New 2019 Audi A4 Concept, Price and Review

2019 Audi A4 Review

The Premium Plus trim gets our recommendation for its added tech features that include a virtual instrument panel, upgraded infotainment with navigation, internet integration and advanced safety features. On top of that, we’d spring for the Quattro all-wheel-drive option that comes standard with the 45 TFSI engine. It adds not only the expected surefootedness but also better performance with the more powerful engine.

Aince its full redesign two years ago, the Audi A4 has led the small luxury sedan class with its tech-forward personality, strong performance and high levels of refinement. In that class, those are the most important factors for people looking to buy into the luxury market.

Aince its full redesign two years ago, the Audi A4 has led the small luxury sedan class with its tech-forward personality, strong performance and high levels of refinement. In that class, those are the most important factors for people looking to buy into the luxury market.

The 2019 Audi A4 doesn’t change much and remains at the top of its game. But in typical fashion, there’s a challenger on the horizon, and it’s a familiar foe: the BMW 3 Series, which gets a thorough overhaul this year.

Initial reports are promising, and the BMW certainly has the potential to knock the Audi off the top step. Judging by how good the A4 is, though, we don’t think it’ll be a decisive victory in favor of BMW. Rather, it’ll likely be a close battle ultimately decided by your personal preferences. The older Mercedes-Benz C-Class follows the same progression. It’s another two years older than the A4 but maintains desirability with its classic interpretation of luxury.

The good news is there’s not a bad choice in this bunch. With BMW’s bias toward performance and Mercedes’ focus on old-school refinement, the Audi A4 finds a sweet spot between them. For that reason, we heartily endorse it as an optimal middle ground.

2019 Audi A4 configurations

The 2019 Audi A4 is a small entry-level luxury sedan available in three trims: PremiumPremium Plusand Prestige. Each of these is applied to the front-wheel-drive A4 40 TFSI and the Quattro all-wheel-drive A4 45 TFSI. Front-drive 40 TFSI models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (188 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque) while the all-wheel-drive 45 TFSI receives a power upgrade (248 hp, 273 lb-ft). A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only available transmission.

Standard feature highlights for the A4 Premium include 17-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, forward collision warning and mitigation, adjustable drive settings (Audi’s Drive Select), keyless ignition, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks.

Standard technology features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch central display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a CD player, two USB ports and a 10-speaker sound system.

The optional Convenience package adds heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, keyless entry, a larger color driver information display, driver-seat memory functions and satellite radio.

The Premium Plus includes the Convenience package along with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a virtual instrument panel, a wireless charging pad, a navigation system, handwriting-recognition input, a larger 8.3-inch infotainment display, Audi Connect telematics and Wi-Fi service, and two USB ports for the rear passengers. Audi’s blind-spot and rear-facing crash mitigation systems, Side Assist and Pre Sense Rear, are also standard.

Finally, there’s the top-of-the-line A4 Prestige. It comes with all of the above as standard plus dual-pane acoustic front windows, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, interior ambient lighting, a surround-view camera system, lane departure warning and intervention, a traffic sign reader, and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system.

Notable options include 19-inch wheels, ventilated seats, the Sport package with a performance-tuned suspension, and the Cold Weather package with a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi A4 2.0T Prestige Quattro Sedan (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current A4 has received only minor feature revisions. Our findings remain applicable to this year’s Prestige 45 TFSI model.


8.5The Audi A4 Prestige 45 TFSI’s smooth and powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces excellent acceleration. Strong brakes and sharp handling also help make the A4 enjoyable to drive. But the A4’s steering limits driver engagement.


9.0This is an impressively quick and smooth car. The A4 45 TFSI’s engine is quieter than other turbo four-cylinder engines, too. In Edmunds testing, we achieved a 0-60 mph time of 5.3 seconds.


9.5The moderately firm pedal feel and travel length offer easy modulation in all instances. In our panic-stop test, the A4 stopped from 60 mph in an impressive 99 feet. The sticky, zero-cost optional summer tires clearly had a lot to do with that, but it’s still a remarkable result.


7.0Steering is the A4’s dynamic weak point. There is a numbness to it regardless of the three available settings (Comfort, Auto and Dynamic), and it does not engage the driver as well as the best competitors do. It’s linear and well-weighted, but feedback is lacking.


8.5The A4 might not engage with the driver quite like a Cadillac ATS, but there is no denying its impressive traction — thanks to the Quattro all-wheel drive and sticky summer tires — flat cornering and stability in emergency situations.


7.5There’s some initial delay from the automatic transmission as soon as you step on the gas, and that may irritate some drivers in traffic. The engine stop-start system is also noticeable and can further delay acceleration.


8.0Like many sedans in the class, the A4 has a bias toward sport over luxury. The seats and ride are on the firm side, but they also encourage support and control, respectively. The A4 is also quieter than before, with the engine emitting less of an uncouth growl as its predecessor and many rival engines.

Seat comfort

8.0The optional sport seats are our favorite for the adjustable thigh support, but the standard seats are praiseworthy in their own right. Both are firmly padded and well-shaped for hours of comfortable touring.

Ride comfort

8.0The standard suspension is firm with controlled body motions and no impact harshness — typical of German sedans. The optional adaptive suspension is overly stiff in Dynamic mode, and the modest gains in handling don’t justify the cost.

Noise & vibration

8.0The new engine is smoother and quieter than the one in the previous-generation A4, as well as the engines of many rivals. The interior is as quiet as those of competing sedans, with a somewhat elevated tire noise due to our test car’s optional summer tires.


8.5The stylish, functional and well-built cabin puts an emphasis on technology. The optional Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster gets most of the attention, re-creating analog gauges while also displaying navigation and entertainment information.

Ease of use

8.5Audi’s elegantly simple design translates to an easy-to-use cockpit with logically placed controls. The virtual gauge cluster takes some getting used to, but it becomes second nature in no time.

Getting in/getting out

7.5The doors are large, and the roof is not aggressively raked, reducing the chances of bonking your head. Likewise, the front seats’ side bolsters aren’t prominent enough to impede access.


9.0Long gone are the days when the A4 was a compact car. Take a seat inside and you might think you’re in a midsize sedan, with sufficient legroom for four amply sized adults aboard. And even 6-footers will find enough headroom in back.


8.5Visibility is good all around thanks to narrow roof pillars, augmented by the standard rearview camera and collision warning system. Besides looking cool, the Virtual Cockpit instruments and head-up display also help keep the driver’s eyes on the road.


9.0Audi keeps setting new quality benchmarks for cabin materials and construction. The Mercedes C-Class might appear more luxurious, but a closer look gives the A4’s better-made cabin an advantage.


8.0In terms of size, the A4’s cargo and storage are typical for the class, but the A4 gets additional consideration for the 40/20/40-split folding rear seats that allow for greater flexibility when transporting passengers and larger objects.

Small-item storage

8.0The A4 has plenty of storage for your personal items.

Cargo space

8.0Cargo capacity, at 13 cubic feet, is about average for the class. The trunk’s opening is sufficiently wide, and cutouts on each side provide extra width for golf clubs or netted storage areas.

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