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2019 Audi A4 Sedan

$37,400 - $42,000
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Audi A4 Sedan

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Review

by Roger Biermann

The current A4 Sedan has been with us since 2015, but has managed to stay at the top of the compact luxury sedan class, or close to it, for the last four years, a testament to Audi's ability to build excellent cars. Despite stiff competition from age-old rivals like the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series and a slew of new rivals from the east, the A4 has managed to cling to the title of best small luxury sedan, at least for the first half of 2019. How Audi has achieved this feat is by building an all-rounder. The A4 drives nicely, has a decent amount of performance, it's comfortable, has a good amount of tech features. and is ultra safe. This then begs the question of why Audi doesn't sell more of them?

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 A4 Sedan?

For 2019 this winning recipe is improved upon even further, not by much, but just enough to keep it in the top three. On the exterior, the S-line dress up kit comes standard across the range. Inside, rear passengers get two USB charging points and you get the option of a wireless smartphone charging pad. The Premium Plus is now stacked with tech features that range from a virtual instrument panel and added safety measures, to an upgraded infotainment system with integrated internet connectivity and navigation. The optional convenience package adds blind spot and lane keeping assistance. There's also an optional sports package that stiffens the suspension and gives the interior a more German touring car feel with an all black headliner, aluminum trim and sports bucket seats.

Pros and Cons

  • Good tech levels
  • Build quality is excellent
  • Practical yet fun to drive
  • Class-leading safety
  • It still looks good
  • No manual transmission
  • Best tech features reserved for the top trim
  • Steering feel

A4 Sedan Exterior

The Audi A4 has never really pushed the boundaries of automotive design, and the same can be said for the 2019 A4 sedan. Flowing lines are met with sharp angles that give you the impression that this car means business. In typical calculated German style, the A4 doesn't shout at you, it asserts itself in a calm and steady voice. We'd call it handsome. For 2019, Audi has decided to accentuate the angular bits of the A4 thanks to an S-line appearance package that's standard across the range. It gives the A4 a more purposeful look that's not too in your face, but it has certainly tidied up the A4's business suit. Larger wheels, a redesigned grille, and angular bumpers round up the look for 2019.

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Front Angle View
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Rear Angle View
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The Audi A4 has grown (along with the rest of the compact luxury sedan class) over the last quarter of a century, and the current B9 generation measures 186.1/79.6/56.2 inches length/width/height. You won't be able to drive up any curbs though as the ground clearance is a low five inches. It's age-old nemesis the BMW 3 Series measures 185.7/71.9/56.8 inches and rides slightly higher thanks to 6.5 inches of ground clearance. The A4 Sedan weighs 3,450 pounds in front-wheel-drive configuration. That figure grows to 3,627 for the all-wheel-drive Quattro. The rear-wheel-drive 2.0-liter turbo 3 Series weighs 3,589 pounds.

Exterior Colors

You can choose from a palette of ten colors when you buy your new A4. As is to be expected from the German automaker, the colors can be described as mature, but suit the 2019 A4's clean and precise lines. When you include the broader range of A4's including the S4 and Allroad, there are in fact 12 colors to choose from, and the A4 gets access to the majority of those. Choose from the likes of Brilliant Black, Ibis White, and Matador Red Metallic, while Daytona Gray Pearl is only available on Quattro models with the Black optic plus package.

  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic
  • Matador Red Metallic
  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White

A4 Sedan Performance

Audi has once again impressed with the performance capabilities of the A4. Even in base form, the A4's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder develops power and torque smoothly throughout the rev range and motivates the 3,500-odd pound car with an eagerness that should keep most happy. The Quattro name, which has become synonymous with Audi's proud motorsport heritage, especially in the rally scene, makes an appearance in the 2019 A4 range and delivers more power and grip thanks to all-wheel-drive and more boost pressure out of the same 2.0 four-pot. Not only has Audi done a wonderful job with the engines, but the entire drivetrain on both front- and rear-wheel drive models feels seamless in it's functioning and delivery. This superb balance is backed up by class-leading road comfort and handling capability. The A4 is one of the best-balanced cars in its class.

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Front View Driving
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Front View Driving
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Wheel

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Audi A4 Sedan makes use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in two different states of tune. In the front-wheel-drive A4, the engine produces 188 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine feels responsive and eager once it gets into boost, but the response feels delayed through the auto gearbox. The all-wheel-drive Quattro sees the power bumped up to 236 hp and 273 lb-ft. The added power coupled with Audi's Quattro system helps the all-wheel-drive A4 get to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The 2019 C300 Mercedes C-Class delivers similar figures; its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four produces 255 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque, and propels the C300 from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The A4 makes use of a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. The dual clutch auto shifts smoothly and is responsive enough when you're pushing harder than usual, but it's not as precise as the gearboxes found in the ones with S and RS badging.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

One of the big reasons the A4 is still at the top of its class is due to its excellent road manners. The small luxury sedan class demands that cars get so many elements right, especially driving and road holding, and to find the perfect balance between big premium sedan comfort and small sports car handling is difficult to achieve unless you're Audi. The Audi A4's precise steering and cornering stability, matched with a superbly sprung suspension setup make it an absolute pleasure to drive. For a luxury sedan with sporting overtones, especially in the Quattro, Audi has done a sterling job of getting the car to soak up bumps at low speeds while providing confident handling at higher speeds. The A4's brakes are easy to modulate and respond well in emergency situations. Initial delay from the transmission on acceleration and electrically powered steering that feels somewhat vague are the only downsides to what is a beautifully balanced driving package

A4 Sedan Gas Mileage

The A4 is surprisingly light on fuel considering its performance capabilities, and the all-wheel-drive Quattro impresses with a fuel consumption number similar to rear-wheel drive only cars. The front-wheel-drive A4 returns city/highway/combined numbers of 27/34/30 mpg, according to the EPA. The Quattro sees that number drop to 23/34/27 mpg. Fuel capacity on the FWD model is 14.3 gallons which should give it a range of approximately 430 miles. The Quattro gets an extra gallon of fuel, which means a range of about 413 miles. The 2019 C300 Mercedes slots perfectly in the middle of the two A4s with a fuel consumption figure of 23/34/28.5 mpg.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 27/34 mpg
* 2019 Audi A4 2.0T Premium Plus FWD

A4 Sedan Interior

German interiors tend to lean towards function rather than form, but the Audi has once again found harmony between the two. Like almost everything else on this car, the interior looks clean and well crafted, and is far from being ugly; it looks beautiful thanks to functional design, and function it does! All the knobs and buttons have a tangible feel of quality about them, and this goes for the rest of the important touch points inside the A4. The 2019 Audi A4 has one of the best interiors in its class, if not the best.

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Dashboard
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Dashboard
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Steering Wheel
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Seating and Interior Space

The Audi will seat five people in comfort and offers class-leading interior space. Front seats are eight-way power-adjustable and heated. They will fit most body types in comfort and offer excellent support. The rear seats are also comfortable, and back seat passengers can expect similar levels of comfort. It doesn't take much to get comfortable behind the wheel of the A4 thanks to the adjustability of the seat and steering column, and all the important dashboard features are within easy reach. Frontal visibility is good but is limited when you're trying to look over your shoulder. Front headroom and legroom is ample and measures 38.9- and 41.3-inches respectfully. The rear gets a bit tighter, but rear passengers should be comfortable for relatively long distance trips. Rear headroom and legroom are 37.4 and 35.7-inches, respectively. The BMW 3 Series provides its passengers with 38.7 inches of headroom, 42 inches of legroom in the front, and 35.2 in the rear, a very close match for the A4.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

From Walnut to Aluminum, the 2019 Audi A4's interior look and feel can range from Victorian smoking lounge to arcade racer and everything in between, but you can trust that whatever combination of materials you go for, it will have a premium luxury look and feel. Leather seating comes standard across the range, that's saying something about Audi's commitment to building the ultimate luxury cars in each respective class it competes in. New owners are given a total of eight leather choices, starting with the classic all black, or black leather with red contrast stitching exclusive to the Quattro. Rock Gray, Nougat Brown, Atlas Beige, Black Perforated, Rock Gray Perforated, and the lavish Nougat Brown Perforated leather finish up the list. The all-important list of interior inlay options is also impressive and includes high-gloss Burl Walnut wood, Aluminium Ellipse (A4 with Sport Package), Natural Gray Oak Wood and Piano Black (Quattro with Black optic plus package only).

A4 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

Trunk space is on par with its rivals and measures in at a handy 13 cubic feet, almost identical to the BMW 3 Series. The relatively square design of the A4 makes the trunk look bigger, and makes access somewhat easier. It will fit two golf bags comfortably, or four picnic baskets and accompanying blankets and accessories. If you need extra space, Audi has equipped 40/20/40 split folding rear seatbacks that almost double the A4's cargo space when dropped. Go for the Storage Pack option if you need some more cargo utility as it adds bag hooks and a luggage net. Audi fails to provide an electronic trunk lid for 2019. Small storage is ample, and you'll be able to fit all of your small items in the center console or decently sized glove box.

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Trunk Space
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Rear Passenger Seats
2019 Audi A4 Sedan Rear Angle View
  • Trunk Volume
    13 ft³

A4 Sedan Infotainment and Features

Features

There are features galore on the 2019 Audi A4. LED head-, tail- and turning lights are standard across the range as is heated, eight-way power front seats. The list of standard features continues with three-zone automatic climate control and keyless engine start/stop. The Premium trim gets a cool phone signal booster and wireless charger system as well as Audi's MMI handwriting-recognition technology that, according to Audi, should make user inputs such as location names and cell phone numbers easier. The Prestige trim features sci-fi like tech such as traffic sign recognition and a crisp head-up display.

Infotainment

The A4's infotainment system starts off with a seven-inch system that has a fluid interface and two front USB ports for data and charging. It also makes use of Audi's smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It features Bluetooth connectivity and Audi connect care, (a sort of roadside assistance deal) with limited-time subscription across the range. The base model plays sounds through a ten-speaker system with 180 watts of juice and a single CD player. The Premium Plus model sees the infotainment display grow to 8.3 inches and adds a spacious 12.3-inch LCD fully digital instrument cluster. The Prestige model sees the addition of a clear sounding Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound, 19 speakers, and a 16-channel amplifier. Audi has done a good job with its displays and menu navigation. The MMI handwriting recognition system isn't perfect, but it's one of the best out there.

A4 Sedan Problems and Reliability

The Audi A4 has had a number of recalls in recent years. The NHTSA lists a total of 29. This doesn't mean that the A4 is an absolute disaster; some of the recalls were for minor issues to trim and incorrect information in owners manuals and only one recall has affected the current generation A4. 2017 A4s were recalled due to airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners failing to inflate or function properly. Despite the A4's history of recalls, J.D. Power placed it in the top four for dependability. Audi backs its cars with a four year/ 50,000 warranty. You will also receive your first scheduled maintenance service at no additional charge, a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion and Audi's 24-hour roadside assistance for four years.

A4 Sedan Safety

The 2019 A4 is one of the safest cars on the road and sits at the top of its class thanks to an impressive range of active safety features. The IIHS awarded the 2019 A4 with its coveted Top Safety Pick award, however, it is dependant on whether full LED headlights are fitted (the base model comes standard with Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights). The NHTSA gave the A4 a score of five out of five.

Key Safety Features

The safety features that come as standard on the 2019 A4 range is impressive. Automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning come as standard across the range, as does the requisite rearview camera. Audi's Pre Sense City and Pre Sense Basic collision avoidance tech also comes standard and includes a forward collision warning system, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Audi reserves its top tier safety features for the more expensive trims. The Premium Plus and Prestige models benefit from the addition of Audi's Pre Sense Rear and Side collision avoidance packages, which translates to blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping guidance, and adaptive cruise control. The Audi A4 features seven airbags in total.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Audi A4 Sedan a good car?

The 2019 Audi A4 is at the top of its game and manages to find a superb balance between all the elements that make for a great luxury sedan. Its exterior looks are sharper than ever thanks to the now standard S Line appearance package, and it has the performance to back up the looks. The 2.0-liter turbo four delivers smooth performance in both states of tune, and the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox makes short work of shifting gears. Both the front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models drive beautifully. The suspension setup borders on perfect; it soaks up low-speed bumps and gives you enough confidence to push on through the twisty bits, especially in the Quattro, which feels like it sinks claws into the road. The interior is beautifully crafted and feels premium through and through. Tech features abound, especially on the higher spec models, the same goes for the safety equipment. Simply put, the 2019 Audi A4 is the last word in compact luxury sedans.

What's the Price of the 2019 Audi A4 Sedan?

The 2019 A4 range of cars starts with an MSRP of $37,400 for a 2019 A4 Sedan Premium 40 TFSI front-wheel drive. The Premium starts at $42,000 and the Premium Plus is only $200 more. The range-topping Prestige will cost you $46,200. Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. The 330i (2.0 turbo) BMW starts off at $40,250 and the Mercedes C300 starts off at $41,400. Looking at the competitors it is obvious that the A4 delivers impressive value for money.

2019 Audi A4 Sedan Models

The 2019 Audi A4 comes in four trims, with the biggest changes between them being added safety and infotainment tech. The available trims are: Titanium, Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.

The Titanium is the cheapest of the lot and distinguishes itself from the Premium with a few modifications to the exterior and interior look and feel. It gets 18-inch wheels, the Titanium Black Optic exterior package as well as the parking and convenience packages that add some extra safety and multimedia tech.

The Premium is the next step up price wise, and the biggest plus here is the fact that it's all-wheel-drive and gets the more powerful engine. Standard equipment includes a seven-inch driver info display screen, a power sunroof, and a trick smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Premium Plus models can be had in either front-wheel drive or Quattro formats and steps up the game in terms of comfort and luxury. Full LED headlights are an obvious addition, as is the side and rear safety warning tech.

The Prestige is the most expensive trim and can be paired with the front or all-wheel drive drivetrain. Standout features include an impressive head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and Audi's futuristic virtual cockpit technology.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0T Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400
2.0T Premium Plus
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400
2.0T Prestige
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,400
2.0T Titanium Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$39,200
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Additional Packages

First of all, you can opt for a set of awesome looking 19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels for a whopping $2,640 or you can go for a more sensible mountain bike rack ($190). On the Premium trim, the most notable options would be the Convenience and Sport packages. The Convenience package adds an alarm system, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, keyless engine start/stop and entry, pre-collision safety, and Sirius satellite radio, all for $1,500. The Sport package gets you aluminum door inlays, black cloth headliner, front sport seats and a lowered ride height. This will set you back $750. The Premium Plus has the option of a Black Optic Plus package that is basically a visual makeover kit. You can also get the aforementioned Sport package or keep warm with the Cold Weather package that adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel for only $750.

What Audi A4 Sedan Model Should I Buy?

You can't really make a wrong choice when it comes to buying a 2019 Aud A4, but you can make a smart one. The difference in pricing between the entry-level model and Premium Quattro is negligible, and the fact that you get all-wheel drive, where most other competitors would be able to offer you rear-wheel drive at best, is a clear pro. The Premium comes with enough gadgets, comfort, and performance to keep you happy for years to come. The front-wheel-drive Premium Plus is also a winner, but it's up to you if you want the extra power and grip of the Premium Quattro, or the safety and infotainment tech found in the Premium Plus.

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2019 Audi A4 Sedan Comparisons

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2019 Audi A4 Sedan vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan

The Mercedes C-Class (C300) is a serious opponent, and can easily match, and even outdo, the Audi for performance and standard equipment. The C300 is more powerful than the base A4 and gets fuel economy figures that fit snugly in between the two A4 powertrain variants. The C300's gearbox has two extra cogs, and one more airbag than the Audi. Where the Audi does better is in its overall feeling of quality, especially inside the car, the Audi is also the better driving car. Both cars are similarly priced and the choice often comes down to brand preference, but we'd opt for the Audi as a more complete package.

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2019 Audi A4 Sedan vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

Going up against the legendary BMW 3 Series will always be a rather intimidating prospect, but the A4 can keep its head up high against its German rival. The interior of the new 3 Series feels fresher because it is fresher. The Audi A4 has an exceptionally well put together cabin, but the current model is on its way out, and the interior tells the same story. You can also tell by the more aggressive exterior styling and interior layout that the BMW is a more driver-focused car. Tech features on the BMW are better, and things like auto steering LED headlights feature as standard across the range. The BMW's engine is more powerful and more economical than Audi's turbocharged four-cylinder. The Audi struggles to bring the fight to the new 3 Series, but the mere fact that a car in its fourth year of production is comparable, and in some cases, equal, to a brand new car is a testament to Audi's high standard of engineering.

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