2008 Audi A4 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Audi A4 was new.
The A4's very good interior score indicates it's one of the premier cabins in the class. Experts cite luxurious materials and an abundance of standard and optional features as the car's high points, but the seats aren't as comfortable as some other upscale sedans.
- "Sedans and wagons seat five people, and the seat cushions have prominent bolsters." -- Cars.com
- + "Slide inside and you'll find a cabin that takes the "entry" out of "entry-luxury." Gauges offer the sort of soothing lighting you'd find in a chic late-night bistro, and the car's interior materials and design would be right at home in the expensively outfitted lobby of a premier Hollywood talent agency." -- Edmunds
- "A4 cabins impress for classy design, materials, and workmanship." -- Consumer Guide
- "The interior of the 2008 Audi A4 is generally a comfortable place from which to view the world. As we've come to expect from Audi, cabin materials on the A4 are of high quality." -- CNET
- "The design is two steps forwards, one step back; the splendid red-on-red gauge read-outs are back, along with the square steering locus and the all-work-no-play center stack. The A4's quality materials continue to defend and extend Audi's rep for haptic happiness, with controls that snick with precisely measured sensual satisfaction." -- The Truth About Cars
The A4's front seats are so-well bolstered that some say the ride could be more awkward than comfortable.
- "Some may find the seats overly firm, but most will agree that they provide welcome support when road-tripping." -- Edmunds
- "Taller folks might also find the driving position somewhat confining." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "All models have ample headroom and legroom, though the center console steals enough knee space to annoy some drivers." -- Consumer Guide
Most reviewers say the A4's reclining backseat has limited appeal for adults.
- "If it weren't for the A4's somewhat cramped rear quarters, we'd almost be tempted to call it the perfect sedan." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The A4's rear accommodations are still cramped enough to make an A4 owner covet a relatively measly Malibu." -- The Truth About Cars
- "Another potential negative is the rear seat, which isn't as roomy as the accommodations in some rivals." -- Edmunds
- "Supportive and nicely contoured seat, but there is no surplus of headroom or legroom in sedans and wagons." -- Consumer Guide
To auto writers, the 2008 Audi A4's cabin quality and assortment of standard and optional amenities are superior to most of the upscale midsize class.
- Kelley Blue Book lists the A4's one-touch windows as a favorite feature: "Even when we expect a vehicle to have four one-touch up/down windows, we're still delighted with their ease and convenience. They make life a little easier." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The gauges are clear and well-lit. The dual-zone automatic climate system is a bit complex, and its controls are awkwardly low on the dashboard." -- Consumer Guide
- "The A4's dismal iPod integration, bizarre audio options, and dated navigation system give it some of the weakest cabin technology available on a premium sedan." -- CNET
- "The new A4s are well-equipped with comfort, convenience and safety items, although there are some desirable, pricey option packages. One is a $2,100 package that contains items including a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof." -- MSN
- "All of the A4's controls are focused on the driver. … We like Audi's lane-change signal feature, which delivers three turn-signal blinks with a tap on the lever. It works much better than some other manufacturers' efforts to re-invent the turn signal, most particularly BMW's." -- New Car Test Drive
Stereo and Entertainment
The standard audio system includes a six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 input. An available upgrade is a Bose Premium Audio option featuring 10 speakers with a subwoofer and center channel, and speed-sensitive volume technology. But auto writers note the premium system is difficult to use.
- "Audi's iPod connector works by reading a connected iPod as a huge CD changer. No information is given on the currently playing track, nor is there a means of selecting individual tracks, artists, or albums. ... To get to our chosen song, we needed to know not only the exact name of the track, but had to also navigate our way through seven lists of 99 tracks to get there. Having repeated the scroll-and-skip procedure three times, we gave up and tuned into FM radio." -- CNET
- "The premium stereo has MP3 capability and a pair of slots for Secure Digital memory cards. Unfortunately, only volume and pre-set radio stations can be changed without first pressing Accept on the opening menu every time the car is started. We find it annoying to sign the electronic equivalent of a liability waiver just to turn on the radio. Also, the stereo is on all the time the navigational system is active, and it's annoying. You don't turn it off, you just turn it down." -- New Car Test Drive
Audi's Navigation system is available as a stand-alone option that becomes laborious to use when fused with the A4's optional multi-media interface system. Check out our GPS reviews to learn more about the best portable navigation devices.
- "The simple and intuitive touch screen fits nicely into the dash. Behind the flip-down screen you'll find two SD memory card slots, which can be used to play MP3-formated music files through the audio system." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In a nutshell, we are generally impressed with the quality of maps and direction graphics, but less enamored of the destination-input interface, which requires drivers to enter letters one at a time from a rotary letter dial." -- CNET
Audi routes many of the available in-cabin technologies through its MultiMedia Interface, a system that sits next to the navigation screen and controls the navigation system, stereo, paired cell phones and the trip computer. But several auto writers had difficulty with the system.
- "MMI absorbs most audio and some climate functions, so it can be distracting." -- Consumer Guide
- "We are particularly eager to see the departure of the current-generation A4's ill-thought-out digital-audio interface, which had us pulling our hair out during our week with the car. … While the mini-MMI interface is less than ideal for GPS navigation, it works well as a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface." -- CNET
The Audi A4 2.0T's trunk capacity is 13.4 cubic feet, which is fairly typical for this class of car.
- "Sedans have a usefully roomy trunk and standard fold-down rear seatbacks. … Interior storage is limited to the glovebox, door map pockets, and a small center console bin." -- Consumer Guide
- "With 13.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the A4 sedan falls slightly above the mean in this class. Moreover, the space in the trunk is made as useful as possible. The trunk lid flips out of the way for easy access. There are cubbies in the trunk side panels that take advantage of space around the wheel wells, and several tie-down points." -- New Car Test Drive