Editors' Page: 2015 Audi A4

By KBB.com Editors on December 15, 2014 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. Contemporary styling and cutting-edge tech combine in a forward-looking small luxury sedan unburdened by the expectations of a firmly established heritage. 

The Audi A4 is unique among its key competitors in that it's a front-wheel-drive-based vehicle instead of rear-drive, and because it's available solely with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine -- no 6-cylinder option. What does that mean to you? If you have to ask, probably nothing. The A4's 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque are enough to launch the car to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, according to Audi, and the available Quattro all-wheel drive system -- with which most A4s are sold -- inspires confidence in foul weather and spirited driving when the mood strikes.

Driving It

"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)" Get more driving impressions in our 2015 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, Audi offers the 333-horsepower S4 and several two-door siblings in the beautiful A5, S5 and RS 5 lineup, each available in coupe and convertible body styles and with 220, 333 and 450 horsepower, respectively. 

Starting at $36,000

The 2015 Audi A4 starts around $36,000 and tops out in the low $50,000 range. Build and price your own 2015 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.