The cabin is sensibly laid out and looks like it belongs in a much more expensive car, but many of its party-piece gadgets cost extra
Everything in the Audi A4’s cabin is simple, intuitive and stylish. It’s not quite as sporty as the Jaguar XE’s wraparound design 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 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 and you even get posh soft-close lids on the A4’s various storage trays and cubby holes.
This attention to detail extends to the handy infotainment controls down on the centre console. They’re exactly where you expect to find them and all operate with a satisfying metallic click.
To compliment all these plush, upmarket trims you’d expect leather seats to be standard, right? Unfortunately not – they are an £850 option on entry-level SE models and you have to pay extra for satellite navigation across the range, too.
Thankfully, a seven-inch infotainment display is standard on all A4s and you can get a sharper 8.3-inch unit and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display (that Audi calls its Virtual Cockpit) for an extra £1,395 as part of the optional Technology Pack – it’s worth stumping up for this if you want your A4 to look as luxurious as possible inside.
Sportier S Line cars come with of stainless steel pedal and door trims, contrasting red stitching and more supportive leather and suede-like Alcantara seats.
The A4’s interior doesn’t just look great, you can get it with a raft of top-shelf tech and everything feels solid enough to outlast the pyramids
All A4s come with a seven-inch infotainment display as standard. Its graphics are sharp and it’s mounted right up on the dashboard so it’s easy to glance at quickly as you drive along. Its menus are logically laid out and there’s a handy scroll wheel down on the centre console so you can tweak some of its settings without taking your eyes off the road for too long.
That said, it’s not quite as intuitive as the iDrive system you get in the BMW 3 Series but it’s much easier to use than the rather complicated collection of buttons, touchscreens and knobs you’ll find in a Mercedes C-Class or Jaguar XE.
Sadly, satellite navigation is only standard in Sport models and above but you do get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard on all A4s. As a result, you can use your phone’s navigation and media-streaming apps through the car’s built-in display instead of Audi’s own systems.
Fancy a larger screen with better graphics? You’ll want to stump up for the £1,395 Technology Pack. It comes with a larger 8.3-inch display with a faster computer processor built by video-game experts Nvidia. This makes it super responsive and also means it can display gorgeous high-resolution Google Maps without any frustrating lag.
This pack also brings with it Audi’s fantastic Virtual Cockpit system – a 12.3-inch display that replaces conventional analogue speedo and rev-counter dials with a configurable screen. At the press of a button it can display full-screen sat-nav directions alongside neat digital dials and makes driving the A4 feel a little bit like flying a fighter plane. It’s also available separately for just £250 across the range.
Another worthy upgrade is the £1,295 Comfort and Sound Pack. It replaces the standard car’s eight-speaker stereo (10 speakers in Sport models and above) with a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen system that’s both clearer and loud enough to rattle your passengers’ fillings.