How to spec an Audi A4

Our guide to Audi's executive saloon covers which options to pick, which to avoid and how much to pay for it all...

Audi A4 options to choose and avoid

How to spec an Audi A4

If you're in the market for an executive saloon, chances are the Audi A4 is already on your shopping list. And as well it should be, because it's one of the very best new cars you can buy. After all, it's a former What Car? Car of the Year, and although it has since lost class honours to the current BMW 3 Series, it remains an exceptional all-rounder.

The A4 is available as a saloon, an estate (named the A4 Avant) and even a jacked-up pseudo-SUV (the A4 Allroad), and with a plethora of engine and trim combinations available, there's a version to suit everyone. The saloon is the biggest seller, however, and we recommend the 2.0-litre diesel option, badged 40 TDI.

Our full 16-point review can tell you what the A4 is like to drive, how spacious it is and how much it will cost you to run, but here we're going to be talking about equipment. If you go for our recommended Sport trim, you'll already have most of the equipment you'll want, including cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and sat-nav, but there's still room to add more luxury without breaking the bank – and that's useful if you'll be spending a lot of time in the car. 

Audi A4 options to choose

Audi A4 metallic paint

1. Metallic paint (£675)

Solid black or white paint will cost you nothing on the A4, but to really stand out in the executive car park, you'll need to pay for one of the metallic colours. These not only give your car a more distinctive look but could also add value on the used car market, meaning you might get more money back when it's time to sell.

Audi A4 options to choose

Audi Q5 Vorsprung Bang & Olufson

2. Comfort and Sound Pack (£1395)

Audi's Comfort and Sound Pack bundles together lots of useful features, including keyless entry and start, a 360-degree camera designed to make parking that bit easier, and even an upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo. You also get extra LED lighting inside, so your A4 can look just as good at night as it does when the sun is shining.

Audi A4 options to choose

Audi A4 sunroof

3. Electric sunroof (£1250)

There isn't a convertible version of the Audi A4, so this sunroof is as close as you're going to get to feeling the wind in your hair. The tinted glass helps to keep the worst of the sun's rays off you while it's closed, but at the push of a button it can be raised and slid back to let the light shine in.

Audi A4 options to choose

Audi A4 Storage Pack

4. Storage Pack (£195)

If your Audi A4 is going to double as family transport, then you'll want plenty of space to put all of the detritus which accompanies a busy weekend with the kids. Fortunately, this storage pack includes handy things like a net on each of the front seat backrests to catch magazines and toys, plus an extra storage compartment on the driver's side and even a lockable glovebox to store your valuables in.

Audi A4 options to choose

tow bar

5. Folding tow bar (£995)

Towing may not be at the top of everyone's agenda, but if you have a trailer or even a caravan to haul behind you, the A4's tow bar will come in handy. Best of all, it folds away mechanically when not in use, so you don't need to worry about it when you're reversing or parking up.

Best buy: Audi A4

Audi A4 driving
  • Model - Audi A4 40 TDI quattro Sport S tronic
  • List price - £39,225
  • Target Price - £35,648
  • Target PCP - £348 per month
  • Options we'd add - Comfort and Sound Pack (£1395), Electric sunroof (£1250), Folding tow bar (£995), Metallic paint (£675), Storage Pack (£195), 
  • Cost of options - £4510

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