Autocar tests 2019 Audi A4 Facelift — Still Competitive?

This current B9-generation Audi A4 is still a competitive car, despite being one of the oldest cars in its class now. However, with really great competition having recently debuted, such as the all-new BMW 3 Series, it was time for a facelift. With the new facelift, the Audi A4 looks fresher and sports a few new interior tweaks. But have these new updates given the A4 more of a fighting chance against its newer rivals? Autocar recently found out.

Whether or not you like its new look, the Audi A4 certainty looks more aggressive than it did before. That bodes will in a segment full of sporty cars like the 3 Series and Alfa Romeo Giulia. Its headlights are sharper looking and its grille looks sportier.

Audi A4 Facelift


The biggest changes come inside the car, though. Gone is the old MMI system with its rotary dial on the center console and it’s been replaced with a 10.1-inch touchscreen mounted to the dash. It now runs the same Touch Response MMI system that you’ll find in the new Audi A8. Thankfully, the HVAC controls have remained physical dials, as they’re easier to use on the move than Audi’s new touchscreen controls. Autocar agrees.

What’s most important, though, is whether or not the newly facelifted Audi A4 is good enough to drive to warrant buying it over its competitors. It seems that it still is. According to Autocar, the A4 still splits the difference between the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It’s not as sporty to drive as the former, nor as comfortable as the latter. However, it’s a nice balance of both, being more dynamic than the C-Class and a bit comfier than the 3 Series. So if you want a bit more balanced of a car to drive and appreciate the flashy tech and new look of the A4 facelift, it’s still a dynamite car to buy in the segment.

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.