2012 Audi A4 2.0T Premium quattro
(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 9/7/2011 (2.0T Premium quattro)
With a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, acceleration is invigorating, but below-average in this competitive class. Others marques offer V6s with more power, but the A4's fuel economy is very good.
The steering is precise and informative in most situations, however, effort quickly builds up to a level that some might find unnatural. Handling is sure-footed and sporty.
Only slightly biased toward 'sporty,' the A4 offers a ride/handling balance that is perhaps at the top of it's class in this regard.
Wind and road noise are well isolated, however, there's some engine noise when it's revved.
Most cars in this class have similarly multifaceted controllers, but the A4's center console-mounted MMI controller is a a challenge and unnecessarily complicated. Audio, climate, navigation and other systems are equally unintuitive.
Good front and rear visibility aided by the thin pillars. Parking sensors, blind-spt monitoring, and a reverse camera are optional.
Seat Access & Space
The rear seat has a surprising amount of room for the vehicle's class, but only for two people; three rear passengers is too tight.
Cargo & Storage
Trunk has decent size (12.4 cu-ft), but isn't as big as it appears. A low loading height is convenient. Split-fold rear seatbacks are optional to increase cargo-carrying ease.
Standard leather seats are rare in this class, and materials and finish are top-shelf. Solid build quality with only a few minor interior panel gaps.