STATUS: Minor changes for 2020 - The A4 combines handsome and sporty into one exactingly tidy package. New for this model year is an attractive new grille and nose, large headlight pods and LED taillights. The interior is at least as spacious as that of its peers, and rear legroom is especially generous. A 190-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is installed in front-wheel-drive models, but all-wheel-drive mandates a 248-horsepower engine that gets a slight assist from a 12-volt battery (which helps fuel economy). The S4 perks things up with 354 horsepower delivered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. A paddle-shift seven-speed automatic transmission is hitched to the A4, while the S4 gets an eight-speed automatic. The AWD system includes a launch-control program: put the transmission in Sport mode, push the brake pedal, then push the gas pedal to the floor. When ready to launch, simply lift your foot off the brake pedal. The A4 could be considered an alternative to a fully equipped, similarly priced Honda Accord, or Toyota Camry.
Base price (incl. destination): $40,100
Type: Midsize sedanEngines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (190/248); 3.0-liter V-6, turbocharged (354)
Transmissions: Seven-speed automated manual (A4); eight-speed automatic (S4)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 27/37/31 (FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 3,450