2013 Audi A4 Premium Plus

Patrick M Hoey
#Audi, #A4

Audi products are the Goldilocks of the German luxury scene. BMWs have inexplicably grown soft and disconnected from the driver. Mercedes' cars have a stodgy quality and sometimes surprisingly low-rent interiors. Audi finally has very good driving dynamics paired with its world-class design, both inside and out, and no negative brand stereotype.

Power delivery from the 2.0T engine is quite strong and the eight-speed automatic transmission is wonderfully smooth. Steering feel was surprisingly good given the Dunlop winter tires fitted on our test car, but it's still nowhere near last-generation 3-series levels. Audi's signature Quattro system is as transparent as ever and, paired with the aforementioned snow tires, makes this sedan virtually unstoppable in the winter.

At a tick under $43,500, this specific A4 perfectly delivers what entry-level luxury sedan shoppers are looking for. It feels special, but doesn't ever feel too flashy or gaudy. It's quick, but not so fast it has to be taken to a track for an invigorating drive. It's just right.

Phil Floraday, Senior Web Editor


Phil hit the nail on the head. It's Audi's ability to find this sweet spot on the performance/luxury spectrum that makes driving the A4 -- and the majority of Audi's vehicles, for that matter -- so enjoyable. It's not a track master but it also won't fall all over itself when pushed. And, when you're not hurling it into corners, it's just as adept at carrying its occupants in comfort while puttering around town. The ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo feels as powerful here as it does in the GTI but Quattro does a masterful job putting the power down so accelerating out of corners is a much smoother and faster affair than it is in the little Volkswagen.

While the interior tweaks are difficult to recognize, the exterior revisions -- including sleeker headlamps with swoopier LED accents, a creased hood, and more angular grille opening -- are subtle but give the A4 a fresh face and keep it at the head of its class in terms of style.

Jennifer Misaros, Managing Editor, Digital Platforms

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mr_president_36117
I may be an F30 driver, but the A4 ain't no stinking Jetta!  Don't be a douche and post crap on here like that.  This is a site and mag where many of us know cars, love cars, and own the better cars.  Even if you just aspire and respect the good stuff for now, the point is that we aren't Con Reports readers for instance who drive mini vans and Tahoes and don't know cars.To compare the A4 to a VW just shows that you've never driven either and don't know what you're talking about.  Same maker, yes, but VW owns Porsche also, so does that make a 911 a Passat or something?The A4 is an awesome drive.  Not quite the all around that is BMW's F30, but I put the Audi A4 as #2 in the class, but the race was a close one.
JTskis
Actually, the A4 uses a completely different platform from the Jetta - the A4 uses a longitudinally mounted engine, while all VW products (except the Toureg) use a tranversely mounted engine.  Yes, VW owns Audi (as well as Porsche, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati Motorcycles, Lamborghini, Seat, Skoda, MAN and Scania Trucks, but they are all completely separate companies and have their own engineers, manufacturing, Board of Directors and P & L statements.  Perhaps you are confusing Audi with companies such as Lexus, Infiniti or Acura which are marketing fronts for Toyota, Nissan & Honda - and are engineered and built by their parent companies.  Of course there are some things that are shared amongst all the VW Group products - it wouldn't make sense to pay 11 engineers to design 11 different gas caps or 11 different coolant reservoirs, but the important stuff is kept proprietary.  Here is a link that may help: http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-looks-terribly-inefficient-except-bottom-line If you can't tell the difference between a Jetta and an A4 after driving them both, then you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW either.  And I think you may want to check into a new set of eyeglasses. 
Fonzo Ro Ma
ya but, why do we still need the floor shift lever?
Samm Sneed
Looks a Jetta to me, oh that's right it is
Systems Engineer
Another busy all black (i.e boring) interior.  It may reflect the feeling one gets from the often dreary German weather, but here in the U.S. we get quite a bit of sun in quite a few places.  So, no thanks.
Chuck Lowe
Neither the C class or G Infiniti hold a candle to this baby.
Automobile Magazine
Touche, Christian. I'm sure we'd love to take one out for a spin... --BT
Christian Bokich
You should try the new C-Class sport plus package that is plenty sporty.
Matthew Scott Gribble
3/4 series.
loopless55
Small but important point. The engine in the A4 is NOT the same as in the GTI. It's the 'valve-lift' version with (a little) more power and torque.

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