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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2015 Audi A4 Review

The Audi A4 has a roomy and luxe interior, agile handling, a pleasant ride, and good predicted reliability. This well-rounded recipe elevates the A4 – and its sportier S4 sibling – toward the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

 

  • High-quality interior
  • Balanced handling
  • Responsive engines

 

 

  • Few advanced safety features

 

 

2015 Audi A4 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi A4 a Good Used Car?

The Audi A4 is a great option if you’re shopping for a used luxury small car. It strikes an excellent balance between ride comfort and sporty handling, and the elegant cabin has clean styling and generous seating space. It’s also available in a more powerful S4 variant. Factor in a strong reliability rating and good safety scores, and the Audi A4 joins the cream of a very competitive class.

Used 2015 Audi A4 Performance and Interior

The Audi A4 has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. Quattro all-wheel drive is available, as are snappy six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The engine provides zippy acceleration and eager passing power, especially with the available transmissions. The A4’s suspension delivers a supple ride and absorbs bumps nicely, yet it also keeps the sedan stable and composed through tight corners. Its steering is sharp, and the brakes stop the car confidently. Fuel economy ranges from 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the CVT to 21 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway with the eight-speed automatic.

For racier performance, consider upgrading to the Audi S4 and its supercharged V6 with 333 horsepower, Quattro all-wheel drive, and either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic. The S4 zips to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and corners with sports car agility. However, its fuel economy dips to about 18/28 mpg city/highway, and its stiffer suspension yields a firm ride quality.

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The Audi A4 seats five and has a quiet, upscale interior. Its cabin materials are of high quality and well put together; the dashboard has a clean and uncluttered layout. The Audi’s front seats are soft, nicely contoured, and offer ample head- and legroom. The rear seats are similarly comfortable and roomy, which isn’t always the case in this class. Leather upholstery is standard; heated front seats are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. The trunk holds 12.4 cubic feet of cargo, which can be raised to 34 cubic feet with the 60/40 split folding rear seats.

All 2015 A4 sedans come with satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch MMI infotainment screen. The system is controlled using a rotary dial and buttons mounted near the gear stick. With practice it can be easy to use, but some of its functions seem needlessly complex to perform. BMW’s iDrive and Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND systems are a bit more user-friendly. Available features include Bluetooth audio streaming, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

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Used 2015 Audi A4 Prices

The price of a used 2015 Audi A4 ranges from about $24,700 for a base A4 Premium model to around $30,200 for an A4 Prestige with Quattro all-wheel drive. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

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

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi A4?

The Audi A4 has a good predicted reliability score of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the A4?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Audi A4 the highest rating of Good in all tests but the small overlap crash (in which the A4 earned a Poor rating). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Audi a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, side, and rollover crash safety.

Audi offers a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. Adaptive cruise control is available in Prestige models only.

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Should I Consider Another Used A4?

The 2015 Audi A4 marks the seventh model year of the vehicle’s fourth generation, which launched in 2009. There were no major changes for 2015, so you’re likely to find similarly equipped 2014 models at a lower price. A new A4 arrived in 2017. Check out the 2015 Audi A4 Allroad if you desire the extra practicality of a wagon.

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Which Used Audi A4 Is Right for Me?

Audi offers the 2015 A4 in five trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige, S4 Premium Plus, and S4 Prestige. The base A4 Premium trim has a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and leather upholstery. The A4 Premium Plus adds heated front seats and proximity keyless entry. The A4 Prestige adds navigation, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. Both S4 models share the same standard features as their respective A4 Premium Plus and Prestige trims, but with the addition of a sport-tuned suspension and bolstered sport seats.

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.

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2015 Audi A4 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A4 or 2015 Audi A3?

We named the Audi A3 the 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money. Like the A4, the smaller A3 has athletic handling, zippy engines, and a quality interior. However, it also offers more safety features (like forward collision warning) and an advanced infotainment system with a touchpad – often for much less money than the A4. Both are good used car options, but the A4 is the better pick thanks to its much roomier rear seats and higher predicted reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A4 or 2015 Audi A6?

Stepping up to the midsize Audi A6 has its benefits. The A6 offers massaging seats, pedestrian detection, a night vision camera, and muscular V8 performance. That said, you will pay quite a lot more for a used A6. Both are good luxury cars, but the A4 is a better value.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi A4 or 2015 BMW 3 Series?

With their refined interiors and above-average reliability, both the Audi A4 and the BMW 3 Series are top picks in this competitive class. The 3 Series has a few key advantages – higher fuel economy (up to 31/43 mpg city/highway, diesel), a simpler infotainment system, more advanced safety features, and sharper and sportier dynamics – but its stiff ride quality keeps it a step behind the smooth-riding A4.

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