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in 2010 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,419 - $21,444
Original MSRP: $31,450 - $33,550
MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Audi A4 Interior

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The 2010 Audi A4's interior is well-liked.  Test drivers tend to praise its ergonomic placement of controls and its high level of fit-and-finish. The seats are comfortable, with more back-seat room than in previous versions of the car, and its electronic controls strike many reviewers as intuitive.

  • "The new model's environment takes a huge step forward. Even without the sunroof, the space feels open and airy. And although most of the 6.2-inch wheelbase stretch went into the engine bay, the cabin has gained more than an inch of rear legroom compared with the '08 A4." -- Car and Driver
  • "I like the A4's interior better than the interior of BMW's 3 Series. The design is clean and understated...The wood trim (a $400 option) is available in ash or dark walnut, and the ash is a gorgeous shade of almond beige" -- BusinessWeek
  • "We were impressed by the quality of our 2009 Audi A4's interior, with excellent leather seats and some nice wood trim." -- CNET
  • "There's room to breathe like a yoga instructor in this sedan. Audi also puts the driver first when it comes to the cockpit." -- Detroit News
  • "The A4's new interior upholds Audi's fine standards, at least in terms of the quality and the way everything works." -- Road and Track
  • "The glossy wood, creamy leather and bright alloy piping in the cabin would make the local yacht club commodore give up the sea." -- Los Angeles Times

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Seating

The seats of the 2010 Audi A4 don't seem to elicit many comments from reviewers - most of them are too busy praising the car's handling to notice what they're sitting on - but those who do have something to say are generally happy with the seating. This is the largest car in the midsize class, and many note the space.

  • "The seats are firm and comfortable, with ample headroom and legroom, though the center console steals enough knee space to annoy some drivers." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Our tester's thrones, both fore and aft, are comfortable places to spend endless hours on the road, and the biggest complaint levied on the outgoing sedan - it's absolutely abysmal rear leg-room - has finally been addressed. Boasting a 6.6-inch longer wheelbase, a stretch of 4.6-inches in overall length and an additional 2.1-inches in width, there's no bad place to sit in the B8 A4." -- Autoblog
  • "In the back, the A4 gains welcome room for knees and hips. Yet Audi pulls the old General Motors trick of placing the rear cushion too low. That creates an illusion of extra space by forcing riders' knees toward the ceiling." -- New York Times
  • "Just sit in the comfortable seat, rest your right hand on the MMI knob, your left at the top of the steering wheel and enjoy the ride." -- Detroit News
  • "Accommodation in the rear - for so long one of the A4's biggest weaknesses - has been significantly improved by the new car's longer wheelbase and more efficient packaging of the rear seat, with knee room increasing by 1.4 inches. The rear doors are larger, too." -- Edmunds
  • "In the all-wheel-drive version of the car, there's also an annoying hump down the middle of the floor that makes the center rear seat impractical, except for a child." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The cabin is larger in every dimension, front and rear seats are more comfortable, and there's more rear-seat legroom than in the outgoing model." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Most testers take time to point out the exceptional build quality of the A4's interior and the abundance of soft-touch surfaces. A few have quarrels with Audi's MMI infotainment interface, but overall it elicits fewer complaints than BMW's iDrive. Electronics like the Bang & Olufsen stereo and Bluetooth interface are very well-executed. Some reviewers, however, dislike the navigation system.

  • "The cockpit of the new A4 is definitely more high-end than middle-class, and we're not just talking about materials and finish. There's also more space for long legs, broad shoulders, and tall heads than before, and the overall layout--with the navigation monitor mounted high--is much more practical." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Bang & Olufsen audio system produces excellent sound, and the Audi Music Interface works well with iPods The car's navigation system is behind the curve, lacking external data sources for traffic or other useful information...Audi's Bluetooth phone system remains one of the better available." -- CNET
  • "Clear attention was paid to the haptic quality of the A4's various buttons, switches, and other ditties that one must twist, poke, or pull." -- Car and Driver
  • "The wood trim is tasteful but not overbearing. The elegance is refined but never overstated. Finely tuned vehicles don't try to impress, they are just impressive and the A4 falls into the latter category." -- Detroit News
  • "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
  • Audi's MMI interface is "iDrive without the suicide watch." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "After a few miles of manipulation, MMI becomes almost second-nature, allowing the operator to watch the screen and essentially 'touch-type' their way through the system's sub-structure." -- Autoblog

Cargo

There's a strange phenomenon in the class of cars we call "midsize." The affordable midsize cars tend to offer generous trunks, while the more performance-oriented upscale midsize cars tend to offer stubby afterthoughts. The A4's trunk is not only the largest among the upscale cars, but at nearly 17 cubic feet, it's bigger than what many more family-oriented cars offer.