If only one word could be coined to describe the Audi A4, it would be tasteful. The car’s understated good looks, outstanding interior treatment, and its penchant for more than adequate performance without being in your face about all of its capabilities are all very classy stuff. For quite a while, this was the entry-level Audi four-door sedan in the United States. While this privilege has now been ceded to the A3, the A4 still represents something of a bargain in prestige German luxury sports sedans. For the 2014 model year, Audi is only sending one engine over here to power the A4. This is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, delivering 220 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. A continuously variable transmission is coupled with front-wheel drive as the standard powertrain configuration. It’s an Audi though, so all-wheel drive is also available. This can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission, or an eight-speed automatic. Available equipment includes Audi’s MultiMedia Interface, navigation, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, and an adjustable suspension system. Available safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensor arrays, and collision mitigation. The IIHS awarded its highest rating of “Good” to the A4 in moderate-overlap frontal offset, side, and roof-strength crash tests. However, the A4 garnered the institute’s lowest score (“Poor”) in the new small-overlap frontal offset crash test.
2014 Audi A4 Test Drive Video Review