Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - December 26, 2018

2019 Audi A4 OVERVIEW

Audi's ever-popular compact A4 continues the trend of being a technology-rich vehicle with upscale luxury features. While the 2019 model year brings some minor exterior updates, the A4 is still a great option in the luxury segment with its ideal blend of style, luxury, and technology. As with the majority of other Audis, the brand's legendary quattro system is standard on some trims, which brings all-weather capability to the masses.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the A4 gets minimal exterior changes, which include a redesigned front bumper and lower fascia. The rear bumper has also been updated with a new dual exhaust system.

Audi A4

Choosing Your Audi A4

The A4 is offered with two engines. The base motor is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard for the base A4, as is front-wheel drive. Oddly, models with the standard engine are referred to as “Ultra” models and are rated by the EPA to get up to 27 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined.

A more powerful version of the engine is also available for an extra $4,600 throughout the entire lineup, and is rated to produce 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Once again, the engine is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Instead of sending power to the front wheels, the larger engine comes with all-wheel drive as standard. Ticking the box for the larger engine brings fuel economy down to 23/34/27 mpg (city/highway/combined).

In terms of safety, the A4 isn't as feature packed as some of its competitors. The base A4 comes with Audi pre sense basic, which pretensions the front seat belts, automatically closes the side windows and sunroof, and turns on the hazard warning lights when it recognizes an accident is imminent. Other safety tech that's standard is Audi pre sense city that alerts drivers and automatically pushes the brakes if it senses an accident is going to occur.

There are three available trims for the A4:


Pricing for the Premium trim with the base engine – it's officially called the 40 TFSI – starts at $38,395 (all prices include the destination charge). Adding the more powerful engine (45 TSFI) raises the price up to $42,995. Standard exterior features for the trim include xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, LED taillights, heated windshield washer nozzles, and dual exhaust outlets.

On the inside, the base trim comes with three-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats, eight-way power front seats, and ambient LED interior lighting. Technology wise, the A4 comes with a seven-inch display, a 10-speaker audio system, a five-inch driver information system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a HomeLink garage door opener, a rearview camera, and two USB ports.

There are two major packages for the base Premium. The Sport Package ($750) adds aluminum inlays, a black cloth headliner, front sport seats, and sport suspension. The Convenience Package ($1,500) brings a memory system for the front seats, an alarm system with a motion sensor, Audi's advanced key, a seven-inch driver information system, heated and auto-dimming side-view mirrors, and SiriusXM.

Premium Plus

The Premium Plus starts at $43,895. Standard features over the Premium trim include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a seven-inch color driver information system, Audi connect Care assistance and security services, Audi's advanced key, front and rear parking sensors, Audi side assist with pre sense rear, automatic windshield wipers and headlights, a memory system for the driver's seat, shift paddles, dynamic headlight range adjustment, automatic headlight leveling, and full LED headlights.

The Sport Package ($750) adds the same features as on lower trims, while the Cold Weather Package ($750) includes all-weather floor mats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. A Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D Sound costs $950. Going with the more powerful engine and all-wheel drive allows you to tick the box for the Black Optic Plus Package ($1,200), which adds 18-inch black wheels, red brake calipers, black side sill blades, a black rear lip spoiler, a flat bottom steering wheel, black exterior mirror housings, black inlays, a black optic exterior package, and red contrast stitching.


The range-topping Prestige costs $47,195 and adds lane keeping assist, an 8.3-inch display, adaptive cruise control with stop and go and Traffic Jam assist, a head-up display, Audi virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, high beam assist, and dual pane acoustic glass as standard. The Prestige trim has a lot of the same available packages as lower models.

CarsDirect Tip

Getting an Audi without all-wheel drive somehow feels wrong. And the extra power and performance from the more powerful engine are worth the extra money, which is how we'd spec our 2019 Audi A4. With more safety and technology features, which is Audi's strong suit, we recommend going with the Premium Plus and ticking the box for the Cold Weather Package.

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