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2012 Audi A4 Sedan - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2011 Audi A4 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo AWD 8-speed Auto)

Driven On 9/7/2011

Ratings Summary

This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.

The Audi A4 resides squarely in the middle of the comfort-to-sport spectrum with a commendable balancing act between performance, efficiency, ride and handling. Choose the A4 if you crave a stylish and thoroughly satisfying entry-level luxury four-door, but look elsewhere if you want the ultimate sport sedan.
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Performance All-out performance is not the A4's strength. Acceleration is modest for this class, but its driver-friendly handling is likely better than most customers will ever explore.
Acceleration
B
The A4 goes from zero to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds, which is typical for a small luxury sedan with a turbocharged four-cylinder. There is no engine upgrade, unlike most competitors.
Braking
B
The A4's brakes proved plenty sufficient to bring the compact sedan to a halt with confidence. Stopping distances with all-season and summer tires were typical for the segment.
Steering
B
The steering is precise and informative in all situations. Effort builds quickly, though some editors felt it was to a higher-than-necessary level.
Handling
A
Handling is sure-footed and sporty; takes corners with little body roll. The all-wheel-drive system is seamless and aids traction in all situations, not just rain or snow.
Driveability
B
The addition of an 8-speed automatic transmission has helped tremendously in terms of driveability. The high-effort steering might surprise some buyers.
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Comfort Unlike some other cars in its class, the A4 doesn't sacrifice comfort for performance. Seating, ride and noise intrusion are all tuned to soothe rather than challenge.
Seating Comfort
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Power front seats with standard leather are supportive and well contoured, optionally heated. Rear seats are surprisingly accommodating for the compact category.
Ride Comfort
A
Only slightly biased toward sporty, the A4 offers a ride/handling balance that is at the top of its class.
Quietness
B
Wind and road noise are well isolated. The engine can get a bit loud when revved during hard acceleration.
B
Interior The A4 remains a benchmark for other manufacturers in terms of materials and construction, but stumbles a bit with some interior usability details.
Ergonomics
C
The A4's center console-mounted MMI controller is a challenge and unnecessarily complicated. All controls have a steep learning curve, but offer many redundant systems.
Ingress/Egress
B
Typical compact-sedan sized doors allow easy entry/exit.
Space/Room
A
The A4 feels larger inside than its competitors and the rear seats have a surprising amount of room, but only for two people. Three rear passengers is too tight.
Visibility
B
Good front and rear visibility aided by the thin pillars. Parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and a reverse camera are optional.
Cargo/Storage
B
Trunk has decent size (12.4 cu-ft), but isn't as big as it appears. A low loading height is convenient. Split-fold rear seatbacks are optional to increase cargo-carrying ease.
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Value With the exception of an average warranty, the Audi A4 represents a strong value in a highly competitive segment: Generous standard features, quality materials and solid manufacturing at a fair price.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Standard leather seats are rare in this class, and materials and finish are top-shelf. Solid build quality with only a few minor interior panel gaps, otherwise, a benchmark.
Features(vs. $)
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Considering all of this trim level's standards such as a ski-weekend-friendly turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, and so on, it arrives well equipped for the money.
Cost
B
The A4 Quattro's sub-$37,000 starting price is reasonable considering the car's build quality and the level of equipment.
MPG
B
Others marques offer V6s with more power, but the A4's fuel economy is quite decent at 24 mpg Combined (20 City/29 Highway).
Warranty
B
Both the basic warranty and drivetrain coverage last for 4 years/50,000 miles, average for the class.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance is covered for 4 years/unlimited miles but only the first scheduled maintenance visit is free.
B
Fun To Drive As far as enthusiasts are concerned, there are more thrilling sedans. And that's fine for some, but Audi owners likely find fun elsewhere.
Driving Experience
B
The A4 resides squarely in the middle of the comfort-to-sport spectrum with a commendable balancing act of performance, efficiency, ride and handling.
Personality
B
Understatedly stylish, not as concerned with standing out in a crowd as it is with being sufficient and satisfying its owner during the daily grind.
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