2014 Audi A4 Review

March 6, 2014
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Exceptional driving experience, eye-catching styling inside and out, and advanced cabin tech are just some things the 2014 Audi A4 can give you. If you are moving up to the luxury segment, the A4 should be one of the entry-level sedans that on your shopping list.

NEW ON THE 2014 A4

  • 220-hp engine
  • standard keyless entry with push-button start on Premium Plus models
  • new wheel designs
  • standard Convenience Package on base models

UNDER THE HOOD

The front-wheel-drive Audi A4 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which now makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The standard drivetrain goes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The optional all-wheel drive is paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic.

Here is the EPA-estimated fuel economy of the 2014 Audi A4:

City

Highway

Combined

A4 FWD, CVT

24 mpg

32 mpg

27 mpg

A4 quattro, 6-spd manual

22 mpg

32 mpg

26 mpg

A4 quattro, 8-spd automatic

20 mpg

29 mpg

24 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The 220-hp four-cylinder engine in the latest A4 is not the best in the world. But it still excites the driver once the gas pedal is pressed down to the floor. With 258-pound-feet of torque, the A4 accelerates well both around town and on highways. It also turns in a well-balanced and secure manner and with a little bit of athletic feel.

The quattro, as always, provides greater traction for the A4, especially on wet pavements, and enhances the overall performance. Audi is offering the A4 with the 2.0-liter four as the only power source. If you are looking for more power and action, you can opt for the high-performance A4 called the S4 or the optional Sport Package that tunes the A4 for more aggressive driving but slightly diminishes ride quality.

INSIDE THE 2014 A4

Audi has been a creator of one of the best automotive interior designs in the industry. The A4’s cabin is certainly an exhibit of that reputation. All materials are high-grade and blend with all the elements seamlessly. The design is marked with refinement and luxury.

But what makes the A4’s interior more beautiful is the comfort it provides. Leather seats are very comfortable. The A4 is an entry-level luxury car but the room it offers is like that of a bigger sedan. On the contrary, the 12.4-cubic-feet cargo space is only average in the segment.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Audi A4 is offered in three styles: Premium (base), Premium Plus and Prestige.

The base A4 is equipped with Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, Audi MMI, fog lights, 10-speaker audio system (with iPod integration, auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and SD card reader), sunroof, single-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power front seats, stability control, 6 airbags, and antilock brakes.

The A4 Premium Plus gets more with tri-zone automatic climate controls, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated seats, xenon headlights, driver memory function, LED taillights, keyless entry with push-button start, and auto-dimming mirrors.

The top-of-the-line Prestige trim level dresses up the A4 with 505-watt 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, adaptive xenon headlights, Audi MMI Plus with navigation, LED daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, and blind spot warning system.

Other cool finds you can load your A4 with, depending on the trim level, are adaptive cruise control, sport suspension, Audi Connect (includes voice-command technology, Wi-Fi, Google search, and real-time weather updates), and the Sport Package (has sport seats, Drive Select, and sport suspension).

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