ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2002.
We wouldn’t strip your car-aficionado credentials if you failed to spot the new Audi A4 for what it is: a thoroughly redesigned car. Although the ninth-generation A4 looks eerily familiar to the last version, it actually rides on a new platform with reworked powertrain and suspension. In the sports sedan tug-of-war among Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the A4 now prevails over its peers.
Sports sedans often fall short of expectations, being neither sporty nor luxurious, or prove unreliable. The A4 gets all of these things right, which is why it jumps to the top of this class in our rankings.