Should You Buy? 5 Pros & Cons of Audi A4 2020

should you buy 5 pros and cons of audi a4 2020

The Audi A4 is a compact luxury executive car manufactured by the German company Audi since 1994. The A4 is currently in its fifth generation since 2016.

The 2022 A4 is part of the fifth generation A4 introduced in 2016. It is available as a five-seater in a four-door sedan or five-door wagon (Allroad) body style.

What’s new?

The 2020 A4, is a unique mix of technology and luxury. New additions in this car include the introduction of Audi’s latest MMI 10.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen infotainment system and LED headlights as standard and an updated front-end styling.

In this article, we will have a brief look at the 2020 Audi A4 by particularly paying attention to its pros and cons. Please follow through.

5 Pros To Buy

Practical Ride and Handling

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The 2020 A4 does well in delivering an exciting driving experience without jeopardizing ride quality. The suspension effortlessly absorbs most dips and bumps while holding the A4 firm while taking corners. There is divided feedback regarding the car’s steering response, as some say nicely weighted and playful, while others say it’s numb.

Effective Turbocharged Engines

The 2020 A4 is offered in a choice of either one of three turbocharged petrol engines. The engines are a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 188 hp or 248 hp and a 3.0-liter V6 with 349 hp.

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The rated fuel efficiency figures of these engines are outstanding in the small luxury category. Although the efficiency rating of the models with the Quattro all-wheel drive and S4 models is not that great, still, they are far better.

The average rating of the front-wheel drive (FWD) is 13 km/l, of the Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) is 11.9 km/l, and the S4, Quattro all-wheel drive (AWD) is 11.5 km/l.

User-Friendly Touch Screen

The 2020 A4 comes fitted with Audi’s 10.1-inch MIB 3 touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Its touchscreen is placed within easy reach for the driver to operate. Its menu is well-organized and the system is interactive with crisp graphics and quick responses. Optionally, some models feature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with an entirely customizable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard.

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Standard infotainment features include a 10.1-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. Available features include Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, two rear USB ports, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and navigation.

Stylish and Cozy Cabin

The A4 has a clean, stylish, and luxurious cabin finished with premium materials such as aluminum, leather, and soft-touch plastics without forgetting the inclusion of ambient interior lighting. The cabin is well shielded against external noise, but it also produces minimal road, wind, and engine noise.

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The 2020 A4 is available as a four-door sedan or five-door wagon with five seats arranged in two rows. The front seats are supportive, well-cushioned, and roomy, while the rear seats are only useful for short trips with three adult occupants, but two may be fine during longer trips.

Standard seat features include 8-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and leather upholstery, while optional features include 12-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats with larger side cushions, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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Lively Turbocharged Four-Cylinder

The 2020 A4 is available in a choice of either one of three (a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 188 hp and 248 hp, and a 3.0-liter V6 with 349 hp) impressive engines. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that should be sufficient for most buyers, but if that is not enough, you can opt for its upgraded version which captured our attention as it’s livelier.

The base engine can accelerate from 0 to 97 kph in 7.1 seconds, while the upgraded 248 hp can accomplish that in 5.6 seconds. These engines are paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission that offers quick and smooth shifts.

5 Cons Not To Buy

Limited Standard Active Safety Features

Unlike some of its competitors, the 2020 A4 has a limited number of standard safety features, with the rest only available in the top trims.

Available standard driver assistance and safety features include: Rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense City (automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning), Audi Pre Sense Basic (rolls up the windows if sensors detect an imminent collision and tightens the seat belts), and LED headlights with automatic high beams.

Available optional driver assistance and safety features include: Audi Pre Sense Rear (rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring), front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel parking assist, head-up display, and traffic sign recognition.

Most Sensible Options Come at a Cost

The 2020 A4 is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. The base TFSI Premium model started at US$37,400 MSRP. It came in a 2.0-liter four-cylinder FWD version with 188 hp. The Premium Plus models start at US$41,000, while the Prestige trim starts at US$46,950. For the sake of the Quattro AWD models, the base Premium 45 TFSI trim price jumps to US$40,900 MSRP. It’s an AWD powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 248 hp. Up one tier to the Premium Plus Quattros, prices start at US$44,000 and the top tier Prestige gets to US$49,950.

The Premium Plus and Prestige trims are offered with additional options, but at a price, with prices approaching almost US$50,000 or more for models with all-wheel drive, which is expensive. For high-end buyers, the A4 Prestige will be a great choice, with premium options such as an upgraded audio system, acoustic glass, and other features that can push its price to US$50,000 or more price tag.

Inadequate Cubby Storage

As is the case with many sedans in the entry-level luxury class, the 2020 A4 is accommodating but not spacious. If you need more space, opt for the A4 wagon (Allroad). The sedan’s rear seat split folds in a useful 40/20/40 configuration, which makes it easy to accommodate much longer items in the boot. For the sake of interior storage options, the A4 is so disappointing as its bins and cubbies are so small.

Orthodox Styling

The 2020 A4 looks sharper with its new pinched headlights that flank a stylish grille.

Audi’s designs lean towards fine-drawn grooves and pronounced lines without exaggeration. The 2020 A4 came with new head- and tail lights as well as a more pronounced shield-style hexagon grille. These changes don’t move the needle, nevertheless, they do keep its styling fresh versus its rivals. If you fancy more finesse than the standard A4 offers, you can opt for the optional S Line appearance package with high-performance looks.

Fuel Thirsty AWD

The 2020 A4 is known to be a frugal compact luxury car, but the same can’t be said about its AWD models.

Average fuel consumption on the base front-wheel-drive stands at 12.8 km/l while the all-wheel drive model stands at 11.5 km/l, while the Allroad wagon stands at 11.05 km/l. As expected, the S4 with a V6 engine is the worst performer, it stands at 9.8 km/l.

Final Verdict

The 2020 Audi A4 is a desirable and well-rounded entry-level luxury sedan, with confidence-inspiring driving dynamics that make it the right car for shoppers at this price point. It offers almost similar or better interior quality, efficiency, driving experience, and performance levels compared to other top-rated German engineered rivals at a much lower price and user-friendly electronics.

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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya

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