Aside from a single, considerable flaw and a couple of aggravating control layout issues, the 2014 Audi A4 might just be the perfect entry-level luxury sports sedan, especially if you live where rain and snow are commonplace, or you simply want to drive something different from what everyone else is parking in their driveways.
Predictably, the heavy-hitters in this sales segment are the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the models wearing the most aspirational badges in the class. For every A4 sold last year, BMW moved 3.25 examples of its 3 Series and Mercedes sold 2.4 versions of its C-Class models. Other A4 competitors are about as popular as the Audi, and they include the Acura TL, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q40 and Q50, Lexus IS, and Volvo S60.
That list includes several excellent vehicles, and they all deserve merit in one respect or another. But not all of them are capable of inspiring passion, joy, and pride in their driver the way a 2014 Audi A4 Quattro can. That’s my story, anyway, and I’m sticking to it.