2021 Audi A4 Sedan

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2021 Audi A4 Sedan Review: Smooth Operator

There are very few cars that exude sophistication, professionalism, and class quite like an Audi sedan, and the 2021 Audi A4 Sedan is perhaps the most authentic example of those qualities. Audi offers high-performance versions of many of its nameplates, typically monikered under the S and RS badges, but the A4 Sedan, as one of the German automaker's base-line variants, focuses on the comfort and convenience side of things. That doesn't mean it isn't still a very pleasant and proficient cruiser; however, with its lively 2.0-liter inline-4 engine dialed to yield up to 201 horsepower in 40 TFSI variants and up to 261 hp in the 45 TFSI variants. Vivacious yet smooth acceleration is met with confidence-inspiring and adept handling characteristics and a serene ride quality to boot, all by virtue of Audi's masterful chassis engineering and inclusive quattro all-wheel drive setup. In a class comprising other compact luxury sedans like the acclaimed BMW 3 Series and the illustrious Mercedes-Benz C-Class, is the fifth-generation Audi A4's demure and balanced persona enough to call it a class-leader?

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2021 Audi A4 Sedan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Audi A4 Sedan?

The 2021 Audi A4 receives very light revisions under the skin, as last year's model got some fresh new looks. A review of the changes for the new model year shows that the sedan now comes with 13 horsepower more under the hood on both versions of its four-pot, thanks, in part, to a new 12-volt mild-hybrid system. Other updates include standard wireless Apple CarPlay and lane departure warning systems. The mid-level trim gains adaptive cruise control and some additional safety equipment while the top Prestige trim now gets standard heated rear seats. The A4 45 TFSI can now be equipped with a Black Optic package with either 18-inch wheels/all-season tires or 19-inch wheels/summer tires.

Pros and Cons

  • Compliant and serene ride
  • Slick and refined transmission
  • Relatively good gas mileage
  • Comprehensive infotainment system
  • Oodles of inclusive features
  • Doesn't have all that much character
  • Some optional features should be standard
  • Trunk space is just average

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2021 Audi A4 Sedan Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Premium 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$39,100
Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$39,100
Prestige 40 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$39,100
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

A4 Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 187.5 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 56.2 in
  • Max Width 72.7 in
  • Front Width 61.9 in
  • Rear Width 61.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,682.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

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

A4 Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There is just a single powertrain offered for the 2021 A4 Sedan. However, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo gas engine is presented in two states of tune - 201 hp and 236 lb-ft in 40 TFSI trims and 261 hp and 273 lb-ft in 45 TFSI trims. Whatever the case, both are mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and linked to Audi's in-house quattro all-wheel-drive system. Power is more than ample from either of the engine modulations, though acceleration performance and responses are tangibly sprightlier from the 45 TFSI setup.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

A4 Sedan Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.3 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 24/31 mpg
* 2021 Audi A4 Sedan Prestige 40 TFSI quattro

A4 Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.3 in
  • Front Head Room 37.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.4 in

A4 Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    12 ft³

A4 Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 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 2021 Audi A4 Sedan a good car?

With just a general review of the 2021 Audi A4 Sedan, you'll be able to tell that it's a solid and well-rounded, premium 4-door sedan. It's not the most exciting vehicle, especially from Audi, and it isn't likely to turn heads either or offer anything to really brag about. That isn't what the A4 Sedan is about, however. It's a consummate businessperson's runabout with a modest but distinctly classy aesthetic and it aims to provide just what one would need to drive about hassle-free and comfortably. Its powertrain delivers polished and balanced performance in either modulation and manages to remain decently fuel-efficient, too. It has a modern and high-class cabin brimming with good features, though there are some options that we feel should have been standard, including the blind-spot monitor. With its top-notch safety rating and exceptional reliability standards, it's ideal for the school run and weekend getaways, too. There are a lot of compact sedans in the USA but very few can match the premium look and feel , not the price of the 2021 Audi A4 Sedan.

🚗What Audi A4 Sedan Model Should I Buy?

With the desirable specifications and features the mid-spec Premium Plus, in 45 TFSI guise, gets over the entry-spec Premium, in 40 TFSI guise, it's the one we'd go for. The extra power from the engine makes a notable difference in acceleration speed and responses. Over the lower-tier models, this one comes with some exterior enhancements including headlight DRL signatures and fancier 18-inch ten-spoke-dynamic-design, bi-color wheels. You'll also get to experience Audi's 12.3-inch virtual driver cockpit and utilize adaptive cruise control with active lane assist, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, keyless entry, wireless charging, and a hands-free trunk, and all at not too much more than the entry-spec trim - $39,100 to $45,500.

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