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2014 Audi A4

Pros: Nimble handling and crisp, communicative steering feel; impressive cabin materials; peppy acceleration with decent fuel economy

Cons: Tight back-seat space, some testers find Audi’s MMI control system to be overly complicated; prices escalate quickly with options

CG Says: The Audi A4’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gets a horsepower bump to 220 for 2014, along with an S Line appearance package. The 2014 A4 is a smooth, comfortable car for everyday commuting and an athletic corner carver during joyrides on twisty roads. Though back-seat passengers may be a little crowded, overall this German sedan is a great compromise between sport sedan and practical, sensible transportation. Consider the Audi A4 a legitimate alternative to BMW’s vaunted 3-Series, and generally costs less at comparable equipment levels.

2014 Audi A4