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.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration, handling, smoothness of ride, and quietness."

Kathryn M., PA (2018 Audi A4)

"I like the on-off feature when you come to a stop. I'm sure it contributes to my outstanding mileage"

Donald C., NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Smooth, rapid acceleration whether 0-50 to merge on highway, or 55-70 when needing to pass. And always very quiet with almost NO road noise."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Audi A4)

"Superb handling. You feel in control with excellent steering feedback. Very strong acceleration"

M M., NS (2018 Audi A4)

"Our A4 is a blast to drive. It handles and accelerates so well that you have to consciously watch your speed."

Jason G., NJ (2018 Audi A4)

"Crazy good, acceleration at any speed always there when needed, road grip, handling are top notch for this class of car."

C K., TX (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration is fantastic, helps getting on highways. Braking is great and the car handles like a sports car. I love it. This is my 3rd Audi A4."

Frank M., NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Car handling very refined. Need Quatro and sport suspension to get the best performance."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Handles like a sport car comfortable as abig sedan"

Leslie B., VA (2018 Audi A4)

"The turbo 4 cylinder is extremely quick with little or no turbo lag. The steering is extremely responsive. It is flat out fun to drive."

Michael D., NV (2018 Audi A4)

"Its a well built car."

Anonymous, SC (2018 Audi A4)

"I previously have had cars with six-cylinder engines and was unsure about getting a car with a four-cylinder engine. But I have been pleasantly surprised with the Audi's pick-up and ability to quickly gain speed to enter highways, pass someone, and so forth -- even better than my previous six-cylinder car. Also impressed with it's stable and very solid ride and handling, and with how quiet it is."

Michael L., CT (2018 Audi A4)

"I purchased the Prestige with all the options. It has a 252 HP engine which give immediate response when you accelerate. The car handles well in the corners without over steer or under steer."

James V., NV (2018 Audi A4)

"Just plain excellent"

Anonymous, MN (2018 Audi A4)

"great performance with good gas milage"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Audi A4)

"Great acceleration, passing ability, and handling. Manual transmission a dream."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Audi A4)

"Light, nimble, assured handling. Just a pleasure."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Audi A4)

"All good. Awesome to drive"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Audi A4)

"Excellent acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, LA (2018 Audi A4)

"Very quick acceleration. Very touchy accelerator - need to gently push accelerator to start up in normal traffic."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration & handling is great. It accelerates quickly when entering the interstate."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A4)

"Turbo lag is annoying"

Peter H., CA (2018 Audi A4)

"It is fun to drive, and I love the handling Options that I can choose. I can shift into Sport mode for a tighter suspension or into Comfort for those long highway drives."

Pam M., TN (2018 Audi A4)

"Super handling compared to other cars I test drive. I suppose the A6 and other models with more powerful engines accelerate faster, but most of us wouldn’t need anything faster. The superior handling, though, would make anyone feel safer and more in control."

Chris W., CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration for 2.0L Turbo 4 is outstanding. Handling is excellent. Ride is very nice too. Biggest complaint is the transmission which, regardless of the setting, is about 1.5 seconds behind your foot. Response is horrible and is NOT related to turbo lag."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration at low speed is not smooth. Dual clutch transmission provides jerky acceleration especially at low speed, but is smoother at higher speed. Transmission is reluctant to shift down at higher speed."

E S., NV (2018 Audi A4)

"Outstanding acceleration and handling for class. Very impressed."

Anonymous, CT (2018 Audi A4)

"The car is very peppy and handles securely. The suspension absorbs road irregularities and the interior is quiet."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Audi A4)

"There is a little lag in the acceleration (likely because it's a turbo) even when in sport mode. And in the automatic shift from first to second gear there is often an odd noise and small feel of a mechanical clunk. That was the case in my car and a loaner car from Audi."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Great handling, very responsive, great acceleration"

Anonymous, AB (2018 Audi A4)

"Superb engine match to transmission. Transmission will hesitate sometimes from stop to go position. Acceleration using throttle up technique is excellent. Handling is excellent & gives one a feeling of control & stability."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Audi A4)

"Great handling and comfort"

Anonymous, WI (2018 Audi A4)

"Love the German engineering. It's quick and nimble and has good acceleration. I'm getting used to the power save mode, and try not to use the (def more fun) Sport mode too often."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A4)

"Drives great, handles well, brakes safely/quickly. I drive in controlled manner but nice to know there is extra oomph available as part of defensive driving factor if I need it."

Scott M., MA (2018 Audi A4)

"Just the right balance between comfort and handling. Excellent acceleration even at highway speeds."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Audi A4)

"Excellent acceleration and efficiency."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Audi A4)

"It handles great with smooth and responsive acceleration."

Anonymous, OH (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration is exceptional as is handling with very high limits."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Audi A4)

"everything it is a excellent car in all respects!"

Edwin R., IL (2018 Audi A4)

"Automatic shifting isn’t as smooth as on my manual Passat"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Drives like a dream! Grabs the road; acceleration is incredible... a smooth, steady ride!"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Audi A4)

"It's a dream to drive it."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration and handling is the reason I bought this vehicle. For a 4 cylinder motor that gets in excess of 30 MPG on the highway (most of my miles are city) it is the most fun of any car I have ever driven."

Morris T., NC (2018 Audi A4)

"Fantastic handling both on the highway and on winding mountain roads. Great acceleration"

Mark R., CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Much better ride and gas mileage than my last car"

Gabriel W., FL (2018 Audi A4)

"Handles very well. Maintains straight-line steering without hands. Excellent brakes. Impressive acceleration."

David J., ON (2018 Audi A4)

"Excellent acceleration and handling. Jarring ride except on smooth pavement."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A4)

"This car is a joy to drive, very confident on the highway, solid handling on back roads. Excellent in rain or snow. It makes a trip to the market fun! I’ve owned BMW’s, Corvettes, and other performance cars, driven Porsche, Mercedes, Volvo, Infiniti...like the Audi the most."

John C., CT (2018 Audi A4)

"It responds quick in driving situations. The steering seems very nimble, not sure how better to describe, its just a feeling."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A4)

"Nothing in particular stands out. All around, the car has and does everything I want in a car and it does it well."

Paul M., MA (2018 Audi A4)

"Acceleration is good. Transmission sometimes lugs at highway cruising speeds."

John C., TX (2018 Audi A4)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is not as quiet as I was hoping and it does not ride as smoothly as my old Mazda 3."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A4)

"Most comfortable car seat I’ve ever sat in and I particularly like the lumbar support"

Anonymous, MD (2018 Audi A4)

"cushioning very comfortable. car is quiet on interior and steering very easily takes corners."

Anonymous, MA (2018 Audi A4)

"Great for a long road trip."

Christopher B., GA (2018 Audi A4)

"I have the optional sport seats. They are very comfortable and adjustable with pull-out extensions of the seat cushion for additional thigh support."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Sport seats are firm and supportive on long or short trips and easy to get in and out of. Noise levels inside car is quite enough to have a normal conversation between front seat and rear seat passengers."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Audi A4)

"Excellent seats, ride and noise"

Jeffrey H., TX (2018 Audi A4)

"How comfortable it is"

Stanley M., OK (2018 Audi A4)

"Outstanding handling, quiet and solid"

Gabriel W., FL (2018 Audi A4)

"The cabin is VERY quiet. The ride is an excellent blend of very good handling and comfort. I use the “dynamic‿ setting exclusively and a blend of drive, sport and manual for the transmission, depending on conditions and my mood."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Seats are firm and provide good lateral support."

E S., NV (2018 Audi A4)

"for such an expensive car, the front seat backs are not adjustable. As a driver, I should be able to fine tune the contours of the seat"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Audi A4)

"Just great seats. Plenty of ways to reposition to my needs and with the optional ventilated seats I never stick to the seats when it's hot."

Anonymous, BC (2018 Audi A4)

"Feels like sitting in a cocoon! Very quiet!"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Audi A4)

"Excellent handling and ride comfort"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Audi A4)

"The seats are very comfortable and adjust easily."

Tom Z., VA (2018 Audi A4)

"Quiet quick comfortable better than our prior MB C 300"

Leslie B., VA (2018 Audi A4)

"Very comfortable ride. Smooths out bumps while maintaining good roadholding. Low noise level on most pavement."

David J., ON (2018 Audi A4)

", this is my 11th Audi and it's by far the best one yet. It is extremely quiet on the inside"

Donald C., NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Comfortable seat and easy to see roads."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Audi A4)

"Extremely comfortable and quiet ride."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A4)

"absolutely the most comfortable, quietest car I've ever owned. Much better than prior BMWs owned. Ride is firm but luxurious."

Anonymous, NC (2018 Audi A4)

"Very comfortable standard leather seating. Very quiet inside. Rough ride unless on smooth streets."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A4)

"Very comfortable car even on long multi day road trips---probably the most comfortable seats I have ever had. Very smooth ride----a bit surprisingly so perhaps since it is not a large car. The engine is so quiet it took me a while to get used to since I have a manual transmission and am accustomed to shifting by engine noise."

Anonymous, AB (2018 Audi A4)

"Very comfortable ride, very quiet ride, even considering I'm using factory-installed tires (which are very nice, btw. Good handling, and quiet ride)."

Scott M., MA (2018 Audi A4)

"Amazing, ride, comfort, seats, fit and finish, the list goes on."

C K., TX (2018 Audi A4)

"Seats have hard edges that neatly enclose the bottoms of small people. For heavy set people the seats are not too comfortable."

W H., PA (2018 Audi A4)

"The S Line package provides great seat support. The ride is smooth and the noise levels are very low."

Michael D., NV (2018 Audi A4)

"Complete comfort after a 500 mile day, rides well but enough feedback to know what the road is like."

John C., CT (2018 Audi A4)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Got a great offer from Audi on this new A4"

Christopher B., GA (2018 Audi A4)

"Much more standard equipment than most competitors—LED headlights, sunroof, leather, premium audio, etc."

Ronald W., IN (2018 Audi A4)

"Good car"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Audi A4)

"I have the "Premium Plus" model. This includes a lot of extras optional on the base model. The sound system (B&O) is great and driving performance is excellent. Many standard features on this model are costly options on competing brands."

Paul M., MA (2018 Audi A4)

"i am totally satisfied with the value, ride, acceleration, cockpit features inside and out I like everything about this car and I choose it after reading your review Thanks consumer reports!"

Edwin R., IL (2018 Audi A4)

"For $45k I got a very good looking vehicle with a 2.0L turbo engine and awd that gets great hwy mileage but is not very good around town. Handling is very good, comfort is very good. 7spd transmission is horrible, feels like it's asleep most of the time. Very low to the ground which is great for handling but not so great for ingress and egress. Overall value is OK but less than I expected."

Anonymous, VA (2018 Audi A4)

"Pricey, but good value"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Audi A4)

"You pay extra for radar control for highway speeds, for the navigation system (which includes a recurring annual charge), service (after the very first servicing at 10,000 miles), and the car uses premium gas beyond that. Service costs are high also."

Anonymous, MO (2018 Audi A4)

"I think this car is relatively expensive for the features provided. We didn't get all of the safety options that we wanted but that would have required going to the top trim level which is fairly hard to find. Compared to a care like the Genesis G70, the A4 is high-priced."

Dave T., MI (2018 Audi A4)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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