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2019 Audi A4 Review

The 2019 Audi A4 ranks near the top of the luxury small car class, thanks in part to its dynamic performance, elegant cabin, and lengthy list of features.

Pros & Cons

  • Classy cabin
  • Lots of standard features
  • Good ride and handling balance
  • Affordable price for the class
  • Numb steering

Is the Audi A4 a Good Car?

The 2019 Audi A4 is an excellent luxury small car. In fact, it’s one of the best upscale sports sedans on the market. Its interior is refined, upscale, and modern, and flourishes such as standard leather seats set it apart from rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60. This vehicle also has state-of-the-art technology and an intuitive infotainment system. Its sharp handling helps make it fun to drive, and the performance-tuned S4 model offers ample power.

Should I Buy the Audi A4?

Shoppers looking to spice up their commute, feel swaddled in luxury, or have the latest tech and safety features – all for a decent price – should consider the A4. While it’s an excellent choice, some class rivals are appealing as well. The BMW 2 Series and Cadillac ATS coupe are in the same price range, and both match or even exceed the A4’s handling.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A4?

The 2019 A4 belongs to a generation that launched for the 2017 model year, and the A4 has seen only minor changes since then. For 2019, Audi discontinued the manual transmission option. For 2018, the A4 gained standard heated front seats, and the performance-oriented S4 model debuted. Buying a used 2017 A4 instead of a new one will likely save you a lot of cash, and you'll get a virtually identical vehicle. You could save even more money with a previous-generation A4, but you'd miss out on some significant updates, such as a larger trunk and more connectivity features.

To research used A4 models, read our 2017 and 2018 Audi A4 reviews. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Audi A4 review draws on applicable research and data from all models in the A4's current generation, which extends from the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Audi A4 Cost?

The base Audi A4 has a retail price of $37,400. That’s an excellent value, especially when considering the Audi’s long list of standard features relative to its rivals. The top-of-the-line S4 starts at $50,200.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

Audi A4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is a well-balanced luxury sports sedan. It has robust engine options, lively handling, a handsome interior, and roomy seats. The sedan was redesigned for 2019, and it is available in hatchback and wagon body styles. The BMW sedan has comparable cargo space to the Audi, but its other body styles have more room. On the other hand, the Audi has more standard safety and infotainment features, a more luxurious cabin, and a lower price. The base A4 will save you around $2,900 compared to the base 3 Series. Both are great vehicles, and choosing between them is a matter of preference.

Which Is Better: Audi A4 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a good luxury small car. Refreshed for the 2019 model year, the C-Class features a lineup of powerful engines, a plush ride, and a sleek cabin. It even matches Audi’s available Virtual Cockpit with its own 12.3-inch digital display in place of a traditional gauge cluster. Mercedes-Benz offers the C-Class in several body styles, including a sedan, coupe, and convertible. For these styles in an Audi variant, check out the Audi A5. For its part, the A4 has sharper handling than the C-Class, and its trunk is larger regardless of body style. Additionally, the base A4's price is about $4,000 lower than that of the base C-Class. Both are good cars, but in this side-by-side comparison, the Audi has a slight edge.

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A4 Interior

How Many People Does the A4 Seat?

This Audi seats five people. Leather upholstery is standard, as are eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Front sport seats with additional adjustments and support are available, as are ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Standard leather upholstery is a nicety for this price point, as many rivals come standard with synthetic leather and feature an upcharge for the real stuff. The front seats – especially the upgraded sport seats – are extremely comfortable and suited for long trips. The rear seats have enough head- and legroom to comfortably seat two adults.

A4 and Car Seats

The A4 has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. This LATCH system receives an ease-of-use rating of Good (the highest rating) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A4 Interior Quality

High-class materials, wooden accents, and soft-touch surfaces give this Audi an air of luxury.

A4 Cargo Space

With 13 cubic feet of trunk space, the A4 has a typical amount of cargo space for a luxury small car.

A4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in this luxury sedan include a 7-inch display, the MMI infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. A larger 8.3-inch display with handwriting recognition is available, as is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit – a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the traditional gauges in the instrument cluster. Other tech upgrades include HD Radio, satellite radio, a navigation system, and a 19-speaker premium stereo.

Audi's Virtual Cockpit earns praise for its convenience. It can be customized to show different things (including a navigation map, music and phone info, and a traditional rendering of gauges), putting this information in closer eyeshot of the driver. The standard infotainment system functions well too, and smartphone users will appreciate standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Handwriting recognition works with a touch-sensitive pad atop the MMI control wheel located on the center console.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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A4 Performance

A4 Engine: Capable Turbo

The Audi A4's powertrain consists of a seven-speed automatic transmission and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower in front-wheel-drive models and 248 horsepower in all-wheel-drive models. The performance-tuned Audi S4 features an eight-speed automatic transmission paired to a 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine that's rated at 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The A4 makes an excellent daily commuter, and the turbo-four provides enough punch to muscle its way along the highway. As you might expect, the V6 in the S4 kicks things up a notch. It has an eye-catching zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.

A4 Gas Mileage: A+

This luxury sedan earns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Models with AWD lose 4 mpg in the city, and the sporty S4 earns estimates of 21/30 mpg. The A4, with or without Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, gets stellar fuel economy estimates for the class, saving you money at the pump compared to rivals like the Cadillac ATS.

A4 Ride and Handling: Sporty and Composed

Nimble, playful handling makes this Audi one of the most agile luxury small cars you can buy. Whether cornering or cruising, the A4 swaddles its occupants in comfort. However, its steering feels slightly numb. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive is optional.

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A4 Reliability

Is the Audi A4 Reliable?

The 2019 A4 receives an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Audi A4 Warranty

Audi covers this vehicle with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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A4 Safety

A4 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 A4 a five-star overall rating, with five stars in side and rollover crash tests and four stars in frontal crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in all areas tested.

A4 Safety Features

Every A4 sedan comes with a rearview camera, as well as Audi Pre Sense City and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. Front and rear parking sensors are available, as are lane change assist, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view parking camera.

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Which Audi A4 Model Is Right for Me?

Audi offers the A4 in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Audi S4 comes in the same three trims, so the main difference between the A4 and S4 is the powertrain. The entry-level Premium trim is a good value, but shoppers who want more driver aids or the Audi Virtual Cockpit should step up to the Premium Plus trim. All-wheel drive is available for $4,600 in every A4 trim and standard with the S4.

Audi A4 Premium

The Audi A4 Premium has an MSRP of $37,400. For that price, you’ll get the MMI infotainment system, a 7-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, push-button start, leather seats, power-adjustable and heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a sunroof. A few safety features are also standard, including a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Audi Pre Sense City, which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. Audi offers the Premium trim with a Convenience package. Costing $1,500, it adds proximity keyless entry and satellite radio. Front sport seats with added support cost $750.

Audi A4 Premium Plus

The Audi A4 Premium Plus retails for $42,900. It adds the contents of the Convenience package, as well as Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a wireless device charger, an 8.3-inch infotainment screen with handwriting recognition, a navigation system, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and a hands-free trunk.

The Premium Plus is available with a Cold Weather package that adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel for $750. Ventilated front seats cost $800.

Audi A4 Prestige

The Audi A4 Prestige has a base MSRP of $46,200. It builds off the Premium Plus trim with a few more safety features, including a head-up display, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The Prestige trim offers the same options as the Premium Plus.

Audi S4

The sportiest sedan in this lineup, the Audi S4 comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, sport-tuned suspension, all-wheel drive, and 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats. It comes in the same three trims as the A4, with features lists closely mirrored, and it starts at $50,200.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call                                                                

The 2019 Audi A4 is a fantastic vehicle that combines athletic yet comfortable performance with ample interior luxury. Its tech interface is easy to use, and its standard features list eclipses that of many class rivals. The A4 represents a great value in the luxury small car class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Audi A4 continues to make buyers think outside the crossover box through the sheer force of its brilliance. When premium compact sedans are this stylish, this refined, this well equipped and this spacious, the ubiquitous crossover starts to look much less alluring." -- Autotrader
  • "The 2018 Audi A4 delivers just about everything we expect from a small luxury sedan. There's quick acceleration, a comfortable ride, and the latest connectivity and navigation technologies. But the fact that it does it without overwhelming you makes it, at least for the time being, the car to get in the segment." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • The A4 doesn't have quite the luxurious feel inside the C-Class does, and you can't have quite as much tail-out fun as with the 3-Series. What the A4 does instead is perfectly straddle the line for an enthusiast/luxury customer." -- Autoweek (2017)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 7, 2019

Plummeting Demand: Despite a steep sales decline of 32% this year compared to 2018 sales pace, the highly-ranked Audi A4 is among the top third of the pack in the luxury small cars sales race. Still, it has a long way to go to catch up to the class sales leader, Tesla Model 3, which is outselling the A4 more than 3 to 1.

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