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2013 Audi A4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Audi A4 was new.


Interior: 8.1

In general, reviewers maintain that the 2013 Audi A4’s defining characteristic is its interior, which features excellent build quality and premium materials. Still, one reviewer notes that some plastic trim inside the S4 doesn’t look convincing enough to blend with the otherwise high-quality materials. Audi’s MMI infotainment system has been revised for 2013, and while most critics agree that updates make the system easier to use, one critic thinks that it absorbs too many climate and audio functions.

  • "S4's interior generally impresses for design, materials, and workmanship. Some of that car's trim is silver-painted plastic designed to look like metal. It's not convincing and a disappointment given the high-class cabins we've come to expect from Audi." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are comfortable, the performance is exhilarating and all of the technology really does come into play and make you feel like you could drive on and on." -- Road and Track 
  • "The A4's real strength lies in its high-quality cabin. Audi makes use of best-in-class materials and a restrained design aesthetic to create a sumptuously modern interior." -- Edmunds (2012) 
  • "There's more to a luxury car than a badge, a point you'll immediately realize when seated inside the 2011 Audi A4. From its vault-like feel to the generous application of soft-touch materials, this vehicle exudes quality." -- Kelley Blue Book (2011)


Slide behind the wheel of the 2013 Audi A4 and critics say you’ll find ample legroom, as well as headroom that’s acceptable for those around 6-feet tall. One reviewer also writes that the standard leather provides a sporty feel, which helped hold him in place during a drive down twisty roads. Most reviewers agree that outward visibility is good behind the wheel and that finding a comfortable driving position is easy. However, one test driver mentions that legroom in the back seat is in short supply.

  • "Legroom is ample, and most instruments are within easy reach. The seats are firm yet comfortable. Headroom is fine for 6-footers, but the sunroof's housing steals a bit of space." -- Consumer Guide (front seats)
  • "For 2013, the optional leather interior in Sport or Sport Plus trims is now the firmer and grainier Valcona hide, not the usual Nappa. This subtle change … revealed itself as properly grippy over Portugal's undulating roads." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard interior features in the 2013 Audi A4 include a sunroof, leather seats, aluminum trim and a 10-speaker stereo with an auxiliary audio input, an SD card slot and satellite radio. Also standard are a 6.5-inch display and Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which provides access to many audio, climate and vehicle settings. Optional interior features include dual- or tri-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera with rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. 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. An iPod interface is also optional. It comes with a specific cable provided by Audi (a regular USB cable won’t work).

Thus far, reviewer opinion is mixed on the 2013 A4’s electronic features. One reviewer points out that refinements have made Audi’s MMI system easier to use, though another critic says that MMI makes basic audio and climate adjustments more complicated than they need to be. Still, MMI elicits fewer complaints than BMW's iDrive system. In comparison with cars like the Acura TL and BMW 3-Series, the base A4 Premium also has fewer standard features. The Premium Plus trim adds features that are more class-competitive, including heated front seats, tri-zone climate control and an iPod interface.

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  • "Audi's MMI control system absorbs and complicates most audio and some climate functions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "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 


The A4 sedan offers 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than what rivals like the Infiniti G and Acura TL offer. However, most reviewers say that the A4’s trunk space is still quite useable, with a maximum of 34 cubic feet if you fold down the rear seats. For more room, consider Audi’s new luxury wagon, the 2013 Audi Allroad, which offers 50.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. One reviewer notes that aside from a large glovebox, there isn’t much small-item storage space in the A4’s cabin.

  • "A4s have a long and deep trunk and more actual space than most cars in this class. Cabin storage is subpar, consisting only of small door map pockets, a deep glovebox, and center console." -- Consumer Guide

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