Audi updates the A4 and A5 for the 2021 model year for the North American market.
The most noticeable changes include a power boost, a new 12-volt hybrid system and standard Quattro all-wheel drive.
Both 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engines of the A4 40 TFSI and A4 45 TFSI models add 13 horsepower to their outputs, and now produce 201 hp and 261 hp instead of 188 hp and 248 hp, respectively.
The all-wheel drive comes standard for the base 2021 A4 sedan. In the previous model, the power from the engine was delivered to the front wheels.
The revised Audi A4 40 gets a price rise and starts at $40,095, while the A4 45’s base price remains unchanged: from of $41,895.
The A5s gets the same power increase: 13 hp. The Audi A5 Sportback adds a new base 40 model, which shares the 201-hp engine and standard Quattro AWD with the A4 40. It is priced $42,795 – $2,200 less expensive than existing A5 Sportback 45. All prices include the destination charge of $995.
A 12-volt hybrid system is available for the 2021 A4 sedan and Allroad, the A5 Sportback, coupe and cabriolet.
There are some equipment upgrades. Several features have become standard, like an adaptive cruise control and a number of other driver assistance functions for the Premium Plus trim level; rear seats with heating for the Prestige, and Apple CarPlay for all grades.
The Audi A4 and A5 rank in the top half of the luxury small car class.
A comfortable interior, composed ride and handling, fuel-efficient turbocharged engines, a user-friendly touchscreen are the current A4’s pros. As for cons – the car offers a lot of pricey active safety options.
The current Audi A5 has such advantages as the potent engine lineup, dynamic handling and comfortable ride, a high-class cabin, user-friendly features. We could refer to disadvantages the model’s comparatively undersized rear seat and trunk, as well as a high base price for the class.