2017 Audi A4

MSRP $37,300 - $48,000

Ranked #1 in Compact Sedan

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2017 Audi A4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Audi A4 is the entry-level offering from the Ingolstadt-based luxury automaker. All-decked up and new this year, the A4 is riding on a whole new platform, which makes it, even more, lighter than the previous iterations. In collaboration with the new platform, the standard 2.0L turbocharged engine of the A4 has been spruced up for putting up better performance figures, and also inadvertently better fuel economy figures. Also included is a range of hi-tech features, both on the interior and safety front, standard from the base trim. Also available in a new 2017 S4 variant, it is fully performance-focused. The 2017 Audi A4 starts from an MSRP of $34,900.

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Pros

Generous feature list

Premium yet practical cabin space

Quick acceleration

Cons

Turbo-lag evident

Handling dynamics let down by lack of steering feedback

What's New?

Based on a new platform

Much more powerful turbocharged engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

252 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

273 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automatic

capacity

passenger volume

91 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

13.8 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.1

standing 1/4-mile

13.9 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

152 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/31 mpg

highway range

474.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

2.0 TFSI ultra Premium$34,900 onwards

Premium$37,300 onwards

2.0 TFSI Premium$37,300 onwards

Ultra Premium$37,850 onwards

2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Season of Audi Selection$37,850 onwards

2.0 TFSI ultra Premium Plus$38,700 onwards

Ultra Premium Plus$38,700 onwards

2.0 TFSI Premium quattro$39,400 onwards

Premium Plus$41,100 onwards

2.0 TFSI Premium Plus$41,100 onwards

2.0 TFSI Premium quattro Season of Audi Selection$42,350 onwards

2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro$43,200 onwards

Prestige$45,900 onwards

2.0 TFSI Prestige$45,900 onwards

2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro$48,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Audi A4 in Argus Brown Metallic color
Argus Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.5

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.6

Overall Rating


Audi has definitely uplifted the A4's cred even further, by giving it a revised turbo-four engine. With a new respawned design language and a multitude of latest features, the Audi A4 is smarter than ever. Safety advancements have been the craze this time around, and the A4 is certainly not backing off with the new Driver Assistance package available.

This time, the A4 gets a simple yet spooled-up engine- a 2.0 TFSI unit that makes 252 hp. The previous A4 Ultra is pretty much the “look at me, I'm saving the planet” version while the revised TFSI is more like the “look at me, I should probably get fined for this” version. Now, with these changes in place, the 2017 Audi A4 certainly gives the Mercedes Benz C-Class, the BMW 3-Series, and the Lexus IS 300 a run for their money for sure.


8.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.5/10
Safety


2017 Audi A4 Features

8.0/10

Counting out the dreamy S4, the 2017 Audi A4 comes in a total of 3 trims, namely the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims, with prices starting from $34,900 for the base Premium trim, and goes all the way up to $45,900 for the top-end trim. Standard across the trim lineup is a 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine. Also available is an optional AWD setup, for a hefty premium. The trim structure is as follows-

Trim Premium Premium Plus Prestige
MSRP (FWD) $34,900 $41,100 $45,900
MSRP (AWD) $39,400 $43,200 $48,000
Key Features 17-inch wheels 18-inch wheels HD radio
  Forward collision mitigation system Automatic xenon headlights additional interior ambient lighting
  adjustable drive settings (Audi's Drive Select) sporty exterior styling flourishes a surround-view parking camera system
  Tri-zone climate control system  19-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound system  
  Leather upholstery with power front seats Front and rear parking sensors  

What we recommend

For the price of $41,100, the Premium Plus is our go-to trim out of the three, as you get above and beyond what your money's worth. Apart from the standard features on offer in this trim, Audi also offers you numerous packages, namely the Technology and the Convenience package. Best of all, apart from the minute interior and exterior styling differences that these packages bring in, for all the audiophiles out there, you also get the best 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround-sound audio system, which has hooked us on to it completely.

2017 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

8.5/10
The 2017 Audi A4 is focused more on comfort than sportiness. However, it still delivers precise steering, agile handling, and a composed ride on winding roads - cars.usnews

2017 Audi A4 Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Audi A4 has a standard 2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 engine powering it through. The potent engine pushes out an impressive 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. All of the said power is either transferred fully to the front wheels or all of the wheels via an even more impressive 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This has been particularly spruced up for this year, now that the A4 gets a whole new platform.

The fuel-efficient "Ultra" variant, which did push out a depressing 190 hp, has been sidelined this year. Whereas, an even more powerful Audi S4 variant has been introduced to the lineup, which houses an even more potent 3.0L V6 engine belting out 354 hp, coupled to an 8-speed AT. Nevertheless, the 2.0L borrowed from the A6 and the Audi Q5 isn't far behind either.

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class
MSRP $34,900 $38,745 $40,200 $40,250
Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder 3.5L 6cyl 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Transmission 7-speed DCT 8-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed shiftable automatic 7-speed shiftable automatic
Drivetrain FWD RWD AWD RWD
Power 252 hp @ 5000 RPM 180 hp @ 5000 RPM 255 hp @ 6400 RPM 241 hp @ 5550 RPM
Torque 273 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM 200 lb-ft @ 1250 RPM 236 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM 273 lb-ft @ 1300 RPM

Power delivery is linear throughout the rev range, although there is evident turbo lag at the beginning. A thoroughbred offering for the petrolhead, the Audi A4 is better than all of its rivals. Especially, even with the 3.5L 6-cylinder in the Lexus IS 300, it produces just 3 more hp than the A4, and around 30 lb-ft less torque, which goes onto show the outright power of the Audi's TFSi engine.

2017 Audi A4 Acceleration

The 2017 Audi A4 does the 0-60 MPH run in just 5.6 seconds, while the quarter-mile barrier is crossed in just about 14.0 seconds. As we've mentioned before, the 2017 Audi A4 has been spruced up quite well for better power figures, and that is quite evident in its 0-60 MPH times too. The 7-speed DCT does its job brilliantly in putting down the power, as it makes gear shifting smooth and slick.

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class
0-60 MPH 5.6 sec 5.5 sec 6.3 secs 5.8 seconds
Quarter Mile 14.0 sec 14.2 sec 14.5 secs 14.1 secs

Now coming onto the competition, the turbo lag that we had mentioned earlier, kicks in quite early, and that is where the A4 loses out to the BMW 3 Series' acceleration times. BMW is the quickest car in its class, whereas the Lexus comes in last, despite its bigger engine capacity. The IS 300 has its heft to blame in this aspect.

2017 Audi A4 Ride and Handling

A thoroughbred for all petrolheads, Audi has always maintained its agile handling stance throughout its offerings, and the 2017 A4 is no different. It handles like a proper hot-hatch. For 2017, the A4 has an all-new platform, which makes it lighter than the previous iterations. It also gets an Audi Drive Select system along with an adaptive damping system, for handling different sets of situations. Moreover, Audi's famed Quattro system is also optional to give it that enhanced character. The steering is quite precise and intuitive, allowing taking corners at high speeds a breeze. Audi hits the right note between comfortable cruising and an outright sporty demeanor with the 2017 A4.

2017 Audi A4 Braking

The 2017 Audi A4, with 12.4-inch front rotor discs, and 11.8-inch rear discs, is able to a complete dead stop from 60 MPH in just 126 ft. Now, this is acceptable, since it's one of the fastest accelerating cars in the segment. 

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class
Front Brake Rotor discs (in) 12.4 12.3 13.2 13.0
Rear Brake Rotor discs (in) 11.8 11.8 12.2 11.8
60-0 MPH (feet) 126 123 125 128

Mercedes has one of the biggest front rotors in this segment, and despite that, it comes last in this aspect, courtesy of its heft. Even the bulky 2017 Lexus IS 300 comes to a complete stop in just about 125 ft, with the biggest rotors in the segment.

2017 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The 2017 Audi A4 returns 25 MPG in the city and 33 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This when combined with a 15.3-gallon fuel tank is able to stretch out to 505 miles on the go. This is with the FWD system. Whereas, when opted with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the 2017 A4 returns 24 MPG in the city and about 31 miles to the gallon out on the highway.

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C-Class
City (MPG) 25 23 19 24
Highway (MPG) 33 35 26 34
Combined (MPG) 28 28 21 28
Fuel Capacity 15.3 gallons 15.8 gallons 17.4 gallons 17.4 gallons

Rumors have also been buzzing about an A4 turbodiesel to bless the lineup, but that has been put on hold for the time being. The "Ultra" model, is on a whole different role altogether, with MPG ratings of 27 and 37 both in city and highway respectively. Nevertheless, even in its base version, the 2017 A4 is outright the most fuel-efficient luxury saloon in the segment.

2017 Audi A4 Interior

9.0/10
The subdued cockpit makes the A4's digital displays stand out in even higher contrast: on most models, a wide, high-resolution display switches dynamically from navigation to instrumentation while a center panel follows duplicates and augments that information -The Car Connection

With the right mix of outright modern tech features and a practical interior layout, the 2017 Audi A4 enters this year, with a revised cockpit. Able to seat 5 adults comfortably, the A4's longer wheelbase allows it to have a bigger cabin space. Material quality used inside has been on point. With respect to the last year's model, the 2017 A4, with an all0new platform has an inch more of headroom and 2.6-inches more of front shoulder room.

With firm bolstering, the seats are adequately comfortable. While the front seats get 12-way electric adjustments, the rear ones get 8-way too. Going up the trim ladder, Audi also offers you sport seats. Heated and ventilated seats are also standard in the top Premium Plus and Prestige trims. Quite evidently so, the 2017 Audi A4 has the best interior of all. Coming to the competition, with the biggest wheelbase of 111.8-inches, the Mercedes Benz C-Class, has the biggest cabin space of all. 

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C Class
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/ Leg/ Shoulder room) (in) 38.9/ 41.3/ 55.9 40.3/ 42.0/ 55.1 38.2/ 44.8/ 55.9 37.1/ 41.7/ 55.3
Rear (Head/ Leg/ Shoulder room) (in) 37.4/ 35.7/ 54.5 37.7/ 35.1/ 55.1 36.9/ 32.2/ 53.4 37.1/ 35.2/ 55.5

The 2017 Audi A4 comes equipped with the following interior features :

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Sunroof
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Power front and rear seats
  • Driver-seat memory settings
  • Heads-up display

2017 Audi A4 Infotainment System

The 2017 Audi A4 gets a modern and slick virtual cockpit, that houses a massive 12.3-inch multifunction instrument cluster along with a 7-inch infotainment system, with standard navigation. Replacing all of the traditional buttons, the infotainment system is pretty intuitive and easy to use. Filled up to the brim with the latest tech, the 2017 A4 is quite easily the stand-out car from this segment. The driver-focused multifunction cluster is backed by the latest tech interface and is everything you'd want from a luxury saloon. 

Some of the infotainment features on offer are-

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system
  • Audi Connect online services
  • Navigation with voice controls
  • 4 USB ports

2017 Audi A4 Cargo Volume

The 2017 Audi A4 has the best-in-class cargo capacity of 13.0 cu. ft, which in hindsight is pretty big for an entry-level luxury saloon. Moreover, the 2017 A4 also gets a 40/20/40 rear seat folding function, which paves way for even more cargo space. Interior storage spaces are also plenty, for greater flexibility while carrying things.

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C Class
Trunk Volume (ft3) 13.0 13.0 10.8 12.6

The Audi A4 is no more a compact car like the previous iterations. The Lexus IS 300, has the shortest wheelbase of the bunch, and that is well reciprocated to its cargo capacity front.

2017 Audi A4 Exterior

9.0/10
The new A4 is a looker, but not visually revolutionary - Forbes

The award-winning Audi A4 will reportedly get a major makeover, both in the front and back. For 2017, the Audi A4 gets full revised LED headlights, flowing across through the sides of Audi's infamous grille. Now despite the redesign, the 2017 A4 seems quite rudimentary in its appeal, with straight character lines flowing across the sides.

Boxy in its appeal, the 2017 Audi A4 gets 17-inch wheels as standard with new patterns, whereas the top-most trims get 18-inch ones too. It's definitely a pretty thing to look at. The front overhang is plenty, courtesy of the built-up fenders and. Chiseled in its appearance, the sleeper 2017 Audi A4, also has a longer wheelbase, depicting a good interior cabin space. Lighter than the majority of the competitors, the A4 shows its prowess in acceleration times too.

Model 2017 Audi A4 2017 BMW 3 Series 2017 Lexus IS 300 2017 Mercedes Benz C Class
Length (in) 186.1 182.8 184.3 184.5
Width (in) 74.1 72.5 71.3 73.0
Height (in) 56.2 56.3 56.3 56.8
Wheelbase (in) 111.0 110.6 110.2 111.8
Ground Clearance (inch.) 6.2 5.5 5.1 5.9
Curb Weight (lbs) 3483 3370 3737 3417

The 2017 Audi A4 comes loaded with the following exterior features-

  • LED High beam assist
  • Black Optic package
  • Xenon Plus headlights
  • Sunroof with sunshade, power tilt, and slide features
  • Chrome tip exhausts
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Rain-sensing intermittent wipers
  • Power folding mirrors
  • 17-inch rims

2017 Audi A4 Safety

9.5/10

Audi has certainly upped its safety game with the A4 sedan for the year 2017. The German automaker has introduced a new Driver Assistance package, which adds in the latest driver assistance tech available. The majority of the safety features are standard in the base trims, while the top-most trims get the more advanced tech. Coming onto the crash tests, NHTSA has given the 2017 A4 "5 on 5" stars for its crashworthiness, while the IIHS has awarded it a "Good" rating altogether.

The standard safety feature includes:

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Auto-leveling headlights
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

2017 Audi A4 Competition

2017 Audi A4 vs 2017 Lexus IS 300

Straight out of the bat, we can see from the given figures above, Lexus loses out to the 2017 A4 in the performance front by a mile, even with a roaring V6 at the helm. Lexus might be the most intriguing sedan of all, as the IS 300 does have a recipe for success, but somewhere or the other misses out on hitting the mark completely.

Exterior looks wise too, following the A4's update this year, we are more attracted toward the A4, rather than the Lexus. The interior of the IS 300 is extremely peculiar, with contrasting material usage and a relatively practical interior setup to go with its aggressive exterior silhouette.

2017 Audi A4 vs 2017 BMW 3 Series

If all the entry-level luxury sedans turn out to be completely sober for you, the BMW 3-Series is the way to move forward. Focused on delivering what the driver wants, both these sedans are absolute aces in this regard. Audi, for that matter, has given the A4 a much more spruced-up engine, along with the inspired agile handling dynamics.

Having said that, BMW knows how to keep its rivals on their toes, and thus, the 3-Series is the fastest car in its segment. Coming onto the interior, BMW has a nice layout altogether, but not as much as the one the 2017 A4 houses, with the latest set of advanced technological features. Our pick of the lot would definitely be the Audi A4.

2017 Audi A4 Final Verdict

The 2017 Audi A4 has undergone a magnitude of changes this year, the primary of which is the new sharper and lighter platform upon which it is based on. Leading from the front in the entry-level luxury segment, the 2017 A4 has also got numerous feature updates, both in the safety and interior front. Moreover, the turbocharged engine also gets an update, which alone should convince you to buy the 2017 A4. Sharper and better in its appearance, the Audi A4 is our pick of the lot, and so it should be yours too.


2017 Audi A4 FAQs

What is the warranty coverage offered with the 2017 Audi A4?

Audi offers the 2017 A4 with a comprehensive warranty coverage. The A4 is offered with a basic warranty of 4 years/ 50,000 miles, and a powertrain warranty of 6 years or 70,000 miles.

What are the exterior shades offered with the 2017 A4?

The 2017 Audi A4 is offered in over 13 exterior shades, namely Gotland Green, Manhattan Gray, Tango Red, Argus Brown, Cuvee Silver, Mythos Black, Florett Silver, Glacier White, Scuba Blue, Moonlight Blue, Brilliant Black, Monsoon gray, and Ibis White.

Where is the Audi A4 built?

Audi builds the A4 model in its plant headquarters in Germany.

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