2014 Audi A4

MSRP $33,800 - $44,700

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2014 Audi A4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Featuring agile handling characteristics, a punchy engine, and a top-quality interior, the Audi A4 is the entry-level sedan of the German automaker. It has been in the market since 1994 and is currently in its fourth generation. Currently, at the top of its game, the Audi A4 is one of the best valued and performance-packed sedans that you can get for under $35,000. With its recent facelift, Audi added a suite of features to the sedan and now offers an attractive exterior design with its premium interior that gets better with each trim.

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Pros

Sporty handling

Value for money

Premium quality interiors

Tons of optional features

Cons

High maintenance

Dated exterior design

Confusing Audi MMI infotainment

What's New?

Audi drive select system now optional

New wheel design

New exterior paint options

Blind-spot monitoring added to the Premium Plus and Prestige trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

139 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

multi-link front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

110.6 in.

length

185.1 in.

width

71.9 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/28/32 mpg

highway range

515.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Premium$33,800 onwards

Premium Plus$37,300 onwards

Prestige$42,600 onwards

2.0T Prestige quattro$44,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Audi A4 in Agate Black color
Agate Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

8.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


With a starting price of $33,800, the Audi A4 comes with a complete package. It is available in two more trim levels with better options and packages for the driver's convenience. It is powered by a 220-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission as standard. However, its cramped rear-seat space and small boot still make to the list of its cons. Loved for its sports car-like handling and refined interior, it rivals the BMW 328i, Mercedes-Benz C 250, and the Volvo S60.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Audi A4 Features

8.5/10

The A4’s lineup starts with the base Premium trim with a competitive price tag of $33,800. It is neatly packed with a stylish exterior and interior design with LED headlamps, chrome exteriors, and optional packages. As you move up, we have the Premium Plus trim that packs better design and comfort options with Xenon headlamps, MMI navigation plus, and packages to enhance the A4's capabilities.

The range-topping Prestige trim gets most of these features as standard. On top of that, we get a more appealing interior along with a mesmerizing exterior with top-notch convenience and performance options. Other than the Premium trim, the Quattro is standard with the higher trims. In comparison, all the trims seem well equipped for their price. You can add value to your A4 by availing of the optional packages.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$33,800

$34,700

$35,900

Key Features

17-inch 10-Spoke Star design wheels

18-inch 10-Spoke exclusive RS design wheels

Sport front seats

 

LED headlamps with daytime running lamps

Audi Xenon Plus headlamps

Bang and Olufsen speakers

 

Chrome trimmed grille

Audi MMI navigation plus

Audi adaptive cruise control

 

Panoramic sunroof

Performance tires

Gloss black grille

 

Audi concert system with 6.5 inch 

Sport package

Leather contrast stitching

 

Audi MMI navigation

Black optic package

Audi exclusive line interior

 

Optional Quattro AWD

Triple zone automatic climate control

Prestige package

 

Cold weather package

S line style package

3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with paddle shifters

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With just $900 over the standard trim, the Premium Plus trims will not cost you much as compared to the base trim. The 2014 A4 gives the Premium Plus trim better options than ever. The features that are only available with the high-end trim are now offered with the Premium Plus trim too. Also, it adds better safety options for you. The trim also comes with an AWD system that won't disappoint you with its performance.

2014 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2.0L TFSI engine is the sole source of power for the 2014 Audi A4. It outputs a maximum horsepower of 220 hp with a torque output of 258 lb-ft at just 1,500 RPM. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and FWD drivetrain. However, the CVT remarkably affects the performance of the engine with its sluggish nature. With the Quattro AWD system which is standard on the top two trims, the power is delivered to all four wheels.

The 220 hp engine puts out better performance figures and is more capable when mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine is now more powerful than its predecessor which translates into slightly better performance. Along with excellent passing power and a healthy amount of torque, the A4 is no slouch when it comes to acceleration. It has a top speed of 130 MPH, where it takes 6.5 seconds for the 0-60 MPH run and 15.0 seconds for its quarter-mile.

Models

2014 Audi A4

2014 BMW 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C 250

2014 Volvo S60

MSRP

$33,800

$37,300

$35,800

$32,400

Engine

2.0L DOHC TFSI I-4 Premium

2.0L DOHC Turbo I-4 Premium

1.8L DOHC I-4 Premium

2.5L Turbo I-5 Regular

Drivetrain

Continuously variable Multitronic

8-Speed Steptronic automatic w/od

7-Speed 7GTronic automatic w/od

6-Speed Geartronic automatic w/od

Transmission

FWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Power

220hp @ 4450 RPM

240hp @ 5000 RPM

201hp @ 5500 RPM

250hp @ 5400 RPM

Torque

258lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

255lb-ft @ 1250 RPM

229lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

266lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.5

5.8

6.9

6.2

Quarter mile (seconds)

15.0

14.6

15.3

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

133

130

Both BMW and Mercedes offer RWD drivetrains whereas the Volvo accompanies the A4 with its FWD. The performance-focused rivals offer quick-shifting automatic transmissions, while the Audi A4 starts with a CVT. However, you get a manual transmission when you pick the Quattro AWD version. In terms of power, the Volvo S60 takes the top spot, followed by the BMW 328i, where the BMW outperforms the Volvo. The 220hp A4 crawls past the Mercedes C250 to give close competition to the rivals.

2014 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

In terms of fuel efficiency, the Audi A4 is one of the best options you can get in the segment. With the CVT transmission, the turbo 4-cylinder on the Audi A4 manages the efficiency and performance in the best way possible. It offers 24 MPG in the city, 2 mpg on the highway, and a combined 16 MPG with its FWD drivetrain. The Quattro AWD and the 6-Speed manual transmission make it more agile but affect its performance. You get 22 MPG in the city, a similar 32 MPG on the highway, and a combined 26 MPG with a maximum mileage of 515 miles.

Models

2014 Audi A4

2014 BMW 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C 250

2014 Volvo S60

MPG City

24

23

22

21

MPG Highway

32

35

31

30

MPG Combined

27

27

25

24

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

16.1

15.8

17.4

17.8

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

386.4/515.2/434.7

363.4/553/426.6

382.8/539.4/435

373.8/534/427.2

The base Audi A4 Premium ensures that you get a decent fuel economy to roam around in the city with its efficient motor. When it comes to highways, the BMW 328i takes the lead, and that's how both of them deliver similar combined mileage figures. Due to its heavy curb weight, the 2014 Volvo S60 lags behind its rivals in terms of fuel economy. 

2014 Audi A4 Interior

6.0/10

With its classy exterior, the 2014 Audi A4 is also well packed on the inside. There's leather upholstery that wraps the whole cabin with 6 premium color options. The interior is designed with aluminum and metal-look accents. The A4 seats five with proper seating space at the rear. Like most German cars, Audi doesn't exaggerate the dash as we have an elegant layout. The sporty inlays can be seen with the flat bottom leather sports steering wheel, an analog-digital gauge cluster, and center-mounted infotainment. With an upright seating position, we have two bucket seats at the front with 8-way power adjustments with 4-way driver lumbar support.

The optional package adds a 3-way heating function and 2-driver memory settings. Moreover, you can avail yourself of the sport front seats with the Prestige trim with 12-way power adjustments. The rear bench seat has three fixed head restraints and a seat-mounted center armrest. You can avail 60:40 split-bench rear seat with a pass-through armrest and a fold forward seatback. Behind the seats, the Audi A4 has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which can be multiplied when the split-bench seat is folded. For the seamless luxury cabin experience, the Audi A4 comes standard with an adjustable steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, 3 12V DC outlets, front and rear cupholders, and armrests.

Models

2014 Audi A4

2014 BMW 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C 250

2014 Volvo S60

Seating capacity

5

5

5

5

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

38.0/55.5/41.3

40.3/55.1/42.0

37.1/54.7/41.7

38.3/57.0/41.9

Rear row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

37.5/54.3/35.2

37.1/55.1/35.1

36.9/55.0/33.4

37.4/55.2/33.5

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

12.4

13.0

12.4

12.0

As compared with the rivals, the Audi A4 offers competitive space and comfort even with the standard package. All the premium sedans can seat five passengers. The BMW 328i has the most spacious front row seating, whereas the second-row space is somehow better on the Audi A4. The BMW 328i does offer better cargo space than the A4. As we move up the trim level, the options increase. Other than the standard package, the A4 also offers a feature like tri-zone automatic climate control. Moreover, we get a panoramic sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror with an integrated compass. Few standout interior features include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Sport driver-focused cabin
  • Power heated seats
  • Sport bucket seats (optional)
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Split fold bench seat
  • Moonroof

How intuitive is the 2014 Audi A4's Infotainment?

The 2014 A4 gets an Audi MMI system with a 6.5-inch color display as standard. The infotainment is operable through rotary controls. For music, we have the Audi concert system that brings MP3 audio, an in-dash CD player, AM/FM radio, and an SD card MP3 player. There's Bluetooth wireless connectivity as well for device connectivity and audio. The Audi music interface works with iPod integration as well. With the Audi MMI radio plus, we get a SiriusXM radio subscription for 90 days and steering-mounted radio controls.

The infotainment is connected to 10 180W premium speakers with a subwoofer. With the top-end Prestige trim, you get a bigger 7.0-inch TFT color display. The bigger infotainment has an Audi MMI navigation plus that adds Audi connect services, SiriusXM traffic with a 4-year subscription, CD/DVD player, dual SD card slots, and a radio data system. To give you a concert-like experience, you can avail the Bang and Olufsen surround sound system with 14 speakers and a 505W amplifier powered by Dolby digital 5.1. Standout infotainment features include:

  • Audi MMI system
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • CD/DVD player
  • SiriusXM Radio subscription
  • SiriusXM Traffic
  • Audi Connect services
  • Bang and Olufsen speakers

2014 Audi A4 Exterior

7.0/10

The fourth-generation Audi was facelifted with modern upgrades in 2011. With minor changes, it has been carried forward for the 2014 model year. The design has retained its original lines but looks more classy and premium. The new addition is the LED headlamps with redesigned bumpers and air intakes. The sharp headlamps get new daytime running lights and an aggressive front bumper with reworked fog lamps. Moreover, the exterior is designed with aluminum and chrome exterior accents.

The rear fascia of the Audi A4 is nearly unchanged. However, we do have new LED tail lamps and dual chrome tip exhausts. The base Premium trim of the A4 rides on 17-inch 10-spoke star design silver wheels. The higher trims get bigger 18-inch 10-spoke exclusive RS design wheels. In the Black Optic exterior package, you get a blacked-out exterior with high gloss black grille and performance tires. The S line exterior kit adds a sporty appearance to the A4.

Models

2014 Audi A4

2014 BMW 328i

2014 Mercedes-Benz C 250

2014 Volvo S60

Curb weight (lbs)

3,516

3,410

3,428

3,528

Length (inches)

185.1

182.5

180.8

182.2

Width (inches)

71.9

71.3

69.7

73.4

Height (inches)

56.2

56.3

56.3

58.4

Ground clearance (inches)

4.2

5.5

4.0

5.4

Wheelbase (inches)

110.6

110.6

108.7

109.3

In its segment, the Audi A4 is the longest compact sedan with its 185.1-inch length, yet it weighs less than the Volvo S60. In terms of overall size, again the S60 is comparatively bigger. The 4.2 inches of ground clearance in A4 isn't much but works well with the Quattro AWD. The balanced structure sits on an equally long 110.6-inch wheelbase, similar to the one on the BMW 328i. No doubt, Audi has the most beautiful alloy wheels with chrome exterior highlights. Few highlights of the exterior features include:

  • LED Xenon headlamps with DRLs
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • S Line package
  • Black optic package
  • 18-inch exclusive RS design wheels
  • Gloss black single-piece grille

2014 Audi A4 Safety

6.0/10

The 2014 Audi A4 is constructed with a high-strength steel frame that adds balance and rigidity to the structure. The laser seam welded joints are nearly indestructible and strengthen the overall cabin. This led the 2014 A4 to score a total of 5 Stars in the NHTSA safety tests. The IIHS has ranked the front overlap Poor, otherwise, the rest of the score is Good.

Audi has given priority to safety as we have useful safety features. With ABS ventilated disc brakes, you also have electronic brake-force distribution and brake assistance. From higher trims onwards, the A4 adds advanced safety with adaptive cruise control, Audi side assists with a blind-spot monitor, parking system with a rearview camera, and parking sensors. Standout safety features include:

  • Electronic brake-force distribution
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Audi side assist
  • Audi parking system plus
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights

2014 Audi A4 Final Verdict

The Audi A4 is the first luxury sedan you will encounter while climbing the ladder of the luxury vehicle segment. It is one of the cheapest luxury German cars you can have, that too with tons of features and options that can put expensive rivals to shame. The disappointing part is that Audi has kept the high-end features and luxury limited to the Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Thus, the 2014 Audi A4 isn't the best sedan in the segment in its base trim, still, it is a well-packed and value-for-money car. If you are looking for an entry-level luxury sedan with a package of convenience and luxury, you should go for the A4.