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2011 Audi A4 Wagon Interior

This interior review was written when the 2011 Audi A4 Wagon was new.

Critics find the A4 wagon's cabin to be luxurious, comfortable and practical for everyday use. Nevertheless, its Multi-Media Interface (MMI) remains a point of contention.

  • "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 A4's cabin is one of the nicest in this class. The control layout is attractive, if rather button-happy, and the standard leather upholstery trumps the leatherette in base BMWs and Benzes." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Reviewers, on balance, find the A4 Avant's five-passenger cabin accommodating. Still, some complain that its backseat is uncomfortable.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "My child-safety seats - a rear-facing infant seat and a forward-facing convertible car seat - fit in just fine in the second row. There was plenty of legroom for the front passenger, even with the rear-facing infant seat. I was able to squeeze between the two car seats, but I wouldn't want to spend hours sitting there." -- Mother Proof

Interior Features

Most auto writers like the A4 Avant's interior features. However, its Multi-Media Interface system remains the source of much controversy.  

  • "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
  • "[F]ew 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

Cargo

Audi reports that the A4 Avant provides 17.3 cubic-feet of cargo room. With its rear seats folded, it expands to 50.5 cubic-feet.

  • "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
Review Last Updated: 6/22/11

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