The hierarchy of the Audi A4 model goes as such: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, in that order. Premium is the base model that comes well equipped but has the least amount of standard equipment. Premium Plus is next and Prestige follows as the most expensive and the most equipped. Simple enough. As part of Autoblog’s long-term Audi A4 test, they are testing the gamut of the lineup. They previously had an Audi A4 2.0T Premium Plus and are now stepping it up to a Prestige model.
So what do they get with the top-of-the-line Prestige model? Well, everything they had to option with the Premium Plus model comes as-standard now, such as LED headlights and a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system. They also get a surround-view camera, full-color head-up display and the brilliant Virtual Cockpit. In fact, the entire Technology Package, a $3,250 option on the Premium Plus, is standard on the Prestige model.
Autoblog optioned the Cold Weather package, which gives the car heated seats for both front and back seats and a heated steering wheel. This is a must-have for harsh climate areas of the country. What they didn’t option was the warm-weather package, which brings air-conditioned seats. They also passed on the manual transmission, which must have been tough. Though, the car’s dual-clutch seven-speed unit will do just fine.
Regardless of which trim, the Audi A4 comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine. While the cylinder count and displacement are par for the course in the segment, its 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque is class-leading. That allows the A4, with its dual-clutch ‘box, to get from 0-60 mph in just over 5 seconds. Quick, then.
Autoblog will run the A4 Prestige through their usual series of tests over time and compare it to other cars in the segment. We’re curious to see how it does and how they feel about it when it comes time to trade it for something higher on the food chain, like the Audi S4.