For The Audi A4 handles securely and has a wide range of powerful engines. Thanks to reasonable list prices and strong residual values, the ownership costs are competitive.
Against It's not as exciting to drive as a BMW 3 Series; in particular, the firm ride quality is a real disappointment. The dashboard is pretty cluttered, too.
What Car? says
The Audi A4 has a lot going for it, particularly the solid financial prospect it offers. However, the disappointing ride quality really lets the side down.
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There are 30 Audi A4 versions available
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:
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…
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…
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…
I have had the A4 for just over 26 months now and it is an excellent car. It was my first foray into premium brands having owned mainstream cars…