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2020 Audi A4 First Look: What to Know About the Refreshed Luxury Sedan

Updated this year, the new A4 still targets the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series

Updated this year, the new A4 still targets the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series

The Audi A4 ranks near the top of its class thanks to its advanced cabin technology, excellent build quality, quick acceleration, and solid ride. For 2020, Audi improves on this formula with new features. Read on to learn what’s new on the U.S.-spec 2020 Audi A4.


Unchanged engine choices

The 2020 A4 sedan offers either a 188-hp turbo four-cylinder in a front-drive-only model, or a slightly spicier 248-hp version with standard Quattro all-wheel drive; the Allroad wagon gets only the 248-hp engine and all-wheel drive. All A4 models use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The S4 pictured above, which comes with AWD and the attendant S-model sportier driving dynamics, retains its 349-hp turbocharged V-6 and eight-speed conventional automatic. No, a manual transmission wasn’t re-added to the menu. Yes, we’re sad.


New design elements

LED headlights come standard on the new A4, although buyers can opt for matrix-style LED lights as featured on other models including the A7 and Q8. LED taillamps are included, too. Audi states that almost every piece of sheetmetal has been updated, and in doing so, the company brings the A4 up to date with the rest of the German company’s sedan lineup. The hexagonal grille—the Allroad and S4 get their own interpretations—is now wider and flatter, for example, and a slightly more sculpted rear bumper apes the look of the bigger A6.


Pricing

If you’re wondering how much the 2020 Audi A4 will cost, you only have to wait until the end of this sentence: $37,395 USD is the ask for the most basic model. Front-drive versions rise up to $47,945 USD with all the fixin’s, while Quattro all-wheel-drive A4s with the stronger engine start at $41,895 USD in base Premium Trim. The Quattro Premium Plus runs $44,995 USD and tops out at $50,945 USD. For their parts, the Allroad wagon starts at $45,595 USD and the S4 at $50,895 USD.

 


New touchscreen

On the old A4, the largest center infotainment screen you could get measured 8.3 inches. Now, the new A4 gets a 10.1-inch display. While the previous screen was controlled by a rotary knob, the new screen responds to touch. Thus, the old control knob has been removed from the center console. Audi says the updated MMI system features natural-language voice control so it can better understand phrases used in everyday speech.


Standard and optional equipment

All A4s include a multifunction steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a sunroof, heated front seats, and three-zone auto climate control. The A4 Quattro gets a sportier S Line exterior package with black grille mesh, matte silver trim elsewhere, and unique 18-inch wheels. Among the extra-cost upgrades: Audi’s Virtual Cockpit fully digital gauge cluster, a full-color head-up display, Bang & Olufsen audio with 19 speakers, myriad driver-assist and safety aids, and more.