2017 Audi A4 Buyer's Guide

By KBB.com Editors on August 30, 2016 9:08 AM

Free to Flow with the Future

If the BMW 3 Series is the athlete and the C-Class is the scholar, the Audi A4 is the Silicon Valley startup type. Totally redesigned for 2017, the latest A4 mixes crisper styling, sharper driving dynamics and even more cutting-edge technology. They combine in a forward-looking small luxury sedan unburdened by the expectations of a firmly established heritage. 

While BMW and Mercedes-Benz move from 6-cylinder power to turbocharged 4-cylinder engines in their small sedans, Audi has been there all along. The A4's newly updated four now puts out 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, enough to launch the car to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, according to Audi.The Audi A4 is also unique among its key competitors in that it's a front-wheel-drive-based vehicle instead of rear-drive. But most A4s are sold with Audi's famed Quattro all-wheel drive system, which inspires further confidence in both foul weather and fast corners.  

Driving It

"The steering feels sharp and precise, and the suspension strikes an excellent compromise between a comfortable on-road ride and good handling. The newly revised 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder puts out 252 horsepower, enough to scoot the A4 to 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds, easily clicking off shifts from the dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission." Get more driving impressions in our 2017 Audi A4 full review.

Same but Different

If you like the A4 but prefer the idea of two fewer doors, one fewer roof or more power, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can still get the 333-horsepower S4 as a 2016 model, with a new 350-horsepower (estimated) S4 to come out later. In addition, Audi offers two-door siblings in the beautiful A5 and S5, each available in coupe and convertible body styles and with 220 and 333 horsepower, respectively.

2017 Audi A4 Allroad

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Audi is bringing an all-new A4 Allroad later this year as a 2017 model. The new wagon benefits from the same improvements as the sedan -- namely, even better handling, high-tech features and more power. it will use the same engine and transmission combination as the A4 sedan, but in addition to extra cargo space, the Allroad will have unique suspension tuning, raised ride height and more underbody protection.

Starting at $38,000

The 2017 Audi A4 starts at over $38,000 and tops out near $57,000. Build and price your own 2017 Audi A4 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Small Luxury Sedans

We definitely recommend the A4, but there's a catch: We can also recommend each of its key competitors, depending on your wants and needs. Check out our Small Luxury Sedan Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.
 


 

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