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The 2017 Audi A4 Gets Most Things Right Than Wrong… Kind Of

Experts consider the sporty Audi A4 as the most reliable vehicle in the Audi lineup. This luxury car offers a lively driving experience, and its attractive inside and out. If you are interested in buying this model used, we recommend looking into the 2017 model year. For the most part, the 2017 A4 delivers on lavishness and overall reliability.

Audi completely redesigned the A4 for 2017 

A grey 3027 Audi A4 parked near the countryside.
2017 Audi A4 | Audi

The 2017 A4 was completely redesigned to have a bolder exterior and updated powertrain options. This Audi comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates a satisfying 252-horsepower. Critics like Consumer Reports celebrated the 2017 A4 because of its superior throttle response and its buttery smooth seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

The A4 came standard with front-wheel drive, and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive was optional. What makes the A4 so unique is that it’s both comfortable and extremely agile. If fuel economy is among your main priorities, you will want to shop for the 2017 Audi A4 Ultra. The A4 Ultra also features a turbo four-cylinder engine, but it was tuned to make 190-hp. This variant gets a combined 31 mpg while the standard version gets 27 mpg overall. 

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On the inside of the A4

The A4’s upscale car cabin only elevates this sedan’s driving experience. Unlike some of its competitors, the A4 can comfortably seat up to five passengers. It comes with beautiful leather upholstery and features chrome trimmings. The A4 also gets extra points for its supportive seats. 

If in-car technology is essential to you, you will be happy to know that the A4 delivers here too. Critics consider Audi as a pioneer when it comes to infotainment, and the A4 demonstrates that. Standard infotainment features on the 2017 A4 include a 10-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Some models may be equipped with Audi’s upgraded infotainment system, which adds on a wifi hotspot and navigation. 

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Audi A4 recalls and reliability

A rear-side view of the 2017 Audi A4.
2017 Audi A4 | Audi

Consumer Reports gave the A4 an above-average predicted reliability score based on its extensive research on the vehicle. Owner satisfaction ratings are also above-average for the A4. A4 owners are happy with their vehicle’s driving experience, comfort, and value. The A4 isn’t perfect, though.

While the A4 is an enticing choice, you should know that the NHTSA recalled the 2017 A4 five times. The first recall on the A4 relates to potential problems with its software. Other potential issues related to the A4’s body structure and the airbags on its driver and passenger side.  

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Pricing for the 2017 A4 

The A4 is considered as an excellent luxury car to buy used because of its high depreciation rate based on a study by iSeeCars.com. Depending on the mileage, you can get a 2017 A4 for just over 19K. If you are seriously considering buying this model, make sure to address the recall issues with your auto dealer.