Audi A4 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

If you’re buying with cash, the Audi A4 is a much more expensive option than its non-premium rivals, which include the Skoda Superb as well as the Volkswagen Arteon and Passat. It’s predicted to hold onto its value well with low depreciation, though. Resale values should be similar to those of the BMW 3 Series and stronger than with the Mercedes C-Class. That helps to keep its PCP finance rates competitive, but those will vary depending on the deals Audi and its rivals are offering at the time. Check out our New Car Buying service for the latest prices. 

For company car drivers, the official CO2 emissions and P11D value are the critical factors that determine the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax paid. The diesels emit the lowest CO2 and are all RDE2 compliant (so there's no 4% diesel surcharge), but that's negated slightly by the fact that they’re pricier, and consequently have a higher P11D value, than the petrols. Plug-ins substantially lower your BIK tax and there are many available – including of the BMW 330e, the Mercedes C300e and the Volkswagen Passat GTE – but there isn't a plug-in version of the A4.

Equipment, options and extras

Entry-level Audi A4 Technik trim is not to be sniffed at. You get 17in alloy wheels, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, heated front seats, front and rear climate control, cruise control, keyless start, and, as we've already discussed, the parking aids, LED headlights and infotainment features. That's not a bad tally. 

That said, we'd ideally opt for the Sport Edition. This adds 18in wheels, leather seat trim, sports front seats and more aggressive looks but, importantly, retains the softer Comfort Dynamic suspension for a suppler ride than S line trim.

Overview

The latest Audi A4 looks sharp on the outside and has one of the highest quality interiors in the executive car class. The BMW 3 Series is a slightly better all-rounder and offers keen drivers greater thrills behind the wheel, but the A4 is more comfortable if you stick with our favourite Sport Edition trim. The 35 TDI diesel that we also recommend in the A4 is quick, smooth and economical.

  • Class-leading interior quality
  • Smooth engines
  • Well-equipped
  • Entry-level engines are a touch weedy
  • A BMW 3 Series is more fun to drive
  • You can’t add many options