By KBB.com Editors
While Audi's lineup has increased over the years, the A4 Sedan and Wagon (Avant, in Audi-speak) has remained the German automaker's volume leader, thanks to its ability to blend spirited driving performance with supreme passenger comfort. Although other midsize luxury sedans – like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Infiniti G Sedan – may have been the headliners in recent years, the capable A4 has always been there, biding its time in the wings and waiting to swiftly enter stage right. Finally, it deserves the spotlight again: debuting last year with bolder exterior styling, a more spacious interior, a re-tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TFSI engine and an enriched list of available content, the 2010 Audi A4 is ready for its close up.
If you're looking for a midsize luxury sedan that appeals to drivers with its on-road performance and to passengers with its well-designed interior, the 2010 Audi A4 deserves your attention. Class-leading fuel economy, a noteworthy list of standard equipment and a reasonable starting price certainly don't hurt, either.
Although the 2010 Audi A4 is nicely packaged, it can still climb above $50,000 territory when fully-loaded – more than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS. The A4 has also grown significantly since its introduction in 1996, somewhat changing the feeling of driving a small, lithe performance sedan.
The 3.2-liter V6 engine has been dropped from the lineup. Other than this, changes for 2010 are limited to some reshuffling of content. Bluetooth and Homelink are now packaged together as optional equipment on Premium models, while Premium Plus and Prestige trims gain LED taillights. Prestige models feature standard 3D navigation and the Bang & Olufsen premium audio system is now optional on the Premium Plus.
Driving Impressions Thanks in part to a wider track and longer wheelbase, the 2010 Audi A4 Sedans and Wagons we drove felt well-balanced on the road and extremely comfortable inside. The fuel-thrifty...and nearly lag-free 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four definitely offers a lot of bang for the buck; we just wish the excellent six-speed manual was available on all models, not just the quattro Sedan. Inside, the vehicle's new wheelbase translates to more rear legroom, allowing adults to comfortably sit in the back seats for long periods of time, a huge improvement over the previous generation A4.
There's nothing like the welcoming feel of supple and supportive leather seats, touch-worthy surfaces and intuitively placed controls to make being a passenger inside the A4 just as pleasurable as getting behind the wheel.
Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Standard on Prestige trims, this stellar 505-watt, 10-channel, 14-speaker sound system is a welcome addition to the A4's interior for those who want to listen to their MP3s and CDs loud, really loud.
Audi's careful attention to touch-worthy surfaces, ergonomically-placed controls and supportive seats makes just sitting inside the A4 an experience. Although it does offer some fun extras – like the impressive 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system – the A4 is equipped at base level to meet most people's needs. The trunk of the A4 Sedan boasts an impressive 16.9 cubic feet of space, but those wanting more will find a better fit in the A4 Avant: With best-in-class cargo room, a reversible cargo floor, luggage retainer set and electric tailgate, this wagon can be customized to suit a number of needs.
The 2010 Audi A4 is longer, stronger and (dare we say it?) sportier than the previous generation A4. Up front, a short front overhang highlights the A4's long hood and typical oversized Audi grille in stone gray or high-gloss black. Those who wish to draw even more attention to the A4's front end can opt for the bi-xenon headlights with R8-like LED daytime running lights. Rounding out the A4 2.0T Premium's look are standard seven-spoke 17-inch wheels, while moving up to the Prestige model nets flashier five-spoke 18-inch wheels or optional 19s.
The A4 offers up to three well-equipped trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Premium vehicles include a Multitronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), electric parking brake, sunroof (panoramic on the Avant), automatic climate control, Audi Multi-Media Interface with 6.5-inch screen, leather seats and a 180-watt 10-speaker sound system. Moving up to the Premium Plus/Prestige trims brings bi-xenon headlights with R8-like LED daytime running lights, three-zone climate control, an iPod interface and a six-disc in-dash CD player. A Bang & Olufsen 505-watt sound system and 3D navigation is standard on the Prestige trim. All trims come with six airbags and electronic stability/traction control. Quattro models also come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.
When it comes to outfitting the 2010 Audi A4, most options are tied to trim level. The Premium trim offers Bluetooth and Homelink, while opting for Premium Plus permits acquisition of the Bang & Olfusen sound system, a hard drive-based navigation system and a rearview camera. Audi's most desirable options are tied to the Prestige trim and include the S-line styling package, Audi drive select (adjusts the steering, suspension and shift points), driver assist package (side assist monitor, rearview camera and rear ultrasonic parking sensors) and 19-inch wheels. A few options are available regardless of trim, like rear side airbags, quattro all wheel drive and Tiptronic automatic transmission with or without paddle shifters.
The 2010 Audi A4 offers only one engine choice: a direct injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (known as TFSI). The A4 can be equipped with three different transmissions, including a Multitronic Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT), a six-speed manual and a paddle shifter-equipped Tiptronic six-speed automatic. Unlike many of its competitors, Audi chose to furnish its base model with the CVT and not the manual transmission, thereby boosting fuel economy to best-in-class ratings of 23/30 city/highway mpg.
2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 5300-6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-4200 rpm
EPA City/Highway Mileage: 23/30 (FWD, CVT), 22/30 (AWD, manual), 21/27 (AWD, automatic)
By Brad on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, Fun & Excellent standard options"
Cons: "Limited trunk space; no full spare tire"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The Avant has great handling and is well-powered. There is plenty of room for 4 adults although you could make 5 work. The trunk space is limited but has the ability to expand if you are willing to fold down the 60-40 split rear seats. Audi uses great materials throughout the A4 that feel very high-end. Overall, the Avant is a great car that offers the utility of a wagon, but the feel of a sportier sedan."
10 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By dalko62 on Saturday, September 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,555overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Gas mileage, handling, 8 speed transmission"
Cons: "Can't see around the driver in front of me"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My first Audi was an 874KCSQ. LOVED that car. Had it 10 years, put 250K miles on it, sold it for $1000 and the new owner had it up over 100 on his drive to Ohio. Solid as a rock and handled like it was on rails. Waited 13 years for my next Audi. Researched and got the 2011 under the CPO plan. 8 spd Tiptronic tranny with all the bells and whistles. It had 48K on it and had a ring job done because of the oil consumption problem. Does not burn oil now. Flat out love this car...even more than the 87. All the controls are exactly where they should be, more than enough power, plenty of interior room (I'm 6' tall), good leg room, no blind spots, great brakes. Pretty much drive it as a standard. Much better power response and a lot more fun. According to the computer, gets an awesome 36 mpg when in cruise control on long drives and that's doing 80! Can't express how happy I am with this ride. Drive one...you'll know."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By bluecollar on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "handling feels fantastic"
Cons: "to many to summerize"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"steering felt as if it was going from one notch to the next when turning, sometimes skipping a notch with no movement in the wheels. back up camera will freeze backing up and more often then not will not shut off after placing into drive and moving forward for 30+ min. gas estimate (on screen between gages) with full tank adds 100 more miles than what the car will actually get (even if all driving done on highway in optimal conditions.) has no sound proofing what so ever turning blue tooth hands free calls into a yelling match if a large truck has humming tires 200 meters up. windows will fog every time it rains and on nice days if a teardrop of water is inside the vehicle..."
8 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Neil Woody on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "sporty, fun to drive, comfortable, keep its value"
Cons: "Want another one now after 36 months!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'm thrilled to drive this car and constantly get compliments on the color (Alpaca aka gold). This is a gem in the snow and on the highway. The Certified Pre-Owned has been serviced in Norwell, Mass since I bought it and I've had no troubles at all, just lots of smiles and fun! I'm ready to buy a newer model and recommend the Audi A4, A5 or S4 to anyone who appreciates a powerful, smooth, stylish and fun car to drive!"
12 people out of 22 found this review helpful
By j-dog on Friday, August 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "affordable luxury, sporty, quiet, fun"
Cons: "small front cup holders"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had this car since delivered to me directly ordered from the factory. The car has elegance wrapped in an excellent sporty exterior. The car I have has the sport package so the suspension is a little stiffer but not overly uncomfortable even on the roughest of roads. It has handled everything from the German autobahn to the interstates from the port in Maryland and across the United States. The 2.0T engine delivers power although the turbo does not seem to pick it up until around 2900 RPM. The car is a comfortable ride whether just across town or heading in the Rockies hours away. The car has not had any issues other than it just developed a small vacuum leak on the exhaust that was easily found and fixed. The other item is the voice-to-navigation translation does not pick up well, have to dial in 7 out of 10 addresses which is tedious. Gas mileage matches the rated mileage as shown on the original sticker although mine is driven more in city type driving than highway. Out on the open winding roads the car is a dream to drive. It sticks to the pavement at all ranges available (did take it on some German roads up to the 130 mph speed limiter limit and road like driving 65 mph). Ride is firm but smooth. I would buy another one of these or another Audi for my next or even second car."
5 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By henrytd on Sunday, July 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Wonderful to drive, great looks, room for my stuff"
Cons: "Didn't get the Side Assist feature,"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Love the Brilliant Red color, combined with the attractive lines of an Audi Wagon, Lot's of pep, smooth driving, very comfortable, convenient in all ways. Very little servicing needed over about three years of ownership, and 38,000 miles. Excellent predictable handling when needed (e.g. avoiding sudden situations caused by another driver)."
6 people out of 13 found this review helpful