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2017 Audi A4 Review–IS THIS BEST IN CLASS?

The Audi A4 is the one car that helped build the Audi luxury brand in North America and for 2017 it is an all-new 5-passenger compact premium sedan. The Audi A4 is longer, wider and a bit lower for 2017 with more standard power, yet it is more efficient, thanks to a lighter body and a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Competitors to the Audi A4 are the Infiniti Q50, the 3 Series from BMW, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS250, along with others like the Jaguar XF, the Audi A7, Tesla Model S, Mercedes E-Class, Mercedes S-Class, Mercedes GLE, Mercedes, Mercedes GL, Mercedes G, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW 6 Series, BMW X5, BMW i8, BMW i3, Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, Audi Q5, Audi Q6, Audi Q7, Audi E-tron, Audi electric SUV, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90, Lexus LS450h, Lexus GS, Lexus LX, Infiniti Q70, Infiniti QX70, Acura RL, Acura RLX, Jaguar XF, Jaguar XJ, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE, Cadillac CTS, Cadillac ELR, cadillac CT6, Genesis, Aston Martin, Porsche Panamera, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKC, Lincoln MKZ, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Discovery, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover,

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50 Comments

  1. Is the virtual cockpit only available in the "Technik" trim level?

  2. I love the way you describe things about the car! Will there be a wagon A4 for Canada?

  3. Great car, saw one today!
    Dunno but Audi’s are like accountants’ cars, Merc seem to be doctors’ and BMW’s are playboys’ cars.. hahah
    To be honest, not too sure about a best in class or best overall car, I think that the ideology of having an all round no.1 car is a little far fetched as each car is either good or bad in their own way and a best in class is simply a personal favourite (IMO).

    What do you think Zach?

  4. 3-series: TOO old
    C-Class: Amazing interior but also amazingly SMALL
    Yes i think the A4 now is the best in class. Luxury with practicality. I’m a BMW guy but Audi did an AMAZING job with this one.

  5. I have the audi q5 and I love Audi.

  6. 2017 A4 allroad review pls?

  7. .

  8. Still not a Tesla

  9. stunning interior. It’s clean, modern, contemporary….I love it. The C class also has a beautiful interior except that funky steering wheel mounted shifter….a total deal breaker for me.

  10. Here are some negatives for 2017 Audi A4
    1. When it rains, the water spills from windshield on both sides of a car, blocking the side mirrors. Better aerodynamic mirrors? You wish! Driving in the rain is still very dangerous in A4.
    2. Terrible bluetooth connectivity. I don’t know how they designed it, but streaming music from your iphone to car speakers is annoying. The sound constantly gets cut by 1-2 second pauses for no apparent reason. I didn’t have this problem in Lexus for example with the same iphone.
    3. Getting in and out of the driver seat is hard. The door size is so small, that you have to literally turn sideways in order to get in. This is hard and will never get easier if you own this car.

  11. Does the headlight is different from euro?

  12. The interior seats are black or dark grey?

  13. Good review. Was just in this car two days ago and it impressed me, (and I have an A6). May be my next car.

  14. Yes but how long will it go without a breakdown after the warranty expires? It is an Audi after all.

  15. I was really surprised upon my brief drive recently. It’s got good performance compared to the old Audi A4’s very crisp handling and solid suspension feel. Very light and athletic feel behind the steering that engine mated to the dsg is very sublime. It’s quite a shocking transformation.

  16. Why those the same car sells in Mexico for 30,000 dollars? I just went to a dealer and took it for a spin . Awesome.

  17. Zack you didn’t mention that the platform this car sits on is the chassis of the A5. I can attest to the prowess of the A5 as a leap forward from the A4, being an owner of both. Saw the new A4 at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show and the configurable dash is just as you say. For those that think that the A4 should have gone through a major re-style, it’s one of the things that set the Audi brand apart. Some vehicles, Mercedes comes to mind, get so contrived with trying to look aggressive while being a luxury car that the design exercise is lost. Audi designed the R8 to be their halo car, the TT to be the affordable version, the A5 which has such classically beautiful lines I get compliments on it alot, so they are doing something right. We went to their factory and took the tour last Fall just before the auto show and were amazed that they can build an A4, A6 and A7 and the Avant variants down the same assembly line, one after another. Unfortunately the A5, is only available as a 2 dr and cabrio here, where in Europe it would be what Andrew M is looking for, the emotionally styled stable mate.

  18. I own the 2017 a4 best car ever!

  19. what is the horsepower of this car

  20. Drives boring, looks boring. Great interior though

  21. I feel the new C-class has set the bar so high with the new model in every aspect and remains the new king in the class.

  22. Norm Macdonald you’re not doing comedy anymore?

  23. Does any one know what blue color this is? I can’t find this color anywhere

  24. How do you review this car without talking about traffic jam assist? Pretty sure it’s the only truly autonomous system outside of Tesla.

  25. that is not the base engine in the us. the base engine is the 190 hp 2.0 inline4. Also this is also the most expensive version of the a4. the premium and premium plus do not have these features. in the us, if you get the Quattro version, the car is around $50k so if you are quoting $50k in cdn, then you are getting it around 21% less than americans.

  26. Well, here it is 5 days later and I have the car for two days. I am very impressed all around and the power is so much better than before. This will walk away from my A6 3.2.
    I found my next car…

  27. the car needs plug in hybrid system like the a3

  28. Thanks Motormouth (Zack) – another great video. The 2017 Audi A4 is a really nice, well-designed car – one that I could easily drive/buy/own. The upcoming 2018 Audi A5 Sportback will be even nicer – i.e. better looking, with increased load space by way of its rear hatch design. It will be a terrific smaller brother to the excellent A7. Can’t wait to test-drive the new A5 Sportback when it shows up here (Canada) in April-May 2017.
    /RB

  29. I think overall, this is pretty great, but does the center screen tuck away at all? Probably my biggest quip (as also seen on the Merc C Class).
    How about yourself? What did you dislike most about the car? How significant in the additional space in the back seat?

  30. It is so sad that permanent all wheel drive with crown gear differential is now replaced with this system that is essentially front-wheel drive until computer decides. No matter how you look at it, it is a reactive system, very similar to cheap systems used on RAV4, CRV, and many other predominantly front wheel drive cars. This system will have more under-steer, will be more unpredictable in the corners, and it is unclear can in ever send more torque to the rear wheels that to the front wheels? Crown gear differential could send up to 85% of the torque to the rear wheels, making cars handle well in the corners and fun to drive. I guess my current Audi is the last one that I will own.

  31. Where was this filmed? It looks like it was filmed in Burlington, Ontario or Toronto.

  32. whats the ground clearance ?

  33. Still an Audi. C-Class still better

  34. How is the comfort level with the s-line? I heard that it is super bumpy, is that true?

  35. Love mines

  36. Q5 is what I want but A4 premium plus costs less overall

  37. Beats Mercedes c class any day.. Mercedes they are boring shits followed by BMW..

  38. i have 3 at home

  39. Zack, your videos are extremely well done. I am in the market for a midsize car and need help narrowing my choice between the A4, C300, and the Jaguar XE. I like the diesel in the XE, find the 300 a bit to tight on the inside. Do you have any ideas into how I can narrow this down?

  40. Audi finally caught up with other luxury car manufacturer and design their interior with much more class & sophistication.

  41. Zack, Are you going to review the A4 Allroad any time soon?

  42. Audi, King of interiors

  43. should i lease or finance this car?
    really worry about the 4th and 5th year as maintenance will probably will really high
    or is audi really should best be "rented" on a 2 year basis?
    dont mind leasing this baby for 15K over 2 years but prefer to own a car

  44. Too bad no more TDI. Would have been a huge seller.

  45. Great review Zack. My only quibble is the exterior styling. Audi stayed way too safe and just doesn’t evoke an emotional reaction at all.

  46. The dashboard is the best you’re going to get for around 45k for decent specs and trim

  47. Looks very nice

  48. I’m glad this has a dual clutch transmission I wish this guy would use miles instead of kilometers

  49. The vents all the way across the passenger side of the dash are terrible.  Plastic vents are cheap and should be minimized in a design.  Shoulda stuck with the leather and aluminum instead.

  50. Are you based in Vancouver now? I remember videos from the past with Ontario plates.

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