2017 Audi A4
- Cabin looks cool and is impeccably constructed
- Cutting-edge and easy-to-use safety and technology features
- Backseat is spacious enough for adults
- Turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration
- Some initial hesitation from transmission when accelerating
- Lack of feedback from steering limits driver involvement
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Which A4 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The small luxury sedan class has a new valedictorian in the redesigned 2017 Audi A4. It delivers stirring performance without sacrificing comfort and all of the latest technology without overwhelming users. At least for the time being, this is the car to get in the segment.
The all-new A4 is a joy to drive, whether you're slicing your way through mountain switchbacks or just tackling your daily commute. On the inside, Audi's understated yet attractive interior design makes operating all of the many high-tech features easy, thanks to the intuitive MMI infotainment system and smartly placed physical buttons for more common functions.
To top it off, the A4 also provides plenty of space and comfort for front and rear passengers, accommodating even taller adults in back. Trust us, you'll want this car on your short list.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Audi A4 is a small luxury sedan available in three main trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. A more fuel-efficient A4 Ultra subtrim is also available in conjunction with the Premium and Premium Plus trims. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque). The A4 Ultra's engine is less powerful (190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque) but gets better fuel economy.
Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive (called Quattro in Audi lingo) optional. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission comes with all A4s. A six-speed manual transmission is also available but only on all-wheel-drive A4s. The Ultra is offered only with front-wheel drive. Unless you really want maximum fuel economy, we'd suggest sticking with the regular A4 engine instead of the Ultra. You'll feel the power difference.
Standard feature highlights for the A4 Premium include 17-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, a forward collision mitigation system, adjustable drive settings (Audi's Drive Select), a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, power front seats, tri-zone climate control and folding rear seatbacks. Standard technology features include a rearview camera, Audi's MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch central display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a 10-speaker audio system with two USB ports.
The optional Convenience package adds auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, driver-seat memory settings and satellite radio. Heated front seats are a stand-alone option.
Our favorite is the next step up, the Premium Plus. You get the Convenience package features and the heated front seats as standard, along with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, sporty (S line) exterior styling flourishes, front and rear parking sensors, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system.
The main option for the Premium Plus is the Technology package with rear collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, Audi Connect online services (with mobile Wi-Fi), a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit multifunction instrument cluster and an upgraded version of MMI (optional on the Premium) with an enhanced 8.3-inch display, navigation, voice controls and fingertip-scrawl recognition.
Finally, there's the top-of-the-line A4 Prestige. It comes with the Technology package as well as a head-up display, additional interior ambient lighting, a surround-view parking camera system and HD radio.
Notable option packages include the Sport, Sport Plus, Driver Assistance, Cold Weather and Warm Weather packages. You can also get adaptive suspension dampers if you buy a Prestige, but in our testing they didn't do much to improve the car's handling abilities.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Audio & navigation4.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite A4 safety features:
- Audi Pre Sense City
- This system detects the threat of a front collision, warns the driver and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't act
- Audi Active Lane Assist
- If you start drifting out of your lane without signaling, this system will alert you as well as nudge you back.
- Audi Connect
- Help is just a button push away, summoning roadside assistance if needed. In an accident, emergency responders are contacted automatically.
2017 Audi A4 for Sale
The year of 2017 means big changes for the Audi A4: The all-new version is bigger, lighter, better to drive and brimming with engineering and technological improvements. Yet if you park it next to the outgoing A4, you might never notice the difference. Styling changes are subtle: Curves have given way to straight lines and angles, and the trapezoidal shape of the grille is more pronounced. But the family resemblance to other Audi models is its most distinguishing characteristic.
Inside, the updates are more noticeable. The cabin is innovatively designed and beautifully built, exactly what we expect from Audi, and the updated MMI infotainment system, which includes a revised controller and optional Visual Cockpit gauge package, is a big leap forward in terms of both usability and aesthetics.
The presence of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the A4's hood may sound familiar, but this is a new iteration with 258 horsepower (32 more than the previous engine) delivered to either the front wheels or all four via Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission comes standard, and Quattro models can be had with a six-speed manual transmission. The EPA fuel economy estimate for the automatic Quattro version is 27 mpg combined (24 city/31 highway); front-wheel-drive variants are slightly more efficient. The A4 Ultra model pairs a less powerful version (190 hp) of the engine with front-wheel drive, and its EPA estimate rises to 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway).
The Quattro all-wheel-drive system gives the A4 impressive grip, and curvy-road handling is impressive. But the steering feels a little numb, which limits driver engagement, and though the transmission shifts quickly and precisely, there's some off-the-line hesitation that can be off-putting.
Like many luxury cars, the A4 takes safety seriously, and we are pleased to see that driver aids such as collision avoidance and pedestrian detection with automatic braking comes standard, as does a rearview camera. Features such as genuine leather upholstery, a sunroof, keyless ignition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are optional on many of the A4's luxury-branded competitors, are also standard equipment in the 2017 Audi A4.
With so much standard equipment, the base model A4 Premium is equipped as well as the midlevel models of many of its competitors. Audi also offers a Premium Plus trim line, with upgraded infotainment and more available driver aids, along with the top-of-the-line Prestige model, home to the sorts of advanced technology we're accustomed to seeing in bigger, higher-priced luxury vehicles. Which model is best? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Audi A4 for you.
2017 Audi A4 Overview
The 2017 Audi A4 is offered in the following submodels: A4 Sedan. Available styles include 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro Season of Audi Selection 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI ultra Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Season of Audi Selection 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 2.0 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2017 Audi A4?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Audi A4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 A4 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 A4.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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