James Flammang
Contributing Editor - August 5, 2015

2016 Audi A4 OVERVIEW

Long known for its blend of elegance and upscale practicality, Audi’s A4 ranks among the more affordable compact luxury sedans. Handsome and economical, with a strong four-cylinder engine, the A4 is tastefully trimmed both inside and out. The A4's design was trend-setting when it first appeared, and still looks fresh today. Buyers turning to a luxury car for the first time are especially likely to consider an A4.

What's New for 2016

Except for one new color choice, little has changed apart from several equipment revisions. A three-spoke multi-function steering wheel is now standard on the base Premium model. Premium options now include Advanced Key and Audi Connect, as part of a Navigation package. Bang & Olufsen sound is now included in the Technology package for Premium Plus models.

Choosing Your Audi A4

Every A4 holds a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 220 horsepower. Front-drive models use a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Cars equipped with optional quattro all-wheel drive can get have either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. All three drivetrain possibilities are available on each trim level. The previous Prestige trim is no longer offered.

With front-drive and automatic, fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway (27 mpg combined). Quattro all-wheel drive drops the estimates to 22/32 mpg (26 combined) with manual shift, or 21/30 mpg (25 combined) with automatic.


Starting at $36,825 with front-drive and a CVT, the Premium trim level comes with leather seating surfaces, eight-way power front seats with driver’s lumbar adjustment, a sunroof, tri-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Also standard are 18-inch wheels, foglamps, and xenon headlamps.

Heated seats, rear side airbags and navigation are available as standalone options. Quattro all-wheel drive with a six-speed manual gearbox adds $1,100 to the price, and another thousand brings the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Premium Plus

For an additional $2,100, Premium Plus gets the all the Premium equipment as standard, along with keyless entry/start, driver memory functions, heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming inside mirror with compass, and 19-inch wheels.

The available Technology package adds MMI hard-disc navigation with voice control, parking sensors, a parking system with rearview camera, DVD player, Audi connect, and Audi side assist. The Sport package comes with front sport seats, power lumbar adjustment, a sport-tuned suspension and adjustable driving settings. A Sport Plus group adds a flat-bottom steering wheel, gloss black exterior accents, and summer performance tires on 19-inch titanium-finish wheels. Audiophiles can add a 14-speaker premium Bang & Olufsen sound system, as an individual option. As with the Premium model, you can step up to AWD and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission

CarsDirect Tip

We lean toward Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive, which doesn’t cost much more than a front-drive A4 and can have either manual shift or a conventional automatic transmission. Because A4 trim levels are independent of drivetrain choice, you can get all-wheel drive without having to pay for features you might not want. So, you may be fully satisfied with a Premium edition, perhaps simply upgrading it with quattro.

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