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2017 Audi A4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi A4 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 9.0

The redesigned 2017 Audi A4 has one of the best interiors in the class. The design is sleek and modern, and there are plenty of high-quality materials throughout. The seats deliver all-day comfort, and the rear seats are roomier than most class rivals. The trunk also has a good amount of space.

Tech features abound in the A4. The standard MMI infotainment system's intuitive interface makes it easy to adjust audio and climate settings, and the upgraded MMI system offers more bells and whistles and a larger screen. When it comes to driver assistance features, the A4 is as well-stocked as any vehicle in the class.

  • "The A4's cabin continues its tradition of luxury-grade materials and fit-and-finish." -- Edmunds
  • "Cabin materials are good, though the A4 still has a few lower-rent plastics in areas the standard-setting Mercedes-Benz C-Class dresses up. However, most interior surfaces in the A4 have uniform finish, and small touches - such as three-dimensional edging around certain controls - show attention to detail." -- Cars.com
  • "Unlike the subtle exterior changes, the A4's interior makeover represents cutting-edge technology and modernism." -- New York Daily News

Seating

Leather upholstery is standard in the five-seat A4, as are power-adjustable front seats. The standard leather upholstery is a nice touch, as many class rivals come with leatherette. Front sport seats with added side bolstering are available, as are a number of features that can make the A4 more comfortable on hot or cold days, including heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The new rear seat isn't exactly cavernous – this is a small car, after all – but it provides more space than many competitors, as well as last year’s model. There's ample room for adult passengers, and the seats are supportive, so rear-seat riders won't get uncomfortable on longer drives.

If you have small children, you'll appreciate the A4's LATCH system, which features two complete sets of connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor in the rear middle seat. All of the hardware is easy to identify and reach, so securing a car seat shouldn't give you much trouble.

  • "The front seats remain among the best in the industry. The rear seats can come with their own entertainment tablets; more importantly, they welcome six-foot-tall adults without the yoga poses required by some competitors." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "The cabin also shows attention to practicality. Thin window pillars all around make for good visibility, and the front seats have lots of legroom and knee space thanks to a low center console that retains its convenient height-adjustable armrest. The backseat, meanwhile, is downright generous for this class. Headroom and legroom are good, and the seat sits high enough off the floor for good thigh support. It's a major improvement over the 2016 A4's backseat." -- Cars.com
  • "The seats are comfortable, the ride is quiet, and the materials are all first rate. We wish there was a soft spot for the driver's right knee, and the back seat won't win any prizes for roomiest-in-class, but otherwise the A4 exceeds our expectations." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the A4 include tri-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, push-button start, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Audi Pre-Sense Basic and Pre-Sense City, which includes pedestrian warning and forward collision warning, are also standard.

Available features include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, automatic pre-collision braking, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera, Audi Pre-Sense Rear, Audi Connect with a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded MMI system with an 8.3-inch screen, navigation, and MMI touch with handwriting recognition. Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which features a 12.3-inch display that shows things like navigation in addition to the standard gauge cluster, is also available.

Nobody will complain about a lack of features in the A4; it has plenty of standard features, and many more are available. Headlining the interior tech is the MMI infotainment system, which includes some of the latest smartphone connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system is generally user-friendly as is, but it gets even better if you spring for the upgraded MMI system.

The upgraded version features a larger display screen and the MMI touch controller, which lets you input information by writing numbers and letters with your finger instead of typing on a touch-screen keyboard. Using the handwriting feature, it's easy to search for nearby restaurants, shopping outlets, and more, and you can easily program any destination into the navigation as a stop along your path without disrupting your original route (provided you were using navigation in the first place).

The A4 comes standard with a 10-speaker audio system, but the available 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system stands out for its exceptional audio quality, and it's the clear choice for music lovers.

In addition to the comfort and convenience options, the A4 offers an extensive array of driver assistance features. Like most cars in the class, the A4 comes standard with a rearview camera, but it also comes with Audi Pre-Sense Basic, which can protect occupants during an imminent forward collision by tightening seat belts and rolling up the windows before impact. If you live in a crowded area, you may appreciate the forward collision and pedestrian warnings Pre-Sense City provides.

Audi Pre-Sense Rear is an available feature – it does the same thing as Pre-Sense Basic, but for collisions coming from behind you. Other active safety features include traffic sign recognition, pedestrian alert, and a surround-view camera, which are not offered in class rivals like the BMW 2 Series or the Lexus RC.

Audi even puts an uncommon spin on a fairly normal feature among luxury cars. Adaptive cruise control is a helpful highway driving aid that automatically adjusts your car to the speed of other vehicles in front of you. But in the A4, adaptive cruise control also ties into the navigation system. It uses GPS to monitor the road ahead, and it will automatically slow down for approaching corners, then resume your previous speed after the turn is behind you. It can even anticipate upcoming exits if you're about to get off the interstate.

See 2017 Audi A4 specs and trims »

  • "… the 2017 Audi A4 also employs a new 12.3-inch video screen in the center stack as a display for the latest MMI infotainment software. The rotary command wheel on the center console remains useful and easy to control, but the updates to the Audi Connect system take things to new heights." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Let's be clear: We're not saying the new, ninth-generation A4 is uncrashable. But with 21 driver-assistance systems including lane assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go traffic assist, rear cross traffic alert, turn assist that'll stop you from accidentally turning into traffic and exit assist, which alerts you if you're about to open your door into traffic, it's everything but." -- AutoWeek
  • "BMW and Mercedes-Benz have ditched Bang&Olufsen in order to work with other hi-fi experts, but Audi is sticking with the Danes. The result is remarkable when you hear it! The system's 3-D sound is first-class, and the cooly aloof B&O design theme perfectly complements the edgy interior of the new A4." -- New York Daily News

Cargo

The A4 has slightly better-than-average cargo space for the class thanks to a longer chassis that expanded the trunk as part of the 2017 redesign. It now has 13 cubic feet of trunk space, and the standard split-folding rear seats give you some flexibility when you need to transport larger items. A convenient hands-free trunk release is available, letting you open the trunk just by standing near it, provided the key fob is in your pocket.

  • "And the slightly longer chassis also pays a little dividend in trunk space." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "The trunk, though a modest 13 cubic feet by the numbers, is both deep and squared-out. A standard 40/20/40-split folding backseat enables a wide pass-through space free of any ledges or trailing seatbelts." -- Cars.com

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