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2020 Audi A4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: June 2, 2020
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Rahul Hans

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Audis may be high up on the list of every petrol heads, but not this one. The A4, much like the A6 is understated and somehow feels severely underrated. It has a comfortable and tech-rich cabin but lacks the plushness of a Mercedes-Benz C-class' interior. It even has a powerful engine, at least on paper, but on-road it lacks the punch that a BMW 3 series delivers.

With a fairly new exterior, the Audi A4 steps into the new decade with a change in personality. It looks sportier, creases on the side of the car accentuate the subtle aerodynamics of this compact executive sedan. The interior is fairly the same and which is minimalism at its best. So, how does the 2020 Audi A4 fair in today's time, let's find out. 

2020 Audi A4 Sedan
2020 Audi A4 Sedan

For starters, the A4 will feature the most popular Quattro all-wheel-drive. So the A4 is totally safe to drive and with 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine promises a fun ride too. But this humble Audi is a reasonable chap too. It also has a more fuel-efficient engine option popularly called, Ultra engine. It produces 188 hp. Since we are talking about a German car here, the interior doesn't match up to its standards. Having said that, for an entry-level car the interior is not that disappointing. By keeping the overall dashboard design as simple as possible, Audi has nailed the art of minimalism in the A4.  

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Pros

Well laid-out cabin

Advanced infotainment and features

Spacious back seats

Cons

Transmission can’t keep up with sudden acceleration

Lack of steering feedback to driver

What's New?

Manual Transmission no longer available

Minor adjustments in trim levels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 4200 rpm

torque

236 lbs.-ft @ 1450 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

MLB - evo

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.9/61.2

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

187.5 in.

width

79.6 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

3417 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

6.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/34 mpg

highway range

520.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited



Styles

2020 Audi A4 in Argus Brown Metallic color 2020 Audi A4 in Brilliant Black color 2020 Audi A4 in Cuvee Silver Metallic color 2020 Audi A4 in Glacier White Metallic color 2020 Audi A4 in Manhattan Gray Metallic color 2020 Audi A4 in Scuba Blue Metallic color 2020 Audi A4 in Tango Red Metallic color
Argus Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Audi A4 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$37,400 - $40,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $40,900 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5
2.0T Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $37,400 MSRP (27/30/35) 188 hp @ 4200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A4 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$41,000 - $44,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $41,000 MSRP (27/30/35) 188 hp @ 4200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5
2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

2020 Audi A4 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$46,950 - $49,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $46,950 MSRP (27/30/35) 188 hp @ 4200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5
2.0T Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $49,950 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, premium unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


Launched in 2016, the A4 has gone through a mid-cycle change and as mild as it might sound, there are pretty visible upgrades if not significant. This has not only added more character to the A4 but makes it more appealing too. Starting from those new headlamps with "Eyebrow" LED to its new taillight and bumper design. In 2020, these new compact is a looker from every angle. With all those dapper and the Quattro, the base Premium A4 costs $40,000.

The upgraded looks do work in favour of this sedan but, the A4 is posted to be a daily-friendly car. Has Audi added enough bells and whistles for a non-interrupted, easy, daily ride? Let's find out. 

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A4 Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

8.1/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Audi A4 Features

9.0/10

The A4 comes in three trims. The base Premium trim at $37,400 has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard infotainment feature, heated front seats, and a 7-inch center display further enrich the cabin experience in this trim. The Premium Plus trim features a 12.3ínch TFT display with Audi virtual cockpit and MMI touch display with a 10.1" center screen. The Prestige trim gets Heads-up display, and Bang &Olufsen sound system with 3D surround feature.

Models

Premium (45 TFSI)

Premium Plus (45 TFSI)

Prestige (45 TFSI)

MSRP

$37,400

$42,900

$46,200

Key Features

7.0 inch colour driver information display system Adds to Premium features Adds to Premium Plus features
  AUDI Connect Care  Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster) MMI Navigation Plus System
  Adaptive damping system Audi Phone box Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound with 19 speakers and 755 watts
  Audi drive select with off-road mode

Hands-free tailgate release

Audi Active lane assist

  Audi Pre-sense Audi side assist and Pre-sense Rear assist Audi Adaptive Cruise assist
  Three-zone automatic climate control LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights Top camera view system
  Single Frame Grille Driver seat memory HUD with Navigation system Information
  Adaptive Cruise Control Anti-theft alarm system Matrix design LED headlights
  Heated front leather seating   Ambient LED Interior Lighting Plus Package
  Apple Carplay, Google Android Auto    

We Recommend

The Premium Plus with Audi's signature Quattro all-wheel-drive would be the best bang for your buck. It has all the necessary features and none of the fancy extras to complicate your experience. The LED headlights with DRL signature and Audi’s virtual cockpit along with the MMI Navigation system make all the more desirable.

2020 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI's smooth and powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces excellent acceleration. Strong brakes and sharp handling also help make the A4 enjoyable to drive. But the A4's steering limits driver engagement. - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The A4's 2.0-litre inline-four turbo producing 248 horsepower is more than enough to take this sedan on short trips to the grocery store or the office. This is not a performance-oriented vehicle. The efficiency and effectiveness of the engine are refined thanks to its automatic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2019 Audi A4 Engine Bay

Though the power really hits higher up on the rev range at lower revs, the throttle feels numb and watered down, which is ideal in city drives. Audi has further tuned down the engine, producing 188 horsepower for better fuel economy.

Models

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz C300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MSRP

$42,000

$42,030

$41,400

$38,300

$42,250

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

7-Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp@ 5000rpm

311 hp@ 6600rpm

255 hp@ 5800rpm

300 hp@ 6400rpm

255 hp@ 5000rpm

Torque

273 lbs-ft@ 1600rpm

277 lbs-ft@ 4800rpm

273 lbs-ft@1800 rpm

295 lbs-ft@ 1500rpm

295 lbs-ft@ 1550rpm

German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz C300 and the BMW 330i with their bigger engines give a tough competition to the A4. The Lexus IS 350 and Infiniti Q50 comes with V6's instead of four-bangers making 300+ hp. The Infiniti and BMW have torque-rich engines that make the sedan punchy and fun to drive.

Acceleration

 

The Audi A4 may not be a performance sedan that can launch off from drag strips, but it delivers excellent acceleration figures. 60 miles an hour from a standstill takes merely 5.1 seconds while the quarter-mile takes 13.8 seconds. The Quattro system gives an immense boost to the acceleration compared to the rear-wheel-drive sedans.

Models

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz C300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

5.5 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

14 sec

N/A

13.8 sec

13.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5

N/A

6.8

7.7

N/A

Audi's Quattro-wheel drive helps the A4 reach 60 miles per hour quicker than its competitors and it manages to stay ahead in the long run too. Close to its heels, the BMW 330i is just 0.2 seconds short of the Audi, followed by the Infiniti Q50 at 5.5 seconds, while the Mercedes takes 5.9 seconds to reach the quarter-mile mark.

Ride and Handling

The understated looks betray the superb handling and driving dynamics of the A4 sedan, thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and other advanced drive-assist features. The low stance keeps the sedan planted through the corners and there is minimal body roll. The ride feels firm and decisive but can still manage to absorb most of the bumps and vibrations.

 

2020 Audi A4 

The slight understeer character in conjunction with the precise steering makes the A4 feel weighted and fun to drive at high speeds. In the city premises, the A4 is easy to manoeuvre through tight spots and parking lots.

Braking

The trims with Quattro-drive uses 13.3-inches disc brakes up front and 13-inches at the back. The non-Quattro ones come with 12.4 and 11.8-inches at the front and rear wheels, respectively. The pedal is easy to modulate and delivers smooth deceleration without sharp jerks. 

2020 Audi A4 

Even under heavy braking, the suspension setup keeps the sedan balanced and there is no significant brake fade upon continuous usage. 

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

13.2

13

12.6

13.7

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13

11.8

12.1

13.7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3627

3594

3472

3727

3764

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

177 (70-0)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The rivals have slightly smaller brakes to manage the sedans, but you won’t really notice any major differences. However, the BMW 330i has improved brake performance for 2020 and may prove to be a challenge for the Audi.

2020 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Even in this arena the Audi triumphs over its competition, the turbocharged 2.0L is a thrifty engine which gives you up to 34 miles to the gallon on the highways while managing 23 miles to the gallon in the city. The combined average comes to 27 which makes the Audi a pretty affordable daily driver.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MPG (city)

23

20

23

20

23

MPG (highway)

34

28

34

29

33

MPG (combined)

27

23

27

23

27

Range (miles) (city/highway)

413/520

348/487

400/592

400/580

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

17.4

17.4

20.0

15.6

In comparison, the Lexus and Infiniti with V6s manage 20 mpg in the city and a respectable 28 mpg on highways. The Merc and BMW aren’t far behind the Audi and give up to 23 mpg in cities and 33 on highways.

2020 Audi A4 Interior

8.0/10

The stylish, functional and well-built cabin puts an emphasis on technology. The optional Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster gets most of the attention, re-creating analog gauges while also displaying navigation and entertainment information. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

If there’s one thing the Audi A4 is best at, it’s the comfortable passenger seats. The spacious interior has plush leather seats with comfortable bolstering and support for long journeys. Most of the surfaces are soft to the touch, however, a few hard plastic parts still manage to sneak in. 

2020 Audi A4 Front-Passenger Row

The seats at the back can easily accommodate three adults with great ease and have plenty of headroom for the taller passengers too. 

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/41.3/55.9

38.2/55.9/44.8

37.1/55.3/NA

39.5/56.7/44.5

38.7/56/42

Rear

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/54.5/35.7

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.1/55/NA

36.8/56.1/35.1

37.6/54.6/35.2

Even the Infiniti and Lexus offer generous legroom for its passengers, while the Mercedes compromises on the headroom with its sloping roofline. The BMW 330i has upgraded interior for 2020 and is now more spacious than ever before.

Cargo Capacity

The A4 sedan has great cargo space at the back, with a huge trunk at the back and a huge opening to improve accessibility. 

2020 Audi A4 comes with split-folding rear seats 

The interior is also conducive to storage options and is exceptionally ergonomic. 

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13

10.8

12.6

13.5

17

 

Infotainment System

The giant high-definition screen inside the Audi is easy to use and intuitive while driving. Although Apple CarPlay is available as standard, operating it with the rotary knob often gets tricky. It comes equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch system which is one of a kind. 

The A4 is equipped with Audi Connect which means it will give you an inbuilt 4G LTE connection. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard for this variant. Some of the features are: 

  • 8.3-inch touch screen infotainment 
  • 11.2-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Advanced Audi MMI software
  • 10- speaker system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • Bluetooth mobile connectivity
  • HD-Radio with satellite navigation
  • Audi drive select display 
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2020 Audi A4 Exterior

8.0/10

Audi A4’s exterior doesn’t push any boundaries, it just reinforces them. The plain sheet metal on the outside is punctuated with sharp lines that define its edges, perhaps more than any other sedan like it. - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

Unlike the sharp styling creases you’d find on the A5, the A4 is rather tame and civilized, giving it a sleeper status. As for the updates, the A4 has received a larger front grille and more creases on the hood. The generic layout of the sedan resembles the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb. With the 4-ringed badge up front, the A4 gets the premium flair accented by the chrome grille and LED daytime running lights.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI tronic Quattro Prestige sedan

Lexus IS 350 sedan

Mercedes Benz 300 sedan

Infiniti Q50 3.0T Luxe sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3627

3594

3472

3727

3764

Length(in)

186.1

184.3

184.5

189.6

185.7

Width(in)

72.5

71.3

71.3

71.8

71.9

Height(in)

56.2

56.3

56.3

56.8

57

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.3

3.8

5.1

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111

110.2

111.8

112.2

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

61.9/61.2

60.4/61

61.5/60.9

60.8/61.8

62.3/62.9

Compared to the Lexus and the Infiniti, the Audi feels much smaller in size and dimensions. Merc and BMW are practically the same sizes as the Audi but the Merc gives you a bigger passenger room inside. The BMW’s short stature benefits its maneuverability in tight spaces.

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2020 Audi A4 Safety

9.0/10

Audi A4 is one of the most selling sedans in the segment. Audi has incorporated the construction of chassis with high tensile steel and aluminum chassis which adds the strength while keeping the weight low. Audi A4 comes loaded with a plethora of safety equipment which is standard across the range of these luxury sedans.

Safety features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Audi pre sense basic
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • SIDEGUARD Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3...
  • Back-Up Camera
2020 Audi A4 front collision frame
2020 Audi A4 Front Collision frame
2020 Audi A4 steel & aluminum frame and chassis
2020 Audi A4 Steel/Aluminum chassis

2020 Audi A4 Competition

8.0/10

Audi A4 vs Mercedes-Benz C300

The Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan is a comparatively more luxurious and powerful sedan against the Audi A4. However, the Audi A4 is one of the forerunners in the infotainment arena, but the Merc keeps up with its revamped system. 

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300

In terms of practicality, the Mercedes trumps the Audi with not only with a better cabin but also with a larger cargo bay.

Audi A4 vs Lexus IS 350

The Lexus IS 350 is one of the biggest threats to the A4, it gets a massive V6 compared to the inline-4 of the Audi, potent enough to compete with the S4 at the price of the A4. The interior is decked out with premium materials and exotic styling, a departure from the vanilla interiors of the Audi you’ve been seeing for ages. 

2020 Lexus Is 350

However, in terms of driving feel, Lexus still can’t keep up with Audi's Quattro system. 

2020 Audi A4 Final Verdict

8.1/10

You better not judge a book by its cover and underestimate the capabilities of the Audi A4. It is powerful enough to compete with V6s and advanced enough to take on the Mercedes. If you’re looking to buy a drive, which you'll use for everyday purposes and you want a modern-day sleeper, this sedan should be on top of your list. The 2020 Audi is a perfect combination of practicality and performance.

Audi A4 FAQs:

Which Audi A4 to buy?

Audi A4 Premium Plus is the optimum choice for people looking to buy their first luxury sedan under the budget of $45,000. Audi A4 comes loaded with all the necessary bells and whistles, one requires from a daily driven luxury sedan. 

What is the maintenance cost of Audi A4?

People planning to buy an Audi A4 must know that it costs around $12,000 on average. Per year, the cost depreciates which can be a plus point in case you are looking out to buy a car with less or depreciating maintenance value.

What MPG figures can you expect from the 2021 Audi A4?

 It is good for 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.