2008 Audi A4 Wagon Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Audi A4 Wagon was new.
While some luxury models promote a plush interior, Audi takes a minimalist approach. USA Today says the A4 Avant's inside is "typically Audi-esque, which means tasteful, tight and businesslike." U.S. News's reviewer Rick Newman notes "the elegant cabin, Audi's signature expertise, makes a sporting ride feel relaxing at the same time."
The A4 Avant's modernity further manifests itself in crisp ergonomics and intuitive gauges. Edmunds says that "fit and finish inside and out is industry-leading. And by obsessively sweating every detail, Audi has turned its bread-and-butter model into one of the world's great cars." Kelley Blue Book says "everything is exactly as you'd find in the A4 sedan. Audi has set the benchmark for interior styling, content and assembly, and the A4 continues to please; not just with its leather and power features, but with its acute attention to detail."
The A4 Avant offers adequate cabin space and as Forbes says, "Four fit in reasonable comfort and five in a pinch." Consumer Guide says passengers will find "[f]irm, comfortable seats," while Edmunds writes, "Some may find the seats overly firm, but most will agree that they provide welcome support when road-tripping."
The front row features ample headroom, but the location of the center console limits legroom. Consumer Guide notes the center console "steals enough knee space to annoy some drivers." USA Today says, "Point your legs straight ahead and keep 'em that way, or you'll be fighting the interior the whole time."
However, most do warn that comfort could be compromised in the A4's rear. The Consumer Guide finds supportive and contoured rear seats, "but no surplus of head and legroom."notes that rear passengers should be fine "as long as the driver doesn't move his seat too far back." Meanwhile
The Audi A4 Avant's gauges are "pleasantly intuitive," as Edmunds says, and some of the best the luxury wagon class offers. U.S. News' reviewer Rick Newman adds, "Simplicity and sophistication merge in the cockpit controls." The gauges are especially nice at night. Kelley Blue Book says, "It's easy to find everything from the cruise control to the vent knobs at night, thanks to a thoughtful use of red LED lighting." Edmunds notes, "Gauges offer the sort of soothing lighting you'd find in a chic late-night bistro."
Standard features for the A4 Avant include a driver information system with a five-function trip computer, outside temperature display and displays for the radio, telephone and navigation system; electronic cruise control and dual zone air conditioning with climate control. Standard audio is a six-disc in-dash CD player that's satellite radio and MP3 capable. Optional features include a 6.5-inch navigation system available with or without an iPod interface, and Bluetooth. Wood walnut trim, heated front seats and premium leather upholstery are also optional.
The 2008 Audi A4 Avant's cargo area is revered for its versatility as opposed to its abundance. Kelley Blue Book says its "modest at best .... Cargo space with the rear seats up is adequate for most daily use, but for big jobs you'll want to fold down those rear seats."
The Avant offers 27.8 cubic feet of cargo space. A standard storage package includes four-tie down eyelets, a retractable cargo cover with a net, a dual-level loading floor and a power outlet for the rear cargo area.