The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You won’t have too many issues getting comfortable in the Audi A4. There are generous seat and steering wheel adjustments, including four-way electrically operated lumbar adjustment that's standard from entry-level Technik trim. From Sport Edition trim upwards you'll find well-bolstered sports seats that hold you in place more securely through corners. Whichever seat is fitted, it's comfortable on a long trip and is accompanied by a comfy adjustable centre armrest.
That said, it isn’t perfect: the pedals are offset to the right and there's a space-sapping bulge in the footwell by your left leg. The BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class are not much better for footwell room, though.
All A4s come with bright LED headlamps, but it’s not possible to upgrade to adaptive matrix LED units that adjust their main beams to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.
Sat nav and infotainment
Every A4 gets Audi’s impressive MMI infotainment system with a 10.1in touchscreen. The graphics are sharp, the screen is responsive and the menus are decipherable after a bit of getting used to. We still prefer the BMW iDrive system in the 3 Series because it gives you the option of using a physical rotary controller, which is less distracting when you're driving.
The infotainment is packed with features, too. You get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring, built-in sat-nav, online features, voice activation, two USB sockets in the front and an eight-speaker stereo. If you add the optional Comfort and Sound pack, you get a B&O stereo with 19 speakers and 755 watts of power.