2007 Audi A4

Pros & Cons

  • Impressive acceleration, even from the base four-cylinder engine
  • Handling dynamics among the most refined in this class, particularly with the available quattro all-wheel-drive system
  • Better than average long-term cost of ownership
  • Price climbs quickly as quattro and option packages are added

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Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi A4 has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Safety: 9.6
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2007 Audi A4 Overview

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Audi A4 was new.

The 2007 Audi A4 is a solid consideration available in a refined car class, offering performance that even few upscale luxury sedans can match. The A4 is a Consumer Guide Best Buy, and AutoWeek says, "This is a fantastic highway cruiser. It is solid and silky smooth, and with Quattro it is stable as all get out. The engine is terrific."

Edmunds echoes that level of enthusiasm, saying "with a price tag thousands less" than the competition, "A richer cabin than any of them, a wider choice of body styles and a well-rounded personality, the Audi A4 is a mandatory consideration for those shopping in the sport-oriented entry-level luxury car market." Audi's well-regarded quattro all-wheel-drive system adds to the A4's advantage, offering stability and traction in a class of its own.

Most reviewers have taken note that the 2007 Audi A4 presents solid competition against top cars in the midsize luxury sedan class. The A4 draws repeated comparisons to the BMW 3-series, which was long considered the gold standard for this segment, and the Acura TL, which is also well-liked. AutoWeek likes the A4 for the available Continuously Variable Transmission, saying, "I would take it over a BMW 3 Series sedan if I didn't want to deal with three pedals." The Detroit News argues that "for the money, the Acura TL is a better car, and some folks will find the new BMW 3 Series more entertaining. Still, the revamped A4 is a major player in this segment, on a number of fronts." Edmunds offers "while the A4 still isn't as razor-sharp as the BMW 3 Series, the extra foul-weather traction afforded by the Quattro all-wheel-drive system could justify the trade-off for many drivers." BusinessWeek calls the comparison a "Tough choice. It's like having to decide whether to spend your holiday on the Riviera or in the Caribbean. Either way, you're going to have a lot of fun in the sun."

IntelliChoice gives the 2007 Audi A4 a "better than average" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class. The A4 Cabriolet convertibles are rated as "excellent," based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class. The A4 is noted for its low depreciation and fuel costs compared to the competition. However, as the Detroit News cautions, it is "amazing how much the bottom line can inflate, once you start adding options."

The A4 is also available as a convertible. This changes the exterior by adding a soft retractable roof, and also takes the number of doors down from four to two.


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