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Audi A4

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Audi A4

(2015 - present)

    Summary


    The Audi A4 is a compact executive model available as either a saloon or estate (called the A4 Avant). It is one of the biggest-selling models in the Audi range, and sits between the smaller A3 saloon and larger A6 saloon and estate models. The current model was launched in 2015 and received a mid-life update in 2019.

    The top-spec model is called the S4 and there is also a more off-road-capable model called the A4 allroad quattro. There is a high-performance model called the RS 4, which is based on the A4 but not included in this page. We will be building a separate page for this model, so check back soon.

    As of April 2022, the Audi A4 range has an Expert Rating of 75%, which is some way behind the class-leading BMW 3 Series and other rivals like the Tesla Model 3.

    The Audi A4 range has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, although overall opinions varies from mild disinterest to strong enthusiasm. The A4 allroad quattro model tends to score slightly lower than the regular A4 models, while the top-spec S4 scores slightly higher from car enthusiast titles. The A4 gets consistent praise for its build standards and interior quality, but lags behind rivals for driving enjoyment and offers no hybrid or electric versions.

    Audi A4 highlights

    • Interior quality still sets the standard for the class
    • Enormous range should cover pretty muxh every need
    • Much better to drive than previous models
    • Competitive finance and leasing packages

    Audi A4 lowlights

    • Can’t match a BMW 3 Series for driving dynamics
    • No electrified models available
    • Boot space, especially in estate version, not best in class
    • Allroad is quite expensive compared to regular versions

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium saloon and estate
    Engines: petrol, diesel
    Price: From £30,750 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Autumn 2019
    Replacement due: 2022


    Media reviews


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: November 2015
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 89%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 75%
    Safety assist: 75%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    The Audi A4 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

    If the A4 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    The Audi A4 has a below-average reliability score, according to extended warraty data from our commercial partner MotorEasy, which is something to bear in mind if you’re looking at buying one as a used car.

    Almost two-thirds of warranty claims for A4 owners are caused by electrical system problems, which suggests that you have a high chance of these problems occuring on your car. The good news is that these are also one of the cheapest problems to fix. Probably more concerning is that a number of owners have had gearbox problems, which have an average repair bill of more than £2,500.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A4 has received

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car for Comfort

    2019

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Executive Car

    2018

    • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car
    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Executive Car

    2017

    • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car
    • Fleet World Honours – Best Compact Executive
    • Fleet News Awards – Best Premium Car

    2016

    • What Car? AwardsCar of the Year + Best Executive Car
    • Fleet News Awards – Best Premium Car
    • Top Gear Awards – Best for Big Miles
    • Contract Hire and Leasing AwardsCar of the Year + Best Executive Car

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    Audi A4Based on more than 60 reviews, the Audi A4 has an Expert Rating that falls some way behind the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.