Good on paper
thebmwand Benz. It didn’t handle as well as the 3 Series and wasn’t as comfy as the C-class.
But the B8 was improved on most fronts. Unlike the obvious rivals, most Audis are front-wheel drive with some premium all-wheel drive models. There was quite a selection of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from a 1.8-litre direct injection turbo petrol four to a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel with more torque than many petrol V8s.
The base petrol and diesel fours came standard with a six-speed manual or constantly variable transmission, the sixes with a sixspeed auto. With its engine moved back a little and the steering rack eased forward, the A4’s handling was improved, though no match for its rear-drive rivals.
The ride was also found to be a little too hard for the class. Inside, the cabin was well fitted out and nicely refined, with little road or wind noise to upset the inner peace.
The seats were comfortable and supportive and there was plenty of head and legroom for those in the front and the back. As befits a car in its class, the A4 came with a decent list of gear, such as climatecontrol airconditioning, auto headlights and wipers, leather trim, fog lights, alloy wheels, 6.5-inch colour info screen and a splitfolding rear seat.
The eighth-generation A4 is relatively new to the market, so there’s little to report in the way of niggles or serious flaws. As ever, it’s important to find a car that has been well cared for and serviced according to the book.
Most on sale will be fresh out of a lease so should have been maintained but check for a service record anyway. Oil changes are important with modern engines so make sure the oil and filter have been replaced at the correct intervals.
Vwand Audi engines tend to consume a little oil, which makes it important to keep an eye on the dipstick at regular intervals. The oil use is minor and not an issue but has caught out some people who never bother to lift the bonnet. Make the usual checks for panel damage, poor panel alignment etc. Overall the A4 is a sound vehicle and not one to give serious trouble.
Five stars says it all. The A4 had eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control.
The petrol and diesel options give buyers plenty of choice. The best of the bunch is the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, which uses 5.8L/100 km and the thirstiest is the 3.2-litre with a claimed 9.0L/100 km.
NEW$ 50,900-$88,500 USED: $30,000-$37,000 for 1.8 TFSI sedan; $31,500-$40,000 for 2.0 TDI sedan; $51,500-$48,500 for the 2.7 TDI sedan; $52,500-$67,500 for 3.2 Quattro sedan; $42,000-$52,500 for 2.0 TDI Quattro sedan; $51,500-$64,000 for 3.0 TDI Quattro sedan (wagons add $1500)
1.8-litre 4-cyl turbo petrol, 118 kw/ 250Nm; 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel, 105 kw/320 Nm; 2.7-litrev6turbo diesel, 140 kw/400nm; 3.2-litrev6petrol, 195 kw/330 Nm; 3.0-litrev6 turbo diesel, 176kw/500nm
6-speed manual, CVT, 6-speed auto. Fwdand Quattroawd
7.2 litre/100km(1.8 TFSI); 5.8 (2.0 TDI); 6.9 (2.7 TDI); 9.0 (3.2V6Q); 7.4 (2.0 TDI Q); 6.9 (3.0 TDI Q)
4-door sedan, 4-door wagon
1.8TFSI, 2.0TDI, 2.7TDI, 3.2 FSI Quattro, 2.0 TDI Quattro, 3.0 TDI Quattro
5-star ANCAP Not as sporty as the 3 Series or as comfortable as the C-class, but the A4 is still worth a look.
Improved steering, smooth engines, roomy and refined cabin.
Bland looks, CVT lag.