2018 Audi A4

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$36,000–$43,200 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Audi A4. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2018 Audi A4

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: German luxury brand Audi introduced a redesigned A4 sedan last year. The styling changes were more subtle than dramatic, and the new model retained the same basic shape as its predecessor. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available along with a manual transmission in place of the dual-clutch gearbox.  Competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A performance-oriented S4 variant returns for the 2018 model year.

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New for 2018

Heated front seats and S Line exterior accents are now standard. Premium Plus trims gain Audi Side Assist and Pre Sense rear safety features while the Prestige version adds lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, automatic high-beam headlights and traffic-sign-recognition capability.

A new Black Optic Plus Package includes 18-inch gloss-black wheels and all-season tires; red brake calipers; and side sills, a rear lip spoiler and side-mirror housings in gloss black. Inside, the package includes a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, piano-black trim and red stitching.

S4
A redesigned S4 performance sedan arrived as an early 2018 model with a 354-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that's turbocharged instead of supercharged like the engine in its predecessor. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. 

What’s Special

  • 18-inch wheels with standard summer tires
  • F...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: German luxury brand Audi introduced a redesigned A4 sedan last year. The styling changes were more subtle than dramatic, and the new model retained the same basic shape as its predecessor. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available along with a manual transmission in place of the dual-clutch gearbox.  Competitors include the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. A performance-oriented S4 variant returns for the 2018 model year.

(Skip to details on the S4)

New for 2018

Heated front seats and S Line exterior accents are now standard. Premium Plus trims gain Audi Side Assist and Pre Sense rear safety features while the Prestige version adds lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, automatic high-beam headlights and traffic-sign-recognition capability.

A new Black Optic Plus Package includes 18-inch gloss-black wheels and all-season tires; red brake calipers; and side sills, a rear lip spoiler and side-mirror housings in gloss black. Inside, the package includes a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, piano-black trim and red stitching.

S4
A redesigned S4 performance sedan arrived as an early 2018 model with a 354-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that's turbocharged instead of supercharged like the engine in its predecessor. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. 

What’s Special

  • 18-inch wheels with standard summer tires
  • Full-LED headlights
  • Four selectable driving modes
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Variable-ratio steering available

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Latest 2018 A4 Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The best car i ever own

by Happy A4 from Fort myers on August 2, 2018

The best car ever, surpass any expectation, Best driving experience ever the handle is that an exceptional very comfortable the multi media player it is the best very good gas mileage overall the best ... Read full review

(5.0)

great car value

by Arnnie1 from Prairie Du Chien on July 26, 2018

I did a lot of research before buying this car. It has met or exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this car to anybody wanting a vehicle of this type and size. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Audi A4 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 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

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

B
* 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