simple audio and climate adjustments, and isn't as simple to use as rivals' systems.

  • "The Audi A4 is a small sedan tasked with being all things to all people. For those seeking luxury, it has a plush interior and a comfortable ride; for tech-focused customers, it offers the latest connectivity and safety technologies; and for enthusiasts, it boasts well-tuned steering and tight handling, though the truly performance-minded will want to check out the more powerful S4 model." -- Left Lane News
  • "Whether you're looking for a modestly priced luxury sedan or a not-so-modestly priced performance machine, the 2016 Audi A4 and S4 sedans offer a wide range of models and pricing. Audi's interior designs will take your breath away, as will the dizzying array of high-tech options." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are plenty of choices for small luxury sedans, but the 2015 Audi A4's sophisticated blend of attributes makes it hard to beat." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The seats are comfortable, the performance is exhilarating and all of the technology really does come into play and make you feel like you could drive on and on." -- Road and Track (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers think the BMW 2-Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. They say it has a powerful engine lineup, athletic handling and smooth automatic and manual transmissions. The 2-Series also has more cargo space than the A4.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a luxurious cabin, reviewers say, and they are impressed with its comfortable ride. The C-Class gets better fuel economy and has slightly more cargo space than the A4.

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Details: 2016 Audi A4

The 2016 Audi A4 seats five and comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available. The A4 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims, while the performance-oriented S4 comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims. The A4 hasn't been fully redesigned since 2009, and since it sees no major changes for 2016, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 7/6/15

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