All-New 2017 Audi A4 Still Starts Under $40,000
For better or worse, Audi design doesn’t change much from one generation to the next, except the 2017 A4 is even better to drive and brimming with useful, highly sophisticated tech. A base front-wheel-drive 2.0T Premium starts at $37,300, just $475 more than 2016. But since all-wheel drive is Audi’s game, dealers will load up on the 2.0T Quattro Premium, which starts at $40,350.
That’s $1425 more than the automatic Quattro for 2016 and another $1000 more than the six-speed manual version, which is no longer on sale (but may come back later). All 2017 A4 models come with a revised seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic formerly reserved for the S4. The CVT on front-wheel-drive models (formerly known as FrontTrak versions) is gone. The familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now brings 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque (up 32 hp and 25 lb-ft).
The white car you see here is the First Edition, a package based on the Premium Plus trim, which offers cooled sport seats, special aluminum décor, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, and special 18-inch wheels. There is no production limit, and First Edition cars can be ordered throughout the 2017 model year. The TDI diesel is indefinitely postponed, while the older-gen S4 and Allroad will soldier on through 2016.
On top of previously standard equipment (xenon headlamps with LED running lamps, eight-way power driver and passenger seats, moonroof, leather), there are now separate climate controls for rear passengers and ambient LED lighting for all. Audi Drive Select is now included, too; it offers custom settings for the steering and transmission (and changes the optional adaptive dampers and cruise control). Forward-collision alert with pedestrian detection and auto-braking at speeds up to 52 mph also is included. But SiriusXM radio and an alarm system are now part of a $900 Convenience package, which also brings seat-memory functions.
The Premium Plus ($42,050 FWD, $44,150 Quattro) adds keyless entry and push-button start, the Convenience package, LED headlamps, 18-inch wheels, more exterior chrome trim, Google Earth navigation with six months of Audi Connect data services, HD Radio, Bluetooth audio streaming, and a larger central color LCD for the instrument panel. Audi Connect, like in the 2017 Q7, now includes telematics services for the first time, including stolen-vehicle tracking and automatic crash alerts to an SOS call center. The First Edition package hasn’t been priced yet but will require ordering the Sport and Technology packages ($4000, see below).
Finally, the Prestige ($46,850 FWD, $48,950 Quattro) replaces analog gauges with the Audi virtual cockpit, a pretty spectacular 12.3-inch screen for the driver to display full-width maps and all sorts of high-res customized graphics. This dash, which is optional on the Premium Plus as part of the $3250 Technology package, is only available on three other Audi models currently: the 2016 TT, 2017 Q7, and 2017 R8. It also comes with blind-spot monitoring and Pre-sense rear, which includes cross-traffic alerts when reversing and warnings when one might be opening the door into traffic or a cyclist, and which can prepare the vehicle for an impending rear-end collision by closing the windows, tightening the seatbelts, and priming the brakes.