2009 Audi A4-Wagon Interior
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Auto writers find the A4 Avant's cabin luxurious, comfortable and practical for everyday hauling. Some, however, complain that its Multi-Media Interface (MMI) complicates controls.
- "We experienced several different interior themes, some with metal, some with wood, a couple with grippy Alcantara seat inserts, and found them all to be roomy enough for a young family and, more important, far more convincing luxury propositions than, say, an Infiniti EX35 or a BMW 3-series wagon." -- Car and Driver
- "The build quality of the new A4's cabin maintains Audi's good reputation. Smooth leather surfaces, along with durable-looking plastic and soft-touch materials, make for a nice combination of colors and textures. Small touches, like ambient lighting for passengers underneath the driver seat, add to the premium feel." -- Edmunds
Reviewers note that the A4 Avant's five-passenger cabin provides more comfortable accommodations than the previous generation, but still note discomfort in its rear seat.
- "We do wish the rear seat were more comfortable and perhaps mounted a bit higher, but it does provide a nice flat load floor when folded and plenty of elbow- and headroom when raised." -- Car and Driver
- "The longer, lower, wider stance results in a commodious cabin, with plenty of rear-seat leg- and headroom for average-size adults." -- Motor Trend
- "That size definitely translates into more interior room, though rear seat space remains pretty tight for adults." -- Orlando Sentinel
Critics admire the A4 Avant's redesigned cockpit, but many still find that its Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system makes deciphering some controls difficult.
- "For 2009, Audi has relocated its MMI controls aft of the gearshift, which makes them easier to access. (Frustratingly, the Cabriolet's remain on the dash.) Other controls, such as those on the center stack and steering wheel, are intuitive and well laid out -- although operating certain features, like the climate control and navigation systems, still takes some getting used to. An electromechanical parking brake eliminates the need to yank up on a traditional lever and saves space on the center console." -- Edmunds
- "Inside, the cabin is more or less identical to that of the sedan, with an A6-like dashboard and, for better or worse, the standard-equipment multifunction-knob-controlled Multi Media Interface (MMI) through which pretty much every single aspect of the car-from interior illumination to stereo stations to navigation language settings-is adjusted." -- Car and Driver
- "The completely redesigned cockpit is nicely done -- few manufacturers can match Audi for interior design and quality -- though I'm not enamored by the MMI, or Multi Media Interface, a console-mounted knob that, similar to BMW's unloved iDrive system, controls various audio and climate functions. You get used to it, but it's not an improvement." -- Orlando Sentinel
- "Audi's engineers have tried to keep important climate and audio controls simple, but some functions, such as selecting the radio band or changing the AC fan speed, require distracting two- and three-step fiddling with a console-mounted central control knob and buttons tied to the dashboard video screen." -- Newsday
- "Audi has made a couple technological improvements as well, resulting in a standard climate-control system that's more efficient, yet provides 10 percent more cooling capacity than the outgoing system's." -- Motor Trend
- "The standard audio system handles most inputs. The upgraded Symphony system brings better sound at higher listening levels. For the best audio, pop for the Bang & Olufsen system which backs up some added visual drama with 14 speakers fed 10 distinct channels and 505 watts of output." -- New Car Test Drive
According to Audi, the A4 Avant provides 17.3 cubic-feet of cargo room. However, Road and Track reports up to 50.5 cubic-feet when its rear seats are folded.
- "Although compact in size, the A4 Avant features up to 50.5 cu ft. of load space when the rear seats are folded down. Other upscale features include a retractable cargo cover and a power rear liftgate." -- Road and Track
- "The cargo area is supposed to be bigger, too, although 'Avant' remains Audi-speak for 'sportwagon,' which means you can flip down the rear seat to load skiing gear for two, but two bikes would be better off on a roof rack. There's a reversible cargo floor, with an uncarpeted plastic underside for when you have to haul dirty, messy things, plus grocery-bag hooks in the interior D-pillars, an optional loading kit with rail systems, and optional automatic tailgate and 220-volt socket." -- Motor Trend