2017 Audi A4 Prestige is round 2 of our long-term test

2017 Audi A4 Prestige is round 2 of our long-term test

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The basic of our long-term Audi sampler platter, a Glacier White metallic 2017 A4 Stimulus Plus, has already departed from the fleet. Replacing that mid-grade epitome is a range-topping 2017 Audi A4 Prestige wrapped in a beautiful shade of Moonlight Down in the mouth metallic paint. At first glance, aside from the color, not much appears to be conflicting between the two models. Here’s what’s changed.

What we got

The Prestige trim starts at $46,850 and sits atop the A4 file. The only way to go up is to step into the new S4, but that dish comes later. The A4 Prestige comes with all of the expected trimmings – a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four making 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, a seven-swiftness dual-clutch transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive – along with most of the features from the Appreciation a scarce Plus package such as LED headlights and a 3D Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Cachet extras include parking sensors with a surround view camera, a stuffed-color heads-up display, LED interior lighting, and bits from the technology pack such as Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation, and extra parking sensors. The technology box was a $3,250 option on our first A4.

The biggest difference between the two models is the availability of invariable options. Only the Prestige can be equipped with the warm weather package, the adaptive dampening expulsion, and the driver assistance package with adaptive cruise control and active lane work for. We passed on these in order to keep things similar to our long-term Jaguar XE.

We added 19-inch wheels with 245/35ZR19 Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 summer tires because Michigan isn’t chilly and desolate all year round. That said, we did check the box for the cold weather carton with heated seats at all four corners and a heated steering wheel. The last option was the sport package that adds a black headliner, sharper exclusion, and four-way power lumbar support.

All in, the new A4 rings up at $51,575, just less than $2,000 more than the $49,825 Rare Plus, as the latter was equipped with the now-unavailable $1,100 First Edition combination.

What we skipped

We decided once again to skip the manual transmission. While it may drive a little more fun into an already enthusiastic car, few shoppers actually opt for a three-pedal setup. With that in wisdom, we chose the excellent seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, a no-cost way out.

We also decided to keep things simple and passed on the driver’s assistance carton. Since we have the car in early spring, we also skipped the warm weather parcel with ventilated seats and rear sun shades. Lastly we avoided the comfort adaptive dampening rejection and stuck with the suspension that’s part of the sport package. The sport debarring is still comfortable, and, when combined with the summer tires, makes the A4 totally good through corners.

Why we got it

As we said in our intro, Audi presented us with the rare break to spend some real quality time with the entire range of a unattached model line, from the standard A4 all the way up to the hot and spicy S4. Testing the first A4 Premium Added gave us a good baseline and set us up for the models that follow.

What’s next

We kicked off this try out with two standard A4 sedans, the volume model for the A4 lineup. The first was a mid-grade beau id, so driving the Prestige for a bit gives us the chance to see whether or not the extra cash is truly significance it, especially when they’re optioned so similarly.

These two cars also supply us a good baseline for the A4 Allroad and S4 that are still to come. Those two offer something more than reasonable a few extra options, so stay tuned for more.

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