- Excellent fit and finish throughout
- Standard-fit Virtual Cockpit
- Large infotainment screen; touchscreen only
Audi is a company famed for its interiors, and it’s no different with the A4, which boasts the best quality and neatest – if not the most exciting – design of the compact executive class.
Unsurprisingly there are similarities with other Audi models thanks to the full-width air vent graphic also found in the Q7. The 10.1-inch multimedia screen looks like it should fold away – as per the Audi A3 - but is, in fact, permanently fixed.
All A4 models come with the firm’s Virtual Cockpit system, which displays all relevant information (from sat-nav, audio, telephone and regular dials) on a multi-configurable 12.3-inch LCD screen replacing standard instruments. This only became available as standard as of 2019, and was an option on pre-facelift cars.
It’s essentially the same as the system found on the TT and Q7 models (the former of which does without a central screen in addition), and makes an impressive – if not essential – addition to the cabin.
Intuitive controls and excellent build quality
As you’d expect, each element of switchgear feels reassuringly solid, with fine design and neat detailing and we especially like the conductive toggle-switch style climate controls.
Before the car’s update, the infotainment system was controlled via an MMI rotary controller, with fingertip input, and was especially easy to use. Now though, it’s all touchscreen-controlled, but usefully it’s an updated system that’s responsive and easy to operate thanks to a large 10.1-inch screen that’s within easy reaching distance of the driver.
- Excellent driving position
- Impressive seats on all models
- Ride can be firm on standard suspension
Seat adjustment, along with that of the steering wheel, is ample and we found no issues getting into a comfortable driving position. All the seats available are comfortable and supportive – especially on S Line models with extendable seat cushions beneath your thighs.
The ride is excellent when fitted with the optional adaptive damping system, managing to carry off larger wheels without massive issue – generally combating any lump or bump it encounters in the road with ease. It’s very impressive.
However, choose a model with standard suspension and the A4 can fidget over lumps and bumps in the road – it’s certainly no worse than an equivalent 3 Series, itself a car that rides on the firmer side of things.
The lack of wind noise is impressive, and there’s not too much of a racket being kicked up from the road – as long as you stick with sensibly sized alloy wheels – while the engines are barely audible either. It’s a great long-distance cruiser.