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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.

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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

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2020 Audi A4 Sedan Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 40 TFSI
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$37,400
Prestige 40 TFSI
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$37,400
Premium Plus 40 TFSI
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$37,400
Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$40,900
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$40,900
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2020 A4 Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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
  • Curb Weight 3,450.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Navarra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Terra Gray Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Tango Red Metallic +$595
  • Brilliant Black
  • Ibis White
  • Turbo Blue

2020 A4 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L 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.

2020 A4 Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • 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

2020 A4 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13 ft³

2020 A4 Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

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.

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2020 Audi A4 Sedan Comparisons

Audi A3 Sedan Audi
BMW 3 Series Sedan BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi A4 Sedan201 hp24/33 mpg$39,900
Audi A3 Sedan 201 hp27/35 mpg$34,900
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$41,450

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.

See Audi A3 Sedan Review

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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