The 2017 Audi A4 is thoroughly updated from the previous-generation A4, even if it doesn’t look like much has changed. There is, however, one bright and shining ray of hope for all involved: this fall its all-wheel drive Quattro version will go on sale with a manual gearbox. You should buy it that way.
The A4 Quattro manual will start at $39,400 for the base Premium trim, and it’s one of the only luxury sedans you can get with all-wheel drive and a stick shift. (Update: Originally I said “only,” but I forgot the BMW 340xi can be had with a stick.)
You could have a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead, but I am here to tell you the manual is the one to buy. It’s mated to a 2.0-liter turbo four with 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty.
Manuals are good. They encourage proper driving involvement and left leg health. Buy the A4 with a manual.
Audi should add it to the S4 too. Encourage them.