Audi released the 5th generation A4 last year at the Frankfurt Auto Show with nice improvements inside and out. A transition to the new B9 chassis required a subtle freshening of body lines, but the A4 is a strong seller so Audi didn’t want to disrupt the status quo. Of the A4 buyers are on the conservative end of the automotive spectrum, so if you prefer wheels in any color other than silver, the A4 is not for you. Although a six-speed manual is still technically available, the A4 buyer is tech-savvy and delights in the crisp seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
If you wear sweater vests and look at spreadsheets all day, the A4 is the logical choice. You will have adequate acceleration from the 2.0-liter turbo. It makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft to the quattro AWD system. Front-wheel drive is standard on the lower trim levels. Pricing starts at $34,900 for the base model, and the fully loaded Prestige will is north of $45,000. It offers Audi’s latest virtual cockpit. A 12.3″ screen is easy to navigate, and the heads up display has navigation and entertainment connectivity.
Apple and Android are both fully supported to keep your eyes on the road. Audio is by Bang & Olufsen with 755 watts and 19 speakers. Yes, it does feel and drive in a very similar fashion to the Volkswagen Passat, but the quality of materials and sound insulation is much more substantial. In our week-long test we noticed the A4 receives smiles from business men and women, and young urban professionals. If you want an efficient luxury sedan that can fly under the radar, our dealers have great incentives. Stay with us for more reviews and Audi news.