Overall: Evergreen A4 sedan will be all-new for 2017, but maintains its current offerings for ’16; the hot S4 sprints to 60 mph from a standing start in less than five seconds.
Drivetrain: The 220-horsepower four-cylinder gas engine also makes big torque numbers and channels it to either the front wheels or all four; supercharged 3.0-liter V6 is reserved for the S4.
The A4 isn’t the freshest product in Audi’s line, but an all-new lighter, faster and more efficient generation will hit the streets for 2017. In the meantime, the current car continues reasonably unchanged for 2016. The thing about Audis, and the A4 in particular, is the crisp styling, tight proportions and tailored interiors that would please fashion-conscious Europeans. Even more so with the facelift from 2013 that adopted leaner LED headlights, a reshaped grille and new bumpers to refresh a car whose last major revamp was in 2008. Since the platform is based on the architecture developed for the A5 coupe, some shared design details include the gauge cluster and control panel as well as the string of LEDs underscoring the headlights. Base models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The optional supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque is available only in the sporty S4. The transmissions range from a continuously variable unit in the very base front-drive model, to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic for the all-wheel-drive models. The S4 comes with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed paddle-shift manual. Quattro directs 40 percent of the torque to the front wheels and 60 percent to the rear. When road conditions become slippery, torque can be redirected to the tires with the most grip. Every A4 contains plenty of premium pampering content, while placing a massive assortment of gadgets on the options list. The 2016 model year sees a number of minor changes for some A4 models. They get equipment like a three-spoke steering wheel, different 19-inch wheels on the S line competition package, and an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system available on both A4 and S4.