2013 Audi A4 Review

March 6, 2014
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The aging A4 does not look like it is as Audi consistently steps up in design, performance and technology. For 2013, the German carmaker refreshed the sedan’s exterior and interior. So if you are in the market for an affordable luxury car, you should consider owning a 2013 Audi A4. Learn more about the luxury sedan below.

NEW FOR THE 2013 A4

  • electric power steering
  • revised MMI interface
  • discontinuation of the A4 Avant (wagon)
  • slightly revised exterior and interior designs

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2013 Audi A4 gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine that generates 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The front wheels receive power through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive, which comes with either an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual, is optional.

The EPA estimates for the 2013 Audi A4’s fuel economy are the following:

City

Highway

Combined

A4 FWD, CVT

24 mpg

31 mpg

26 mpg

A4 quattro, manual

22 mpg

32 mpg

26 mpg

A4 quattro, automatic

20 mpg

30 mpg

24 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The 2013 A4 feels secure and stable from behind the wheel. It attacks corners with athleticism. The German-made luxury sedan does not waver from its good behavior regardless of the road condition. The optional all-wheel drive further enhances the capabilities of the A4.

But the excellent performance and handling that the A4 delivers do not reduce ride comfort. In fact, passengers won’t feel anything harsh when the A4 accelerates from a dead stop. Gear shifts are seamless and Audi was able to mask turbo lag well. But some test drivers find the exhaust note disappointing, noting that it’s too timid for the A4.

Audi is not indifferent to the needs of aggressive-driving enthusiasts. With the available Sport Package, the German automaker can build for you a sport-tuned A4, an entry-level luxury car. If you have the bucks, you can also opt for the high-performance S4. In any case, the A4 is a great way to experience real luxury driving for the first time.

INSIDE THE 2013 A4

The A4’s cabin gained some revisions for the 2013 model year. But the changes are actually minimal and not really apparent. The interior design is pleasantly serious. The high-quality materials create an ambience of refinement and sophistication.

Audi gains an advantage over its competitors because of the genuine leather they used to wrap the A4’s seats. Many vehicles in the segment offer only leatherette upholstery. Also, the A4 is categorized as an entry-level luxury car but it has room that’s nearly as spacious as a midsize sedan. The trunk, though, measures only 12.4 cubic-feet, but the rear seats can be folded down to expand the cargo space.

KEY FEAUTRES

The 2013 A4 is offered in three trim levels namely, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.

The base A4, which is in Premium trim level, is standard with automatic headlights, fog lights, automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, sunroof, leather seats, 8-way power front seats, 10-speaker audio system with CD player and MP3 capability, cruise control, and satellite radio.

The next tier equips the A4 with more features like xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming mirrors, aluminum exterior trim, tri-zone automatic climate control, driver seat memory, heated front seats, split-folding rear seatback, Bluetooth, and iPod integration.

The top-of-the-line A4 Prestige models boast of adaptive xenon headlights, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, HD radio, rearview camera, color driver information system, side assist, Audi Connect, MMI with navigation and voice command technology, and keyless ignition and entry.

And here are some available packages to consider adding to your A4:

  • S line Package: brushed aluminum interior trim, 19-inch wheels, black headliner, sport suspension, headlight washers, faux suede/leather sport seats
  • Driver Assist Package: Drive Select, adaptive cruise control
  • Sport Package: 12-way power front sport seats, sport suspension

Photo credits: AutoGuide.com, AutoBlog.com

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