2012 Audi A4 Review

2012 Audi A4 Review Based on parent company Volkswagen’s B-platform, the first-generation Audi A4 was first introduced in 1994 in both front-wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive configurations. The fourth-generation 2012 Audi A4 is a solid contender in the entry level luxury sedan category, and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.

The BuyingAdvice Team Says:

The 2012 Audi A4 is competing in a tough category, as other German brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz have equally brilliant offerings in the market. But the 2012 Audi A4 manages to combine ample amounts of luxury, driver involvement, and an impeccable interior for the price.

What’s New For 2012:

Aside from a few changes to various option packages and standard features, the Audi A4 remains basically unchanged for 2012.

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What is the Predicted Reliability:

In the Initial Quality Study of J.D. Power and Associates, the 2012 Audi A4 got a decent 3 out of 5 in overall vehicle quality. Early models that were made between 2006 and 2008 had minor problems with the engine, but models that were manufactured 2009 and onwards had no recurrences of the nasty engine problems experienced early on.

Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:

The 2012 Audi A4 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2012. It got the highest score of ‘Good’ in side impact and front offset as well as roof strength tests. The A4 also comes standard with traction/stability control, front side/side curtain airbags and antilock brakes.

Pros and Cons:

+ Plush cabin
+ Balanced handling
+ Impressive fuel economy

– Not enough cargo space on A4 wagon
– Buttons on the center stack are confusing

Head-To-Head Competition:

The BMW 3-Series costs a couple thousand more in base trim, but it has 29 more horsepower from its base 4-cylinder engine. The Mercedes C-Class similarly costs a couple thousand more but it has 10 less horsepower compared to the Audi A4. The BMW 3-Series returns 24/36 MPG while the Mercedes C-Class is good for 21/31 MPG in city and highway driving. The 2012 Audi A4 returns an EPA average of 22/30 MPG.

What Others Are Saying:

"Fuel-efficiency, excellent styling and a well-crafted interior are hallmarks of the 2012 Audi A4 line." – KBB.com

"The 2012 Audi A4’s handling is neutral and secure, even more so when the car is equipped with all-wheel drive." – Edmunds.com

"The A4 is even better than before with its previous shortcomings addressed by Audi. The interior is more refined, efficiency has increased, and it even looks better." – MotorTrend.com

Read more about the 2012 Audi A4 at the Audi manufacturer site.


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