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2016 Audi A4 Review

The 2016 Audi A4 ranks near the top of its class. It is one of the most well-rounded luxury small cars on the market, with poised performance, a luxurious interior, and an above-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful, confident powertrains
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Excellent interior materials and design
  • Small trunk space for class
  • Dated technology
  • No USB ports

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Audi A4's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Luxury Small Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money award and a finalist for our 2016 Best Upscale Small Car for Families award. Currently the Audi A4 has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.1
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2016 Audi A4 Overview

Is the 2016 Audi A4 a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Audi A4 is a good car for buyers seeking a small sedan that's big on luxury and refinement. It isn’t the fastest or most agile car in the class, but it has plenty of power and comfort for everyday driving. Still, the A4 doesn’t come as well-equipped with technology as some rivals.

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We analyzed 63 Audi A4 reviews to give you an idea of this car’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 A4 is the right car for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Audi A4?

Based on the nearly 200 listings for a used 2016 A4 on our site, you can expect to spend around $25,900 to buy this car. Prices range from $21,000 to $31,600. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect price.

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How Much Does the 2016 Audi A4 Cost to Own?

Over five years, you will spend around $31,200 on fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 A4. That's about $6,200 per year. These expenses cost less in luxury small cars like the 2016 BMW 3 Series, 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and 2016 Audi A3.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New A4?

A new 2018 Audi A4 starts at around $36,000, while the average used 2016 A4 costs about $26,000. Though Audi redesigned the A4 for 2017 and added more features for 2018, the new model doesn't improve significantly on the used model, making it hard to justify that $10,000 difference.

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You won't find a new luxury small car that has a comparable price to a used 2016 A4. If you step down to affordable brands, however, you'll be spoiled for choice. Among small cars, you could get an upper-end trim of most models, including the upscale, fun-to-drive 2018 Mazda3. You won't be able to get a range-topping 2018 Volkswagen GTI at this price point, but even the lower trims of this hatchback are a pleasure to pilot thanks to its peppy engine and composed cornering.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Audi A4?

The 2016 A4 has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That's a bit above average for the class.

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2016 Audi A4 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two outstanding recalls on the 2016 A4, both of which cover potential fire risks. One issue involves the potential for an electrical connector to melt, while the other covers the risk of the coolant pump overheating. Be sure these issues have been addressed before you buy a used 2016 A4.

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Which Model Year of the Audi A4 Is Best?

The 2016 A4 is the last model in a generation that began with the 2009 model year. The A4 hasn’t changed significantly between these years, so you can save money and get many of the 2016 A4’s features by purchasing an older model. You may want to stick to models from 2014 and newer, however, since prior model years have a weaker base engine and lack standard Bluetooth phone connectivity.

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Which Used Audi A4 Model Is Right for Me?

There are two Audi A4 models: the A4 and the performance-oriented S4. The A4 has two trim levels: Premium and Premium Plus. Most buyers will be happy with the A4 Premium, which comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a sunroof, an auxiliary audio input, an iPod connector, and Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color display screen and a central control knob. The Audi A4 Premium Plus adds standard push-button start, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, and driver memory settings.

The 2016 Audi S4 has two trims: Premium Plus and Prestige. Both S4 models come with a 333-horsepower, supercharged V6 engine and either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The S4 Premium Plus comes standard with Audi Drive Select (drive modes), an adaptive suspension, all-wheel drive, and 12-way power-adjustable contoured sport seats.

Some A4 and S4 models may also be equipped with Bluetooth audio streaming, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors – all of which typically come in rivals’ base models. Other features to look for include adaptive headlights, navigation, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, 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 2016 Audi A4 performed well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, earning a perfect five stars overall. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the 2016 A4 received the highest rating of Good in four out of five tests. It earned the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front crash test. The A4’s safety score is slightly below average for a luxury small sedan.

The A4 isn’t available with as much active safety equipment as many of its rivals. A rearview camera and a blind spot monitor are available. However, other cars in the class offer features like collision warning and mitigation, as well as adaptive cruise control. Adaptive cruise control is only available in the top-of-the-line Audi S4 Prestige.

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2016 Audi A4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A4 or 2016 Audi A3?

The 2016 Audi A3 is a slightly smaller (and less expensive) sedan. The 2016 A3 is the better value, as long as you don’t need the extra seating and cargo space provided by the larger Audi. The A3 comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The A4 has a slightly more powerful engine, but the A3 feels sporty, partly thanks to its smaller dimensions. The A3 also performed better in crash tests, earning a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS. We named the A3 our 2016 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A4 or 2016 BMW 3 Series?

The 2016 BMW 3 Series is more of a driver’s car than the A4. With multiple available powertrains – including a fuel-efficient turbodiesel and a plug-in hybrid – the 3 Series can suit a variety of drivers’ preferences. Additionally, the 3 Series has some of the best driving dynamics in the class. It’s a master on curvy roads and comfortable over most road surfaces. The A4’s interior looks more sophisticated, but the 3 Series comes with a more user-friendly infotainment system, standard Bluetooth audio, and a USB port.

Which Is Better: 2016 Audi A4 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Like the Audi A4, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a sedan made with luxury and comfort in mind. These cars also offer a similar amount of cabin and cargo space. However, the C-Class has the leg up when it comes to features. While the A4 has no USB ports, the C-Class has two, in addition to standard Bluetooth audio, push-button start, and forward collision warning with automatic braking. The C-Class also has more available performance features, including two adjustable suspensions and multiple potent engines. The C-Class was our 2016 Best Upscale Small Car for Families.

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2016 A4 Performance

How Does the 2016 Audi A4 Drive?

The Audi A4 toes the line between sports sedan and comfortable cruiser, thanks to its agile handling, sharp steering, and cushioned ride. The front-wheel-drive A4 manages winding roads with no issue, but models with the available Quattro all-wheel-drive system are particularly athletic. Powering the A4 is a 220-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers quick acceleration and has no trouble getting the sedan past slower cars on the highway. A continuously variable automatic transmission comes standard with front-wheel-drive A4s, while either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic come with all-wheel-drive models.

The performance-oriented S4 model has a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The S4 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach speeds of up to 155 mph.

Does the 2016 Audi A4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

In its base configuration with front-wheel drive, the A4 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. An all-wheel-drive model with the manual transmission gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, while models with all-wheel drive and the eight-speed automatic get 21/30 mpg city/highway.

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2016 A4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 A4 Seat?

The 2016 A4 has seats for five. Both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy, and the available front sport seats add extra bolstering for spirited driving. The cabin is replete with high-quality materials throughout.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Audi A4?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors in the A4's second row.

2016 Audi A4 Features

The 2016 A4 comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a sunroof, and Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color display screen and a central control knob, among other features. Available features include Bluetooth audio streaming, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and navigation with Audi Connect, which includes real-time traffic information and wireless internet access. Audi’s MMI infotainment system complicates simple functions like audio and climate settings. This sedan doesn’t have a USB port, and only the highest trim comes standard with Bluetooth audio streaming. Most rivals offer these features in lower trim levels.

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2016 Audi A4 Dimensions

Audi A4 Cargo Space

There's 12.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the A4's trunk. Most rival luxury small sedans have more space for your stuff.

2016 A4 Length and Weight

The A4 is nearly 15.5 feet long. The A4 with the base front-wheel-drive configuration has a curb weight of 3,583 pounds, while S4 models with an automated-manual transmission weigh up to 3,935 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Audi A4 Built?

The 2016 Audi A4 was assembled in Germany.

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