Audi A4 saloon
Price £25,685 - £40,685
- Excellent interior
- Strong engine range
- Generous standard equipment
- Starting to look dated
- Poor ride on some models
- BMW 3 Series more fun to drive
At a glance
“An excellent interior and great build quality make the A4 a good car, but it’s starting to look a little out-of-date and will soon be replaced.”
Five million Audi A4s have been sold since it first launched in 1995. The current model debuted in 2007, so it's hardly the sprightliest Audi on the market, but it does offer a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines, plus a huge list of options and a selection of variable suspension set-ups that range from smooth and comfortable to pretty jarring. Whichever model and accessories you choose, though, the A4 is an excellent upmarket saloon that competes with the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series as a high-quality, all-round premium car.
If you want performance, we’d say that the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol turbo S line is the one to choose, but if comfort and economy are top of your list of priorities, the 2.0-litre TDI Ultra diesel model with standard suspension is by far the best choice. The A4 comes as a saloon, an Avant estate or a 4x4 Allroad estate, plus S4 and RS4 performance models being available as well. Audi dropped the A4 convertible back in 2009 to make space for the more upmarket A5 Cabrio.
All models come with loads of equipment and accessories as standard. Almost constant updates to the exterior means the A4 may be older but still looks smart and classy, and you only need to drive the latest version to get a clear understanding why it's such a popular car. For the ultimate in Audi class, S line and Black Edition models add larger alloy wheels and slick body kits for that extra bling. The Audi A4 comes in four main specifications – entry-level SE, mid-range SE Technik, top-of-the-range S line, and the luxurious Black Edition.
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Great range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
The Audi A4 is safe and predictable to drive, but not as fun as a BMW 3 Series
Excellent interior quality, but the Audi A4 is let down by uncomfortable sports suspension
The Audi A4 is still a practical saloon, but doesn’t match newer rivals for passenger space
A steady decline in customer satisfaction highlights the Audi A4’s age