2016 Audi A4

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Audi A4. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Torque-rich turbo engine
  • Interior materials quality, fit and finish
  • Steering feedback
  • AWD handling
  • Bang &amp
  • amp
  • Olufsen stereo available

The Bad

  • Tight backseat
  • Smallish trunk
  • Spiraling price with options

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi A4

  • 220-hp, turbo engine standard
  • Five-seat sedan
  • A4-based Allroad wagon available
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2016 Audi A4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat A4 is offered only as a sedan; Audi also offers the Allroad wagon, which is based on the A4 and covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The sedan also is available as a performance version dubbed S4. The A4 is offered with front- or all-wheel drive and competes with the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.  

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New for 2016
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights and taillights
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Sport suspension
  • 19-inch wheels and tires
  • Blind spot warning system 
  • Backup camera
  • Audi Connect information system
  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system

S4
The S4 is the racy version of the A4. It packs a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and offers a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, along with Audi Drive Select, which lets the driver choose performance settings for the steering, engine, optional adaptive suspension and automatic transmission.
What's Special

  • Sport seats
  • Leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • AWD system delivers 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels, which makes the S4 feel more like a ...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat A4 is offered only as a sedan; Audi also offers the Allroad wagon, which is based on the A4 and covered separately in the Cars.com Research section. The sedan also is available as a performance version dubbed S4. The A4 is offered with front- or all-wheel drive and competes with the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.  

(Skip to details on the: S4)

New for 2016
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED running lights and taillights
  • Power moonroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Sport suspension
  • 19-inch wheels and tires
  • Blind spot warning system 
  • Backup camera
  • Audi Connect information system
  • 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system

S4
The S4 is the racy version of the A4. It packs a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and offers a choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, along with Audi Drive Select, which lets the driver choose performance settings for the steering, engine, optional adaptive suspension and automatic transmission.
What's Special

  • Sport seats
  • Leather and Alcantara upholstery
  • AWD system delivers 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels, which makes the S4 feel more like a rear-drive car
  • Optional sports differential transfers more power to the outside rear wheel in turns

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Latest 2016 A4 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most reliable car I've ever owned

by Lou from Asbury Park on October 11, 2018

Excellent car built with great German integrity. Can't wait for the first snow knowing I'll be able to successfully navigate with confidence due to the all wheel drive. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car, service and dealership in VB

by Boleja from Virginia Beach, VA on July 27, 2018

Can?t say enough about how great Audi of Virginia Beach, this A4 and the Audi experience is. I look forward to driving it every day and am already looking forward to my next visit and my next Audi ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Audi A4 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Audi A4 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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