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 last year, the A4 mixes crisper styling, sharper driving dynamics and even more cutting-edge technology, a combination that earned it the Kelley Blue Book Luxury Car Best Buy award in 2017 -- only to be succeeded by the Audi A5 Sportback in 2018. The A4's attributes blend 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

"If you could peel away the 2018 Audi A4’s cool virtual gauge cluster, remove the adaptive cruise control and turn off the adjustable shock settings, you’d still have an amazingly fun performer. The A4’s steering is precise and perfectly weighted at all speeds, and the sophisticated suspension finds that happy place between a comfortable ride and adept handling." Get more driving impressions in our 2018 Audi A4 full review.

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Same But Different

If you like the A4 but prefer the idea of two fewer doors, one fewer roof, a liftback, or more power, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can get the 354-horsepower S4 sedan, or the A5 Sportback that's similar to the A4 but offers more cargo area. In addition, Audi offers two-door siblings in the beautiful A5 and S5, each available in coupe and convertible body styles and with 252 and 354 horsepower, respectively.

Audi A4 Allroad

Audi's A4 Allroad wagon, all-new last year, benefits from the same improvements as the sedan -- namely, even better handling, high-tech features and more power. It uses the same engine and transmission combination as the A4 sedan, but in addition to extra cargo space, the Allroad has unique suspension tuning, raised ride height and more underbody protection.

Starting at $37,000

The 2018 Audi A4 starts at less than $37,000 and tops out near $56,000. Build and price your own 2018 Audi A4 to unlock this week's Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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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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