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2019 Audi A4

2019 Audi A4

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$26,495 — $52,016 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
27-30 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 in AWD versions
  • Lots of front-seat space
  • Adult-friendly backseat
  • Strong brakes
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • So-so handling
  • Accelerator lag in A4
  • Occasionally unresponsive transmission
  • Small glove compartment, center console
  • Flat seatbacks (standard seats)
  • Knob-based operation of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
2019 Audi A4 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Audi A4
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • A4 available as sedan or Allroad wagon
  • High-performance S4 comes as sedan only
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission standard
  • Slight styling updates for some versions
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard

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2019 Audi A4 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

Most significant changes: A new screen and multimedia system inside, complete with a 10.1-inch touchscreen that sits high atop the redesigne...

Most significant changes: A new screen and multimedia system inside, complete with a 10.1-inch touchscreen that sits high atop the redesigned center stack; Titanium Premium trim dropped, Premium Plus and Prestige trims added

Price changes: Unchanged on base front-wheel-drive Premium trim; all-wheel-drive Premium drops by $1,100

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? A 2020 model to get the new screen and multimedia system for the same price

The 2020 Audi A4 gets a refresh that introduces changes of varying degrees to the compact luxury sports sedan. In an interesting wrinkle, the new equipment and styling don’t seem to have moved the base price — it holds fast at $38,395 (including a $995 destination fee, also unchanged) for the front-wheel-drive Premium version, while the first tier of all-wheel-drive Quattro models have actually dropped in price. This is rare in an automotive world where vehicles seem to add dollars to their bottom lines each year even without changes.

Related: 2020 Audi A4: Nipped ’N’ Tucked, New Touchscreen, Maybe Mild Hybrid

Audi will tell you that “almost every piece of sheet metal on the exterior has been transformed,” but it doesn’t really feel like a transformation if you look at the 2020 model. Instead, it feels like a typical Audi restyling with a tweak here or there that you’ll notice only if you put the 2019 and 2020 next to each other. There are more prominent shoulder creases down the sides of the car and the grille has been embiggened. LED headlights are now standard, with Premium Plus trims adding an LED daytime running light signature. But overall, the A4’s profile remains much the same.

Changes are more substantial inside, where the A4’s multimedia screen has been swapped out for a larger (and standard) 10.1-inch screen that sits in the same spot atop the dashboard. It has a new operating system, as well; Audi says that the guts of the system have been updated, and it now reacts 10 times faster and has sharper graphics than before. The look is familiar — the menu with square icons is similar to the system we’ve seen in other recently updated Audis such as the A6 and A7. But instead of a second lower touchscreen panel for climate controls and other functions (like the A6 and A7), there are physical controls that match the Audi Q3.

This is a change we’re generally in favor of, especially for climate controls. But it appears that the A4 has inherited some of the Q3’s quirks, too, including a weird placement for the volume knob, which is tucked away on the passenger’s side of the gearshift. Thankfully, there are steering wheel controls to use because reaching the knob is not easy for the driver.

There are also a few more notable standard interior features for 2020: a power sunroof, heated eight-way power driver’s seat, sport seats for AWD-equipped models, tri-zone automatic climate control and ambient interior lighting. All of this makes the lack of a price increase even more confusing, especially on base models.

The rest of the car stands pat. While Europe gets six (six!) different powertrain options, including some mild-hybrid systems we had hoped to see make it over, it’s the same two gasoline options as 2019 in the U.S.: a 188-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with FWD and a 248-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with AWD. And yes, you read that right — it’s basically the same engine, just tuned up for use with Quattro AWD.

It seems like a no-brainer to go for the 2020 A4 due to the added standard equipment and larger screen, and I’d say that in most cases, it’s the route I’d recommend. The only exception that I can think of is if you got a massive discount on a 2019 model with a dealer that was trying to clear more inventory. Otherwise, newer is better.

The 2020 A4 is on sale now.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love this car so much

by Kique89 from Prospect Park, NJ on August 11, 2020

Love how the car looks on the outside and inside the car. My Audi A4 is very comfy and very safe to drive. The car is also very advance and up to date with technology. Read full review

(5.0)

Simple Luxury

by Tony A from Staten Island on June 1, 2020

After my 4 time ownership the A4 out performs any other vehicle I’ve ever drove and the lease from Audi Brooklyn in Bay Ridge went so well with procedure Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Audi A4 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Audi A4 2.0T Premium

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

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

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
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.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

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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