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Overview (Final Score: B-)
Theis the luxury brand’s entry-level small sedan. It’s been fully redesigned for the 2017 model year. In previous generations, the A4 was often the achilles heel of the Audi brand, failing to deliver on the premium brand’s promise of performance and luxury. With this new A4, Audi has stepped forward with a new flagship.
The 2017 Audi A4 has a superb drive dynamic, a great powerplant and smart styling. The A4’s interior also lives up to the Audi promise of luxury without ostentation, allowing form to dictate style in that Teutonic way that this German brand is well known for.
Audi has done a good job with the 2017 A4 and it definitely shows. There’s everything to like about this car and not much to pan. The A4 has set a new benchmark for the small luxury sedan class. It finds a great balance between luxury sport driving and interior comfort and roominess without sacrificing much of either. High crash test ratings and smart fuel economy are also high points for this newly redesigned sedan.
The 2017 Audi A4 comes in three trim levels, with one sub-trim option, and two engines on offer. The A4 is available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and uses the same transmission regardless of drivetrain choice.
What We Love About the 2017 Audi A4:
- Excellent new design for its exterior
- Roomy and very comfortable interior
- Excellent safety with high crash test ratings
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Audi A4:
- Sport sedans are easy to come by in the luxury segments and all are sportier than the A4
- Reliability may not be as good as hoped
- Infotainment is good, but still has a relatively high learning curve
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The 2017 Audi A4 is priced about on par with its contemporaries. It’s a bit cheaper than some and a little more expensive than others, but has a price that fits well in the entry-level compact luxury sedan class. Most buyers will be in the middle tier, with either the Premium Plus front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive model, and are likely to be considering a sticker in the $39,000 range. For that price the A4 delivers well with amenities and perks to match the expectation.
Where the Audi meets criticism is with resale values, which are usually relatively low for the make.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (71/80, 89%)
The most direct competitors to the Audi A4 are thesedans and the sedans. Both are definitely well-done German contenders, but only the BMW competes on price and neither the Bimmer nor the Merc offer the kind of excellent interior experience that the A4 does.
The 2017 Audi A4 is a far better car than its previous generation was. It’s a joy to drive with a purely satisfying, well-rounded appeal to its performance and comfort balance. The amount of room for passengers is amazingly good for the compact class and the amenities for the price paid are spot on in most trim offerings. The 2017 A4 is definitely on the short list for the compact luxury sedan segment.
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