2016 Audi A4 Buyer's Guide
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. Audi was one of the trendsetters, using a 4-cylinder turbo engine in a small luxury sedan; 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.
"In day-to-day driving, the A4 delivers a comfortable, almost supple ride. Yet, when the road goes from 4-lane highway to winding asphalt ribbon, the A4 is a willing companion that loves to be pushed hard. A favorite among our editorial team, the A4 delivers excellent performance and fuel economy." Get more driving impressions in our 2016 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 and S5, each available in coupe and convertible body styles and with 220 and 333 horsepower, respectively. 2015 was the last year for the RS 5.
New A4 for 2017
Audi recently revealed the redesigned Audi A4, expected to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2016 as a 2017 model. The new sedan is longer, wider and significantly lighter than the current A4.
Starting at $36,000
The 2016 Audi A4 starts at over $36,000 and tops out in the low $48,000 range. Build and price your own 2016 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.