The new 2013 Audi A4 reviews are glowing, with US News calling it “a veritable Swiss Army knife of upscale cars,” and others calling it a “textbook example of how an automaker can make an older model fresh.” Although the Audi A4 was first introduced to the public in the 1990s, it has undergone a few tweaks here and there over the years, and there have been a few different body styles, including an Audi A4 wagon (Avant), which has now spun off to become the Audi A4 Allroad, thereby separating itself from the 2013 luxury sedan.
Or should we say sedans? The array of models can be confusing, but the Audi A4 sedan comes in three models, not counting the discontinued Audi A4 Avant wagon. You have your choice of the automatic Quattro 2.0T Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige; the CVT Front Trak 2.0T Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige; and the manual Quattro 2.0T Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All have four doors and fall within the EPA’s estimated range of 18 city/30 highway mpg, making it an economical choice of luxury sports sedans. The difference between models is small, however, with different choices of transmission and options. The Premium Plus, for example, adds Xenon headlamps and the Prestige has Xenon lamps that pivot 15 degrees and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system among other treats. These are all reflected in the Audi A4 price, with the Premium starting at $32,500, the Premium Plus at $36,700, and the Prestige starting at $42,250.
Audi A4 specs reveal the new sedan as a combination of performance and luxury, especially with the 2-liter, 4-cylinder, intercooled DOHC in-line Audi A4 turbo engine under the hood, producing 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Audi A4 engine is unique in that it features “electric engine management, drive-by-wire throttle, and FSI® direct injection” (Audi). Off the line, the A4 will hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds with the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, and 6.5 with the manual.