2018 Audi A4

Pros: Impressive new interior design with top-notch cabin materials; improved back-seat legroom; peppy acceleration; excellent mix of ride quality and handling sharpness

Cons: Acceleration can be non-linear from a stop; MMI control system can be tedious to use; new styling might be too subtle an update for some shoppers

CG Says: The 2018 Audi A4 is relatively unchanged following its redesign last year. However, the performance S4 rejoins the lineup after an absence of one year. The new S4 is based on the redesigned A4 and is powered by a new 354-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Audi A4 is a premium compact sedan. Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are available. An entry-level ultra model has a fuel-efficient version of the standard engine. Non-ultra models have a turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that boasts 252 horsepower. (The ultra engine is tuned for economy and has only 190 hp.) A 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed automated-manual transmission are available. Notable standard features include a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, leather upholstery, sunroof, heated mirrors, LED ambient interior lighting, rearview camera, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Options include Audi’s “Virtual Cockpit” digital gauge cluster, Google Earth satellite navigation display, adaptive cruise control, adaptive suspension, a rear collision mitigation system, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, and traffic-sign recognition. A dazzling-yet-understated new interior and a long list of cutting-edge technology features are chief among the A4’s highlights. Plus, the new A4’s sticker prices and standard-equipment lists compare very favorably with its traditional BMW and Mercedes-Benz competitors. If you’re looking for a well-rounded premium compact sedan, the A4 should be on your list.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 2WD A4 2.0T ultra Premium: $36,975
2WD A4 2.0T ultra Premium Plus: $40,175
2WD A4 2.0T ultra Prestige: $46,475
AWD A4 2.0T Premium: $41,475
AWD A4 2.0T Premium Plus: $44,675
AWD A4 2.0T Prestige: $ 50,975
AWD S4 Premium Plus: $52,375
AWD S4 Prestige: $56,775

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (A4)
Horsepower
252 (190 in ultra)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (S4)
Horsepower
354
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Audi S4
2018 Audi S4
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 5
100%

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