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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.1
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2014 Audi A4 Review

The Audi A4 has zippy engine performance, balanced handling, and a posh interior with generous seating space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive, roomy cabin
  • Balanced handling
  • Zippy engines
  • Fewer safety features than rivals

2014 Audi A4 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi A4 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Audi A4 is a well-rounded, very good used upscale small car. Its engine is strong and its handling precise, but it’s the A4’s upscale cabin and above-average reliability that help make it a good buy in this class.

All 2014 A4 sedans have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 220 horsepower. Base models have front-wheel drive and an unrefined continuously variable automatic transmission. A more responsive six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic are available with all-wheel-drive models. The A4 accelerates quickly and offers good throttle response at city and highway speeds. Its all-wheel drive provides composed handling over slick roads, and its suspension strikes a nice balance between ride comfort and sportiness. Fuel economy tops out at 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

Audi offers the S4 sedan with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and 333 horsepower. It moves from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, but its fuel economy is considerably lower: 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

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The Audi A4 seats five comfortably on leather upholstery. It has standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and twelve-way adjustable sport seats are available. The rear seats offer more head- and legroom than most rivals. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row for securing child safety seats. The rear seats can fold flat, raising cargo space from 12.4 to 34 cubic feet.

The Audi A4 has a crisply styled, high-tech interior. The dashboard controls and 6.5-inch infotainment screen are fairly easy to use. Standard features include Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo. Available features include a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite navigation with voice recognition, and a larger 7-inch screen.

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Used 2014 Audi A4 Prices

A used 2014 A4 ranges in price from around $21,300 to $27,100, depending on the model you choose and its mileage and condition. These figures may differ in your community.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi A4?

The 2014 Audi A4 has above-average reliability, scoring 3.5 out of five points from J.D. Power and Associates. Class leaders for reliability include the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.

How Safe Is the A4?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2014 A4 a perfect five-star rating in overall, front, side, and rollover crash testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the A4 a score of Good, the highest possible, in four of five areas tested. The A4 received a Poor rating for small overlap front crash testing.

There are a few advanced safety features available in the A4 Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, including rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, and a rearview camera. Many competitors in this class offer additional driver aids, including forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used A4?

The 2014 A4 is part of the car’s fourth generation, which ran from 2009 to 2016. Consider buying a 2013 or 2012 A4. The 2013 A4 has slightly less horsepower but many of the same features as the 2014. The 2012 A4 also offers similar features, but it has an older infotainment system and different exterior styling. Either choice will save you some money.

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Which Used Audi A4 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 A4 sedan comes in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The base A4 Premium has a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, and leather upholstery. The A4 Premium Plus adds heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The A4 Prestige adds a 7-inch screen, navigation, 14 speakers, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, and blind spot monitoring. Adaptive cruise control is available.

Look for a used Audi A4 Prestige equipped with blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control; both systems can help you avoid an accident. All-wheel-drive models are preferable as well for their added wet-weather traction and smoother transmissions.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned A4. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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We’ve researched and analyzed 59 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash tests, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Audi A4 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A4 or 2014 Audi S4?

The Audi A4 delivers refinement and much of the performance you expect in a used luxury car. The Audi S4 shares the A4’s tech features, luxe interior, and impressive safety scores. It’s essentially the same car – with the exception of a bigger, supercharged V6 engine that offers 113 more horsepower than the A4’s. The S4 feels quicker in a straight line and corners tighter, thanks to its sport suspension. However, its ride quality isn’t as forgiving. Unless you need the extra power, the A4 is the more sensible and affordable option.

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

The A4 is a good pick for a luxury used car, but the 2014 BMW 3 Series is better. The 3 Series matches the A4’s upscale cabin and poised handling, yet it outshines the Audi with higher reliability, simpler infotainment controls, and more advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with brake assist. The 3 Series also offers more models to choose from. You’ll find superior fuel economy with the 3 Series’ diesel and hybrid models, or better practicality with the 3 Series wagon or Gran Turismo hatchback. There’s a 3 Series for almost every taste.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi A4 or 2014 Audi A6?

The 2014 Audi A6 takes the recipe of the smaller A4 and improves it. Both sedans offer balanced handling, a lovely interior, and above-average reliability. However, the A6 has a roomier back seat, an available 420-horsepower V8 (Audi S6), and superior convenience features. A6 models are available with ventilated front seats, lane keep assist, a night vision camera, a touchpad that senses handwriting, and more. The A6 is the better luxury sedan, but all that comes at a higher price.

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