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2020 Audi A4 Review

The 2020 Audi A4 ranks in the top half of the luxury small car class. It offers refined engine performance, balanced handling, a comfy and upscale interior, and intuitive tech features.

Pros & Cons

  • Elegant, comfortable interior
  • Composed ride and handling
  • Fuel-efficient turbocharged engines
  • User-friendly touch screen
  • Many active safety features are pricey options

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Audi A4's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. Currently the Audi A4 has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 32 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.8
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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 Is the Audi A4 a Good Car?

Yes, the 2020 Audi A4 is a great luxury small car. Not because it’s the sportiest or most opulent sedan in its class, but because it’s well-rounded. The A4 has a stylish and roomy interior with high-end materials. It comes with many tech and safety features, and its touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use. The A4’s lineup of engines is both punchy and fuel-efficient. Finally, the car rides comfortably on rough pavement while remaining agile and fun to drive on winding backroads.

Should I Buy the Audi A4?

At the least, the 2020 Audi A4 deserves a test drive if you’re shopping for a luxury sedan. It’s attractively priced with no obvious flaws. That said, this segment is packed with great options, from the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to the Volvo S60 and newcomer Genesis G70. You may want to give these cars some seat time before you make your final decision.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi A4?

Audi redesigned the A4 for the 2017 model year, and there have been a few noteworthy changes since. The A4 gained a high-performance S4 variant for 2018, and the optional manual transmission was axed in the 2019 model. For 2020, the A4 gets a new touch-screen infotainment system and refreshed exterior styling.

If the 2020 model year updates don’t interest you, consider opting for a used 2017 A4, 2018 A4, or 2019 A4, which are similar to a new A4 but likely less expensive. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 32 Audi A4 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2020 A4 review includes applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2017.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Does the Audi A4 Cost?

The 2020 Audi A4 sedan starts at $37,400. That’s one of the lower starting prices in the luxury small car class, and it’s a pretty good value considering the A4’s many standard features. The high-performance S4 variant starts at $49,900.

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 Audi A5?

The Audi A5 is built on the same platform as the A4, and the two share many similarities, from their interior design and infotainment systems to their convenience and safety features. There are some key differences, however.

The A4 comes only as a sedan. The A5 is offered in coupe, convertible, and hatchback body styles, making it a better choice if you want sleeker styling or, in terms of the hatchback, more cargo space. The A5 is also the better pick if you want an exceptionally powerful engine. It’s available with a 444-horsepower V6 (RS 5), which you can’t get with the A4. On the other hand, stick with the A4 if you have a tighter budget. Its base price is lower than the A5’s by a few thousand dollars.

Which Is Better: Audi A4 or Audi A3?

The Audi A3 sedan is another option. It’s a bit smaller than its A4 sibling and has a lower starting price by a couple thousand dollars, making it a relative bargain in the luxury small car class. The core tradeoff is that the A3 doesn’t feel quite as spacious or luxurious inside, and it lacks the A4’s newer touch-screen infotainment system. Both models offer comparable engine performance, though. Take a test drive in both the A3 and A4 to see which you prefer.

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A4 Interior

How Many People Does the A4 Seat?

The Audi A4 is a four-door sedan with five seats. The A4’s front seats are supportive and nicely cushioned, and they provide sufficient head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. The rear seats are roomy enough for adults to sit comfortably for shorter outings. As with most luxury small cars, however, this back seat is best reserved for kids and teens when taking longer road trips. Outward visibility is good to the front and sides of the A4, but it’s just OK to the rear.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Ventilated and massaging front seats are available, as are heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

A4 and Child Car Seats

The A4 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A4’s LATCH system the highest rating of Good for ease of use. The anchors are easy to find and can’t be confused with other hardware.

A4 Interior Quality

The A4’s interior looks fresh and luxurious, but it isn’t showy. The dashboard is cleanly styled and trimmed with quality materials like aluminum, synthetic leather, and soft-touch plastic. Ambient interior lighting is another nice touch. The cabin is quiet, with minimal wind and road noise intruding at higher speeds.

A4 Cargo Space

The A4 has 12 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s about average for a luxury small car. The rear seats fold in a 40/20/40 split to accommodate longer items. Upgrade to the Audi A5 hatchback or Audi Allroad wagon if you’re looking for more room.

A4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Audi A4 comes standard with a 10.1-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available features include navigation, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, wireless device charging, two additional USB ports, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and satellite radio.

The touch-screen infotainment system is all-new for 2020. It’s a significant departure from Audi’s previous setup, which you controlled with a rotary knob on the center console. Happily, the new system works quite well. The screen is easy to reach, and it’s within the driver’s line of sight. This makes it simple to adjust on the go. It also responds quickly to inputs, and its graphics are crisp. The core audio, infotainment, and navigation functions are handled with this screen. The climate controls are adjusted using conventional dashboard knobs.

The Audi Virtual Cockpit system is an option worth picking. It replaces the standard instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch screen, and it can be customized to show as little or as much information as you want. For instance, you can view the navigation map and route in between the tachometer and speedometer gauges.

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A4 Performance

A4 Engine: Pumped Up

The Audi A4 has three engine options. The base model A4 40 TFSI has a 188-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The uplevel A4 45 TFSI has a 248-horsepower version of this engine, plus Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Lastly, the sport-tuned S4 model has a 349-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

There isn’t a bad pick in the bunch. Both of the four-cylinder engines hustle the A4 around town confidently. Throttle response is quick, and the dual-clutch automatic operates smoothly in stop-and-go traffic, which isn’t always the case with this style of transmission. The base model can sprint to 60 mph in around seven seconds, while the 248-horsepower version makes this dash in just under six seconds. Both supply ample passing power at highway speeds.

The S4 is considerably quicker, and it moves this Audi into sports sedan territory. It can launch from zero to 60 mph in a scintillating 4.4 seconds. The quad exhaust pipes emit a nice growl, too.

A4 Gas Mileage: All-Star Economy

The A4 gets an EPA-rated 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. That’s excellent for a luxury small car. A4 models with all-wheel drive are rated at 24/32 mpg city/highway, which is still quite good. The S4 is thirstier at 20/27 mpg city/highway, but it’s still on par with other luxury sports sedans.

A4 Ride and Handling: Well-Balanced

Some cars give up too much ride comfort in the pursuit of driving performance. The Audi A4 isn’t one of them. The A4 changes direction quickly and feels quite stable around turns. The suspension remains compliant, however, and it easily soaks up bumps and dips in the road. The brakes provide strong stopping power. The one point of contention among critics is the A4’s steering. Some say it feels too numb and lightly weighted, while others say it’s fine.

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A4 Reliability

Is the Audi A4 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Audi A4 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Audi A4 Warranty

Audi covers the A4 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure an Audi A4?

The cost of insuring an Audi A4 will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

A4 Safety

A4 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Audi A4 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The A4 received five stars in the side crash and rollover tests, as well as four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 A4 the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests. The IIHS uses a different scale for grading active safety technology. The A4 earned the top rating of Superior for its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention features.

A4 Safety Features

The A4 comes standard with a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and LED headlights with automatic high beams.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel park assist, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic jam assist, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition. These features can drive up the A4’s price tag by a few thousand dollars.

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A4 Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 A4 sedan is 15.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,417 to 3,847 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Audi A4 Built?

Audi builds the 2020 A4 in Germany.

Which Audi A4 Model Is Right for Me?

Audi offers both the 2020 A4 sedan and the S4 sedan in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The main difference between the A4 and S4 is the engine. The A4 has a turbocharged four-cylinder while the S4 boasts a turbo V6.

We suspect most shoppers will be happy with the entry-level A4 Premium, as it’s well-equipped with standard tech amenities. On the other hand, you should upgrade to the Prestige trim if you want Audi’s full suite of active safety features.

Audi A4 Premium

The A4 Premium has a starting price of $37,400. It’s fitted with a 188-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive and a 248-horsepower engine are available for $3,500.

Standard features include a 10.1-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Tri-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, a rearview camera, low-speed forward collision warning with brake assist (Audi Pre Sense City), and LED headlights with automatic high beams are also standard.

Options include a Convenience package ($1,500), which adds satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, and blind spot monitoring. A sport-tuned suspension is available for $250.

Audi A4 Premium Plus

The midrange A4 Premium Plus trim starts at $41,000 for front-wheel-drive models and $44,000 for all-wheel-drive models. This trim adds the contents of the Convenience package, plus a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster (Audi Virtual Cockpit), wireless device charging, two rear USB ports, and front and rear parking sensors.

Options include ventilated front seats ($800), navigation ($1,600), and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system ($950). The Driver Assistance package ($1,500) adds adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. The Cold Weather package ($600) adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

Audi A4 Prestige

The luxe A4 Prestige trim retails for $46,950 with front-wheel drive and $49,950 with all-wheel drive. It includes the Driver Assistance package, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel parking assist, a head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.

As before, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Audi S4

The racy S4 variant has a 349-horsepower V6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, a stiffer suspension, and massaging front seats with larger side bolsters. Otherwise, it shares its standard features with the A4 lineup. The S4 Premium trim starts at $49,900. The S4 Premium Plus and Prestige trims go for $52,400 and $58,350, respectively.

Options unique to the S4 lineup include variable-ratio steering ($1,150) and the S Sport package ($2,500) with an adaptive suspension and a torque-vectoring rear differential.

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

It’s hard to find fault with the 2020 Audi A4. It’s efficient, comfortable, and enjoyable to drive. The interior is well-trimmed and packed with intuitive tech features. It’s even attractively priced for a luxury small car. All in all, the A4 is a great choice in an exceptionally competitive class.

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

  • "Verdict: Not only is the 2020 Audi A4 desirable and well rounded, its confidence-inspiring driving dynamics make it one of the better sports sedans at this price point." -- Car and Driver
  • "In the sports sedan tug-of-war among Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the A4 now prevails over its peers. Sports sedans often fall short of expectations, being neither sporty nor luxurious, or prove unreliable. The A4 gets all of these things right, which is why it jumps to the top of this class in our rankings." -- Consumer Reports
  • "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 (2019) 

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: April 16, 2020

Falling Sales: Despite a sales decline of 31.7 percent so far in 2020 compared to the same period last year, the highly-ranked Audi A4 is currently sitting in the top half of the luxury small car sales race. Even so, it is being outperformed by the class sales-leading, BMW 3 Series, by more than 2 to 1.

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