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2016 Audi A4 Introduction

The Audi A4 is a sportier alternative to a traditional luxury sedan and is in the same class as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Cadillac ATS.

For 2016, Audi A4 receives several enhancements. The 2016 A4 Premium model comes with a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Also new for 2016: The Navigation plus package includes Advanced Key and Audi connect. A Bang & Olufsen Sound System has been added to the Technology package on 2016 A4 Premium Plus models. New for 2016, A4 Premium models with the S line competition plus package feature 19-inch five-spoke wheels. Last redesigned for 2009, it is mechanically unchanged since the 2011 model year. A redesigned A4 is expected soon.

Audi A4 uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 220 horsepower. Quattro all-wheel-drive versions come with either with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic; front-wheel-drive models use a continuously variable transmission. The quattro system sends 60 percent of the power to the rear tires during normal driving, and up to 85 percent as needed for traction.

A4 quattro models get an EPA-estimated 22/31 mpg City/Highway with the 8-speed automatic; Premium gasoline is required.

The A4 doesn’t earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick, as it scores a Poor rating in the insurance industry agency’s new small overlap frontal test. The good news is that rear-seat side-impact airbags are available. A rearview camera is not standard but available, along with a blind spot warning system and adaptive cruise control that can bring the car to a stop if the system detects an imminent crash.

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