Audi RS4 Avant review

Category: Performance car

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Audi does interiors very well and the RS4’s, based as it is on the latest A4's, is no exception. It got 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 definitely feels better screwed together than the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or Mercedes-AMG C63.

Seeing out is pretty easy, and what you miss during parking will hopefully be picked up by the standard front and rear parking sensors and rear-view camera. You also get Audi's adaptive Matrix LED headlights included, which provide superb nighttime vision. 

Apart from the slightly offset pedals, the driving position is also tough to fault. The RS Sport seats are enveloping and there’s plenty of powered adjustment, including four-way lumbar adjustment and massaging facility. The steering wheel also moves in and out and up and down by a decent amount.

As with the regular A4s, the RS4 comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as standard, replacing traditional analogue dials with a 12.3in screen. Its graphics are bespoke for the RS4, and it can show all sorts of information, from peak g-force levels to a full-screen navigation map. In fact, there’s so much information positioned just below your sightline that it makes the optional head-up display (standard on Vorsprung trim) pretty much redundant.

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 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. 

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