2018 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sedan review: Best balance of sport and smarts
But that's all subjective. For the driver looking for a traditional compact sedan with a discrete trunk, classic good looks, plus some of the best cabin and safety technology on the road, the 2018 Audi A4 is still one of the finest choices in its class.
Quattro? Ultra? Quattro with Ultra?
Like the other members of the A4/A5 family, the A4 Sedan is powered by Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing a healthy 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That torque is quite accessible, coming on smoothly and strongly from just 1,600 rpm, helping the A4 feel nice and responsive around town and nimble off the line.
But unlike the A5 Sportback, which is only offered with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission, the A4 can be had with three different drivetrains.
The best setup for dynamic performance is Quattro S-tronic. The seven-speed, dual-clutch S-tronic transmission is really sweet, with smartly chosen shift points aiding in quick acceleration and a smooth overall demeanor. Here, it's mated with Audi's excellent Quattro all-wheel-drive system that can send as much as 70 percent of the engine's torque to the front axle or up to 85 percent to the rear. The split is continuously adjusted, but all four wheels always get some share of the power.
This sportiest configuration is good for a 0-to-60 sprint of just 5.7 seconds before carrying on to a (limited) top speed of 130 miles per hour. At the thriftier end of the performance spectrum, you're looking at 24 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway and 27 mpg combined -- not bad for this class, and competitive with the BMW 330i xDrive (27 mpg combined) and the Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic (26 mpg combined).
Quattro with Ultra
A six-speed manual transmission is available for the A4 Quattro, granting drivers the satisfaction of shifting with three pedals. However, this choice also comes with a different version of Quattro all-wheel drive. Known as "Quattro with Ultra technology," this is Audi's on-demand AWD setup, which defaults to front-wheel drive under most conditions and only sends power to the rear while cornering or if slip is detected.
Curiously, this on-demand setup doesn't save the A4 any fuel. City and combined estimates are the same as the S-tronic, while the highway estimate drops to 33 mpg. It seems the S-tronic's extra seventh cruising gear gives it an economy advantage.
Ultra front-wheel drive
The most efficient A4 trim is the purely front-drive "Ultra." Featuring the seven-speed S-tronic gearbox but not the Quattro rear differential or driveshaft, this lighter model climbs to EPA estimates of 27 city mpg, 37 highway mpg and 31 combined mpg.
However, that added fuel economy comes at a performance cost. In this configuration, the 2.0-liter engine steps down in power to 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque -- likely to keep traction in check with half the number of driven wheels. The 60-mph sprint now stretches to 7.1 seconds; that's still not too bad for a premium commuter.
A more relaxed ride
The tuning of the A4's four-corner, five-link independent suspension fels a bit milder than that of the A5 models. The sedan is more relaxed and comfortable around town and over bumps. At the same time, it still feeling nice and planted in corners, with the Quattro system helping to rotate the car through each bend without much of the understeer that many AWD systems sometimes exhibit.
All A4 models feature active acoustics that use audio processing and speakers to cancel out undesirable road noise. This results in a quieter cabin and less driver fatigue on long rides. However, this system also generates a bit of fake noise to sweeten the engine note when in its sportiest mode. Thankfully, the A4's system is significantly less aggressive than the A5 Sportback that I recently tested, and I appreciate that the sedan's performance sounds less artificial for it.
MMI Plus tech with Virtual Cockpit
Part of what makes the A4 such a great daily tool is its cabin technology.
The standard MMI infotainment suite uses a 7-inch Nvidia-powered setup manipulated by a physical control knob on the center console. Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity lead a beefy list of digital and analog media sources. However, upper trim levels and option packages bump things up to MMI Plus, which includes a larger 8.3-inch screen, navigation and an MMI Touch controller with handwriting recognition.
The 4G LTE-supported Audi Connect service enables gee-whiz features like online destination search, native app integrations and Google Earth satellite map imagery. And that's not even the coolest part.
My personal favorite tech upgrade is the available Virtual Cockpit, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display that can be customized to display everything from traditional gauges and driving information to a large map for navigation. Pretty much all of the major MMI infotainment functions can be handled here with simple steering wheel controls, making Virtual Cockpit a feature worth paying for.
Driver aid and safety features
Audi's excellent tech doesn't stop at the infotainment. There's also a solid array of standard and optional driver aid features onboard.
For starters, the Audi Pre Sense City system is standard equipment on all models, rolling in forward precollision warnings with automatic brake assist. The system is able to detect both other vehicles as well as pedestrians.
Optional upgrades worth considering include adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, which not only maintains a safe following distance in stop-and-go traffic but also adds steering assist that automatically keeps the vehicle in line with the car ahead and between lane markers. This is a hands-on system; it will disable if you try to go hands-free.
At higher speeds, more familiar lane-keeping steering assist helps assure that the car stays where you want it, but doesn't attempt the same level of lane-centering that the low-speed system does. It just keeps you between the lines.
Audi's blind-spot monitoring system is an interesting one. Not only does it watch your back during lane changes and when you're reversing out of blind parking spots, it also remains active after you've parked roadside to monitor for upcoming cars. This vehicle exit assist system is extremely helpful for preventing "dooring" other cars and potentially cyclists, too. It's a small touch that goes a long way for safety.
How I'd spec it
The A4 2.0T Ultra is the least-expensive and most fuel-efficient version of the A4 sedan, starting at $36,000 for the base Premium trim level.
However, for those interested in the "sport" part of this sport sedan, I recommend the S-tronic Quattro. It's got more power than the Ultra and the best version of Audi's all-wheel-drive system for maximum performance. While I'm checking boxes, I'd step up to the Prestige trim level, bringing the sticker price to around $50,000.
That gets you all of the driver-aid tech including adaptive cruise with Traffic Jam Assist, all of the cabin tech including MMI navigation and Audi Virtual Cockpit and an amazing 755-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system.
My 2018 Audi A4 Quattro sedan stands near the top of a class that includes the aforementioned BMW 330i xDrive and Benz's C300 4Matic. Performance and efficiency for these rivals are all in the same ballpark, but the A4 boasts a slight price advantage and by far the most impressive tech of the three.
Those looking to save a few bucks or for something less German should also consider the Cadillac ATS or Jaguar XE. As close to similarly equipped as we could get these rides, both sticker for thousands of dollars less than the A4. Both come with some cabin and driver aid tech compromises -- especially the Jag -- but each also places more emphasis on handling and performance than the more relaxed Audi, which should appeal to more spirited drivers.
However, if I were shopping for a premium sport sedan, Audi's own 2018 A5 Sportback Quattro would rank just above the A4 at the top of my short list. Though not a "pure" sedan, the Sportback does everything a sedan does with just a bit more flair. Both cars offer the same class-leading cabin and driver-aid tech, but the more flexible liftback design and the attractive, coupelike stance and silhouette of the Sportback are a one-two punch of better function and form than the traditional three-box sedan. Sharper handling -- thanks to sportier tunes for its suspension and Quattro systems -- seals the deal.
You can't really go wrong either way; both are excellent (and, frankly, nearly identical) choices, but I give the edge and the nod to the stylish A5 Sportback over the subdued A4 sedan.
Audi Announces Full 2018 Lineup (Chart Included)
Even though 2018 is a ways off, Audi got the jump by announcing features and pricing for their full lineup. Before we get into the specifics for each, here are the generalities. For starters, the advanced driver assistance systems, such as Audi side assist and all those “we’ll brake for you” and “look out, your leaving your lane” sorts of things are now standard on more models.
This is a good thing, since it will (conceivably) prevent accidents, but this is also a bad thing since it engenders “a car will take care of it for me” mentality.
A3 Model Line
The A3 maintains its place by being the entry into the Audi world. The A3 gets a new music interface with two USB ports for data and charging as standard. Also standard are heated front seats. The Premium Plus models are standard equipped with Audi side assist and a Bang & Olufsen stereo as part of the Technology package. Said tech package also includes MMI Navigation and Audi Virtual Cockpit.
The new S3 comes with red brake calipers and Audi magnetic ride. The A3 Sportback e-tron (that’s the wagon-esque version) offers available 18-inch wheels with all-season tires as part of its Sport package.
A4 Model Line
The bread-and-butter A4 gets a new Black Optic Plus package, featuring 18-inch 10-Y-spoke gloss black wheels, red brake calipers, high-gloss black side sill blades, rear lip spoiler, and exterior mirror housings in gloss black. Also with that package, the interior gets a three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel with S badging, piano black inlays, a leatherette covered center console, and contrast red stitching which is a flashy touch.
Standard features for the Premium model include heated front seats and S line exterior design elements. Premium Plus trimmed A4s get Audi side assist and Audi Pre Sense rear as standard. The Prestige trim gets standard Audi active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, traffic sign recognition, and high beam assistant. Dual-pane acoustic glass for the front side windows, a leatherette covered center console, and door armrests are also part of the Prestige trim.
The 2018 A4 allroad wagon/near-SUV-thing gets many more standard driver assistance systems and technologies. Side assist and pre sense rear are now standard on the Premium Plus trim. Audi active lane assist with adaptive cruise control and stop & go, high beam assistant, and traffic sign recognition are now standard on the Prestige. The front sport seats are now ventilated and available as part of the warm weather package on the Premium Plus.
A6 Model Line
The 2018 A6 comes with three drivetrain choices: 2.0T front-wheel drive, 2.0T quattro, and a new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 with quattro. That six-banger delivers 340 horsepower and 325 lb-ft. of torque. Oo-la-la. Other standard goodies are MMI Navigation and Audi advanced key (Premium trim). Premium Plus now includes standard LED headlights and full LED interior lighting.
Prestige trims now include the top view camera as standard.
The new for 2018 Competition package includes black exterior mirror housings, red brake calipers, 20-inch, 5-double-spoke Titanium matte wheels, sport suspension, and a quattro sport differential. Inside drivers are treated to brushed aluminum inlays, diamond stitched S sport seats, a three-spoke flat bottom multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, and a black cloth headliner.
A7 Model Line
The A7, that weirdo hatchback coupe/four-door sedan thingo, gets the standard equipment applied with a ladle. The 3.0T V6 engine now delivers more horsepower and torque, while full LED ambient interior lighting is standard on Premium Plus trims. The corner view camera is standard on Prestige trims.
There is a new Competition package available for the A7 that includes black optic exterior elements, S-line bumpers, red brake calipers, sport suspension, and a quattro sport differential. Sporty interior elements include brushed aluminum inlays, flat bottom steering wheel, and S sport seats with contrast stitching.
There’s also a ton of new wheel and tire choices for the 2018 A7.
A8 Model Line
The 2018 A8, Audi’s top of the line high performance luxo-barge continues apace. The big A8 L, equipped with the 3.0T six cylinder plant, now offers an Executive package that includes 20-inch, five-spoke-Blade-design wheels, Audi active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop & go, heads-up display, Audi side assist, and Audi pre sense rear. The Executive package also gets you ventilated and massaging front seats, rear heated seats, a heated four-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, and a panoramic sunroof.
If you go for the 4.0T version’s Executive Plus package, you get power lumbar support and separate power for the rear seats, along with ventilation and massage functions. The A8’s Black Optic package adds black accents to the standard Sport style exterior package, with 20-inch and 21-inch wheels available.
Q3 Model Line
The compact Audi Q3 crossover features standard S line exterior design elements, including an S line front bumper, doors sills, and badging. The new Convenience package includes Audi advanced key, power tailgate, aluminum satellite inlays, and an auto dimming interior mirror with a compass. The Premium Plus model includes standard Audi side assist, full-LED headlights, and LED taillights with dynamic rear turn signals.
The Sport Plus package also includes a three-spoke flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, along with a Black Optic exterior kit, black roof rails, and 19-inch, 10-spoke titanium wheels.
Q7 Model Line
For 2018, the big Audi Q7 now comes standard with Audi advanced key. The Premium Plus models now get 3D Bose Surround Sound standard. On the 3.0T Prestige models, power door closers are now standard.
TT & TTS Model Line
The 2018 TT and TTS offer customers a refreshed design and new technology options. Parking sensors are now standard equipment on both the TT Coupe and Roadster. A 12 speaker, 680 watt Bang & Olufsen stereo is now an option. An available S line competition package includes high gloss exterior accents, brushed aluminum door sills and inlays, red brake calipers, S line sport suspension, leather/Alcantara-trimmed S sport seats with S line embossing, and a flat-bottom multifunction S line steering wheel – essentially, everything you need to make you feel all special and sporty.
The 2018 TTS Coupe has an exclusive interior package, starting with Nappa leather-trimmed S embossed front seats, with contrast diamond stitching. The 2018 TTS Coupe has three color options: Calendula Yellow, Crimson Red, and Cloudy Gray. Our personal favorite is the new TT RS.
R8 Coupe & Spyder
The R8, the car Tony Stark drives, has many of the same parts (50 percent) as Audi’s R8 LMS racecar, including the Lambo-sourced V10 engine. A newly available Black Optic package includes 20-inch, 10-spoke-Y design forged wheels in high gloss Anthracite finish, gloss black exhaust tips, Mythos black side blades (V10 models only), and Titanium Black exterior trim. Full LED headlights with Audi laser light are available on the V10 models, but come standard on the V10 Plus.
The Audi Sport badge replaces the quattro badge on the front grille, and Audi Sport puddle lights are now standard.
Tony Borroz has spent his entire life racing antique and sports cars. He means well, even if he has a bias towards lighter, agile cars rather than big engine muscle cars or family sedans.
In case you want a “just the facts ma’am” chart, here ’tis:
2018 Audi Model Line: Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices
Excluding destination charge, taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
|Model||Engine||Transmission||Premium||Premium Plus||Prestige||Single Trim|
|A3 Cabriolet||2.0T||FWD S tronic||$38,350||$41,600||$46,800|
|A3 Cabriolet||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$41,050||$44,300||$49,500|
|A3 Sedan||2.0T||FWD S tronic||$31,950||$35,200||$40,700|
|A3 Sedan||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$34,950||$38,200||$43,700|
|S3 Sedan||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$43,650||$48,950|
|A3 Sportback e-tron||1.4T||FWD S tronic||$39,500||$42,600||$48,100|
|A4 allroad||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$44,500||$47,200||$53,000|
|A4 sedan||2.0T||ultra FWD S tronic||$36,000||$39,200||$45,500|
|A4 Sedan||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$40,500||$43,700||$50,000|
|A4 Sedan||2.0T||quattro manual||$40,500||$43,700||$50,000|
|S4 Sedan||3.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$51,400||$55,800|
|A6 Sedan||2.0T||FWD S tronic||$49,700||$51,900|
|A6 Sedan||2.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$51,900||$54,100|
|A6 Sedan||3.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$56,500||$58,700||$61,400|
|S6 Sedan||4.0T||quattro S tronic||$71,900||$74,400|
|A7 Sedan||3.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$69,700||$72,400|
|S7 Sedan||4.0T||quattro S tronic||$81,200||$83,150|
|RS 7||4.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$113,900|
|RS 7 Performance||4.0T||quattro Tiptronic||$130,700|
|Q3||2.0T||FWD S tronic||$32,900||$35,800|
|R8 Coupe||V10||quattro S tronic||$164,900|
|R8 Coupe||V10 Plus||quattro S tronic||$194,400|
|R8 Spyder||V10||quattro S tronic||$177,100|
|TT Coupe||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$43,950|
|TTS Coupe||2.0T||quattro S tronic||$52,950|
Destination and delivery charge is not included in MSRPs listed. Destination charges on 2018 Audi vehicles are as follows: R8 model line: $1,250. All other models: $975.
Photos & Source: Audi of America, Inc.
The 2018 Audi A4 is perhaps the most well-rounded car in the entry-luxury sedan segment, thanks to its compelling combination of athletic performance, a comfortable and well-built interior, high-tech features, and handsome exterior design. It excels in almost all areas of our testing, outaccelerates its rivals while sipping fuel, and cocoons its occupants in a quiet, spacious, and well-appointed cabin. The suspension admirably walks the thin line between sport and comfort, providing valiant cornering confidence when pushed hard and a relaxed experience when cruising long distances. Throw in a smattering of cutting-edge technology by way of the optional digital gauge cluster, onboard Wi-Fi, and advanced active safety tech, and the A4’s myriad qualities elevate it to near the top of its class.
What's New for 2018?
A handful of changes to its offerings mark the A4’s second model year since its major redesign. The Black Optic Plus package is newly available on all-wheel-drive Premium Plus and Prestige models; it blacks out much of the A4’s exterior trim including the grille, window surrounds, wheels, rear spoiler, and mirror housings and adds a sport steering wheel, glossy black trim, and subtle red upholstery stitching inside. The base Premium trim gains standard heated front seats and a complement of S line exterior enhancements. Midrange Premium Plus models benefit from standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and the top-spec Prestige trim now comes with more advanced active safety gear, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlamps, and traffic-sign recognition. In an attempt to hush the interior further, Prestige models also gain acoustic-glass front windows. The detuned Ultra engine is now available in all three trim levels with front-wheel drive.
- Premium: $36,975
- Premium Plus: $40,175
- Prestige: $46,475
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
While some competitors offer myriad engine choices, including hybrids and diesels, Audi keeps it simple: a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline engine and a detuned eco-focused version of that engine called the Ultra, which makes 190 horsepower. Transmission options include a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic; front-wheel drive is standard, and Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel-drive system is optional. The Ultra engine option promises improved fuel economy but is not offered with all-wheel drive. We had the opportunity to strap our test gear to a 2018 A4 2.0T Quattro with the six-speed manual transmission. It outaccelerated its automatic-shifting equivalent from last year in our zero-to-60-mph and quarter-mile tests by a mere 0.1 second. Otherwise, we were pleased with the manual’s smooth action and communicative clutch, making it our pick of the range. The A4’s 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is eager and energetic. It responds instantly to throttle inputs and gets the A4 up to speed quickly and seamlessly. Responsive acceleration, a composed ride, and athletic handling give the A4 an unbeatable combination of refinement and excitement. It’s simply unflappable in nearly all driving situations, whether you’re charging down a back road or taking your in-laws out to dinner. As good as the A4 is, however, it’s still not as engaging as the beguiling and irresistibly Italian Alfa Romeo Giulia, with its raspy turbo four and sweet steering.
EPA fuel economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest and most accurate fuel economy numbers on current and older vehicles, we use the U.S. Department of Energy's fueleconomy.gov website. Under the heading "Find & Compare Cars" click on the Compare Side-by-Side tool to find the EPA ratings for the make, model, and year you're interested in.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The A4’s modern-looking cabin does a good job of balancing form and function with high-quality materials and easily accessible technology features. Opting for the new-for-2018 Black Optics Plus package on all-wheel-drive Premium Plus and Prestige models adds a sport steering wheel with a flat bottom, glossy black interior trim, leatherette-covered armrest and center console lid, and red contrast stitching on the upholstery. Base Premium models now come with heated front seats; the top-spec Prestige trim gets the leatherette-covered armrests and center console lid even without the Black Optics Plus package and also gains dual-pane acoustic side-window glass. As in most Audis, the dashboard design is clean and simplistic, almost like a piece of modern art. Most of the A4’s buttons and switches, including climate-control knobs and the MMI central infotainment controller, are right where you want them to be and feel substantial when you use them. The exception is the volume knob, which is placed inconveniently on the passenger side of the center console. Aluminum trim is standard on most models, with optional wood accents available for those who prefer a warmer appearance.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Although there are no changes to its infotainment offerings for 2018, the A4 remains one of the better-equipped sedans in this class. Last year’s Technology package, which included the Virtual Cockpit gauge display, navigation, and a larger 8.3-inch infotainment screen, is renamed the Navigation and Telematics package. The A4’s infotainment system has clear graphics and well-organized menus, making the system simple to understand and operate. An optional Virtual Cockpit instrument-panel display shows tons of useful information directly in the driver’s line of sight, a boon for avoiding distractions. The A4’s standard setup consists of a 7.0-inch center screen that’s controlled by a rotary knob on the center console. Standard features are generous and include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and voice command. Navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and in-car Wi-Fi are included in various option packages, as is a more powerful Bang & Olufsen audio system with 19 speakers and 755 watts of output.
Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings
For more information about the Audi A4’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.
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Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
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Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
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Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
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The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
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- Solid handling
- Powerful engine choices
- Available as a practical Allroad wagon
- Not much personality
- Gets expensive quickly
Audi A4 Expert Review
New for 2018
For the 2018 model year, changes for the Audi A4 include new alloy wheel options and the Black Optics package, which adds red brake calipers as well as gloss black side sills, rear spoiler, and side mirror covers. The base Premium trim gets heated front seats as standard while the Premium Plus grade gets additional active safety features such as active lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, traffic sign recognition, and high beam assist.
Slotting above the smaller A3, the 2018 Audi A4 is a compact luxury sedan that's available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. In addition to the sedan body style, the A4 is also available as a raised wagon called the Allroad. At the top of the range is the high-performance S4.
The 2018 A4 offers three engine options, from the front-drive A4 Ultra to the all-wheel-drive A4 Quattro and Allroad, and the sporty all-wheel-drive S4.
Model: A4 Ultra
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo-four - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 190 hp/236 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 27/37 mpg city/highway
Model: A4 Quattro, A4 Allroad
Engine and Transmission: 2.0-liter turbo-four - seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual
Power: 252 hp/273 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 24/34 mpg( A4 Quattro automatic); 24/33 mpg (A4 Quattro, manual), 22/30 mpg (A4 allroad)
Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter turbo V-6 - eight-speed automatic
Power: 354 hp/369 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/30 mpg
Standard features include HID headlights, tri-zone climate control, , Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, heated front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, a rearview camera, a 7.0-inch screen, leather upholstery, and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include Audi's MMI interface with navigation, an 8.3-inch screen, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, keyless entry/start, full LED headlights, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power tailgate for the A4 allroad, sport seats, a head-up display, and alloy wheels up to 19 inches in diameter. The A4 and S4 sedans offer 13 cubic feet of cargo space.
For more cargo carrying capability, the A4 Allroad has 24.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 58.5 cubic feet behind the front seats.
The NHTSA gave the 2018 A4 a five-star overall score (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS evaluations, the car received the Top Safety Pick+ award after it scored Good on all crash tests, Average on the headlight test, and Superior on the front crash prevention test when it avoided a 12-mph collision and reduced the impact of a 25-mph one by 22 mph (Good is the highest possible score).
All trim levels of the 2018 Audi A4 comes standard with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. Higher grade models come with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, blind spot warning, rear automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and high beam assist.
What We Think
A 2017 Audi A4 placed second in a recent comparison test of compact luxury sport sedans thanks to its slick tech features and solid driving dynamics. However, the Audi fell behind the winning Alfa Romeo Giulia due to its lack of character and sterile personality on the road. In a 2017 First Test, we also noted that while the A4 handles well, but it doesn't have the same level of driver engagement as some of the more sporting competitors in its class. The A4 Allroad, on the other hand, offers the same confident driving dynamics as the A4 sedan even with the slight increase in ride height. Inside, the A4 offers a conservative but luxurious cabin that's packed with cutting-edge tech and high quality materials, as we noted in a 2017 A4 Allroad First Test.
The Audi S4 kicks things up a notch with its powerful 354-hp 3.0-liter turbo V-6, a more aggressive suspension, and a torque vectoring differential that helps give it excellent road holding and even better handling. We noted in a 2018 First Drive that the S4 always remains neutral, and that the car adds "a new level of interior and exterior sophistication to what were already competent—if a little bland—cars in their previous iterations."
The 2018 Audi A4 Ultra, along with the front-drive A3 sedan, were the first Audi vehicles to utilize the high-fuel economy version of Audi's 2.0-liter turbo-four.
TEST DRIVE: 2018 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro — Just a Damn Good Car
As car journalists, we’re supposed to use hyperbole and humorous metaphor to describe cars. It’s a way of making a car review or story more interesting, more engaging. However, sometimes all of that has to go out the window and a car just needs to be called what it is — a damn good car. That’s exactly what the new B9-generation Audi A4 2.0T Quattro is. A damn good car.
Recently, Audi let me borrow an A4 for a week and it was an interesting week for me to have a press car. I was finishing up moving out of my condo and it was a Murphy’s Law affair if there’d ever been one. Literally everything that could go wrong did go wrong, even something as simple as a fire-inspection, as my smoke detectors decided not to work properly.
So I was having a rough week of moving out, calling electricians, borrowing trucks from family members and just a lot of long nights, cramming work in between running back and forth between the new house, old house and storage unit. It was incredibly hectic to say the least. Yet, through all of it, the Audi A4 remained a bright spot.
Knowing that I was taking the A4 from point to point was something that always brightened my day, despite a shadowing fog that seemed to cast over the entire week. While it’s not the most exciting looking car, its Moonlight Blue Metallic paint was quite handsome looking and its interior was a welcome place after a long day of exhaustion and frustration, covered in lovely Nougat Brown leather and filled with life-easing technology.
No matter the day, no matter the circumstance, I knew the Audi A4 was going to be solid, dependable, comfortable and enjoyable. Regardless of what I needed from it, I knew it could provide. If I just wanted something comfortable and calm to move me from place to place, it could do that effortlessly, while also providing easy-to-use technology and a rich Bang & Olufsen sound. If I needed to blow off some steam and tackle some twisty roads, it could do that, too.
And that’s really what stuck out to me during my week with it; its impressive breadth of ability. Is it the most engaging car on the road? No. Is it the most luxurious? No. Is it the highest-tech, best-built or highest-performance? No, no and nope. But it’s a little bit of all of those things and it manages to blend them all together so well, so seamlessly that it becomes one of the best daily drivers I’ve ever driven.
The tester I was given was a loaded model, a 2018 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Prestige with all of the bells and whistles. It wore the aforementioned blue paint and brown leather and just looked premium and expensive. Admittedly, it was expensive, wearing an as-tested sticker price of about $52,000. And out tester didn’t even have the Sport Package or adaptive dampers. So it can get even pricier.
Having said that, I’d spend it myself. It’s rare that us car journalists admit that we’d ever actually spend our own money on the cars we test. That’s because we understand the market well and understand which cars are worth the money and which aren’t. Maybe some journos might disagree with me but, in my humble opinion, the Audi A4 is worth every penny.
When you open the doors, get in and close them, you get this feeling of high-quality, this sense that you’re in something that is actually expensive. The doors close with a quality *whoomph* and the interior materials are nearly faultless. In higher-end models, you also get some of the coolest tech in the business, such as the ever-so-brilliant Virtual Cockpit. I’ve tested it a thousand times, it feels like, but it never ceases to amaze me. The ease with which you can switch between screens, bring up a massive Google Maps screen, make a phone call or change the radio station, all without taking your hands off the steering wheel and barely averting your eyes from the road, is always astonishing.
Then there’s the actual ride itself. Our car was on the standard suspension, with no adaptive dampers or even the Sport Suspension, which was fine, if I’m honest. The enthusiast in me shuns any car that lacks sporty suspension. However, the suspension felt composed, buttoned-down and sporty enough to tackle fast sweepers without issue. Sure, there was a bit more body roll than I would have liked and the ride height looked a bit too tall but it never felt floaty and always felt tight and composed.
The benefit of that standard suspension is comfort, though. Over New Jersey’s pitiful roads, the Audi A4 always felt supple and well damped, without ever lacking the sort of road feel that one wants in a German car. I’d even go as far as to say the standard suspension setup of the Audi A4 might be better than the standard setups of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Plus, I sort of like just having one suspension setup, without any adaptive dampers. It’s the way it used to be, with just one setup that worked well and you learned to drive it properly, rather than have a bunch of settings, none of which are just right. Honestly, I’d suggest buyers keep the standard setup and forgo the adaptive dampers. If you ever need something sportier, get a set of KW or Bilstein coilovers, as they will be more adjustable and sportier anyway.
As for the steering, it’s very typical of modern Audis. Its light in weight, but not overly light, and the weight loads up nicely as you add steering lock. On center, it’s accurate, with just a bit of a dead spot to keep it from feeling twitchy but off center, there’s a nice feel of weight building to give you a sense of what the front tires are doing. It’s lacking genuine steering feel but it’s accurate and responsive, doing exactly as it’s asked. Which, honestly, is all I look for in modern sports cars, as steering feel is all but dead nowadays, regardless of manufacturer.
The best part of the Audi A4 is its powertrain, though. Packing a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, the A4 is quick to 60 mph, doing the sprint in 5.6 seconds. That time is actually what Audi claims, we suspect it to be quicker than that. It’s a punchy little engine that delivers all of its power with silky-smoothness befitting a much larger engine. It’s up there with the best four-cylinder engines on the market.
The trunk is also surprisingly capacious, as it was able to pack two backpacks, a diaper bag, a foldable play-pen and two strollers with room to spare.
After my week with the Audi A4, I was sad to see it go. Not because it thrilled me, not because it pampered me but because it was just so good at everything it did, and because it was such a faithful companion, that I wished it was mine. I wished that it was in my driveway permanently. It’s just such a damn good car.
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