With its latest reinvention, the Audi A4 finally gets the interior space it's been lacking for a car in its price range. Wagons are even more generous with cargo space, though both sedan and wagon could use a higher rear seat for better comfort.
Automobile cites the A4's measurements and proclaims it "significantly longer and wider than the [BMW] 3-series and the [Mercedes] C-class." Edmunds finds the increase in wheelbase and cabin room hands the A4 "some useful rear-seat legroom at last." Few reviews cite the comfort of the Audi A4's seats, but TheCarConnection.com's editors feel the A4 has great front seats and plenty of headroom for all, but the rear seats aren't that comfortable. Our complaint? The bottom cushion is short, the seatback angle is quite upright, and its seating position is low.
Passengers aren't the only ones to benefit from the added space. There's more room for stuff in the A4's "truly huge (i.e. flat, tall, and deep) trunk," says Car and Driver. The A4 Avant wagon tops the sedan with 17.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat, a hold that AutoWeek says "approaches the trunk space in full-size sedans such as the BMW 7 Series." AutoWeek also adds "with the rear seat folded, the Avant's 50.5 cubic feet approaches the space in...the Ford Escape and the Nissan Murano."
The A4's interior still looks better than most from Mercedes and BMW, though it's lost some of its rich wood trim and conservative style. Edmunds says it's "fantastically comfortable," and adds it "looks beautifully modern and wonderfully constructed." Car and Driver feels that "clear attention was paid to the haptic quality of the A4's various buttons, switches, and other ditties that one must twist, poke, or pull."