The 2012 Audi A4 ranks 1 out of 19 Upscale Midsize Cars. With its sharp interior and exterior styling, available all-wheel drive and good fuel economy, the 2012 Audi A4 is a viable alternative to more costly rivals.
The 2012 Audi A4 offers a combination of top-notch interior quality and nimble driving dynamics that continues to earn praise from the automotive press. Since the introduction of the current generation A4 in 2009, Audi has made few changes. Only one engine is offered, and the A4 can be configured with either front- or all-wheel drive. Reviewers love Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system, saying it improves the A4’s grip on winding roads.
Frequent comparisons are drawn to rivals such as the BMW 3-Series, which test drivers often consider to be the benchmark for performance within the class. Many say that the Audi A4 may ultimately suit drivers better in the real world. “The A4 may be best in class, period,” writes Automobile Magazine. “Purists and weekend racers will rightfully stand behind the better-balanced BMW 3-series, but for the majority of buyers looking for German driving dynamics, great design, and good fuel economy, this may be the best bet.”
Though reviewers are quick to note that the A4’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is no match for more powerful upscale midsize cars, the 2012 Audi A4 has a lot going for it. Fuel economy remains stellar, and with the exception of hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, the 2012 Audi A4 is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class.
The 2012 Audi A4 is both larger and less expensive than many other upscale midsize cars. However, if you load the A4 with options, its price can shoot north of $40,000 in a hurry.
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