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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $33,800 - $49,500
Invoice: $31,434 - $46,037
MPG: 24 City / 32 Hwy
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Audi A4 Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Audi A4’s cabin features excellent build quality, premium materials and an upscale design, although most critics think the MMI infotainment system, which controls many climate and audio settings, is too complicated. They say the front seats are comfortable, but they can’t agree on whether the rear seats are spacious enough. The A4’s trunk is a bit smaller than the class average.

  • "The 2014 Audi A4 features one of the best cabins in its class. The interior's austere design lends an air of adult seriousness, while the top-notch materials send a message of sophisticated refinement." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything about it is impeccably conceived and finished, from design, layout and materials to assembly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior upholds Audi's reputation for exceptional cabin design with a simple, uncluttered yet stylish dashboard and good materials throughout." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The 2014 Audi A4 seats five and has standard leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Heated front seats are optional, as are front sport seats, which feature additional bolstering. Critics say the front seats are comfortable, with ample legroom. One automotive journalist recommends buying the optional sport seats because they are very supportive during cornering and on long trips. Some test drivers think that the A4’s rear seats offer enough leg- and headroom, but others say that they are cramped.

  • "Rear outboard seats provide enough head- and legroom to comfortably accommodate a typical adult." -- Edmunds
  • "Legroom is ample, and most instruments are within easy reach. The seats are firm yet comfortable." -- Consumer Guide (2013 front seats)
  • "The backseat is tight, with a large floor hump stealing footwell space." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The standard seats are good, but the sport seats are extra-supportive for both enthusiastic driving or long hauls." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the 2014 Audi A4 include a power sunroof, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 10-speaker stereo, an iPod connector, an auxiliary input, an SD card slot and satellite radio. Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which provides access to many audio, climate and vehicle settings, is also standard. Optional features include tri-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, Bluetooth music streaming and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system. Also available is Audi’s MMI navigation system with Audi Connect, which provides wireless Internet access and real-time traffic information through a cellular data connection. Audi Connect is provided for six months, after which a subscription is required.

Reviewers say the MMI infotainment system makes basic audio and climate adjustments more complicated than they need to be, and one critic thinks that it isn’t as easy to use as the systems in BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. However, another test driver says that the system has improved since Audi has added some separate buttons to control audio and climate settings. One automotive journalist notes that the optional MMI system with navigation is easier since its controls are on the center console instead of the center stack.

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  • "Overall, it's an effective interface, though some audio functions are buried in menus and, in practice, we've found BMW's iDrive and Mercedes' COMAND systems a bit more intuitive to use. Also, A4s without navigation have the MMI controller located on the dash instead of the center console, which isn't as convenient to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's MMI control system absorbs and complicates most audio and some climate functions." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "All climate control settings have thankfully returned to analogue and are no longer controlled from an MMI interface. ... The volume knob for the sound system can now be toggled left or right to skip between tracks. These are small but significant steps to improving the A4's everyday livability. ..." -- Autoblog (2013)

Cargo

The A4 offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a bit below average for an upscale midsize car. The cargo area expands to 34 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. If you need more space, consider the Infiniti Q50, which offers 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. One reviewer notes that aside from a large glovebox, there isn’t much small-item storage space in the A4’s cabin.

  • "Cabin storage is subpar, consisting only of small door map pockets, a deep glovebox, and center console." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 9/16/14

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