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For The Audi A4 has plenty of grip and a wide range of powerful engines. Ownership costs are competitive, thanks to reasonable list prices.

Against It’s feeling old now; its interior layout, ride quality and handling are way behind the best in the class.

Audi A4 Saloon
22 5stars

The Audi A4 is comparably cheap and feels solidly built, but an off-set driving position and poor ride quality let it down. It is outclassed by newer rivals.

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There are 32 Audi A4 versions available

Saloon 1.8 TFSI 120 SE 4dr £24,385
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 120 SE Technik 4dr £25,385
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 170 SE 4dr £26,000
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 120 S line 4dr £26,940
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 170 SE Technik 4dr £27,000
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDIe 136 SE 4dr £27,300
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 120 Black Edition 4dr £28,015
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDIe 136 SE Technik 4dr £28,300
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 163 ultra SE 4dr £28,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 170 S line 4dr £28,555
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 SE 4dr £28,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 163 ultra SE Technik 4dr £29,320
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 177 SE Technik 4dr £29,320
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 1.8 TFSI 170 Black Edition 4dr £29,630
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik 4dr £29,855
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro 177 SE 4dr £29,880
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 S line 4dr £29,930
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 177 S line 4dr £30,875
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro 177 SE Technik 4dr £30,880
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 150 Black Edition 4dr £31,005
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE 4dr £31,645
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI 177 Black Edition 4dr £31,950
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro 177 S line 4dr £32,435
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE Techni 4dr £32,645
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TDI quattro 177 Black Edit 4dr £33,510
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S line 4dr £34,200
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro Black Edi 4dr £35,275
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr £35,360
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 S line 4dr £37,915
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 Black Edit 4dr £38,990
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 333 S4 4dr £39,310
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.0 V6 333 S4 Black Edition 4dr £40,385
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

You can expect a four-figure discount on an Audi A4, but even so residual values are among the strongest in the class, especially on the smaller-engined diesel models.

Audi is rightly renowned for its diesel models, and these are certainly the best engines in the range. However, do your sums carefully before buying one, as you’ll need to do a high annual mileage to recoup their higher (than the equivalent petrol models’) list prices through the lower fuel bills.

Similarly, we don’t think it’s worth paying for the most expensive models, unless you need their four-wheel drive, as they have the least impressive fuel economy and the lowest residuals.

Reader test team says:

Audi A4 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

This my third A4 over a period of 16 years. I planned to buy a 2.0 TDI four years ago but the smooth power of the 3.0 TDI was so impressive and vastly…

Alastair MacGregor

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

Another reviewer has pretty much nailed specifics about this car which I agree completely with so I won't repeat. As far as the diesel A4 range goes…

Mueed Sheikh

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Saloon 3.0 TDI quattro 245 SE 4dr

Despite warnings that it is not as good as a BMW or even a Mondeo to handle, it goes where you point the wheel with no fuss and is fun when hacking…

M Selby

5 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Saloon 2.0 TDIe S/S 136 S line 4dr

I have run this as a company car for the last six months or so. It is a decent comapetent car which goes and handles resonably well, particularly if…

Peter Malkin

3 out of 5 stars
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