Review

Audi A4 saloon

Price  £24,685 - £40,685

Audi A4 saloon

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Excellent interior
  • Strong engine range
  • Generous standard equipment
Cons
  • Starting to look dated
  • Poor ride on some models
  • BMW 3 Series more fun to drive

At a glance

The greenest
SE Technik 2.0 TDI 163PS ultra 4dr £29,620
The cheapest
SE 1.8 TFSI 120PS 4dr £24,685
The fastest
3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 4dr £39,610
Top of the range
Black Edition 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 4dr £40,685

“An excellent interior and great build quality make the A4 a good car, but it’s starting to look a little out-of-date and will soon be replaced.”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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MPG, running costs & CO2

4.4 / 5

Great range of efficient petrol and diesel engines

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

The Audi A4 is safe and predictable to drive, but not as fun as a BMW 3 Series

Interior & comfort

4 / 5

Excellent interior quality, but the Audi A4 is let down by uncomfortable sports suspension

Practicality & boot space

3.7 / 5

The Audi A4 is still a practical saloon, but doesn’t match newer rivals for passenger space

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

A steady decline in customer satisfaction highlights the Audi A4’s age

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"Improvements have also been made to the suspension, which has been fine-tuned to deliver better handling and ride comfort. Admittedly the effect is only minor but with the 17-inch wheels fitted to our test car, and with the Audi Drive Select system fitted we had no complaints about the ride."
4 / 5
"If you want a car that handles like a 3 Series, buy a 3 Series. Failing that, try the Mercedes C-Class - the Audi A4 is not really in the same league dynamically. Audi must know this, and must also have calculated its buyers simply don't care. But even so there are some surprises."
"From the outside you’ll be hard pressed to notice much in the way of big changes. The front lights are the main difference with a similar look to the new A6. The grille is also a slightly different shape (at the top edges) while if you look hard you can see that the front fog lights have been redesigned. The front and rear bumpers are also new."
4 / 5
"On the whole, the A4's cabin is quiet. Road- and suspension noise aren't a problem. Most of the engines are quiet, too, but the 1.8 petrol becomes gruff when worked hard. The large door mirrors also create a little too much wind noise at speed."

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What owners say

4.2191066997519
4.2 /5 based on 403 reviews
67%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
27 Oct 2014
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