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Audi A4

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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 August 2021, the Audi A4 range has an Expert Rating of 74%, which is better than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class but 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


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Autocar

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Evo

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Honest John

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2015

89%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

75%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

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.

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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