- Familiar Audi grades of SE, Sport, S Line and S4
- All cars are generously appointed
- Huge range of options and technology available
Despite a massive range of options, Audi A4 Saloon trim levels are easy to follow – plus standard equipment is generous, even on the more basic models. There are four models in the hierarchy, laid out as SE, Sport, S Line and S4.
Standard Audi A4 saloon equipment
If you decide the entry-level SE specification A4 is the car for you, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much equipment is included as standard. On the outside your A4 Saloon will be wearing 17-inch alloy wheels and sporting xenon headlights with distinctive LED daytime-running lights.
Inside it’s packed with kit and neat details, such as three-zone climate control, keyless start, cruise control, slick three-spoke steering wheel and MMI Radio Plus with smartphone interface and Bluetooth connectivity.
There’s a seven-inch colour infotainment screen on top of the dashboard, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rear parking sensors to ensure you don’t damage that sharp exterior.
Meanwhile the standard Multi-collision Brake Assist and Pre-sense City ensure you don’t have any unexpected accidents. You can adapt the way the car drive thanks to Drive Select, while the improved stop/start system switches off the engine when coasting to improve efficiency.
Upgrading to the Sport models changes the design of those 17-inch alloy wheels and the rear gains a different diffuser design and finish. The interior gets sports seats as standard (still covered in cloth), alongside sat-nav and an upgraded Audi Sound System with ten speakers.
Those keen on the S Line models will notice the one-inch larger alloy wheels alongside model-specific bumpers and side sills to create a sportier look and LED headlights and tail lights, complete with the firm’s dynamic indicators. The suspension is lowered by 20mm too, though you can elect to stick with normal springs for no extra cost – we’d suggest you do.
Inside the seats are finished in a mixture of leather and cloth, while the steering wheel is badged as an S Line version.
Range-topping S4 Saloon derivatives are visually distinctive thanks to pale grey grille accents, unique front and rear bumpers with more aggressively chamfered grilles and suspension lowered by 20mm compared with SE models.
The cabin’s similar to S Line models but with even more black-coloured fittings and brushed aluminium appliques. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit comes as standard on the S4, too, with a unique setting allowing an electronic rev-counter to be at the centre of the screen.
Optional Audi A4 Saloon accessories
As you’d expect, the options available for the A4 saloon are extensive, and as long as you have deep enough pockets you can customise your Audi in a number of ways.
There are 15 paint colours to choose from across the range, while there is a selection of alloy wheels that range from 17 to 19 inches in diameter, with varying designs.
Slightly more confusingly, there’s a choice of suspension too, incorporating Comfort, Dynamic, Sport, Adaptive Sport and Adaptive S Sport (S4 only), with all Sport set-ups lowered by 20mm over standard. You can also add Dynamic steering to the S4.
There’s a handful of options for upgrading the lights too, with the S Line’s LED headlights available as an upgrade over the xenons found as standard on the SE and Sport models while the firm’s excellent Matrix LED technology is also available.
Those looking to complete long distances can add the 54-litre fuel tank on 2.0-litre diesel models, increasing the size from 40 litres, while you can double the capacity of the AdBlue tank at the same time. There’s a choice of cloth, leather and Alcantara and leather mixes for the seats, in different colours and shades while you can add heated elements to both front and back chairs should you wish.
A number of option packs can improve the ambience of the A4’s interior too, with a choice of LED Interior Lighting Pack, Extended Interior Upholstery Pack, Technology Pack (larger 8.3-inch screen with seven-inch central display between main instruments, Audi Connect and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging), Comfort and Sound Pack (electrically adjustable seat and Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system), and the Vision Pack which includes the Virtual Cockpit with head-up display and high beam assist.
The Driver Assistance Pack is available in standard, Tour and Advanced modes and includes items such as Turn Assist, Collision Avoidance Assistant, Active Lane Assist and adaptive cruise control and Predictive Efficiency Assist.
The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A4 Saloon.
Equipment by trim level
To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:
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Black Edition equipment
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S Line equipment
|S Line standard equipment|
|S Line optional equipment|
|S4 standard equipment|
|S4 optional equipment|
|SE standard equipment|
|SE optional equipment|
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- Massive range of driver assistance systems on offer
- Five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating
- Quattro four-wheel drive and matrix LED headlamps available
With 30 driver assistance systems, the A4’s safety is as impressive as any other model in the firm’s range, or indeed those of its rivals. Needless to say, it achieved the full five-star safety rating from European safety regulators Euro NCAP.
Highlights include Turn Assist, which stops you mistakenly turning across the front of oncoming traffic, Exit Warning which detects traffic and warns occupants about to open their door into it plus adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go plus Traffic Jam assistant which will maintain a pre-set speed or distance from the car in front, while steering, even in heavy traffic.
Unsurprisingly, the Audi A4 Saloon scored a full five-star rating when it was crash tested by the experts at Euro NCAP.
Every A4 gets xenon headlights as standard, but the firm’s Matrix LED headlight option uses separately controlled LEDs and reflectors to shut off high beam when it detects other road users or sources of light. It even uses GPS information to determine whether it should switch from left-hand to right-hand traffic illumination.
An optional head-up display means you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to absorb information on the move, plus the Quattro models have four-wheel drive to hopefully keep you away from a crash in the first place.
How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a Audi A4 Saloon?
Two – positioned on the outer rear seats. There’s plenty of space back there for them, just beware that the A4’s saloon bodystyle means you may have to bend down in order to install the seats.
- Spacious enough for families
- Impressive 480-litre boot
- Expands to 965 litres with rear seats folded
Note, though, that due to a large transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car, room in the middle seat in the rear is severely compromised.
A Parkers top tip would be to spec the optional Storage Pack which adds a storage net on the back of the front seats, a lockable glovebox, a cup holder in the rear centre armrest and a bag hook, 12v socket and luggage net in the boot.
The Audi A4 might not be as tall and bulky-looking as an equivalent Q5 or even a Q3, but don’t let that deceive you – it’s still a sizeable vehicle. Fear not, though, as all-round visibility is pretty good, while standard-fit front and rear parking sensors mean it’s not hard to judge its extremities.
And, if that’s not enough, a rear-view camera, Top View (bird’s eye view of the car when parking) and automatic parking are all available for a little extra cash.
The A4’s boot space is up there with the best in class thanks to a capacious 480 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place, and 965 litres with them down. The load bay, although restricted by the smaller boot lid (when compared to a hatchback) is usefully flat and square – perfect for sliding larger items in.
Plus, should you go to fold the rear seats down you’ll be pleased to note they operate with a 40:20:40 split, meaning the middle and two outer seats can be collapsed independently.
How does the boot space compare?
Check the table below to see how the Audi A4 Saloon compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.
|Audi A4 Saloon||480 litres|
|Jaguar XE||450 litres|
|BMW 3-Series Saloon (12-19)||370 litres|
|Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon||335 litres|