The interior layout, fit and finish
You won’t have many problems making yourself comfy in the Audi A4 Allroad thanks to the plentiful seat and steering wheel adjustments, including four-way electrically operated lumbar adjustment as standard on the Sport trim. The top-end Vorsprung trim adds an electrically operated driver's seat, and both trims come with a comfortable central armrest, which can be adjusted.
It's not perfect, though. There's a bulge in the footwell by your left leg and the pedals are offset to the right. The bulge is quite pronounced, but you'll find that the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate aren't much better in that respect. We'd go for the Volvo V60 Cross Country if you're looking for the best driving positions in a similarly priced estate car.
The A4 Allroad's minimalist dashboard is simple and easy to use, with large buttons and knobs to control the main functions, including the temperature. All versions get Audi's excellent Virtual Cockpit system as standard. It replaces analogue dials with a configurable 12.3in digital display that’s supplemented by a head-up display on the Vorsprung trim.
The driver gets a good view out to the front and rear, helped by the narrow windscreen pillars. That said, the V60 Cross Country is even easier to see out of when you're reversing, but every A4 Allroad includes front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera as standard. You get a 360-degree camera on the top-end Vorsprung trim as well as adaptive Matrix LED headlights, which you can leave on main beam without dazzling other road users. The Sport trim has regular LED headlights.
The impressive Audi MMI infotainment system, which comes with a 10.1in touchscreen, is fitted as standard. The graphics are sharp, the screen is responsive and the menus are easy enough to understand once you're used to them. We still prefer the iDrive system you get in the BMW 3 Series because it gives you the option of a touchscreen and a physical rotary controller, which is a less distracting way to make changes while you're on the road.
Plenty of kit comes fitted as standard, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, built-in sat-nav, online features, voice activation, two USB sockets in the front and an eight-speaker stereo. If you go for the optional Comfort and Sound pack or select Vorsprung trim, you get a B&O stereo with 19 speakers and 755 watts of power. The Vorsprung also has a wireless phone-charging pad.
The interior of the Audi A4 Allroad is beautifully crafted. Harder plastics are few and far between and nearly everything else has a plush soft-touch finish. Real metal trims matched with well-damped switches give it an upmarket ambience. The Vorsprung trim replaces the aluminium trim with oak veneer and the standard seat leather with softer nappa that covers the dashboard and centre console.
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