2020 Audi A4

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$37,400 - $49,950
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2020 Audi A4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 3, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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With the 2020 Audi A4, Audi has not made enough changes to call it a new model but with the extent of visual enhancements that Audi has added sure make the car more appealing and is a step forward in keeping its big-selling A4 – together with S4 and Allroad permutations - competitive in the segment. 

BMW has recently revised its 3 series and has set a benchmark for other German manufacturers. Meanwhile, Mercedes has managed to update its C class with a techy new cabin that is sure to grab the buyers attention. The updated generation was released in 2019 fo the Europen market but it took some time to reach the US shores. 

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Pros

Well laid-out cabin

Adaptive Comfort suspension improves ride-handling balance

Premium Interior

Quick acceleration in A4 45 TFSI

Cons

Touch interface is distracting to use

Transmission can’t keep up with sudden acceleration

What's New?

New front and rear-end styling

A new MMI Touch infotainment system

LED Headlights Standard

Added standard features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39199.97

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

188 hp @ 4,200 rp

torque

236 lb.-ft. @ 1,450 rp

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

186.1 in.

width

72.5 in.

height

56.2 in.

curb weight

3450 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/TBD/34 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Audi A4 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.1

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Audi A4 Premium

Premium

power
188 hp @ 4,200 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$37,400 - $40,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $37,400 MSRP (27/30/35) 188 hp @ 4,200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5
2.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $40,900 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

 2020 Audi A4 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5,000 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$41,000 - $44,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Premium Plus 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $41,000 MSRP (27/30/35) 188 hp @ 4,200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch front wheel drive 5
2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $44,000 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

 2020 Audi A4 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5,000 rpm
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$49,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0T Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A) Starting at $49,950 MSRP (24/27/32) 248 hp @ 5,000 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


Facing off against the Mercedes-Benz C Class, BMW 3 series with similar inline-4s as well as the Lexus IS 350 and Infiniti Q50, which come with V6 engines. Despite the competition, the Audi manages to shine through and make a significant mark on the segment. Let's see how well the Audi competes.

With the new facelift, The A4 has grown in size. Widened by 5mm and elongated by 24mm. Though wheelbase and carryover, structures remain the same. Apart from the new Headlights and taillight designs, there are more styling clues that indicate a difference in a three-tier system: Basic, Advanced (with graduated silver and dark chrome accents); and old favorite S Line (which favors chrome highlights).

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Front View
2020 Audi A4 Sedan Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 

8.0/10
Competition

 

8.1/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Audi A4 Features

9.0/10

The A4 sedan comes in three trims starting with the Premium trim at $37,400 which equips the sedan with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as standard, heated seats, and a 7-inch center display, the Premium Plus trim adds upgrades like a 12.3ínch display with Audi virtual cockpit and MMI Navigation. The Prestige trim adds Heads-up display, Adaptive cruise control as well as B&O speaker system to the sedan.

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Models

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP

$37,400

$41,000

$46,950

Key Features

Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto for compatible devices

Full LED headlights

Head-up display with navigation

 

Audi music interface with two front USB ports for data/charging

Audi virtual cockpit (12.3" LCD fully digital instrument cluster with two visual modes: Classic and Infotainment)

Audi adaptive cruise control with Traffic jam assist

 

Heated, eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for the driver

Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear- with Rear cross traffic assist with Vehicle exit warning

Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound, 19 speakers, 16-channel amplifier and 755 watts

 

Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city

MMI Navigation plus and MMI touch with handwriting-recognition technology

Top view camera system

 

Rearview camera with 7.0" center color display

48-volt mild-hybrid electrification

Ambient LED interior lighting plus package

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The Premium Plus trim is the best bang for your buck, it has almost all the necessary features equipped and none of the fancy extras to complicate your experience. You get full-LED headlamps and Audi’s virtual cockpit along with the MMI Navigation system, a must-have in the Audi.

2020 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

With 2.0L inline-4 turbo engine similar to the A6 and the Q5 under the hood puts out 236 hp, the Audi A4 is an underrated all-rounder which has an efficient and effective engine mated to a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. 2020 model year the biggest change would be the addition of 48-volt mild-hybrid electric motor.

Audi claims this will provide even great efficiency than the previous 12-volt MHEV system. However, the power really hits higher up on the rev range. At lower revs, the throttle feels numb and watered down. The sedan also comes with a 188 hp 2.0L inline-4 turbo which gets you a better fuel economy.

Models

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MSRP

$37,400 $41,400 $42,250

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

236 hp@ 5000rpm

255 hp@ 5800rpm

255 hp@ 5000rpm

Torque

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

273 hp@1800 rpm

295 ft-lbs@ 1550rpm

The german sedans from the Merc - the C Class - and from the BMW - the 330i - give the Audi A4 a tough competition with the inline-4s making 255 hp. 

Acceleration

The Audi A4 may not be a performance sedan that could launch off at drag strips, but it delivers excellent acceleration figures. 60 miles an hour from a standstill takes merely 5.1 seconds while the quarter-mile takes 13.8 seconds. The Quattro system gives an immense boost to the acceleration compared to the rear-wheel-drive sedans.

Models

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

0-60 MPH

5.1 sec

5.9 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.8 sec

N/A

13.7 sec

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5

6.8

N/A

You'd find the competition in the rearview mirror as you sprint to 60 faster than the rivals. Close at its heels, is the BMW 330i coming in at 5.3 seconds, while the Mercedes takes 5.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The understated looks betray the superb handling and driving dynamics of the A4 sedan, thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and other advanced drive-assist features. The low stance keeps the sedan planted through the corners and there is minimal body roll.

 

2020 Audi A4 Sedan hits 0-60 in 5 sec

The ride feels firm and decisive but can still manage to absorb most of the bumps and vibrations. The slight understeer character in conjunction with the precise steering makes the A4 feel weighted and fun to drive at high speeds. In the city premises, the A4 is easy to maneuver through tight spots and parking lots.

Braking

The sedan comes with 13.3-inch discs up front and 13s in the back, while the pedal is easy to modulate and delivers smooth deceleration without sharp jerks. Even under heavy braking, the suspension setup keeps the sedan balanced and there is no significant brake fade upon continuous usage.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

13

13.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13

11.8

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3627

3472

3764

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The rivals have slightly smaller brakes to manage the sedans, but you won’t really notice any major differences. However, the BMW 330i has improved brake performance for 2020 and may prove to be a challenge for the Audi.

2020 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Even in this arena, the Audi trumps the competition, the turbocharged 2.0L is a thrifty engine which gives you up to 34 miles to the gallon on the highways while managing 23 miles to the gallon in the city. The combined average comes to 27 which makes the Audi a pretty affordable daily driver.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

MPG (city)

23

23

23

MPG (highway)

34

34

33

MPG (combined)

27

27

27

Range (miles) (city/highway)

413/520

400/592

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.3

17.4

15.6

A4’s engine managed to offer an impressive mileage of 27 mpg in the city, whereas the rivals stood at 24. All Audi A4 versions are featured with automatic start/stop to save fuel up to some extent, while Audi’s all-wheel-drive configuration increases fuel economy by operating in front-wheel-drive mode whenever required. Overall, on every terrain, the 2020 Audi A4 offered good fuel economy.

2020 Audi A4 Interior

8.0/10

If there’s one thing the Audi A4 is best at, it’s passenger comfort. The spacious interior has plush leather seats with comfortable bolstering and support for long journeys. Most of the surfaces are soft to the touch, however, a few hard plastic parts still manage to sneak by. The seats at the back easily accommodate three adults with great ease and have plenty of headroom for taller passengers.

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Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.9/55.9/41.3

37.1/55.3/NA

38.7/56/42

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

/37.454.5/35.7

37.1/55/NA

37.6/54.6/35.2

The cabin is stylish and upmarket with more emphasis on the latest technology. The optional Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster is certainly appealing and catchy, displaying navigation information with elegance. The premium materials used in the cabin makes it way classier than the Mercedes C-Class. The Mercedes compromises on headroom with its sloping roofline. The BMW 330i has upgraded interior for 2020 and is now more spacious than ever before.

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Front Seats

Interior Features

The 2020 Audi A4 Sedan has the following interior features installed in it for the commuters:

  • Audi Cargo Box
  • USB Cables
  • Audi Guard Protection Kit
  • Audi Guard All-Weather Floor Mats
  • Cargo Net
  • Audi First Aid Kit
  • Stainless Steel Pedal Caps
  • Audi Guard Cargo Mat

Infotainment System

The giant high-definition screen inside the Audi is easy to use and intuitive while driving. Although Apple CarPlay is available as standard, operating it through the rotary knob often gets tricky. It comes equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch system which is one of a kind. The A4 is equipped with Audi Connect which means it will give you an inbuilt 4G LTE connection. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard for this variant.

  • Memory Card Slot
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • 180 Watts Stereo Output
  • 10 Total Speakers
  • USB Connection
  • 1 Subwoofer(S)

Cargo Capacity

The A4 sedan is great for carrying cargo at the back, with a huge trunk at the back and the huge opening to improve accessibility. The interior is also conducive to storage options and is exceptionally ergonomic.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI tronic

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13

12.6

17

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2020 Audi A4 Sedan Rear Seats
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2020 Audi A4 Sedan Dashboard

2020 Audi A4 Exterior

8.0/10

With 2020 Audi has revised the styling, the A4's body panels are completely new. The only carryovers are the hood, roof, and trunk. The restyled front end includes a wider grill. The grill has been lowered in order to help create a more aggressive look. Accompanying this are larger air intakes at both sides of the bumper.

The LED headlights have been grouped together in clusters starting at the top of the light's housing for a more aggressive fresh look. This is now standard for all A4s. The taillights also receive this new look. There's also a new rear bumper.

2020 Audi A4 Sedan Side 2020 Audi A4 Side View 

But the most important update is the all-new Body panels. Earlier, the A4 lineup had fairly contemporary styling but with 2020 Audi went bolder, with a side profile incorporating straight character lines over the wheel arches, which then break to form a lower beltline that connects the door handles.

The generic layout of the sedan resembles the Volkswagen Passat and the Skoda Superb. With the 4-ringed badge upfront, the A4 gets the premium flair accented by the chrome grille and LED daytime running lights.

Model

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI  

Mercedes Benz C Class sedan

BMW 330i xDrive sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

3627

3472

3764

Length(in)

200.1

184.5

185.7

Width(in)

78.5

71.3

71.9

Height(in)

56.2

56.3

57

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

3.8

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

111

111.8

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

61.9/61.2

61.5/60.9

62.3/62.9

The Audi feels much smaller in size and dimensions. Merc and BMW are practically the same size as the Audi but the Merc gets you bigger passenger room inside. BMW’s short stature benefits its maneuverability in tight spaces.

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2020 Audi A4 Safety

9.0/10

The top variants get additional safety features such as high beam assist, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, rear automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. As far as the warranty.

Here’s the list of all safety features and Airbags in 2020 Audi A4:

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamp
  • Pre-Collision Safety System

The 2020 Audi A4 has received all five stars by the NHTSA and in the IIHS evaluation, the car has received Top Safety Pick+ award for scoring good in all crash tests. All trim levels get standard automatic emergency braking as well as forward collision warning.

2020 Audi A4 Competition

8.0/10

Audi A4 vs BMW 3-Series

Both the sports sedan, the 2018 Audi A4 and the 2018 BMW 3-Series are close competitors. Both offer a robust engine and similar interior space. 

2020 BMW 3-Series

When it comes to high performance, the BMW 3-series is more powerful than the Audi S4. Although, after multiple drive test, the Audi A4 turned out to be more satisfying than the two.

Audi A4 vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Only a few luxury sports sedan matches the interior appeal of the Audi A4. When it comes to class, Mercedes is one name that comes to our mind in the first place.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz has offered comfortable seats and premium materials in the cabin but comes with a long list of optional safety features. Audi A4, on the other hand, comes with a superior infotainment interface.

2020 Audi A4 Final Verdict

8.1/10

For over two decades, the A4 has been ruling the sports sedan segment like a boss. The A4 has epitomized Audi’s reputation for its excellent driving capability and solid design. Adding features such as Virtual cockpit and the MMI infotainment interface has certainly uplifted the sedan’s portfolio. The new 2020 Audi A4 also offers improved Gas mileage.

In sports steering mode, the 2020 A4 feels adept and responds promptly. A4’s outstanding performance with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is enough to bring a smile on every person driving this sedan. With fun-to-drive handling, the car has scored very well in safety ratings as well. Car buyers who are seeking something more powerful may need to put up more cash and see other alternatives like high-performance S4 or BMW M3.