Audi A4 Review
The 2014 Audi A4 ranks 5 out of 22 Upscale Midsize 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.
Automotive writers agree that the 2014 Audi A4’s upscale interior, comfortable ride and athletic performance make it a smart choice in its class.
The Audi A4 comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that most test drivers say has plenty of power for zipping through town and merging onto highways. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard in front-wheel drive models, while models with all-wheel drive get either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Test drivers say that the CVT provides adequate performance, but most prefer the six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The EPA reports that the base 2014 A4 gets 24/32 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers say the A4’s suspension balances ride comfort and cornering performance, and most think the steering system is precise and nicely weighted and the brakes are powerful.
Test drivers agree that the A4’s interior features superb build quality, top-notch materials and a premium design. They say the front seats are comfortable and have ample legroom, but some think that the back seat could be roomier. The A4’s trunk is a bit smaller than the class average. Standard features on the 2014 Audi A4 include leather upholstery, a power sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 10-speaker stereo, an iPod connector and satellite radio. Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which provides access to many audio, climate and vehicle settings, is also standard. Some critics complain that MMI is difficult to use, but others note that the upgraded MMI system with navigation is easier to use since its controls are more logically placed. Optional interior features include navigation, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth music streaming and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system.
- "The Audi A4 has been so good for so long that it's easy to take this entry-level luxury sedan's excellence for granted. Its styling is familiar but still attractive, while its cabin is what we've come to expect from Audi in terms of elegant design and superior quality. The features list is generous, yet the A4 typically undercuts the prices on its German rivals. And while certain competitors are more memorable to drive, the A4 still finds a nice middle ground between the sport and comfort sides of the spectrum." -- Edmunds
- "Want a gorgeous ride with a great driving experience, impeccable luxury, cradling comfort, generous interior space, exquisite refinement, superb driving manners, quick performance, welcome efficiency, and a first-class image? Try Audi's A4 sedan line-up." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Though back-seat passengers may be a little crowded, overall this German sedan is a great compromise between sport sedan and practical, sensible transportation." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "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)
Other Cars to Consider
Like the A4, the BMW 3-Series is available with all-wheel drive and gets impressive fuel economy for the class. Reviewers say the 3-Series has phenomenal handling, and it’s available with a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
Test drivers write that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a luxurious interior and powerful V6 engine options. It also features more driver assistance and safety features than the A4, including a standard Attention Assist system, which can warn you when you are getting drowsy.
Details: 2014 Audi A4
The 2014 Audi A4 seats five and comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive are standard. Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system is optional, and is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance Audi S4 features a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. Five trims are offered: A4 Premium, A4 Premium Plus, A4 Prestige, S4 Premium Plus and S4 Prestige. The A4 received its last full redesign for the 2009 model year and has seen a few minor updates since then. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.