2012 Audi A4 Styling

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With its last redesign in 2009, the A4 got a more rakish, cabin-back look, with a more aggressive stance, and it continues to wear that look well. A longer hood and more swept-back styling help the latest A4 fit right in with rear-wheel-drive sport sedans (even though it remains front- or all-wheel drive), and it's longer and wider overall than the previous version. Up close, the deep Audi corporate grille tends to fit in a bit better, with its LED daytime running lights and canted headlamps, on Audi A5/S5 coupes and cabriolets, but it's also an attractive look from all angles for sedans and A4 Avant wagons.

Across all of these models, we appreciate the A4's aggressive look and true presence, and how the whole design fits together. From a few paces back, the A4, like the A5 with which it shares its proportions and most of the mechanicals, has serious presence on the street. Add the standout Sport Package wheels and exhaust tips, and Premium-package xenon headlamps and LED running lamps and tail lamps (along with the impressive detailing around the front air dam), and this sport sedan gets quite the look.

The Audi A4's design fits right in with purebred sport sedans, although its luxurious interior no longer stands ahead by leaps and bounds.

Inside, the A4 has a deeper, darker binnacled dash that leaves out the large swaths of wood trim of former models. It's still handsome and well finished, but there's more black and metallic plastic and LCD readouts than ever. The best details? A thick steering wheel, a choice of brushed-aluminum or wood trim, and the ubiquitous starter button, along with a more substantial look than either the rival BMW 3-Series or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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