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2014 Audi A4 Review

The 2014 Audi A4 cracks the top half of our used luxury small car rankings. It boasts a well-appointed, spacious interior and balanced handling, but mixed safety ratings hold it back.

Pros & Cons

  • Opulent, spacious cabin
  • Sporty handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Zippy acceleration
  • High ownership costs
  • Unimpressive safety scores for class

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.1
Reliability:
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2014 Audi A4 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi A4 a Good Used Car?

Yes, the A4 is a good used luxury small car.

The 2014 A4 has numerous strengths:

  • Top notch cabin materials
  • Comfortable seats
  • Two peppy engine choices
  • Athletic handling

However, it also has some drawbacks:

  • Infotainment features have a learning curve
  • High cost of ownership, including depreciation
  • Lower safety score than rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 59 Audi A4 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2014 Audi A4?

Based on listings for the 2014 Audi A4 on our site, the average list price is $18,800. Prices range from $15,000 to $23,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2014 Audi A4 Cost to Own?

The 2014 A4’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $34,200 or $6,840 per year. That’s well above average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A4?

Since the car saw a full redesign for the 2017 model year, the 2019 Audi A4 belongs to a different generation than the 2014 model. A new A4 is vastly different than a used 2014 model.

Standard features in the 2019 A4 include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. None of those were available in the 2014 A4. Other features unavailable in the 2014 model but that you may get in a 2019 A4 include lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.

The 2019 A4 has 188 horsepower, and the S4 has 349. The 2014 A4 puts out 220 horses, with its S4 variant coming in at 333 horsepower. Unsurprisingly, a new A4 will cost you much more than a used model. Pricing for a new model starts at $39,200, while the 2014 A4 costs between $15,000 and $23,500.

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The 2014 A4 is part of the car’s fourth generation, which ran from 2009 to 2016. Consider buying a slightly older model, such as a 2012 A4 or 2013 A4, which likely costs less than a 2014 A4. The 2013 A4 has most of the same features as a 2014, but it has 9 less horsepower. The 2012 A4 has an older infotainment system and different exterior styling.

Audi made no major changes to the A4 from 2014 to the end of its generation (2016). Therefore, there's little reason to buy a 2015 A4 or 2016 A4 instead of a 2014 model. It's also likely that those newer cars will cost more.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi A4?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 A4 a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2014 Audi A4 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are four open recalls for the 2014 Audi A4:

  • Front airbags may not deploy
  • Electrical connector of the auxiliary heater can melt, increasing the risk of a fire
  • Two recalls address a coolant pump that can overheat or short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi A4 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2014 A4 sedan comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Look for a used Audi A4 Prestige equipped with blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, as both systems can help you avoid an accident. Quattro all-wheel-drive models are preferable as well for their added wet-weather traction and smoother transmission performance.

  • Audi A4 Premium: Standard features include a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and leather upholstery.
  • Audi A4 Premium Plus: This trim adds heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat.
  • Audi A4 Prestige: Amenities in this model include navigation, a 14-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and blind spot monitoring.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is about average, according to our research. You’ll find better programs from Infiniti, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the A4?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2014 Audi A4 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The car also earned five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the A4 the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. However, the IIHS gave it the lowest rating of Poor in the driver's side small overlap test.

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • adaptive headlights

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2014 Audi A4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A4 or 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The A4 and the 2014 BMW 3 Series finish close to one another in our luxury small car rankings. Each car has engaging handling, a comfortable ride, and a few potent engine choices. However, there are some key differences. Unlike the BMW, the A4 has a rich interior, even in its base trim. On the other hand, the BMW has a more user-friendly infotainment system and slightly lower ownership costs. The 3 Series also offers more models to choose from, including fuel-sipping diesel and hybrid variants, as well as spacious wagon and Gran Turismo hatchback versions.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A4 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class tops the A4, mostly because of the C-Class' better reliability rating. In other areas, the A4 is a slightly better car. The C-Class has underwhelming power when equipped with its base engine, while both of the A4's powertrains are potent. The Audi also boasts livelier handling. These rivals go toe-to-toe for impressive interior finishes, but the A4 has a roomier back seat. Common downsides between these cars include some lackluster infotainment operations and ownership costs that are among the highest in the class. Go with the Benz if you prioritize reliability, but otherwise, the Audi may serve you better.

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2014 A4 Performance

The 2014 Audi A4's base engine provides quick acceleration, and it has good throttle response at city and highway speeds. However, the standard continuously variable automatic transmission feels unrefined.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and Quattro all-wheel drive is available. All-wheel-drive models feature a responsive six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, along with improved road grip over slick roads. The A4 has composed handling, and its suspension strikes a nice balance between ride comfort and sportiness.

The Audi S4 sedan feels much more muscular than a base A4. You can get the S4 with a manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic.

  • Base engine: 220-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 333-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: standard continuously variable automatic; available six-speed manual, seven-speed automatic, and eight-speed automatic
Does the 2014 Audi A4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2014 A4 has good fuel economy estimates for its class.

  • Turbo-four, FWD, CVT: 23/31 mpg city/highway
  • Turbo-four, AWD, manual: 22/32 mpg
  • Turbo-four , AWD, automatic: 20/28 mpg
  • Turbo V6, manual: 17/26 mpg
  • Turbo V6, automatic: 18/28 mpg

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2014 A4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2014 A4 Seat?

The Audi A4 seats five people. The front seats are comfortable and ergonomic, and the second row has ample head- and legroom. Even taller passengers can get comfortable back there.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • heated front seats
  • driver's seat memory settings
  • combination leather and suede upholstery
  • sport steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2014 Audi A4?

The 2014 A4 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat. The lower anchors are behind plastic flaps, so they're easy to find and access.

2014 Audi A4 Features

Audi's MMI infotainment system earns mixed reviews for its ease of use. Instead of a touch screen, you use a rotary knob on the center console, which can be overly complicated when carrying out some common functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 6.5-inch infotainment display, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and iPod connectivity
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, voice recognition, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Other standard features: automatic climate control and a sunroof
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and proximity keyless entry

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2014 Audi A4 Dimensions

Audi A4 Cargo Space

The 2014 Audi A4 has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a little below average for the class. Some models have rear seats that fold down to expand to 34 cubic feet of cargo space.

2014 A4 Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,516 to 3,935 pounds.

Where Was the 2014 Audi A4 Built?

Audi built the 2014 A4 in Germany.

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