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