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Audi A4 Saloon Review Video
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At a glance

New price £33,955 - £59,630
Lease from new From £448 p/m View lease deals
Used price £10,010 - £51,295
Fuel Economy 35.3 - 60.1 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £490
Insurance group 19 - 44 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fantastic interior quality
  • Excellent refinement
  • Broad engine range

CONS

  • Some may find it too understated
  • Newer versions' fiddly multimedia system
  • BMW 3 Series more fun to drive

Audi A4 Saloon rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Keith WR Jones on

The Audi A4 is a premium saloon with an enviable badge and a quality interior. It's the German brand's biggest-selling model and has been around in its current profile since 2015.

A mid-life update came in 2019 to keep it fresh - and it remains crisp looking to date. Four-door premium execs such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Jaguar XE are its main rivals.

The latest set of updates brought with it standard-fit Virtual Cockpit digital dials and a new multimedia display, as well as sharper-looking styling front and back.

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Extensive engine range

Good news for engine fans - there's no shortage of choice. There are several petrol and diesels, as well as six-speed manual and seven or eight-speed automatic gearboxes.

Perennial favourites include 2.0-litre diesel motors of varying power outputs. While the range-topping S4 also sips from the black pump. Previous versions of the S4 featured a petrol engine - but this one has a 347hp 3.0-litre V6 diesel with a whopping 700Nm of torque.

Well-equipped at all trim levels

There are several equipment lines available, progressing from Technik through Sport Edition, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung, with the S4 sitting as the range's flagship.

Regardless of which you choose, each A4 is well-equipped, and even the entry-level cars come with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, an updated (but less easy to use) 10.1-inch MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system, reversing camera and sensors, three-zone climate control and cruise control.

As you move up the range the changes become more cosmetic than anything else, with a sportier, more aggressive appearance as you climb up the hierarchy.

There’s a subtle aggression about the S4 with its unique bumpers and grilles, a discreet rear diffuser and exterior accents picked out in various shades of matt silver. Nevertheless, it may be too subtle for those who like to leave others in no doubt about their performance.

Of course, the options list is vast, and your pockets will need to be deep should you wish to personalise your A4 Saloon. Choices include several colour options, various alloy wheel designs and diameters, a choice of suspensions (standard and adaptively damped), differing headlight technologies, seat upholsteries and interior trims. By and large, we would recommend you stick to the bundled Technology Pack, plus the Comfort and Sound Pack - they're better value.

Exemplary interior quality

There’s no change here for Audi, with cabin quality that betters all of its competitors’ and sets the new benchmark for materials, fit, finish and restrained design. Elements of the firm’s other cars are evident, from the full-width air vent strip borrowed from the Q7 .

There are other elements to delight, with the inductive toggle-style switches used to control the climate settings, the driver-angled centre console and the tablet-style screen atop of it – which looks far slicker with a high-quality magnesium surround – than some rival systems.

Certainly for ambiance, the A4's interior will trump that of the Jaguar XE and Volvo S60, but the Lexus IS at least matches it for build quality. 

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Audi A4 including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

Audi A4 Saloon rivals

Jaguar
XE
3.8 out of 5 3.8

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