There’s Only 1 Thing Consumer Reports Hates About the 2023 Audi A4
Consumer Reports has reviewed the 2023 Audi A4, and unfortunately for car shoppers, Audi didn’t change much about the luxury car. This means that the good things about the A4 are still there, as is the one big thing affecting A4 owners. Here’s a look at the 2023 Audi A4 and the one big thing Audi still hasn’t fixed about the car.
An overview of the 2023 Audi A4
At a starting price tag of about $40,000, the Audi A4 brings a combination of specs and features that make it one of the best options in the luxury car segment, according to Consumer Reports. Since it’s an Audi, one of the A4’s most important aspects is its engine, and Audi gives owners some options here. The A4 starts with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that gets 201 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.
An upgraded version of that 2.0-liter engine gets 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s most powerful engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that gets 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That powerful V6 engine is available on the A4’s S4 trim and also provides other upgrades to the car. All A4s also comes with all-wheel drive and a long list of luxury features, including leather upholstery and a 10.1-inch touch screen.
The one thing Consumer Reports doesn’t like about the 2023 Audi A4
That said, the A4 continues to have the same problems with its controls. Like Consumer Reports wrote, Audi’s controls work with a luxury and precise feel. However, the problem is that it’s not easy to use. Drivers and passengers will have to invest time into learning how to properly use Audi’s controls. This is mainly seen in the A4’s touch screen, which is how to access a lot of features.
Audi’s infotainment system isn’t as well-designed as the rest of the car, so cutomers will be forced to learn where each feature is located. The infotainment system has good graphics and responds quickly, but it can be “overwhelming” for new owners. The good news is that once owners get used to the complex controls, they can take advantage of its flexibility.
There are a lot of things to love about the 2023 Audi A4
Consumer Reports wrote that, while the controls can be hard to use at first, one of the best things about the A4 is its advanced infotainment system. This is especially true if folks choose the top trim of the A4, as that allows owners to equip their Audi with advanced features like a virtual cockpit and a head-up display.
On top of being a comfortable car, Audis are known for having excellent driving dynamics. This is still true for the A4, and not only does it have a good acceleration score, but it also handles well. It takes the A4 6.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, and its handling was described by Consumer Reports as “satisfying.”
In addition to being loaded with tech features and great handling, the A4 is a comfortable luxury sedan. Its rear seats are a tight fit, but that’s expected for the segment. The noise levels are great with the cabin protecting against outside wind, road, and traffic noise. However, drivers and passengers will still be able to hear Audi’s engine.