Key Things to Know About the Audi A4
Five things you need to know about the fantastic Audi A4.
Audi’s A4 sits in the uber-competitive compact executive saloon car segment, going up against a variety of rivals such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Needless to say, the A4 has always had to stay on form to keep ahead of the game and the most recent version really did push it even further upmarket.
It’s got loads of features and technology as a result, so let’s dive right in and find out what you need to know about the Audi A4.
There are loads of specification options
Variety is the name of the game with the A4, which is why there are plenty of options when it comes to specifications. Things kick off with Technik grade, but even here you get 17-inch wheels and LED headlights fitted as standard, while Audi’s MMI infotainment system is included too.
Right at the top of the range you’ll find Vorsprung, adding high-end touches like larger alloy wheels, a reversing camera and a head-up display.
A more practical estate is available
If you fancy a more practical version of the A4 then the Avant - or estate version - is the car for you. It’s got a larger boot, while a square rear opening means it’s easy to access. A low load lip makes loading larger items in there a touch easier, too.
Plus, the addition of roof rails on the estate means that you can fit roof boxes or bike racks to the A4, broadening its application.
High-performance S4 and RS4 variants are available
If you’ve got the need for speed, then you’re well catered for with the A4. Both S4 and RS4 models offer huge performance, with the former utilising a punchy 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine and the latter a 2.9-litre V6. Either way, you’re getting an awful lot of power.
And while the S4 can be specified as either an estate or saloon, the RS4 is available as an Avant only.
Quattro all-wheel-drive brings added wet-weather security
When it comes to all-wheel-drive, quattro is one of the biggest names in the business. There’s a good reason for that too, as over the decades that name has become synonymous with all-weather security and high levels of traction.
It’s why, on the A4, quattro is a great option - particularly if you want that little extra traction in poor conditions. It’s available throughout the A4 range.
It’s got a high-tech interior
The interior of the A4 is dominated by technology. In the centre, you’ve got a large screen running Audi’s MMI system, incorporating media and navigation functions. Plus, this is bolstered by Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the conventional dials for a high-definition display.
Audi recently ditched the rotary controller, too, transforming the main display into a touch-only version.
Published: July 9, 2021