All A4s get a 2.0-liter turbocharged 211-horsepower four-cylinder. Front-wheel drive is standard, but Quattro all-wheel drive is available. Front-wheel drive models get a standard continuously variable transmission with no fixed gears. Quattro models get the choice of a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The A4 is capable of up to 32 MPG highway. All models get leather seats, eight-way powered front seats, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Option packages add more equipment, such as navigation, sport suspension, keyless entry and start and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.
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The BMW 328i resonates more with sport sedan purists because it's rear-wheel drive and is more overtly sporty than the Audi. It also manages better fuel economy ratings with its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. But the BMW is more expensive, comes with fewer standard features and is not as roomy. The Mercedes-Benz C-class is also rear-wheel drive and is striking to look at, but its standard turbocharged engine on the C250 is less powerful than the A4 and all-wheel drive is only available on the C300 with worse fuel economy. The Lexus IS is better value than the A4 and comes with a history of Lexus reliability, but the rear seat is very cramped and its standard 2.5-liter V6 is slower and less efficient than the A4's turbo. The Acura TSX offers a lot of features for less money than the A4, but its interior is not as nice and there's no all-wheel drive option.
Overall, the A4 is right up with the best compact luxury sedans. It has the styling and quality bases covered, while offering an efficient turbo four-cylinder, front and all-wheel drive and a vast list of luxury options. Any shopper in this segment should put the A4 high on his or her shopping list.
The Premium has 17-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, automatic headlights and wipers, fog lamps, automatic climate control, leather seats and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio and an AUX input. Eight-way power front seats, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and Audi's Multimedia Interface (MMI) are also standard.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Audi A4$36,888 | 10,590 mi
2012 Audi A4$33,988 | 11,280 mi
2012 Audi A4$35,944 | 15,583 mi
2012 Audi A4$37,367 | 13,082 mi
2012 Audi A4$39,988 | 20,056 mi
2011 Audi A4$24,988 | 41,924 mi
2011 Audi A4$24,988 | 42,052 mi
2011 Audi A4$26,777 | 43,965 mi
2011 Audi A4$26,995 | 28,242 mi
2011 Audi A4$26,999 | 55,072 mi
2011 Audi A4$27,488 | 52,452 mi
2011 Audi A4$28,488 | 41,489 mi
2011 Audi A4$29,988 | 38,027 mi
2011 Audi A4$31,988 | 29,650 mi
2011 Audi A4$32,988 | 37,709 mi
2011 Audi A4$33,054 | 19,170 mi
2011 Audi A4$33,988 | 43,494 mi
2009 Audi A4$19,491 | 76,532 mi
2009 Audi A4$19,888 | 75,147 mi
2009 Audi A4$19,959 | 75,499 mi
2009 Audi A4$20,505 | 58,118 mi
2009 Audi A4$21,888 | 52,474 mi
2008 Audi A4$16,991 | 79,128 mi
2007 Audi A4$15,699 | 87,736 mi
2007 Audi A4$15,991 | 78,233 mi
2006 Audi A4$12,999 | 97,433 mi
2005 Audi A4$13,888 | 71,176 mi
2002 Audi A4$6,986 | 130,248 mi
More fuel-efficient and traditionally set-up, but costs more and is less spacious.
Stylish and solidly constructed, but isn't as fast as A4 and 4Matic is less fuel efficient.
Comes with more features and reputation for reliability, but has tight backseat and underpowered 2.5-liter V6.
Well-equipped for a lower price, but interior is homely and does not offer all-wheel drive