Premium, light, spacious – the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant surpass their predecessors in almost all interior dimensions. Shoulder width and head clearance for driver and front-seat passenger have increased by 11 and 24 millimeters (0.4 and 0.9 in). Interior length has grown by 17 millimeters (0.7 in) and rear legroom is actually 23 millimeters (0.9 in) larger. The new Audi models set the benchmark in their class in these important criteria.
All four seats therefore offer a feeling of genuine spaciousness. The interior design underscores this impression, as its clear architecture is strictly focused on horizontal lines. This principle is most apparent with the low dashboard – it seems to float in space, supplemented by the cover over the combination instrument and the Audi virtual cockpit.
A band of air outlets is arranged over the gently sloping, curved front of the dashboard, punctuated only by the instruments – it combines elegant design and novel functions. The upper edges of the dashboard and the door trim border the interior in a wrap-around style, without constricting the driver and passengers.
MMI control element
The wide, asymmetrically split central console houses the MMI control element. Its design and position vary according to the car’s transmission. If the car is fitted with S tronic or tiptronic, the terminal is placed close to the dashboard; the low automatic selector lever offers the wrist a comfortable resting place. With manual transmission, the selector lever is in front of the MMI terminal.
In both cases, the volume control and a storage tray are located on the right of the MMI control terminal. This arrangement makes the philosophy of the new A4 family clear. For example, although the interior is focused on the driver, the MMI monitor can be used equally well by the front-seat passenger.
The new MMI display
The monitor is an element in which Audi’s entire design expertise is reflected – with its black display glass with rounded corners, it looks like an exclusive tablet computer. It is just 13 millimeters thick (0.5 in), and has a discreet silver-colored magnesium frame in the top version with MMI Navigation plus.
Operation of the automatic air conditioning is another highlight – especially with the deluxe automatic air conditioning, which has temperature displays integrated into the control dials. Just a few buttons and dials are sufficient for convenient control. When one of the capacitive rocker switches is approached by a finger, its function is shown enlarged on the dark LCD display and selected.
Both the standard single-zone system and the triple-zone deluxe automatic air-conditioning have been completely redesigned. Both systems consume little energy thanks to efficient solutions for the fan motor and fresh-air supply, an efficient cooling circuit and highly flexible controls. However, they provide an extremely high air quality: In both fresh-air and recirculating operation, an active-carbon combination filter removes the smallest particulate matter. The comfort of the experience is rounded out by low noise levels.
With the deluxe automatic air-conditioning, the broad band of air vents allows indirect ventilation while increasing the volume of air circulated. The interior can be air-conditioned in three separate zones; the rear passengers have their own control unit with a digital display. Audi also offers the option of an auxiliary heating system, which quickly warms the interior. In connection with the optional Audi connect operating system, the auxiliary heating can be conveniently programmed with a smartphone app.
The seats of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have also been completely redesigned. With the anatomically shaped front seats, the head restraints can be adjusted not only for height, but also for distance from the head. Many of the model versions have seat heating. Alternatively, the seats can be ordered with partial or full electric adjustment and with electric lumbar support, as well as with heating and ventilation for the sports seats. A central armrest in the front – adjustable if desired and with a large storage space – large door pockets and two cup holders are standard equipment with the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant series. The optional storage and luggage-compartment package includes a rear armrest with two cup holders, nets on the rear of the front seats and other practical storage spaces adjacent to the driver and in the luggage compartment.
The steering wheels are all new; the driver’s airbag is a compact micro-module and allows a better view of the combination instrument. There is a wide range of steering wheels available. The base version is a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with a boss in the form of the Singleframe grille. Depending on the model line and the customer’s wishes, there is also a round boss, a heatable leather-covered steering wheel, a steering wheel with a flatter lower segment, chrome trim in the lower spoke and the plus option for the multifunction feature. The frame of the steering wheel is made of magnesium – the entire interior was designed strictly along the lines of lightweight construction.
Components made of magnesium and a light wire frame are also used in the in rear seats; the substructure of the front seats is made of high-strength steel. Compared with the previous model, the weight of the seats has been reduced by up to nine kilograms. A new carpet, an aluminum brake pedal and foamed defrost ducts in the air-conditioning system shave another four kilograms (8.8 lb) off the weight.
As always at Audi, all materials in the interior of the new A4 and A4 Avant have been selected and processed with the utmost care. Precisely fitted chrome strips border the upper edge of the air vents, the controls of the automatic air-conditioning and the automatic selector lever on the central tunnel console. The door-handle recesses are directly inset into the door trim – a novel and highly attractive detail. All seams are extremely narrow and parallel.
The lighting package has white LEDs in the standard version. The driver can operate the reading lights via sensors. At night, the optional interior lighting package or the optional ambient lighting provide small highlights in the interior. With the top version, the color of the illumination can be controlled via the MMI, in several profiles and in separate zones, including the cup holder. The colors change depending on the mode chosen in Audi drive select. In the door trim, narrow, LED light strips generate effective contour illumination. The colors and materials also underscore the generous dimensions and elegance of the interior; the palette offers numerous new shades and combinations. With the design and design selection equipment lines, the dashboard can be divided into two color zones. There is a choice of black or granite gray for the dark upper area, and of atlas beige, rock gray or black for the lower zone. The same colors are also available for the seat upholstery, as well as nougat brown.
With the upholstery materials, the first stage of options after the standard materials consists of two exclusive materials for the design and sport equipment lines. Alternatively, a robust combination of genuine leather and synthetic leather can be selected. The central panels of the front seats and of the two outer rear seats as well as the side bolsters of the driver’s seats in the entry area are upholstered with leather. Milano leather, the alcantara/leather combination (only for the sport seats) and the top-quality fine nappa leather with contrasting stitching and cording are the finest upholstery available. The supplementary leather package includes the armrests and knee pads.
The large inlays are a significant feature of the interior’s appearance. Audi supplies them in diamond silver gray gloss as standard equipment. Alternatives are printed aluminum ellipse and dark walnut root wood.
S line sport package and design selection
With the S line sport package, the interior is either black of rotor gray. The sport seats are upholstered with a combination of pearl nappa leather and sequence cloth; alternatives are pearl nappa leather with embossed frequency Alcantara or fine nappa leather. The backrests of the front seats always feature S logos in connection with the S line sport package. The inlays consist of brushed aluminum or piano black lacquer. The sport steering wheel, the illuminated door-sill trims and the fender feature S emblems. The sporty appearance is completed with stainless-steel pedals and footrests as well as floor mats with contrasting stitching.
A second highlight for the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant is design selection. In this case, the dashboard is either black or in combinations of the colors granite gray or wapiti brown with rock gray or atlas beige; the same colors are used for the seat upholstery. The materials are the same as those of the S line sport package. The steering wheel is also available in color-matching black, granite gray or wapiti brown. For the decorative strips, the customer can choose between aluminum trimaran and gray natural oak wood. The design selection is supplemented with ambient lighting in varying colors. Both packages have illuminated door-sill trims.
*The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list on the last page of this basic information.