Audi A4 Avant interior
You’ll love climbing into the Audi A4 each morning – the quality of its interior is fantastic. Its infotainment system is great too, although BMW’s iDrive continues to be even easier to use.
Everything in the Audi A4’s cabin is simple, intuitive and stylish. It’s not quite as interesting to behold as a Mercedes C-Class’s, but the Audi’s numerous aluminium and soft-plastic trims look classy and feel absolutely bulletproof. No other car this size is quite as well built as the Audi A4.
Everything you’ll touch regularly – from the standard leather-trimmed steering wheel to the metal switches on the dashboard – feel a class above what you’ll find in a BMW or Mercedes. You even get posh soft-close lids on the Audi A4’s various storage trays and cubby holes.
To complement all these plush, upmarket trims you’d expect leather seats to be standard, right? Unfortunately not – they’re an option on entry-level Technik models. However, next-level up Sport trim comes with full leather seats, which does lift the cabin.
Sportier S Line cars come with stainless steel pedals, brushed aluminium dash trims, contrasting stitching and more supportive leather and suede-like Alcantara sports seats.
The Audi A4 has traditionally stood out for its interior quality, and its recent facelift has only improved matters inside.
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to the Audi A4 and infotainment. That’s because every model gets a bright, high-definition 10-inch widescreen atop its dashboard, DAB radio, Bluetooth, built-in sat-nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.
That’s all the features ticked, but what about using it? Well, Audi’s old MMI and BMW’s iDrive are easier to use while driving because both have a handy rotary dial rather than relying solely on touch, but there’s still lots to like about Audi’s latest MMI system. Its menus are easy to follow, sticking in a destination on the sat-nav is a doddle and it responds quickly to inputs. It also has haptic feedback to make it slightly easier to use than a traditional touchscreen on the move.
Also standard are Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit digital dials. It’s a 12.3-inch display that replaces conventional analogue speedo and rev-counter dials with a configurable screen, and at the press of a button, it can display full-screen sat-nav directions alongside neat digital dials. Not only are they easy to use, but they also look fantastic, lifting the A4’s cabin even further.
And there’s good news for audiophiles too. The A4’s standard 10-speaker sound system is good, but for the best sound experience, you’ll want the 20-speaker, 755W Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system that’s standard on range-topping Vorsprung models, but optional as part of Audi’s Comfort and Sound pack across the rest of the range.