2018 Audi A4

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$36,000

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2018 Audi A4
2018 Audi A4

Key specs

Base trim shown.

Overview

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

9 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price.

Notable features

  • Heated front seats now standard
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Dual-clutch automatic or manual transmission
  • Backup camera standard
  • Collision avoidance system standard
  • S4 performance version available

2018 Audi A4 Review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

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Bruzek has high praise for the LC 500h’s looks, but the powertrain and driving experience are more of a mixed bag:

“The LC is an amazing-looking car that drives amazingly with the V-8, but it loses a lot of its soul not having the responsive, cackling gas engine,” he notes.

Bruzek also expressed disappointment about the use of hybrid technology solely for fuel efficiency while some competitors’ electrified models get an electrifying performance boost. Check out his review to see if the fuel economy advantage makes the LC 500h worth it to you.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

This is my first high performance car

I feel fortunate to own this car. I like to buy new vehicles, but a new Audi was out of my budget. However, I am happy with my used Audi.

5.0

Audi is the most reliable and safe car I’ve owned

Highly recommend !! Wonderful car. Audi is a wonderful brand. Most reliable and safe car that I have ever owned. Was contemplating getting a Jeep. I will not make the switch

4.7

Very nice car with amazing tech.

Bought this a month ago and love it. It has amazing tech on it, handles great with the quattro adjustable suspension, very comfortable and quicker than I thought it would be with the turbo 2.0 liter.

See all 79 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi
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
View all cpo program details

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