- Sedan only (A5 coupe/cabriolet covered separately)
- Turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine gets a small boost up to 220-hp
- Quatto all-wheel drive available
For elegant styling and an excellent driving experience, turn to the 2014 Audi A4.
The A4’s styling is most easily described as Audi distilled: smooth lines and creases running down the sides, hood, and trunk, and a symmetrical look that is timeless. One Audi’s defining features, piped LEDs in the headlights, give it a menacing look (especially in the dark). The standard wheels are well-proportioned 17-inch alloys clad in all-season rubber; and optional wheels are larger, 18-inch 10-spoke alloys with summer tires. Other options include adaptive xenon headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, headlight washers, and aluminum trim pieces. An exterior appearance pack from Audi’s S-line is also available.
Inside, the A4 ably straddles the line between sport and comfort. The seats offer enough bolstering and support for vigorous driving, but are comfortable and supportive enough for long blasts up the highway. Leather seating is standard, as are a multifunction steering wheel, climate control, sunroof, power-adjustable seats, and audio system. Notable interior options include Alcantara-trimmed sport seats, Bluetooth connectivity, premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, and iPod connectivity. Audi’s Multi Media Interface controls was redesigned last year to make it more user friendly 2013. Audi also offers a telematics system called “Audi Connect” which has a 3G connection to provide information like real-time gas prices, weather, and Google Maps satellite-image overlays.
Every 2014 A4 comes with the same engine: a 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 258 pounds-feet of torque. The A4 comes equipped with one of three different transmission options: a CVT, an eight-speed tiptronic automatic, or a six-speed manual. In addition, the A4 can also be had with optional “quattro” all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy tops out at 24/32 mpg city/highway with the CVT equipped, with the other two transmissions following slightly behind.
The 2014 A4 got perfect “Good” safety ratings across the board from the IIHS, and subsequently received a Top Safety Pick award. In addition the NHTSA gave the 2013 Audi A4 a full five-star overall rating. This isn’t surprising, though, given the list of safety features in the A4: six airbags, traction control, stability control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, crumple zones, and a reinforced crash cage all come standard. Rear-thorax airbags, to protect the sides of rear-seat occupants, are optional.