What's the used Audi A4 saloon like?
The great thing about facelift time in a car's generation is that values of examples built before that drop. This is good news for used car buyers looking at the current A4, because it went under the surgeon's scalpel in 2019, making pre-facelift examples of one of the best executive saloons around even better value.
There’s always been an extensive line-up of engines to choose from, too, 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. Those on a budget will love the 2.0 TDI Ultra, not only for the way it sips fuel but also emits less than 100g/km of CO2.
The different engine choices from 2019 onwards became known by numbers, so the petrols became the 148bhp 35 TFSI, the 187bhp 40 TFSI and the 242bhp 45 TFSI, while diesels became the 134bhp 30 TDI, the 161bhp 35 TDI and the 187bhp 40 TDI.
There are four core trim levels to choose from. Entry-level SE comes with xenon headlights, 17in alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, tri-zone climate control, and a 7.0in infotainment system complete with smartphone integration and a DAB radio.
Upgrade to Sport and you'll find more supportive front sports seats, sat-nav and an upgraded 10-speaker audio system, while S line models get a bodykit, sports suspension, 18in alloy wheels, LED head and rear lights and a leather and Alcantara upholstery. Topping the range is the Black Edition trim, which adorns the A4 with 19in alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and lots of gloss black interior and exterior trim. SE was renamed Technik in post-facelift models, while Sport, S line and Black Edition remain. Range-topping Vorsprung also joined the range, and as per other Audi models, it gets nearly every option thrown at it.
If you go for an S4 you'll get all the standard equipment found on an S line A4, plus an Audi Sport-designed bodykit, suspension, braking system and alloy wheels, front super sports seats with massaging function, Nappa leather upholstery and an upgraded Audi MMI infotainment system with a touch control panel and an 8.3in display.
Where the A4 is in its element is on the motorway; it’s not as exciting to drive as the more agile BMW 3 Series, plus the A4 lacks any form of steering feel. Ride quality is also rather poor in the larger-wheeled S line and Ultra models, which also have lowered and stiffened suspension, although you can resolve this if you can find an example equipped with the optional adaptive dampers. If you can’t, stick with an SE or Sport on smaller wheels and the A4 is a very agreeable companion with low levels of road and wind noise.
Not only that, it has slightly more space for passengers than a BMW 3 Series (the boots are identical in size), and matches its other German rival, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And it's positively cavernous compared with the heavily compromised Jaguar XE.
The A4 was treated to a facelift in 2019. At the front, the updated 'singleframe' grille keeps it in line with other Audi models, while you might also spot that revised LED headlights have become standard across the range and display a unique light signature.
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