2021 Audi A4

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2021 Audi A4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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An optimum balance of athletic vibes and luxury inside defines the Audi A4 Sedan. Accompanied by a good control in fuel economy, the new Audi A4 is one of the best value for money in the segment. Audi cars are popular for their opulent interiors, and the new A4 stands strong with it. With excellent safety and reliability scores beside its name, you can completely rely on the performance and offerings of the car. The 2021 Audi A4 has grown in leaps and bounds in terms of innovation, sportier design statements, and the latest infotainment range.

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Pros

Impeccably crafted cabin with a load of luxury elements.

The new interface is easy to operate with standard safety features

Ample rear seat space seats adults comfortably

Quick acceleration abilities coming from the 45 TFSI

Cons

Steering feedback could have been improved in the latest model

Initial transmission lacks that thrust which is expected from a luxury sedan

The higher trims get a big jump in price tag

What's New?

Updated front-end styling looks bold with LED headlights which give a modern look.

New infotainment system with a touchscreen-based system.


2021 Audi A4 Latest Update

Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2021 Audi A4 in Brilliant Black color 2021 Audi A4 in Ibis White color 2021 Audi A4 in Navarra Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi A4 Prestige

Prestige

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
3 combined

$39,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
40 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (27/3/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi A4 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
3 combined

$39,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
40 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (27/3/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

2021 Audi A4 Premium

Premium

power
248 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
3 combined

$39,100 - $40,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
40 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (27/3/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5
45 TFSI Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM) Starting at $40,900 MSRP (27/3/34) 248 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded
7-Speed Dual Clutch all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


The Audi A4 presents outstanding performance numbers with a massive 2.0 Liter four-cylinder engine clubbed with an eight-speed Auto-Shift Manual transmission which can make out more than 248 Hp and 273 lb.-ft, for the 45 TFSI configuration.

Optimized design with an aerodynamic presence, latest tech amenities and infotainment range, advanced safety features, wider wheelbase, and an efficient Quattro AWD system by Audi which makes the new A4 a fun-to-drive luxury sedan.

2021 Audi A4 Front View
2021 Audi A4 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

 
 
 

2021 Audi A4 Features

9.0/10

Audi A4 is one of the most popular luxury sedans of all time. With varied options, customers can choose the most suitable configuration matching their requirements and ambitions. The 2021 Audi A4 offers three trims, the Premium model which is the basic configuration, Premium Plus with additional interior and comfort features, and the Prestige model being on the top of the pyramid. 

Trim

Premium 

Premium Plus 

Prestige 

MSRP (FWD)

$37,400

$42,900

$46,200

MSRP (AWD)

$42,000

$47,500

$50,800

Key Features

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

In addition to or replaces Base trim features with:

In addition to or replaces Preferred trim features with:

 

17-inch Alloys

18-inch Alloy wheels

19-inch Alloy wheels

 

Clear-lens Halogen Headlights

Heated front seats and Three-zone Automatic Climate Control

Dual Pane Acoustic Glass for a quieter cabin

 

Body-Colored, Dual Folding Power side Mirrors

Wireless Cell phone Hookup

Signature LED headlight and taillight illumination

 

Smart Driver Assistance systems by Audi

Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound system

SiriusXM AM/FM/HD Satellite with Seek-Scan

 

Leatherette-trimmed sports seats and door inserts

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Power sliding-glass moonroof and interior sunshade

   

8-way power driver's seat with driver’s memory

Leatherette Center console and door armrest for extra comfort

The Premium Plus trim features a 12.3ínch TFT display with Audi virtual cockpit and MMI touch display with a 10.1" center screen. The Prestige trim gets Heads-up display, and Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D surround feature. The Prestige features more advanced tech, quieter cabin, and a premium center console to highlight a few. The models are available both in FWD and flagship Quattro AWD system and house a massive 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder engine making out about 210 HP.  

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Audi A4

The latest 2021 line-up of the Audi A4 is expected to launch in the latter half of the year somewhere around July. The prices are expected to be similar to the current generation as there are not many significant changes. A4 went up to $40,000 in the year 2018 and then back to $37,400 the next year. The prices have always remained close to $40,000 which gives great value for money from the Audi A4.

2021 Audi A4 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Sensational performance with breathtaking acceleration abilities is what you can expect from the new Audi A4. Housing a 2.0 Liter four-cylinder Diesel engine churning out over 211 horsepower. The 2021 model has been loaded with a newly developed 8-speed Automatic Transmission system which takes care of smooth gear transitions and efficient drive at all speeds.

2021 Audi A4 Engine Bay

There are two options available for the drive train, the standard FWD system and flagship Quattro AWD setup which offers more grip and better performance. Over the years, the design has evolved with an additional 1.4 Liter Gasoline Engine option and smoother transmission.

Models

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

MSRP

$37,400

$37,650

$35,000

$36,000

Engine

2.0 Liter 4-cylinder Diesel engine

2.0 Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.4 Liter Premium Unleaded inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD and AWD option

RWD

RWD

SH - AWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic Transmission with an option of Manual (Auto-Shift Manual w/OD)

8-speed Automatic Transmission with w/Manual mode

Automatic Transmission with w/Manual mode

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

188 @ 4200

255@ 5,000

255 @ 5,800

206 @ 6,800

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

236 @ 1450

295 @ 1,550

273 @ 1800

182 @ 4,500

We can clearly interpret conclusions from the above table. The Audi A4 will do good for one who is fond of agility and high response with a tipsy Engine. The rivals like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class offers better driving performance. Similar options are the Acura TLX and Jaguar XE in terms of performance and price tag.

How quick is the 2021 Audi A4?

The new Audi A4 sedan boasts off its steady acceleration with athletic handling, giving it the best shot in the lot. The car can sprint a 0-60 mph in under 5.2 seconds and has a quarter-mile ticking at 14.3 seconds on the latest model. Equipped with a new 8-speed transmission and AWD option, the A4 is one of the fastest small premium sedans.

Models

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

0-60 MPH

5.8

5.6

6.2

6.2

Quarter mile

14.3

14.1

14.7

26.7

Top Speed

134

131

130

155

Engine

2.0 Liter 4-cylinder Diesel engine

2.0 Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter turbocharged Inline-4

2.4 Liter Premium Unleaded inline-4

Audi's Quattro-wheel drive helps the A4 reach 60 miles per hour quicker than most of its competitors BMW seems to have caught up to Audi’s Quattro system as the new 3-series is the quickest car here with a 0-60 time of just 5.6 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than that of the Audi's. Both the Merc and the Infinity manage a 6.2 second 0 to 60 time which might not be as quick as the other two but still isn’t slow by any means.

How well does the 2021 Audi A4 sedan brake?

Braking performance plays a pivotal role when it comes to ultra-fast cars. The Audi A4 features breathtaking acceleration abilities. The brakes are equally important to minimize the risk of an unforeseen crash or an accident. Premium brake fittings are included in the A4. With the addition of the ABS system in all the four wheels. With high-performance Disc brakes mounted on the wheels, stopping the car is effortless and takes a lot less time.

2021 Audi A4 gets 11.3-inch rotors upfront
 

Model

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

Brake Front (in)

11.3

14.6

11.8

12.2

Brake Rear (in)

11.3

13.6

11.8

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3450

3362

3527

3721

60-0 MPH (ft.)

99

103

110

118

The data shows that the lightest of the lot is the new BMW 3 Series. On the contrary, the Audi A4 being slightly on the heavier side outperforms others in terms of braking distance. This clearly justifies the high-performance brake fittings installed in this premium sedan.

How well does the 2021 Audi A4 handle?

The design statement of the car has evolved a long way being more aerodynamically stable and better handling. The Audi A4 is popular for its exceptional handling skills and highly responsive steering, optimum for everyday city commutes as well as long ride stints.

The newly developed Quattro AWD system improves traction on slippery road conditions as well as improve cornering performance and stability of the car at high speeds. Driving dynamics have improved to a whole new level since the latest generation upgrade in 2017. The body design is sleeker and added with advanced dynamic stability features.

2021 Audi A4 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Generally, luxury sedans are not that impressive when it comes to fuel economy. The primary focus of the segment is performance and luxury. The new Audi A4 has taken care of emission to a great extent which directly implies high efficiency. The fuel economy offered by the latest model of the Audi A4 is about 23/30 MPG (City/Highway) which is pretty impressive. Overall drive efficiency of the car is improving with the signature Quattro all-wheel-drive system underneath.

Models

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

MPG (City)

27

26

24

23

MPG (Highway)

35

36

35

33

MPG (Combined)

31

31

29.5

28

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.3

15.6

17.4

17.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

413/535.5/474

405.6/561.6/483.6

417.6/609/513.3

395.6/567.6/481.6

The best range is offered by the 2020 Mercedes C Class followed by the 2020 model of the A4. The 2020 Acura TLX and BMW 3 Series also impresses us with the best in segment range.

2021 Audi A4 Interior

8.0/10

The overall interior look of the Audi A4 seems luxurious with high-quality material selection, comfortable seating arrangement with multiple power adjustments, the latest infotainment range with the Audi Virtual Cockpit experience, and a sporty dashboard design.

Space is not a problem inside the Audi A4 with ample legroom and headroom to seat the passengers comfortably. The Driver seat comes with power adjustments that offer a wide range of positions to suit the driving style.

2021 Audi A4 Front Seats

Also, the Automatic Climate control feature maintains ambient cabin temperature at all times irrespective of outside conditions. You can get relaxed and enjoy the luxury of the new Audi A4 during long ride stints.

Models

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.9/55.9/41.3

38.7/56/42

37.1/55.3/41.7

37.2/57.5/42.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.4/54.5/35.7

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.1/55/35.2

36.7/55.4/34.5

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

13

17

12.6

14.3

The best cabin room is offered in the Audi A4 followed by BMW 3 Series and Acura TLX. Though, the trunk volume is least in the Audi A4 at 13.0 cubic-feet. Maximum trunk volume is offered in the latest Acura TLX.

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen interface
  • Latest connectivity features including Smartphone Integration.
  • A head-up display
  • Premium sound system
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with an 11.2-inch digital cluster display included in the Premium Plus model
  • Rear-seat USB ports
  • HD Radio with Satellite Navigation

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Audi A4?

The latest version of the A4 sedan shows off the latest infotainment range and connectivity options. Starting with the optimized user interface which features a massive 10.1-inch touchscreen display. Moreover, the music lovers get answered with a premium 10-speaker Audio system. The latest connectivity features like Smartphone Integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth Wireless technology makes media streaming fast and hassle-free.

The Premium Plus model of the A4 gets the signature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit which boasts of a massive 11.2-inch Digital Instrument Cluster with a track-ready interface. The experience is quite memorable and seems sporty. The steering gets mounted controls which improves accessibility while enjoying the ride of the new A4 luxury sedan.

2021 Audi A4 gets an all-new 10.1-inch Infotainment System

How much cargo can the 2021 Audi A4 carry?

The Audi A4 is a spacious sedan with enough cargo volume to stash up your luggage for a long weekend getaway. The latest model of the Audi A4 gets a decent-sized boot with a capacity of about 13.0 cubic feet. There are additional spaces inside the cabin which gives good accessibility.

Models

2021 Audi A4 (expected)

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

13.0

17.0

12.6

14.3

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

-

-

-

-

The best cargo capacity is available in the new BMW 3 Series with over 17.0 cubic feet of cargo space followed by the Acura TLX. The Mercedes fairs the worst in this department with its relatively small boot.

What are other storage spaces inside?

The interior cabin of the new A4 also features multiple small-item storage spaces to improve accessibility. With a deep glovebox, a center armrest console bin, dual cup holders, side door pockets, and rear seatback sleeves give a lot of space for handheld items.

2021 Audi A4 Dashboard
2021 Audi A4 Front Seat
2021 Audi A4 Rear Seat
2021 Audi A4 Front Cabin
2021 Audi A4 Steering

2021 Audi A4 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 model of the Audi A4 had undergone significant design improvements with a sleeker body structure and usage of sustainable materials. Since it is still based on the same MQB platform which is shared by a lot of vehicles from VW, the overall size and dimensions of the new Audi A4 are very similar to that of the Volkswagen Passat.

The whole body has been redesigned with more emphasis on aerodynamic presence and stability at high speeds. The front LED headlights and rear taillights appeal the sporty vibe to the customers. With the new Matrix design headlights, the new A4 oozes sporty vibes.

2021 Audi A4 Side Angle View

Models

2021 Audi A4

2020 BMW 3 Series

2020 Mercedes C-Class

2020 Acura TLX

Curb Weight (lbs)

3450

3362

3527

3721

Length (inches)

186.1

178.2

182.3

195.3

Width (inches)

72.5

71.5

69.7

74

Height (inches)

56.2

55.9

56.3

57.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

1.4

5.5

6.2

5.7

Wheelbase (inches)

111

108.7

108.7

109.3

Some of the highlighted exterior features are:

  • Matrix design LED headlights.
  • Massive alloy wheels which give sporty vibes.
  • A sleeker side body design
  • Newly designed chrome front grille with classic 4-ring Audi logo embossed
  • LED Daytime running lights
2021 Audi A4 Front View
2021 Audi A4 Front Side View
2021 Audi A4 Rear angle View
2021 Audi A4 Side View
2021 Audi A4 Wheel

2021 Audi A4 Safety

9.0/10

The leading luxury automakers are focused more than ever in terms of safety features and smart Driver Assistance systems. The new Audi A4 is equipped with the latest safety features including Electronic Stability Control, Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors, Traction Control system, Brake Assist, 4-wheel ABS, Emergency trunk assist, and a lot more. Over the years, smarter features with the assistance of electronically controlled modules were introduced. Some of the new techs are Turn Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Cruise Assist, Hold Assist, Audi Active Lane Assist, and Audi pre sense 360-degree to name a few.

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact beams for added protection
  • Audi pre sense package
  • Low Tire Pressure warning system
  • Back-up Camera
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Assistance package

2021 Audi A4 Competition

2021 Audi A4 vs. BMW 3 Series

Both cars are backed with German engineering and offer a range of standard features and luxury elements inside. The performance numbers are better in the BMW 3 Series and exceptional fuel economy.

The exterior design of both cars is equally compelling with LED headlights, massive alloys, and a bold front. Though, the grille design of the A4 is better than the dual-grille design of the BMW 3 Series.

2021 BMW 3 Series

2021 Audi A4 vs. Mercedes Benz C-Class

Again, a neck-to-neck competition is faced between the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class luxury sedans. Under the performance sphere, astounding power numbers and torque is delivered. Also, the interior of the car is packed with a range of luxury features and the latest infotainment system.

The exterior design of these cars sets its own stardom with a more elegant look of the C-Class and sporty look of the Audi A4. Safety features are similar in both cars with advanced systems and the Driver Assistance package.

2021 Mercedes Benz C-Class

2021 Audi A4 vs. Acura TLX

The Acura TLX and Audi A4 are prime competitors in the segment with competitive pricing and the latest tech amenities. The interior gets premium material selection and comfortable seating with multiple supports and adjustments. Heating and Ventilating features take care of overall comfort during long rides.

The performance numbers are similar with the Audi A4 getting an extra edge. Though, the combined fuel economy is better in the Acura TLX. The exterior design of both cars looks appealing with a more elegant front of the TLX. Latest Safety features and Driver Assistance technology are shared by both.

2021 Acura TLX

2021 Audi A4 Final Verdict

The latest version of the Audi A4 is loaded with excitement. From the best-in-class performance, excellent handling abilities to give you the real feel of driving, Occupants enjoy the latest infotainment range featuring premium 10-speaker Audi system, massive touchscreen display, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit option, genteel material selection, and many more. The cabin also features plush seating with multiple power adjustments and additional supports. The exterior design of the car oozes sporty vibes with the bold front grille, matrix design LED headlights and taillights, and massive alloy wheels. Safety features inside the new Audi A4 include advanced safety systems as well as Driver Assistance features to ensure the complete safety of the passengers at adverse situations. Overall, you get a good value for money and the best-in-class luxury features inside the latest 2021 Audi A4 sedan.

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