The Audi A4 is a mid-size luxury sedan. For a while, it was the entry-level vehicle in Audi’s American lineup, although today the brand offers the compact A3 family of sedans, hatchbacks, and cabriolets below it.

The A4 family of vehicles is more than just the A4 sedan; it also includes the hotter S4 edition; the Allroad wagon, which is spun off from the formerly available A4 Avant wagon; and the A5, S5, and RS 5 coupes and convertibles, which share some running gear. It also counts the Q5 compact crossover as a distant relative.

Since 1996, when it first arrived as the replacement for the Audi 80/90 lineup, the A4 has been seen as a slightly sportier alternative to traditional luxury cars.

All post-2009 Audi A4 models equipped with all-wheel drive get Audi’s latest version of the quattro system, which sends more power to the back wheels and should appeal to those who want more of a performance feel without alienating those who simply want all-weather security.

The A4 has remained one of the safer choices for those who are safety concerned, especially the most recent models, which have earned top five-star federal results and have been IIHS Top Safety Picks.

  • Engine type: Four-cylinder
  • Displacement (cc)/Bore and stroke (mm): 1,984/82.5 x 92.8
  • Horsepower (@ rpm): 252 @ 5,000-6,000
  • Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 273 @ 1,600-4,500
  • Engine block: Cast-iron
  • Cylinder head: Aluminum-alloy
  • Valvetrain: 16-valve DOHC with Audi valvelift system
  • Induction/fuel injection: Turbocharged/TFSI®
  • Acceleration (0 – 60 mph): 6.1 seconds
  • Top track speed: 130 mph
  • Fuel (gal): 15.3