KBB Editors' Overview
By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 8/12/2014
Where other premium brands have the prerequisite parts to comprise a midsize luxury car, Audi's A4 and S4 for 2015 combine wood, leather, chrome and steel in a way that transcends mere transportation. The A4 sedan's powerful yet fuel-efficient turbocharged engine is an Audi hallmark, while the high-performance S4 meshes a supercharged V6 with the company's advanced quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) to create a sports sedan experience like no other. With other luxury sedans such as the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CTS and Infiniti Q50 all vying for the same audience, Audi's A4 and S4 performance sedan duo face tough competition. Luckily for Audi, there is no substitute for what the quadruple ring emblem represents to some buyers.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're seeking a car that regularly qualifies as one of the best luxury car buys year after year, Audi's A4 and S4 performance sedans for 2015 won't disappoint. Excellent performance without a harsh ride complement the A4's stunning interior, whisper-quite cabin, and user-friendly electronic interfaces.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While Audi has tried to hold the line on pricing, once the A4 begins acquiring options, its cost can quickly escalate. If you're looking for luxury-sedan-like creature comforts without the premium price, look to a Chrysler 300, Volkswagen CC or Hyundai Azera.
What's New for 2015
Audi's A4 and S4 for 2015 receive a number of minor improvements, the highlights of which include the addition of last year's S line style package as standard equipment on all A4s. A 60/40-split rear seat, headlight washers and 3-zone climate control are also now standard on all A4s.
Some luxury cars offer a ride that is too soft without quick reflexes, while others sacrifice ride comfort for more precise cornering (think BMW 3 Series). But with the 2015 Audi A4 sedan, a seductive balance has been struck. The A4 delivers a supple and smooth ride without compromising the performance abilities premium sports sedan buyers have come to expect. The A4's 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is one of our favorites, delivering excellent performance and fuel economy, and teamed to choice of three transmissions: an 8-speed Tiptronic automatic, a 6-speed manual or a Multitronic CVT automatic (front-wheel-drive models only). If you value performance above all other attributes, then the high-performance S4 sports sedan with its 333 horsepower is clearly the optimal choice. With its stiffer suspension and standard quattro all-wheel drive, the overall driving experience rates as one of the best in its class.
Audi has been doing turbocharged 4-cylinder engines longer than just about any of its competitors, and the current 2.0-liter unit in the 2015 A4 is as responsive and smooth as any V6. Fuel economy, though not as good as the BMW 3 Series, is near the top of its class.
Some things just can't be explained or duplicated. While all luxury cars offer leather seats and wood inlays, the way Audi combines, shapes and molds its interior parts together truly creates a rolling work of art.
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