2018 Audi A4 Walk Around

The A4 is aerodynamically clean, while being neither dramatic nor adventuresome. It doesn’t bedazzle, it endures, as it has for 20 years since it was introduced. Its nose is a bit more athletic than it used to be, with a horizontal grille that wraps and flows rearward to a taller and more wedge-shaped tail. A large greenhouse tapers smartly toward the roof.

The S4 is the dramatic one, totally athletic in its looks.


The cabin is fairly roomy, with front seats that are comfortable and supportive, if a bit snug in their firm bolstering. The standard leather and ambient LED lighting are nice. A disciplined instrument panel makes the digital displays stand out. The standard screen is seven inches. The dashboard is low so driver visibility is good, and it wraps around the sides a bit. The steering wheel isn’t too big, and its controls are easy to use. Toggle switches trigger the tri-zone automatic climate control system.

There is an available giant 12.3-inch color display for navigation, and a full-color head-up display for speed and other driver data. With the available virtual cockpit, dazzling screens face the driver. Most models have electronic displays that can switch from one view to another. Though the displays are stunning and refresh quickly, the system can be distracting.

Until the 2017 model, rear legroom was tight in the A4, and the seat cushion was low, but no longer. Although it’s on the small side for a midsize car, it’s as roomy as rivals, in particular the BMW 3 Series. A tall passenger can ride comfortably behind a tall driver. In fact, five adults can fit inside.

The latest version of Multi-Media Interface (MMI) accepts inputs from voice, steering-wheel controls, or handwritten letters on a scratchpad. All A4s now include smartphone-app features.

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