The new Audi A4 for 2017 might lack the exciting or fresh character as newer rivals, but the vehicle still debuts as a well-rounded and practical vehicle that makes it an enticing choice for an entry-level luxury sedan. Some of the refreshing features for 2017 include a responsive handling, a high-quality cabin, a comfortable driving dynamic, and a roomy backseat among others.
Audi has also deleted the high-rated Prestige trim level that was available in the 2015 Audi A4. Also, the equipment has been reshuffled for the new model’s trims. For instance, the three-spoke steering wheel, and heated mirrors are now available as standard features on the premium trim, while the cruise control available on the existing A4 is no longer offered.
The new 2017 Audi A4 is still based on the A4’s full redesign that debuted six years ago, and would easily be voted as the eldest statesman in the entry-level luxury sedan segment. You will see some evidence that the vehicle is aging by looking at the A4’s spec sheet. For instance, the 2017 A4 doesn’t come with a USE port. This is a letdown from Audi considering that the feature is routinely provided in economy cars, even though Audi ranks high among reputable luxury sedans.
Hopefully, the new 2017 Audi A4 still comes with lots of appealing aspects that have characterized Audi cars. To wit, the ride is compliant and serene even at top speeds, while the AWD configured A4s come with a spirited and downright athletic driving. Also, the new Audi comes with a refreshed MMI interface that combines user friendliness and contemporary designs.
As appealing as you may find the A4 to be, it still scores poorly on certain fronts. In a nutshell, some of the cons include lack of a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity isn’t standard, and the vehicle’s steering is uninspiring especially at speed above 60mph.
Audi A4 – Available Trims
For 2017, the five-passenger Audi A4 will come in only two trims: base Premium and the range-topping Premium Plus. Both the 2017 Audi Allroad and 2017 Audi S4 are reviewed separately.
Exterior Pictures & Interior Redesign – 2017 Audi A4
As already mentioned above, the new Audi A4 will be provided in only two trims. Buyers should look forward to the following equipment and technology levels to come equipped in the base 2017 Audi A4 Premium trim: LED taillights, Audi proprietary audio interface, auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, LED accents, a sunroof, 17” wheels, “S” sport styling details, an eight-way power front seats, automatic xenon headlights, a 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio ad phone connectivity, automatic climate control, foglights, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, heated mirrors, and a 6.5” touchscreen display.
The 2017 Audi A4 Premium Plus adds to the above with driver memory settings, heated front seats, 18” wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition.
Several packages are offered in terms of options. The Convenience package is optional for the Premium trim and comes bundled with a 14-speaker sound system, blind-spot monitor, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitor, Bang & Olufsen stereo system, voice controls, a navigation system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, parking sensors, an upgraded MMI interface, mobile app integration, rear parking sensors, DVD player, and a color trip computer.
As for the Premium Plus trim, buyers should expect several optional packages. They include the Sport package that comes bundled with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, adjustable drive settings, front sport seats, and a lowered suspension system. The Sport Plus comes with flat bottomed sport steering wheel, a gloss-black styling accents, summer performance tires, a black cloth headliner, and 19” wheels.
Engine Specs – 2017 Audi A4
A 2.0L TDI engine powers the 2017 Audi A4 and is rated at 220 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. Both the CVT and the front-wheel-drive systems are available as standard features. Also, you can opt for the all-wheel-drive system which is available with either an 8-speed auto or a six-speed manual. The CVT-equipped A4 sprints from 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.
Fuel economy ratings for the CVT-equipped A4 stand at 25/31/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined, while those for the manual-equipped model drop to 22/32/26 mpg.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Audi A4
According to reliable sources, the Audi A4 for 2017 base 2.0t Premium trim will cost you an MSRP starting from $45,525. As for the release date, available data indicates the vehicle should be expected in the 2nd Q of 2017 at least for USA market.