John Diether
Automotive Editor - February 29, 2016

2017 Audi A4 OVERVIEW

Audi's senior compact sedan, the A4 continues its tradition of understated luxury, bullet-proof quality, and athletic road manners. Although the A4 has received a thorough redo, its respected character remains the same.

What's New for 2017

The A4 has been completely redesigned.

Choosing Your Audi A4

The A4 has long been known (and liked) for its no-nonsense, button-down appearance, a theme that carries into this newest generation. It's more aerodynamic than before and slightly larger, with increased interior room in all dimensions, and yet weight is down a tad.

The sole engine remains a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder, now with a hearty 248 horsepower. A seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission comes standard, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is available on all models.

Like most Audi's, the A4 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels:


Comes fully equipped with leather upholstery, power front seats, a sunroof, a rearview camera, tri-zone climate control, aluminum interior trim, a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio, and 17-inch wheels (18s available). The collision mitigation system (known as Pre Sense) tightens seatbelts and closes all windows if a front impact is imminent. The optional Convenience package adds driver memory, keyless ignition and access, and heated side mirrors. There's also a Navigation Plus package with a navigation system, HD radio, and Bluetooth audio. For a more aggressive feel, you can add the Sport package with a firmer suspension, sport seats, and a black headliner. Heated front seats are a standalone option.

Premium Plus

Gets the contents of the Premium's Convenience package as standard, plus heated front seats and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. The available Technology package provides everything in the Premium's Navigation Plus package, as well as a driver-facing display screen with full instrumentation, blind spot monitoring, and Pre Sense for rear collisions. A Cold Weather package adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Sport package continues as an option.


Builds on the Premium Plus with its Technology package features and 18-inch wheels as standard. The Cold Weather and Sport packages remain optional. Available only on the Prestige is a Driver Assistance package with adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. There's also a Warm Weather package featuring ventilated front seats and rear sunshades. The Prestige is also eligible for an adaptive sport suspension.

Options on all models are wood interior trim and rear side airbags.

CarsDirect Tip

The Premium carries more convenience features this year, so we consider the A4 to be a properly equipped luxury car from the start. If you're shopping on the higher end of the line, the Prestige's excellent adaptive suspension is a bargain at $1,000.

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