What's the used Audi A4 like?
The executive saloon market has long been a close battle between Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. So it’s no surprise that Audi pulled out all the stops to ensure the seventh-generation A4 was a worthy contender. It’s roomy, well built and offers a class-leading interior not only in terms of outright space but in quality too.
The A4 is an evolutionary design and has been criticised for looking too similar to its predecessors, but it’s still a well-proportioned machine that looks particularly striking in Sport or S Line trim.
Not only that, but it has slightly more space for passengers than a BMW 3 Series (the boots are identical in size), meaning it matches its other German rival, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Compared with a Jaguar XE, the A4 is positively cavernous.
There’s an extensive line-up of engines to choose from, with 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrols along with punchy 2.0 TDI and 3.0 TDI diesels. All the engines, bar the 1.4, are available in two states of tune, depending on whether performance or economy is most important.
Speaking of economy, those on a budget will love the 2.0 TDI Ultra, not only for the way it sips fuel but also the fact that examples registered before April 2017 are exempt from road tax as they emit less than 100g/km of CO2.
While the A4 is in its element on the motorway, it’s not as exciting to drive as the BMW 3 Series, with the steering lacking anything in the way of feel and the suspension not giving the same sense of agility. Ride quality is also rather poor in the larger-wheeled S Line models, which also have lowered and stiffened suspension, although the optional adaptive dampers resolve this, if you can find a car so equipped. If you can’t, stick with an SE on smaller wheels and the A4 is a very agreeable companion.
Overall the A4 has much to offer: good engines, a great interior and decent resale values – making it an excellent used buy.