The Audi A4 has consistently ranked towards the top of the upscale midsize cars, although it is rarely considered to be at the top of its class. There were several key styling changes and mechanical alterations introduced in 2013 to bring the Audi A4 back to the forefront. The big question is whether or not these changes are enough to catapult it bank into the minds of savvy car buyers.
Overview of the 2013 Audi A4
In general, the entry-level luxury class typically lacks the same punch as the larger flagship luxury cars. This doesn’t mean they don’t offer plenty of comfort, but rather they are often overlooked because of their smaller interior and potentially less powerful engine. In 2013, Audi announced the latest version of the A4 as an entirely new model; however industry experts note that this might be a stretch. While there were numerous upgrades, the 2013 Audi A4 is more often considered to be a mild refresh. At the same time, the changes do make a big difference in the overall appeal and performance of the 2013 Audi A4. This creates a significant benefit for the Audi A4 before the changes strongly improve its appeal across a wide audience. This is a starkly different strategy than its competition which all seems to focus on being outstanding in one specific area to appeal to a specific audience.
2013 Audi A4 Body Styles and Package Options
In 2013, the Audi A4 is only a sedan. There are no 2 door options available. For trim levels, there are three to choose from: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Standard Premium Package includes 17 inch wheels, sunroof, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 10 speaker sound system as well as a few other odds and ends. A Convenience package upgrade can be added as well. It improves the music interface to include iPod integration. There is also a lighting package which includes xenon headlights, LED running lights, and aluminum window trim.
Both the Convenience and Lighting packages are included as standard equipment for the Premium Plus trim. Additional changes include 18 inch wheels, auto-dimming mirrors (which are also heated), driver memory function, split-folding rear seats, and heated front seats. An MMI Navigation package can be added as a helpful upgrade. It adds front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, and Audi Connect.
The final trim option is Prestige. It includes the MMI Navigation package and also adds adaptive xenon headlights, blind-spot warning system, and significantly improved sound system (14 speaker Bang & Olufsen). For better performance, the Sport package can be added (it can also be added to the Premium Plus trim level). It includes front sport seats, three spoke steering wheel, and sport-tuned suspension. There are also a handful of package options which are only possible with the Prestige trim level. They include the S line package and Driver assist package. The S line package includes 19 inch wheels, headlight washer, faux suede and leather sport seats, and a black headliner. The Driver Assist package includes adaptive cruise control, Audi Drive Select, and adaptive steering.
2013 Audi A4 Performance
The Audi A4 is powered by a turbocharged 2 liter engine which puts out up to 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Depending on the model, you will get a continuously variable transmission, six-speed manual stand, or eight-speed automatic transmission. Overall the fuel efficiency ranges from 24 city/31 highway to 22 city/ 32 highway.
A number of safety features are included as well which helped the 2013 Audi A4 test out incredibly well during various safety rating courses. Standard features include antilock brakes, traction/stability control, and a barrage of air bags.
2013 Audi A4 Interior
As with all luxury vehicles, the interior plays a significant role is how the car is ultimately judges. While Audi claims the interior is an all-new redesign, Audi fans immediately recognized that the changes were actually quite minimal. Fortunately, the Audi A4 has always had a luxurious interior so large-scale changes were not necessary to keep this car towards the top of its class. One of the stand-out changes was increased cabin space. Most people would feel like they are in a midsized sedan rather than an entry level luxury vehicle. Another key advantage of the Audi A4 is it uses real leather as standard equipment.
2013 Audi A4 in Review
Overall, the 2013 Audi A4 is worth considering for a variety of different types of car buyers because it is designed for broad appeal. If you are looking for a car that stands out in a specific area, there may be better options on the market. The 2013 Audi A4 should definitely be considered by anyone looking at the entry-level luxury sedan class for their next vehicle.