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2014 Audi A4 Sedan - Overview

Research another A4:

$33,800 – $35,900 MSRP

$31,434 – $33,388 Invoice

20 / 29 MPG City/Hwy


Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 4.0

Overall Performance and Design 4.0

Predicted Reliability 3.5

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2014 Audi A4 Sedan

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What's New for 2014:

  • Horsepower increased to 220
  • Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, driver information system, and universal garage door opener now standard equipment
  • Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels get new 18-inch wheel design
  • New Black Optic package option
  • New exterior colors

The 2014 Audi A4 is an entry-level luxury sport sedan offered in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. The A4 competes against the Acura TL, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Volvo S60.

Models and Features
The A4 2.0T Premium is the least expensive path to A4 ownership. Highlights from this car's standard equipment list include leather seats, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, one-touch operation for all four windows, power sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an iPod connection. The A4 Premium also includes a universal garage door opener, automatic headlights and windshield wipers, heated windshield washer jets, heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, and the A4 Premium is front-wheel drive (FWD).

Choose the A4 2.0T Premium Plus and this Audi is equipped with LED running lights, xenon headlights, LED taillights, Audi Advanced Key passive entry with push-button starting, and an S-Line exterior appearance treatment. This version also has 3-zone climate control, heated front seats, memory for the driver's settings, auto-dimming rearview mirror with a compass, auto-dimming side mirrors, 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, and aluminum window surrounds.

The A4 2.0T Prestige adds a standard 8-speed automatic transmission plus adaptive headlights, an Audi Multi-Media Interface (MMI) navigation system with voice control, premium 14-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio capability, Audi Side Assist blind-spot warning, Audi Parking System Plus with a reversing camera, Audi Connect services with a free 6-month trial subscription, and a 4-year subscription to satellite traffic reporting.

Options and Packages
All 2014 Audi A4s can be optioned with metallic paint, wood dashboard inlays, and rear-seat side-impact air bags. Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) is also offered on all versions of the A4, with a choice between a manual and an automatic transmission. Otherwise, options are mostly specific to selected trim level.

The A4 Premium can be upgraded with a Cold Weather package (heated front seats, split-folding rear seatback); an S-Line Style package (18-inch aluminum wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, aluminum window surrounds, headlight washers, S-Line trim); and an Audi MMI Navigation system.

Premium Plus versions are available with an Audi MMI Navigation Plus package (Parking System Plus with reversing camera, Audi Connect services); a Sport package (3-spoke steering wheel sport seats, sport suspension, Audi Drive Select with Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual vehicle settings); and a Black Optic package (Black Optic exterior trim, 19-inch aluminum wheels with 255/35 summer performance tires). Additionally, this version of the A4 can be fitted with Audi Side Assist and a premium audio system.

Choose the Prestige trim level for its exclusive access to a Driver Assist package (Audi Drive Select, Dynamic Steering, Audi Adaptive Cruise Control); S-Line Interior package (flat-bottom steering wheel, brushed aluminum dashboard trim, black cloth headliner, leather and Alcantara seats, leather door armrest trim); power rear window shade; and manual rear side window shades. The A4 Prestige is also offered with the Sport package and the Black Optic package.

Under the Hood
Every 2014 Audi A4 is equipped with a turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 220 horsepower between 4,450 rpm and 6,000 rpm, and 258 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,300 rpm. The engine delivers the power to the A4's front wheels through a continuously variable transmission.

Optionally, buyers can select a Quattro AWD system that splits power 40% to the front wheels and 60% to the rear wheels. The Quattro system can be matched with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
With the standard drivetrain arrangement, the Audi A4 is rated to get 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Add Quattro, and the range is between 20 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, with the optional 8-speed automatic delivering fewer miles per gallon than the manual gearbox.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 A4 receives an overall rating of 5 stars, the highest score possible. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not established a crash-test rating for the 2014 A4.

All Audi A4s can be optioned with rear-seat side-impact air bags. In order to obtain a reversing camera for the A4, buyers must first choose Premium Plus trim and then opt for the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package. An Audi Side Assist blind-spot warning system is also offered as an option for Premium Plus versions, while A4 Prestige versions have these features as standard equipment. Adaptive cruise control and Dynamic Steering are optional only for the A4 Prestige.

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