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2017 Audi A4

$594 — $59,314 NEW and USED
Sedan
5 Seats
27-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Many standard features
  • Strong acceleration for a base model
  • Lots of front-seat space
  • Adult-friendly backseat
  • Strong brakes
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • So-so handling
  • Occasionally unresponsive transmission
  • Small glove compartment, center console
  • Some cheaper interior materials below arm level
  • Flat seatbacks (standard seats)
  • Knob-based operation of CarPlay, Android Auto
2017 Audi A4 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Audi A4
  • Redesigned for 2017
  • Wagon and S4 performance sedan to follow
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Lighter, more powerful
  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard collision avoidance system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2017 Audi A4 may not look as overhauled as you would expect for a complete redesign — but the devil’s in the details and those details are pretty darn impressive. Watch the video above for more.

by Kelsey Mays -

The verdict: The Audi A4's 2017 redesign looks subtle at first glance, or even second. But the devil is in the details, and those details make this Audi a strong choice in a crowded class.

Versus the competition: The A4 isn’t the best-handling car in its competitive set, but it’s among the quickest, with a lot of technology and surprising value to boot.

The new A4 is on sale now in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels with front- or all-wheel drive. Stack up the 2017 and 2016 A4 here. All of the 2017 versions employ an updated turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Fear not, performance enthusiasts: Audi says a stick-shift A4 is coming, as is a higher-performance S4 that's based on this new generation. Expect a wagon version, too. At Audi's California media preview, I drove Premium Plus and Prestige sedans, both with all-wheel drive.

Exterior and Styling

You could easily mistake the latest A4 for its predecessor (2009-16). The car's sprawling grille, LED-framed headlights and squinting taillights still are here, though Audi tweaked them to a more technical effect. The car also looks bigger, though increases to the wheelbase, width and overall length are slight.\

Audi avoids the plunging-belt-line wedge profile that characterizes so many sedans these days, luxury or not. Instead, the A4's windows hug a horizontal crease that runs seamlessly into the hood. It's all ...

by Kelsey Mays -

The verdict: The Audi A4's 2017 redesign looks subtle at first glance, or even second. But the devil is in the details, and those details make this Audi a strong choice in a crowded class.

Versus the competition: The A4 isn’t the best-handling car in its competitive set, but it’s among the quickest, with a lot of technology and surprising value to boot.

The new A4 is on sale now in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels with front- or all-wheel drive. Stack up the 2017 and 2016 A4 here. All of the 2017 versions employ an updated turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Fear not, performance enthusiasts: Audi says a stick-shift A4 is coming, as is a higher-performance S4 that's based on this new generation. Expect a wagon version, too. At Audi's California media preview, I drove Premium Plus and Prestige sedans, both with all-wheel drive.

Exterior and Styling

You could easily mistake the latest A4 for its predecessor (2009-16). The car's sprawling grille, LED-framed headlights and squinting taillights still are here, though Audi tweaked them to a more technical effect. The car also looks bigger, though increases to the wheelbase, width and overall length are slight.\

Audi avoids the plunging-belt-line wedge profile that characterizes so many sedans these days, luxury or not. Instead, the A4's windows hug a horizontal crease that runs seamlessly into the hood. It's all an exercise in restraint. Even the sportier S-line appearance package, standard with Premium Plus and Prestige trims, dresses the bumpers in some mild ground effects that stay within the car's minimalist aesthetic.

How It Drives

There's no such restraint in the A4's 2.0-liter four-cylinder, one heck of a fine base engine. Reworked for 252 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque (up 32 hp and 15 pounds-feet over the prior 2.0-liter turbo), it enables potent acceleration. Even with three adults aboard, our test cars made short work of uphill stretches, with the same gratifying torque plateau as the old A4's 2.0-liter — just noticeably more.

The engine also flatters an otherwise unremarkable transmission, which — outside of its Sport mode — exhibits smooth but frequent upshifts and stubborn kickdown resistance. Torque saves the day; even at low rpm, the A4 can tack on speed.

The A4 was a pioneer of turbo four-cylinder engines, but competitors ranging from the BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C300 to the Lexus IS 200t have caught up with excellent turbo fours of their own. With this redesign, Audi's back with the best of them, and possibly ahead.

Ditto for braking, where the new A4 has upsized standard discs that are nearly the size of the previous S4's brakes. Gone is the old A4's soft pedal; the new A4 has firm, strong brakes.

The redesign brings some handling improvements over the old A4's penchant for body roll, with less lean and little apparent sacrifice in ride quality — even with the standard fixed suspension in the Premium Plus car we drove. (A lowered, fixed sport suspension is optional, but Audi didn't have any cars with it available to drive.) The optional adaptive suspension, which I drove in the A4 Prestige, quells bumps and limits body motion in slight but noticeable ways versus the fixed setup, and it quells body roll well even in its Comfort mode.

Still, the handling isn’t what you’d call outright fun. Lightened by around 65 to 100 pounds versus the 2016, depending on driveline, the A4 feels nimble on winding roads, but there's a slight, clear understeer bias. Our test cars' grippy Hankook summer tires masked a lot of it, but the push became apparent on tight mountain switchbacks. Drifting the tail, an easy maneuver even in all-wheel drive versions of the BMW 3 Series and Cadillac ATS, is all but impossible in an A4. Steering feedback at higher speeds is good, particularly in the A4's sportier driving modes, but some drivers will find the car's high steering assist at lower speeds — a characteristic of many Audis — too buoyant.

Interior

Cabin materials are good, though the A4 still has a few lower-rent plastics in areas the standard-setting Mercedes-Benz C-Class dresses up. However, most interior surfaces in the A4 have uniform finish, and there are small touches — such as three-dimensional edging around certain controls — that show attention to detail.

The cabin also shows attention to practicality. Thin window pillars all around make for good visibility, and the front seats have lots of legroom and knee space thanks to a low center console that retains its convenient height-adjustable armrest. The backseat, meanwhile, feels downright generous for this class. Headroom and legroom are good, and the seat sits high enough off the floor for good thigh support. It's a major improvement over the 2016 A4's backseat.

My journalist co-driver and I agreed that the standard seats are too flat and unsupportive, but Audi offers sport seats with some much-needed bolstering that adds comfort without pinching. Eight-way power adjustments and leather upholstery are standard — the latter nice to see, given that most competitors start you out with vinyl.

Ergonomics and Electronics

There's no shortage of technological eye candy, from climate readouts that materialize from dark backgrounds when you use them (though they show basic information, such as temperature, at all times) to a tablet-sized display that sits above the air vents. A 7-inch center display is standard, and an 8.3-inch display is optional. Additionally, Audi's optional Virtual Cockpit replaces conventional gauges with a 12.3-inch display that can enlarge or reduce the gauges to prioritize different views, including navigation maps. A regular map background or Google Earth satellite images populate via an onboard 4G LTE internet connection; if you don't want to pay for the subscription once Audi's six-month trial runs out, the satellite maps from areas in which you've driven remain cached.

Some of the technology is overkill. Audi replaced the old A4's lovely mechanical gearshift with an electronic selector that feels as artificial as the rest of them. And the knob-based controller for Audi’s Multi Media Interface infotainment system is overdue for a conventional touch-screen replacement, especially when you have to spin the knob through selections for the A4's standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Cargo and Storage

Luxury cars often give in-cabin storage short shrift, and so it goes with the A4. The  glove compartment and center console bin both are small. At least the console’s bin extends ahead of the armrest leaving a space into which you can throw smaller items. (Little or no open storage – a problem in many luxury cars – is a pet peeve of mine.)

The trunk, though a modest 13 cubic feet by the numbers, is both deep and usefully shaped. A standard 40/20/40-split folding backseat enables a wide pass-through free of any ledges or trailing seat belts.

Safety

As of this writing, the A4 has yet to be crash-tested. Go here to see a full list of standard safety features. Of note, those include a standard backup camera, plus forward collision warning at all speeds with automatic emergency braking below 52 mph.

Safety options include traffic-sign recognition, which displays signs for the speed limit and school or construction zones (and can be deactivated by the driver); a rear collision warning that pre-tensions seatbelts and starts to close the windows and moonroof (if open) when it detects an impending rear impact; a vehicle exit function that flashes lights inside the door at an occupant who’s about to exit if it senses traffic bearing down on you; cross-traffic backup alerts with an automatic brake-jolt feature; and a feature that stops you from making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic. The A4’s optional adaptive cruise control works at all speeds and includes steering assist.

Value in Its Class

What's remarkable is how many of the car's features are standard. The A4's starting price — around $38,000 with front-wheel drive, or about $40,000 for a Quattro version — is a bit of a bump from before. But it gets you the power seats and leather, plus a moonroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tri-zone automatic climate control and the aforementioned standard safety features. Throw in heated front seats (a $500 stand-alone option on the A4 Premium) and the A4 has all the essentials for most luxury shoppers.

Pile up the options and you can get ventilated seats, the Virtual Cockpit with Google Earth navigation, keyless access, Bang & Olufsen 3-D premium sound and various additional accident-avoidance technologies. Fully loaded, the Prestige tops out in the mid-$50,000s — still less sticker shock than the 328i or C300, both of which can end up north of $60,000.

Comfortable, capable and more value-oriented than you might think, the redesigned A4 plays a similar role as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class — Cars.com's Best of 2015 car — in a crowded group of entry-luxury sedans. It plays up luxury and technology over outright sportiness, but I suspect that's exactly what a lot of shoppers want.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
68 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Stylish with great fuel ecomony, great handling.

by CVJR from COLUMBIA MD on October 11, 2018

The 2017 A4 2.0L turbo AWD is great car for the money. Good sized 4 door sedan, easy to park, back seats fold down for additional utility. My mpg is 27-33 combined city/ highway. Excellent acceration ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fun and safe to drive

by Amazon from Chicago, Il on August 22, 2018

This car is great to drive, with superb handling. It is extremely stable in poor weather conditions. The human interface for the navigation and infotainment system could be updated. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Audi A4 currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Audi A4 2.0T ultra Premium

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

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

    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

(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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker