The Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Audi A4 and A5

Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry.

Compact luxury cars are selling in lower numbers these days, but they still retain a strong reputation among consumers.

Audi Leads the Way

For 2021, the Audi A4 and A5 successfully defend their title and once again earn our Best Buy award in the segment. Both are sleek and sophisticated cars, the former in sedan configuration and the latter available in coupe, cabriolet or Sportback body styles.

Photo: Audi

In addition to their classy and neatly finished cabins, the Audi A4 and A5 offer a refined and memorable driving experience. There’s an interesting engine selection, too, ranging from the base turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder to the turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 in the mighty RS 5.

While the S4 is now less powerful than most rivals, the A4 Allroad wagon stands out with superb balance and proves more fun to drive than an SUV.

The Other Finalists

The BMW 3 Series and 4 Series are good enough for second place this year. While many enthusiasts feel the latest-generation 3 Series has lost some of its mojo, it’s still a proper sports sedan, especially in M3 Competition trim with as much as 503 horsepower.

Photo: Fabian Kirchbauer

The 4 Series coupe is all-new for 2021, yet once again based on the 3 Series. If you look past the giant double-kidney grille up front, this car has a lot going for it, as well.

The third and final step on the podium is not occupied by another German model, but rather the all-Korean Genesis G70. And that’s despite a mid-cycle update not coming until the 2022 model year.

With good handling, strong engines and generous standard content, the G70 holds its own against the tough German competitors, which are much more expensive and full of pricey options. Other than limited rear-seat room and below-average trunk capacity, there’s not really anything bad to write about this Genesis.

Photo: Genesis

Don’t miss our full list of Best Buys for 2021!

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

New Models2022 Audi Q4 e-tron: Sneak Peek Inside Audi’s Next EV
The fully electric Audi Q4 e-tron and its Sportback variant will make their global debut in production form on April 14. In the meantime, the company has released several videos showing the interior of these new crossovers, which are based on Volkswagen’s MEB architecture. As you will see, the clean …
New Models2021 Audi e-tron GT Finally Unveiled, Packs Up to 637 Horsepower
Audi today unveiled its all-new electric sports sedan in two different variants—the e-tron GT quattro and the high-performance RS e-tron GT. Both come with all-wheel drive, of course, but the power levels are not the same. Previewed by the e-tron GT concept shown in Los Angeles back in 2018, the …
News2022 Audi S3 Gets More Power, Aggressive Styling
The next-generation 2022 Audi A3 , which we covered a couple of weeks ago and is scheduled to go on sale in North America in mid-2021, is now being followed by the sporty S3. The highlight, of course, is the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine now producing 306 horsepower and 295 …
News2021 Audi RS 6 Avant Has a Price to Match its Madness
Ever since we tested the wicked midsize luxury wagon from Ingolstadt last year and learned that it would be sold in Canada, there was just one thing left to know: the price. We now have the answer on Audi ’s Canadian website. The 2021 RS 6 Avant (not 2020 as …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Audi A6 and A7
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. It’s no surprise that Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz occupy the top three spots in the midsize luxury car segment. And there’s no better pick this year than the Audi A6/A7.
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Audi Q3
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. Small luxury SUVs are pretty popular, though General Motors and Lexus are the only non-European automakers competing in this market segment. Audi Leads the Way For 2021, the Audi Q3 …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Audi Q7 and Q8
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. Midsize luxury SUVs are a common sight on Canadian roads. And as is the case with their smaller counterparts, German manufacturers lead the way. After winning our Best Buy awards …
ElectricElectric Audi A4 e-tron Coming in 2023
Audi ’s new electric vehicles so far have been completely developed from scratch, but sooner or later we’ll see battery-powered variants of exisiting cars. The sixth-generation A4 sedan, which is expected to hit our shores in two years, will use two separate platforms, one of which will underpin electric models …
NewsData Breach Affects 163,000 Volkswagen, Audi Customers in Canada
Volkswagen announced on Friday that it recently discovered a data breach that affects more than 3.3 million customers and potential buyers in North America. An unauthorized third party obtained limited personal information from a vendor that Audi , Volkswagen and some authorized dealers in the U.S. and Canada use for …
Comments