2019 A4 New Car Test Drive
The Audi A4 sedan and wagon give drivers a solid choice among sporty German sedans, especially if it's front-wheel-drive that they prefer.
The A4 cars were redesigned in 2017, and got no significant changes last year. For 2019, Audi tweaks the looks with a now-standard S Line appearance package. Allroad all-wheel-drive wagons get standard navigation on most models.
The standard engine for front-wheel-drive models is an impressively smooth 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It's a brilliant powertrain for an everyday car, able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.
All-wheel-drive models get a more potent engine, a 2.0-liter turbo-4 making 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, using that same 7-speed twin-clutch. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
Fuel economy is excellent with both engines. The front-wheel-drive A4 is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg city, 34 highway, 30 combined; the all-wheel-drive version is rated at 23 mpg city, 34 highway, 27 combined.
With automatic emergency braking standard, the A4 nearly aces its safety ratings and crash tests by both the NHTSA and IIHS. The Feds give it five stars overall, with four stars for frontal crash protection. The insurance industry-funded IIHS gives it its top 'Good'? scores on every test, with a Top Safety Pick award for the top Prestige model with LED headlights.
Other safety equipment such as a surround-view camera system or active lane control are also available. .
The A4 comes as Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige models, starting at more than $38,400. All-wheel drive adds $4,600, including the engine that's significantly more powerful.
Standard equipment in the Premium includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 7.0-inch driver information display, a 7.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, two USB charge ports, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic emergency braking, panoramic sunroof and 17-inch wheels.
The A4 Premium Plus (more than $43,000) adds 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, two more USB ports, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, navigation, an upgraded 8.3-inch infotainment display, keyless ignition, and reverse automatic emergency braking.
The A4 Prestige adds acoustic glass, 19-speaker audio, and a host of active safety equipment including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-follow capability. A loaded Prestige can top $50,000.
The Allroad, which costs at least $46,000, is similarly equipped, but with 18-inch wheels and adaptive dampers..