2020 Audi A4

MSRP $40,900 - $49,950

Ranked #3 in Midsize Sedan

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2020 Audi A4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 8, 2021

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Rahul Hans 

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Audi offerings may be high up on the list of every petrolhead, but not this one. The 2020 Audi A4, much like the Audi A6 is understated and somehow feels severely underrated. With a fairly new reworked exterior and interior, the Audi A4 steps into the new decade with a change in personality. Starting from a price of $37,400, the 2020 A4 introduces standard LED headlights and taillights on all trims, whereas it also gets a larger infotainment system. 

For starters, the A4 will feature the most popular Quattro all-wheel drive. So the A4 is totally safe to drive and with a 248-hp 2.0L 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 that produces 188 hp. Since we are talking about a German car here, for an entry-level car the A4's interior is not that disappointing. By keeping the overall dashboard design as simple as possible, Audi has nailed the art of minimalism in the 2020 A4.

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Pros

Well laid-out cabin

Advanced infotainment features

Spacious back seats

Quattro AWD setup

Cons

Transmission can’t keep up with sudden acceleration

Lack of steering feedback to driver

What's New?

Reworked on the exterior and interior front

New infotainment interface introduced with a larger screen


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$46950

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 4200 rpm

torque

236 lb-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

7 speed Dual Clutch

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4/11.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

91 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

towing capacity

4200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.8 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.

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Premium$40,900 onwards

Premium Plus$41,000 onwards

Prestige$46,950 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Audi A4 in Argus Brown Metallic color
Argus Brown Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

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, this new compact sedan is a looker from every angle. 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, which is minimalism at its best. 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. The upgraded looks do work in favor 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.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2020 Audi A4 Features

9.0/10

The 2020 Audi 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 an MMI touch display with a 10.1" center screen. The Prestige trim gets a Heads-up display, and Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D surround feature.

Models

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (FWD)

$37,400

$41,000

$46,950

MSRP (AWD) $40,900 $44,000 $49,950

Key Features

7.0-inch color 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
  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

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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 it all the more desirable.

2020 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI's smooth and powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces excellent acceleration - Edmunds

The 2020 Audi 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 figure is achieved with the Quattro AWD in place. This is not a performance-oriented vehicle. The efficiency and effectiveness of the engine are refined thanks to its automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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 2.0L engine for the base trims backed by the FWD setup, producing 188 horsepower for better fuel economy. The Audi A4 may not be a performance sedan that can launch off from drag strips, but it delivers excellent acceleration figures. Sprinting from 0-60 MPH 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.

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. 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 maneuver through tight spots and parking lots.

Models

2020 Audi A4

2020 Lexus IS 350

2020 Mercedes Benz C300

2020 BMW 330i xDrive

MSRP

$41,000

$42,180

$43,400

$42,750

Engine

2.0L I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.5L V6 Premium Unleaded

2.0L I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L I4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

7-Speed Dual-Clutch automatic

8 Speed automatic

9G-Tronic Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

248 hp @ 5000 RPM

311 hp @ 6600 RPM

255 hp @ 5800 RPM

255 hp @ 5000 RPM

Torque

273 lbs-ft @ 1600 RPM

277 lbs-ft @ 4800 RPM

273 lbs-ft @ 1800 rpm

295 lbs-ft @ 1550 RPM

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

14.0 sec

14.1 sec

13.7 sec

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

2020 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The base 2020 Audi A4, backed by the 2.0L engine and the FWD setup is rated at delivering 27 miles to the gallon in the city and about 35 miles to the gallon out on the highway. Even in this arena, the Audi A4 triumphs over its competition. The turbocharged 2.0L is a thrifty engine that gives you up to 32 miles to the gallon on the highways while managing 24 miles to the gallon in the city. The combined average comes to 27 which makes the Audi a pretty affordable daily driver. This is with the Quattro AWD setup in place.

Model

2020 Audi A4

2020 Lexus IS 350

2020 Mercedes Benz C300

2020 BMW 330i xDrive

MPG (city)

24

20

24

23

MPG (highway)

32

28

35

34

MPG (combined)

27

23

28

27

Range (miles) (city/highway)

367/490

348/487

418/609

363/537

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

17.4

17.4

15.6

Back the above-mentioned figures with a 15.3-gallon fuel tank, and you can go take on 490 miles on the stretch without stopping. In comparison, the Lexus IS 350 with the V6 manages 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 35 MPG and 34 MPG on highways respectively.

2020 Audi A4 Interior

8.0/10

The stylish, functional and well-built cabin puts an emphasis on technology - Edmunds

If there’s one thing the 2020 Audi A4 is best at, it’s the comfortable passenger seats on offer. 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 into the cabin layout. The seats at the back can easily accommodate three adults with great ease and have plenty of headroom for the taller passengers too. 

The 2020 A4 sedan has a great 13.0 cu. ft cargo space at the back, with a huge trunk at the back and a huge opening to improve accessibility. The rear seats also fold down in a 60/40 manner to make way for enhanced cargo space. The interior is also conducive to storage options and is exceptionally ergonomic. Even the IS 350 offer generous legroom for its passengers, while the Mercedes C-Class compromises on the headroom with its sloping roofline. The 2020 BMW 330i has an upgraded interior for 2020 and is now more spacious than ever before.

Model

2020 Audi A4

2020 Lexus IS 350

2020 Mercedes Benz C300

2020 BMW 330i xDrive

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

37.3/41.3/55.9

38.2/55.9/44.8

37.1/55.3/41.7

38.7/56.0/42.0

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

37.4/54.5/35.7

36.9/53.4/32.2

37.1/55.0/35.2

37.6/54.6/35.2

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13

10.8

12.6

17.0

For the year 2020, the Audi A4 gets an all-new infotainment interface backed by an even larger infotainment screen. The giant high-definition 10.1-inch 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.

Some of the standard infotainmnet features on offer are: 

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

2020 Audi A4 Exterior

8.0/10

Audi A4’s exterior doesn’t push any boundaries, it just reinforces them - Car Connection

Unlike the sharp styling creases you’d find on the Audi A5, the 2020 A4 is rather a tamed and civilized premium sedan, giving it a sleeper status. As for the exterior updates brought about this year, the A4 has received a larger front grille and more creases on the hood, thus giving it an athletic hood. The generic layout of the sedan resembles the Volkswagen Passat and the other Audi sedan offerings combined. With the 4-ringed badge upfront, the A4 gets the premium flair accented by the chrome grille and new LED daytime running lights.

Compared to the Lexus IS 350, the Audi A4 feels much smaller in size and dimensions. Merc and BMW offerings are practically the same sizes as that of the A4 but the Mercedes C-Class gives you a bigger passenger room inside, courtesy of the longer wheelbase on offer. The BMW 330i’s short stature benefits its maneuverability in tight spaces a lot.

Model

2020 Audi A4

2020 Lexus IS 350

2020 Mercedes Benz C300

2020 BMW 330i xDrive

Curb weight (lbs.)

3627

3594

3472

3764

Length(in)

186.1

184.3

184.5

185.7

Width(in)

72.5

71.3

71.3

71.9

Height(in)

56.2

56.3

56.3

57

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

5.3

3.8

5.7

Wheelbase (in)

111

110.2

111.8

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

61.9/61.2

60.4/61

61.5/60.9

62.3/62.9

Some of the exterior features on offer are-

  • LED headlights and DRLs
  • 19-inch Titanium finished alloys
  • Chrome-laden exhaust outlets
  • LED taillamps
  • Redesigned front grille
  • Hands-free Smart Trunk Release

2020 Audi A4 Safety

9.0/10

Audi A4 is one of the best-selling sedans in the premium compact segment. Audi has incorporated the construction of chassis with high tensile steel and aluminum bits which adds to the strength of the chassis 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, both on the active and passive front. Coming onto the crash-test scores, the IIHS awarded the 2020 A4 a "Good" rating all over, whereas the NHTSA gave it an overall 5 on a 5-star rating, for its crashworthiness.

Some of the safety features on offer are-

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist with corrective steering
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

2020 Audi A4 Competition

8.0/10

2020 Audi A4 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan is a comparatively more luxurious and powerful sedan than the Audi A4, despite having the same capacity turbocharged engine on offer. Now despite that, the sleeper Audi A4 triumphs in the acceleration sector, as it is 0.8 seconds faster than the C-Class. However, the Audi A4 is one of the forerunners in the infotainment arena, but the Merc keeps up with its revamped system. In terms of practicality, the Mercedes trumps the Audi, not only with a better cabin but also with a larger cargo bay.

2020 Audi A4 vs 2020 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. However, in terms of driving feel, Lexus still can’t keep up with Audi's Quattro system.

2020 Audi A4 Final Verdict

You better not judge a book by its cover and underestimate the capabilities of the premium Audi A4. It is powerful enough to compete with V6 powered rivals in the segment and advanced enough on the feature front to take on the Mercedes C-Class. 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 A4 is a perfect combination of practicality and performance.

2020 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.

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