Audi A4 Interior
The 2012 Audi A4's interior receives high marks. Test drivers praise the ergonomic placement of controls and its high level of fit and finish. The seats are comfortable, and its electronic controls strike many reviewers as intuitive. The only drawback is that cargo space is limited compared with other cars in its class.
- "A4's interior generally impresses for design, materials, and workmanship. Some of that car's trim is silver-painted plastic designed to look like metal. It's not convincing and a disappointment given the high-class cabins we've come to expect from Audi." -- Consumer Guide
- "For first-time users, Audi's climate and radio controls seem needlessly complex, but by the second or third go, they become second nature, which isn't the case with all such interfaces." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Ever since 1995, when the Audi A4 first bowed in the U.S., it has been known as the car with the nice interior. That holds true today." -- Motor Trend
- "There's more to a luxury car than a badge, a point you'll immediately realize when seated inside the 2011 Audi A4. From its vault-like feel to the generous application of soft-touch materials, this vehicle exudes quality." -- Kelley Blue Book
Comfort and seating arrangements in the A4 don't elicit many comments from reviewers. Still, those who do mention seating are happy with it. One big plus is standard leather upholstery, which is only available as an option in its BMW and Mercedes-Benz counterparts.
- "The seats are firm and comfortable. ... Legroom is ample, though the center console steals enough knee space to annoy some drivers. Headroom is fine for 6-footers, but the sunroof's housing steals a bit of space." -- Consumer Guide
- "I've also come to appreciate the thoughtful details, such as the seat heaters that remember their previous setting so you don't have to turn them on every time you start the car. Only shame is that seat heaters, along with many other interior features, are costly options." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Firm seats … provide consistent comfort over the long haul." -- Kelley Blue Book
Most critics point out the exceptional build quality of the A4's interior, as well as 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 system. Reviewers say electronics like the Bang & Olufsen stereo and Bluetooth interface are very well-designed, but these two features are not standard on the A4. Bluetooth interface is available on the Audi A4 with the Premium trim, but the Bang & Olufsen stereo is optional with the Premium Plus trim and standard with the Prestige trim.
Some reviewers dislike the navigation system. SiriusXM satellite radio is not available with the Prestige trim.
- "Audi's MMI control system absorbs most audio and some climate functions, and it is distracting. In all models, the front-center armrest blocks use of the handbrake lever and cupholders." -- Consumer Guide
- "Most MMI infotainment functions are conveniently situated around the shift lever on models equipped with the navigation system, but cars without navigation have MMI on the dash, which is far less convenient and user-friendly." -- Edmunds
- "Can anyone explain to me why a $15,500 Kia Forte has standard Bluetooth but a $33,725 Audi A4 does not? It's sort of like those five-star hotels that charge for the wireless connection that Hampton Inn provides for free. Regardless of trim and options, though, the A4 offers best-in-class interior design and quality." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The MMI (multi-media interface) central dial could be a bit simpler in its operation, but the A4 should be applauded for its intuitive layout of primary and secondary controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
Shoppers who prioritize storage should look elsewhere. The A4 sedan offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than average when compared with other upscale midsize cars. For more room, consider the 2012 Audi A4 Avant, which offers 50.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Avant, however, costs about $4,000 more and is a wagon, not a sedan.
If you still want a sedan, the Lincoln MKZ has more trunk space. At 16.5 cubic feet, the Lincoln MKZ has one of the largest cargo areas. However, if you choose the MKZ for increased space, you’ll compromise speed Audi’s fun driving dynamics because Lincoln designed it as a comfort-tuned city car.
- "Sedans have a long but narrow trunk and more actual space than most cars in this class. Cabin storage is subpar, consisting only of small door map pockets, glovebox, and center console." -- Consumer Guide
- "Cargo space is about average for the segment, but for those who need more utility, there's the handsome A4 Avant wagon." -- Edmunds