2012 Audi A4 Styling

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In 2009 Audi redesigned the A4. It got a more rakish, cabin-back look, with a more aggressive stance, and it still wears 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 cabriolets and coupes, 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 tightly composed look and true presence, and its cohesion. The A4 has serious street presence; with the available sport package, the LED lighting and deep front air dam give it a tougher look yet.

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

The cabin of the A4 is fitted with a binnacle-style dash that omits the big pieces of wood that decorated the A4 in the past. Well-finished, still handsome, the A4 now has a more plasticky cabin with more digital readouts, which seems a shame. The choices between wood and aluminum trim on top models give it a substantial look, better than in its C-Class and 3-Series rivals.

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