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Audi A4 comes second in Motor Trend’s $399 Lease-Special Comparison

It seems that the common cost of leasing a car in the compact luxury car segment is around $399 per month, give or take a few bucks. For that money, you can get yourself a very nice, quite premium sedan that offers all of the space and practicality that you might need. But of all of these cars, which is the best? According to Motor Trend, the Audi A4 is second best.

MT recently put each of these $399 premium compact cars against each other to see which is the best combination of all things: performance, handling, interior and cost. Of these cars were the aforementioned Audi A4 2.0T, BMW 330i, Cadillac ATS 2.0T, Mercedes-Benz C300, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE 25T, Lexus IS200T, Infiniti Q50 2.0T and the Volvo S60 T6. So there were a lot of cars in this test to pick from.

While I already spoiled the ending for the Audi A4 for you, what I didn’t yet spoil was how it got to second place. The A4 beat out eight of its nine competitors by being the fastest car in the bunch to 60 mph, tying for the best figure-eight lap time, having some of the best technology, one of the best cabins and just being a very premium and enjoyable car to drive.

Its 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine punches well above its weight class, with 252 hp and a healthy 273 lb-ft of torque. That, combined with the A4’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive, allows the A4 to get from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds flat, besting its competition. It’s also smooth, quiet and efficient, making it one of the best engines in the competition, if not the best.

Compared with a smooth ride and very capable handling and the overachieving Audi A4 really set itself apart from its competitors. The only real criticism of the A4 which kept it from taking the number one spot was that it can feel sort of clinical when driving quickly. That makes it a bit less fun to drive than the car that beat it out. I wonder if the manual transmission option would be enough to make the A4 number one. Either way, it’s still a superb overall vehicle and one that’s well worth $399 a month.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.