The interior layout, fit and finish
Audi does interiors very well and the RS4’s is no exception. It received an upgrade in 2020 as part of a facelift, and, being the daddy of the range, comes with the kind of highlights that you’d expect a major car maker to add to a sporting variant.
That includes fancy trims, aluminium highlights, soft Nappa leather and so on, while the basics all adhere to Audi’s standards of solidity and finish. It feels better screwed together than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, although it’s given a run for its money by the BMW Alpina B3 Touring.
Slap in the middle of the dashboard are the infotainment screens. The top one is 10.1in, and covers things such as the radio, navigation and smartphone links (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard). Just below that sits another 8.6in touchscreen, which is dedicated to the climate controls and convenience features.
The menus are a little convoluted and it takes time to work out where everything is, but generally it reacts quickly to commands. Both screens provide haptic feedback to confirm when you’ve touched an icon, but you still have to glance away from the road to hit them in the first place, and that’s our biggest bugbear. BMW’s iDrive system (as fitted to the B3 Touring) is so much easier to use while you’re driving, thanks to its physical rotary control and shortcut buttons.
More positively, wireless phone-charging is standard across the range, and the standard 10-speaker stereo can be upgraded to a B&O system with 19 speakers for a price.