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2018 Audi A4

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2018 2.0T ultra Premium 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Overview

Audi's popular compact sedan, the A4 makes a strong play for buyers with its mature style, sprightly handling, and tasteful appointments. Even so, it might just be the A4's unquestioned quality that makes it a perennial top choice.

What's New for 2018

The newly available Optic Black Plus Package adds special wheels and trim throughout. The mid-level Premium Plus gains additional standard safety features. All-wheel drive is no longer available with the base engine.

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Choosing Your Audi A4

The A4 starts at $36,975 (including destination) with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission does the shifting. Models with this setup carry the suffix "Ultra," and are EPA-rated at 31 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

The rest of the lineup gets all-wheel drive and a more potent version of the 2.0-liter with 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, starting at $41,475. The EPA rates these models at 28 mpg combined. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic comes standard, but buyers can opt for a six-speed manual at no cost.

Both versions of the A4 are available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels:

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Premium

The base A4 comes with plenty of standard equipment, including leather upholstery, heated front seats, keyless ignition, a sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, aluminum interior trim, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio.

While it lacks some advanced safety equipment, the A4 Premium gets Audi Pre Sense Basic as standard. It tightens seatbelts and closes all windows if a front impact is imminent.

The $1,000 Convenience Package adds driver memory, smartkey access, satellite radio, and power-folding side mirrors. There's also a Sport Package with more supportive front seats, a black headliner, and a lowered suspension for $750. The Premium rolls on 17-inch wheels; 18s are optional at $800 and required with the Sport Package.

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Premium Plus

Gets the contents of the Convenience Package and 18-wheels as standard, plus rear collision mitigation, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, full LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, and parking sensors.

The $3,000 Navigation and Telematics Package furnishes navigation, remote safety and concierge services, and Audi's acclaimed Virtual Cockpit instrumentation system – you want this option pack. The Cold Weather Package tacks on heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel with paddle shifters for $500.

The Sport Package continues as an option, but is also joined by a Sport Plus Package that adds different 18-inch wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and an adaptive suspension with Audi Dynamic Steering. On the flip side, the Black Optic Package adds much of the same content but replaces the wheels and some exterior trim with black versions. The cabin gets red accent stitching while the brake calipers are painted a similar shade. The Black Optic and Sport Plus Package are mutually exclusive. 19-inch wheels are also available as standalone options, with two separate designs keyed to the Sport Plus and Black Optic packs.

The Premium Plus starts at $40,175 in Ultra form, or $44,675 with all-wheel drive and the upgraded engine.

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Prestige

The Prestige sits at the top of the A4 range, as it does with most Audi models. It adds surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a head-up display, automatic high beams, acoustic front side glass, and leatherette door and console trim as standard equipment, although with prices starting at $46,475 for the Prestige Ultra and $50,975 for the standard model, it's tough to say whether it's worth the price premium.

The Navigation and Telematics Packages is standard, while the Sport, Black Optic, and Cold Weather packages remain optional and offer the same gear as on lesser trim levels. The Sport Plus Package is not available on the Prestige trim, so if you want the most dynamic A4 (without going to the S4), we hope you like black trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The A4 is much more satisfying to drive with the 252-hp engine and all-wheel drive, which is how most examples are sold. The extra $4,500 is worth it, even outside of the snowbelt.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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There is no shortage of choice in the compact luxury sedan market. Germany continues to dominate, but Japan remains popular. The United States and Great Britain build some off-beat choices in the form of the Cadillac ATS and Jaguar XE, while even Italy is getting in on the action, with the new Alfa Romeo Giulia. If this is a tad overwhelming, rest easy knowing that the Audi A4 remains a perfect fallback vehicle in model year 2018.

The 2018 A4 is not the best at any one thing any more, but it's such an all-around pleasant vehicle that it remains difficult to ignore. But customers wanting more passion, flair, or personality, might want to look at the competition.

Best Value

Buying a front-wheel-drive Audi – especially the A4, which defaults to a lower-output turbocharged four-cylinder without Quattro all-wheel drive – doesn't make sense. Instead, the smart money goes for Quattro and the 252-horsepower, 273-pound-foot version of Audi's popular 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder.

A snickety-snack six-speed manual is available as standard, although Audi doesn't charge extra for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The choice, then, depends purely on personal preference – while the manual is available with a $3,400 Sport Plus Package, the most important items in it are available in separate packages with the automatic. There's no real difference between the two, otherwise.

The best deal is generally the most customizable, and in the A4's case, that means grabbing the mid-range Premium Plus trim. This grade walks the line perfectly, offering a lot of nice standard equipment (LED headlights, a Bang and Olufsen audio system, and blind-spot monitoring) while offering the best features from the range-topping Prestige (Audi Virtual Cockpit) as optional extras. At the same time, though, it costs almost $7,000 less, at $44,675 (including a $975 destination charge).

  • Model: 2018 Audi A4 Premium Plus
  • Engine: 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 252 hp/273 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Exterior color: Gotland Green metallic
  • Interior color: Nougat Brown
  • Options: Cold Weather Package ($500, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel), Navigation and Telematics Package ($3,000, 8.3-inch MMI infotainment system with navigation, Audi Virtual Cockpit, Audi telematics suite), Sport Package ($750, black headliner, sport seats, 0.9-inch suspension drop)
  • Base Price: $44,675
  • As Tested: $48,525

Performance Pros

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  • Audi has been riding the 2.0-liter turbo train forever and it shows – this remains an excellent engine with plenty of power and a quiet, refined exhaust note.
  • Seven-speed DCT isn't as fun as the six-speed manual, but shifts are fast and wisely executed.
  • Drive mode system is intuitive and offers substantive character changes in each mode

Performance Cons

  • Lacks driving character and charm abundant in newer competition

Interior Pros

  • Audi is still one of the best brands for interior quality on the market.
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit is one of this industry's best technologies – intuitive, intelligent, and absolutely fantastic to live with.
  • Sport seats are very supportive without feeling claustrophobic (we're looking at you Alfa Romeo).
  • Backseat is roomier than its measurements indicate.

Interior Cons

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  • The cabin is clean and attractive, but it also feels a little too boring. We'd really like some more exciting upholstery and trim options.
  • MMI infotainment system's controls aren't intuitive anymore. Fortunately, the center display is mostly obsolete – we shut it off for most of our testing and relied on Virtual Cockpit instead.

Our Favorite Thing

Audi Virtual Cockpit. It's not an exaggeration to say that this system replaces the center display. It has nearly all the same functionality right in front of your face and controllable via the steering wheel.

Our Least Favorite Thing

Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz sedans all have so much character and charm that they make the A4 feel boring and staid. It's just hard to get excited about this sedan nowadays.

Right For

Drivers who know what they like and aren't interested in changing will flock to the A4. While redesigned last year, the reality is that this feels very much like the sedan Audi's been selling since the early 2010s.

Wrong For

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Drivers that want to stand out. The A4 is a great luxury sedan, but it's not an exciting or boisterous one. Extroverts will be better served at Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, and Lexus.

The Bottom Line

The 2018 Audi A4 suffers not from its own faults as much as changes in the market driven by more exciting and open competitors. It's still a very competent, enjoyable luxury sedan, but it's no longer one worth getting excited about.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 190 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 7-spd S tronic auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 37 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 190 HP / 236 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 37 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Multi-link
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
15.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$58
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
186.1 "
Exterior Width
72.5 "
Exterior Height
56.2 " / 55.3 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
37.4 "
Front Legroom
41.3 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,450 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " / 18.0 " Polished W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 "
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Colored W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
10 / 19 Bang & Olufsen
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Audi Pre Sense Basic Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Audi Side Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Audi Active Lane Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Audi Pre Sense City Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High-beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking System Plus Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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