2020 Audi A4 Sedan

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Review: High Expectations

by Deiondre van der Merwe

Audi's staple compact luxury sedan, the A4 sedan, is back for another round in 2020 with updated exterior styling for extra sauce and an upgraded cabin that's as tech-focused as it has ever been. The sedan boasts four rings and four doors, and a whole lot more. Its standard suite of features is impressive, whether we're considering convenience, tech, or safety. Still, it has its kinks even if they are few and far between, and one of them would be the slightly subpar engine found in the base model. The more powerful 248-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo performs beautifully; additionally, not a single luxurious aspect is absent for a sedan in this segment. Big price tags come with big expectations, though, and the A4 goes up against capable underdogs like the Genesis G70 and the established elite like the hallowed BMW 3 Series.

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 A4 Sedan?

For 2020, the sedan gets some new exterior styling. Usually, when style updates are executed, it's only by way of new front and rear lower fascia and that's changed, but Audi has added some extra creases to almost all of the A4's body panels for sharper styling, and a bigger grille now dominates the front end. It also comes standard with LED headlights and the option to a new exterior paint color. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is now standard on all models and replaces the smaller seven-inch infotainment screen from before. A considerable jump in standard safety features is seen in this year's model, and each A4 now comes equipped with a new steering wheel, heated front seats, and three-zone climate control. A panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting are also newly added standard features.

Pros and Cons

  • Great safety features on higher trims
  • Premium interior
  • 45 TFSI engine hits the sweet spot
  • Extensive standard features list
  • Excellent handling
  • Not a lot of in-cabin storage space
  • Base engine doesn't set hearts alight

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400
Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400
Premium Plus
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400

A4 Sedan Exterior

The exterior of the A4 sees some updated styling for 2020, and LED headlights are newly standard on all models with signature daytime running lights gracing the Premium Plus trim and Matrix LEDs on the Prestige. A new front bumper complements a larger grille, and the headlights remain sharply styled for extra sass. The rear of the Audi gets a new bumper and a set of LED tallights (with animation on the Prestige) flank a chrome strip that runs across the middle of the trunk, granting a seamless design for the A4's posterior. Two contoured exhaust tips are housed by the diffuser and the sedan rests on 17-inch wheels at base level, with 18-inch wheels added as standard from the Premium Plus trim upwards.

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Dimensions

Slightly longer than the BMW 3 Series and the Genesis G70, the A4 has a total length measurement of 187.5 inches laid over a 111-inch wheelbase. The Audi has a maximum width of 79.6 inches with side mirrors included, and it stands 56.2 inches tall. Curb weights are dependent on the choice of drivetrain, and the FWD-equipped Premium model has a curb weight of 3,417 pounds while the quattro-equipped Premium Plus is slightly heavier at 3,627 lbs.

  • Length 186.1 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 56.2 in
  • Max Width 72.5 in
  • Front Width 61.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.2 in

Exterior Colors

The Audi A4 range offers an eight-color exterior paint selection, and none of the colors are particularly exciting. Two out of the eight are standard, and if you're after a no-cost option, you'll need to pick between Brilliant Black and Ibis White. The other six hues are all metallic hues, and each one costs $595. If understated elegance is your thing, consider going for Florett Silver, Glacier White, Manhattan Gray, or Terra Grey. Mythos Black is a dazzled version of the Brilliant Black, and if you're feeling bold, Navarra Blue is the last color available in the metallic range.

  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Terra Gray Metallic
  • Turbo Blue
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Tango Red Metallic

A4 Sedan Performance

The same 2.0-liter turbo engine drives the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige models in base 40 TFSI form. Notably, all trim levels can get an extra bump in power via the available 45 TFSI setup that gets some refined tuning from Audi along with the all-wheel-drive system, making their acceleration quite a bit quicker compared to the base 40 TFSI model. The FWD-equipped Premium manages a run from 0-60 mph in a manufacturer claimed 7.1 seconds according to Audi, beaten by the BMW 330i's 5.6-second achievement. The fine-tuned 45 TFSI engine and the all-wheel-drive system it's paired with contributes to the faster acceleration times claimed by Audi, and the extra power allows for a quicker Audi-claimed 5.6-second run to 60 mph, which is slower than the 4.7-second run that the 3.3T Genesis G70 manages. The S4 is worth considering if you're after serious performance, but the top-level trims in the A4 lineup are more than capable of smooth and adequate power delivery, especially as a sedan for use on your daily commute.

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Engine and Transmission

Each A4 sedan plays host to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The base-level 40 TFSI engine delivers power outputs of 188 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, making it significantly less powerful than the BMW 330i's 255 hp and 294 lb-ft figures. The available 248-hp engine is more poised to rival the BMW 330i xDrive, though it's still less powerful by a small margin. The absence of a diesel engine isn't particularly surprising, and Audi maintains a no-fuss approach to its engines for the A4 range. Still, the ones on offer, particularly the 45 TFSI, perform with splendid eagerness and the fact that it's married to a butter-smooth dual-clutch transmission doesn't hurt. Acceleration is delivered steadily, and though the steering is a little repressed at low speeds, it improves vastly when the pedal is pushed with a little more conviction.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Audi effortlessly deals with the road, and it's one of the many reasons the sedan is still among the top of its class. It doesn't shy away from a corner, but this doesn't result in a harsh ride the way great handling usually does in the segment. It's a difficult task to manage a perfect balance like this, but four-ringed engineering certainly has, and it soaks up undulations with aplomb. When behind the wheel of an A4, it's difficult to acknowledge that something like body roll even exists, and the Audi's frame remains calm and collected even through harsher turns. Precise and responsive steering add to the amalgam of the car's seemingly endless capabilities, and though it may be slightly toned-down at lower speeds, the steering happily changes over to impressive responsiveness at higher speeds. The all-famous quattro system that comes with the 45 TFSI engine adds to the A4's merits, especially in rainy weather, and, thanks to the all-wheel-drive system, is highly unlikely to lose grip unless you're hurtling down the side of a mountain of the Alps.

A4 Sedan Gas Mileage

A commendable aspect of the Audi A4 range would be its frugal fuel economy figures. The FWD-equipped models achieve EPA estimates of 27/35/30 mpg city/highway/combined, which are just a fraction behind the BMW 330i's offering of 26/36/30 mpg. Quattro-equipped models and have figures of 24/32/27 mpg, which are slightly lower than the 330i xDrive's figures. The upper trim levels do, however, manage to beat the Genesis G70's 20/27/23 mpg figures by far. When the 15.3-gallon fuel tank is at full capacity, the base engine will get around 460 miles on a full tank, while the quattro models with the more powerful engine will manage just over 410 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 27/35 mpg
* 2020 Audi A4 Sedan Prestige 40 TFSI

A4 Sedan Interior

Even with the upgraded digital aspects, the interior of the Audi A4 still carries a clean and simple theme. The user interface is intuitive and the cabin of the sedan is encased in premium materials from top to bottom, and the sporty theme in higher trim levels doesn't compromise on comfort levels the way one would expect. An impressive suite of standard convenience, tech and safety features is hosted by the A4, and the inside of it is enough to make one detest traffic a little less. Luxury and to-the-point systems are the hard selling points of the German-bred sedan.

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Seating and Interior Space

The A4 sedan manages to accommodate its passengers with ease, but the five-seater offers less overall interior room in comparison to the BMW 3 Series. It manages to be slightly roomier in the rear than the G70, though, with 35.7 inches of rear legroom in comparison to the G70's offering of 34.8 inches. The sedan is also better suited for four occupants, but it will manage five if it needs to. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support are standard from base level upwards, and these allow for optimal comfort and visibility for the driver. The Premium trim comes with standard seats only, but higher trims allow for the option of sports seats. Ingress and egress are relatively easy tasks, thanks to the height of the sedan, but the front doors are on the larger side.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 38.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

Interior Colors and Materials

Something we really enjoy about the A4 is that it comes with a variety of no-cost leather upholstery options. Two standard trim inserts are available for the interior of the A4, and you can have your pick of either Brown Walnut wood or Grey Oak wood. For the upholstery, you can pick between Rock Gray, Black with Rock Gray stitching, Okapi Brown with Rock Gray stitching or Atlas Beige with Granite Grey stitching. The optional front sport seats that come with the Sport Package boast upgraded leather upholstery.

A4 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

The trunk space offering in the A4 is quite average for the segment, and the sedan has 12 cubic feet of real estate at the rear. It falls noticeably behind the BMW 3 Series' 17-cubic-foot trunk, but manages to best the Genesis G70's trunk measurement of 10.5 cubic-foot trunk. The Audi's trunk will manage a large suitcase and two carry-on bags, but will protest against anything more.

In-cabin storage is where things start to get a little on the tight side. Slim door pockets are enough for a phone or two but not enough for much else, and the center console isn't the largest either. The glovebox is an average size, and will hold around three glasses cases.

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  • Trunk Volume
    13 ft³

A4 Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

A fair whack of standard convenience and safety features come with the A4, even from base level, but moving up the trims sees some additions here and there. Keyless entry grants access to the inside of the car, and eight-way power-adjustable seats with lumbar support and heating are standard. Push-button start is added to the list along with cruise control, a leather-clad multifunction steering wheel and three-zone climate control. Ambient lighting sets the tone, and a leatherette-covered center console and driver's seat memory are added to the Premium Plus along with a hands-free liftgate. For the base model, a rearview camera, frontal collision warning and city collision mitigation are standard features. The Premium Plus model adds front and rear park sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and vehicle exit warning. Added to the Prestige model is active lane change assist, a top-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, semi-autonomous congestion braking, and park assist as well as traffic sign recognition and a head-up display.

Infotainment

At base level, the Audi A4 comes with an impressive list of standard infotainment features. A 10.1-inch touchscreen enables the new MIB 3 interface and serves as the central infotainment system that paves the way for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as HD Radio, which is played out of a ten-speaker sound system, though the premium 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system is optionally available on the Premium Plus for $950. Bluetooth streaming and two USB ports are standard. Moving up to the Premium Plus adds Audi's Virtual Cockpit Plus, which is essentially a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. SiriusXM and a wireless charger are also added to this model along with two USB ports for passengers in the rear. Infotainment sees even more improvement on the Prestige model that adds a head-up display, navigation and the premium Bang and Olufsen sound system. A convenience package can be added to the Premium trim that adds must-haves like SiriusXM, rear cross-traffic alert and lane keep assist.

A4 Sedan Problems and Reliability

No recalls have been issued as yet for the 2020 Audi A4, and the 2019 A4 didn't suffer any, either. On that positive note, the 2019 model received an 81 out of 100 score from J.D. Power, and Audi offers a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty for the sedan. A 12-year/unlimited-mileage corrosion warranty accompanies the A4, and the drivetrain warranty is applicable for the same period of time and mileage limit as the basic warranty. Roadside assistance accompanies the Audi for four years and no mileage limit is applicable.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

A4 Sedan Safety

The NHTSA has given the A4 an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, and the sedan scored four stars for its frontal crash rating. The IIHS gave the A4 the highest available score for all of its crashworthy tests, and the 2019 model bagged a Top Safety Pick award, to boot.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

The entry-level Premium trim boasts a credible suite of safety features that include both traditional and modern features. The first lot consists of a rearview camera, six airbags, city collision mitigation and frontal collision warning. Rear-passenger thoracic airbags can be added for an additional cost of $850. The Premium trim adds rear-end collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist and lane keep assist. A few extra safety features are added to the Prestige model in the ways of a top-view camera system, active lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, park assist and semi-autonomous congestion braking as well as traffic sign recognition and a head-up display.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Audi A4 Sedan a good car?

No car is perfect, and the Audi A4 has its flaws, but it definitely deserves a spot on your shortlist for luxury sedan shopping. At a base level, it's beaten by rivals in terms of its performance and it has a much slower acceleration time compared to, say, the BMW 330i although the Bavarian sedan carries a heavier price tag. The engine found in the Premium Plus and Prestige models is more than capable, though, and the extra power comes in handy. A huge pro for the A4 would be its impeccable road manners. It offers an engaging driving experience and superb handling without sacrificing the comfort of its passengers. If sharp turns were on tinder, the A4 would swipe right without a second thought. Infotainment is excellent from the Premium Plus upwards, and the sedan carries an impressive suite of safety features regardless of which model you consider, but as usual, the higher trims offer more. The A4 is impressive by many standards and is a great choice.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Audi A4 Sedan?

The most affordable way into the A4 range would be the FWD and base engine-equipped Premium model that has an MSRP of $37,400, while the 45 TFSI quattro-equipped version increases its price to $40,900. A Premium Plus model with FWD will cost $41,000, and the addition of quatrro will bring the price up to $44,000. The top of the range trim level, the Prestige, has a starting price of $46,950 when it's equipped with front-wheel-drive and $49,950 with the renowned quattro system and 45 TFSI engine. A destination fee of $995 is applicable when you purchase an Audi A4.

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Models

Three trim levels make up the Audi A4 range: the Premium, Premium Plus, and the Prestige. All models share a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine along with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but an optionally available 45 TFSI engine gets some fine-tuning from Audi and delivers stronger power outputs. Models with the 40 TFSI engine come with front-wheel-drive, while models with the 45 TFSI engine come standard-equipped with the quattro all-wheel-drive system. LED-lighting and 17-inch wheels are standard on the base model, but higher trim levels get signature daytime running lights and 18-inch wheels.

For the base level Premium, keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-clad multifunction steering wheel, cruise control and climate control come standard, along with eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. Ambient lighting is standard across all models, and all models have a 10.1-inch touchscreen that enables Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio and Bluetooth streaming. Safety features on the Premium include a rearview camera, city collision mitigation, and frontal collision warning.

SiriusXM, a digital instrument cluster and wireless charging only make an appearance from the Premium Plus trim, along with a hands-free trunk lid. The Premium Plus adds lane keep assist, lane change assist, rear-end collision warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

The Prestige boasts a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, navigation and a head-up display. It also adds more safety in the form of a top-view camera system, traffic sign recognition, and park assist, as well as adaptive cruise control.

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Additional Packages

Audi makes a range of different packages available for all three trim levels, each differing considerably in terms of price. For the base-level Premium model, the $1,500 Convenience Package adds SiriusXM functionality and a hands-free trunk lid as well as rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist. The Premium Plus and Prestige have more additional packages on offer, and the Sport Package is one of them. It adds sport suspension, sport front seats and aluminum trim inserts for $750. More importantly, the Driver Assistance Package is only available on the Premium Plus and adds adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and active lane assist for $1,500. Navigation can be added to the Premium for $1,600 and ventilated front sport seats will cost $800 on both top models. Also applicable to the two upper trims is the Cold Weather Package that adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats for $750.

🚗What Audi A4 Sedan Model Should I Buy?

The mid-level Premium Plus model equipped with the quattro all-wheel-drive system and 45 TFSI engine is a good choice because it is far better equipped than the base model, but doesn't hike the price up to top-of-the-range levels like the Prestige. It also gets access to many of the Prestige's features via the options list, meaning you can tailor the package without spending big. We'd recommend opting for this model and adding the Driver Assistance and Sport Package for extra luxury and convenience. As for the outside, we'd opt for the additional Navarra Blue metallic hue.

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2020 Audi A4 Sedan Comparisons

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BMW 3 Series Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A4 Sedan188 hp27/35 mpg$37,400
Audi A3 Sedan 184 hp27/36 mpg$33,300
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$40,750

2020 Audi A4 Sedan vs Audi A3 Sedan

Both of these sedans share the same four rings on their hoods, but there are a few key differences that separate the two. The A4 and the A3 utilize a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot to get the wheels turning, but the A4 offers slightly higher power outputs of 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque on 45 TFSI models, while the A3 makes do with the same tune as the base A4 40 TFSI (184 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque). An older infotainment system is still offered by the A3, while the A4 gets a larger, more modern screen that enables the new MIB 3 interface. As expected, the A4 also offers a more luxurious and updated interior and more standard features. The A3 is still a great car, and if you're looking for a more affordable way into the world of Audi, it's a good purchase. But if you're after a bigger sedan with more interior space and luxury to offer, the A4 is for you.

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2020 Audi A4 Sedan vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

These German sedans both employ a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, but the one found under the hood of the BMW delivers significantly more power. Outputs of 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque are delivered by the Munich-born contender, and the BMW manages not to compromise its fuel economy figures, sharing EPA estimated figures with the A4. Arguably, the Audi offers a more tech-focused interior, but the BMW feels more premium from the inside and the whole dashboard is subtly angled towards the driver, all while offering a 17 cubic-foot trunk that bests the A4's 13 cubes. The BMW offers a more engaging drive in this case and, and though it carries a more expensive price tag, it is the better choice of the two.

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