Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Spacious enough for smaller families
  • Impressive 480-litre boot
  • Expands to 965 litres with rear seats folded

People don't generally buy medium-sized, premium-priced four-door saloons for their outright practicality, but the Audi A4 will prove to be spacious enough for the needs of most smaller families. If you don't fancy the estate-bodied A4 Avant, there's also the five-door coupe A5 Sportback if you need a bit more flexibility than is on offer here.

Up front it's roomy enough, but the rear seats are compromised for legroom. Note, too, that due to a large transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car, room in the middle seat in the rear is limited.

A Parkers top tip would be to spec the optional Storage Pack which adds nets to the back of the front seats, a lockable glovebox, a cup holder in the rear centre armrest, plus a bag hook, a 12v socket and a luggage net in the boot.

Easy to manoeuvre

Although the A4 Saloon isn't as tall or bulky as the related Q5 SUV or even the smaller Q3, don’t let that deceive you – it’s still a sizeable vehicle. Fear not, though, as all-round visibility is good, while standard-fit front and rear parking sensors mean it’s not hard to judge its extremities.

If that’s not enough, a rear-view camera, Top View (bird’s eye perspective 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 of its rivals 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 bootlid (when compared with the tailgate on the A5 Sportback, for instance) 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.

Safety: an Audi A4 strong point

  • 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, while adaptive cruise control  will maintain a pre-set speed or distance from the car in front.

Every A4 gets LED headlights as standard, but the firm’s Matrix LED headlight option uses separately controlled lighting elements and reflectors to shut-off high beam when it detects other road users or other 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.

On the back seat you will find two Isofix child seat-mounting points. There’s plenty of space back there for them, just beware that the saloon bodystyle means you may have to bend down in order to install the seats - less easy than with an MPV or SUV.

Watch: Audi A4 Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A4 Saloon.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
S Line optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S4 equipment

S4 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S4 optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S4 Black Edition equipment

S4 Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S4 Black Edition optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

S4 Vorsprung equipment

S4 Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S4 Vorsprung optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Technik equipment

Technik standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Technik optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat

Vorsprung equipment

Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Vorsprung optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi A4 Saloon was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 75%
Safety Assist: 75%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.