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2012 Audi A4

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2012 Audi A4 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

It's been three years since Audi last changed the A4; a period of time that typically sees a vehicle's exterior age a bit as newer competition hits the scene. But the 2012 Audi A4 continues to look just as fresh and compelling as ever. With a choice efficient and powerful engines at the ready and generous interior room, the A4 Sedan, A4 Avant and S4 Sedan offer buyers plenty of refinement and creature comforts, with an eye toward performance and style, while remaining competitively priced. Though the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Cadillac CTS and Infiniti G37 Sedan have steadily improved over the past few years, the Audi A4 continues to hold its own.

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Fuel efficiency, excellent styling and a well-crafted interior are hallmarks of the 2012 Audi A4 line. Buyers searching for an attractive sport sedan with appropriate levels of standard equipment and a host of available technology will find the 2012 Audi A4 very appealing.

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Like other German luxury vehicles, equipping the A4 with the full range of available options can quickly increase the price tag on the A4 to wallet-busting heights. While the A4 offers a nice level of standard equipment, a top-of-the-line model will cost you dearly.

What's New for 2012

For 2012, the Audi A4 Premium Plus and Prestige models now come equipped with the Audi S line appearance package as standard equipment, and they also have stylish new 18-inch ten-spoke wheels.

Driving the A4

Driving Impressions The 2012 Audi A4 prioritizes precision over outright comfort on the road, though you won't hear us complain. The suspension manages to find a middle ground between the typically-soft Mercedes-Benz...

and the more-rigid BMW ride philosophies, which means that the A4 is a slightly sharper-handling machine than the C-Class. With its lightweight chassis and generous interior volume, the A4 makes a strong case for itself. And, with its responsive 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder engine, the A4 has more than enough horsepower and nearly instantly-available torque.

Turbocharged Engine
In a class dominated by inline and V-6 engines, the 2012 Audi A4 stands apart with a boosted 4-cylinder that delivers smooth and plentiful power as well as top-notch fuel economy.

S line Package
For buyers who want to maximize the 2012 Audi A4's sportiness without climbing into S4 territory, the S line Package includes 19-inch alloy wheels and performance tires, more aggressive suspension tuning, subtle exterior enhancements, upgraded upholstery and genuine brushed-aluminum trim.

2012 Audi A4 Details
Interior

Audi has a reputation for crafting superb interiors, and the 2012 A4 is no exception. Standard equipment includes a handsome four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and a sportier three-spoke design is optionally available. There is a wide range of interior trim treatments for 2012, including aluminum or wood inlays and attractive red LED accent lighting in the headliner to illuminate the center console. Leather seating surfaces are standard equipment, and Alcantara inserts are available, as are special sport seats with more bolstering.

Exterior

Buyers familiar with the rest of the Audi lineup will recognize the company's single-frame grille and stylized LED accent lighting in the front of the 2012 A4. The A4 Avant, or wagon version, comes standard with aluminum roof rails, though blacked-out equipment is also available. The S4 has more aggressive body treatments befitting its sporting nature. The A4, A4 Avant and S4 all have a clean design that is still very attractive after three years, and a variety of wheel options allow individualizing the stylish appearance.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Audi A4 line is available in three trim levels. The base trim is Premium, and there's very little that's basic about the standard equipment, with 17-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, leather seating surfaces and Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as numerous other creature comforts. The Premium Plus designation adds Bluetooth connectivity, LED daytime running lights and many other worthwhile features. Finally, the Prestige trim adds navigation and an HD Radio paired with an impressive Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

Optional Equipment

Audi has made navigation a stand-alone option on all A4 models for 2012. The A4 Premium also has the S line appearance package that includes different front and rear fascias, side skirts, unique door sills and badging. In the Avant configuration, the package also includes a power rear liftgate, and all body styles have driver memory. A4 Premium models also include adaptive front lighting and a lane-change assist system.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Audi A4 is powered by an efficient 2.0-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 211 horsepower and delivers noteworthy fuel economy. Front-wheel-drive versions of the A4 feature a continuously-variable transmission (CVT), while those with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system have a 6-speed manual or the excellent 8-speed Tiptronic automatic. Regardless of transmission or drivetrain, the A4 continues to be among the most fuel-efficient luxury-branded sedans on the market, beating the BMW 328i and Infiniti G25 Sedan, each of which offers considerably less torque than the Audi. The sportier S4, meanwhile, boasts a powerful 3.0-liter supercharged, direct-injection V6 engine that offers V8 performance and still-impressive fuel economy.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4,300-6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,200 rpm
EPA City/Highway Mileage: 22/30 (FWD, CVT), 21/31 (AWD, manual), 21/29 (AWD, automatic)

3.0-liter supercharged V6
333 horsepower @ 5,500-7,000 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque 2,900-3,500 rpm
EPA City/Highway Mileage: 18/28 (S tronic automatic), 18/27 (manual

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2012 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 131 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Best vehicle I have ever driven

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,900

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "receive many compliments,beautiful looking car,fun"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have driven a plethora of different brands of vehicles and AUDI still is my favorite by far. I love all the models they offer and will be back to update my vehicle soon.Great brand,great car,no complaints."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I Love Audis'

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "amazing smooth drive"

Cons: "a bit expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this is the 3rd audi we have owned and we currently also own a Q7. for me, once you get used to driving an Audi all wheel drive , you just cant go back to anything else! it's mainly about the drive for me. but they are also very stylish and sleek and comfortable cars. I love the audi symbol too and think it is classy and elegant."

Cheap.

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks nice"

Cons: "Unimpressive drive, cheap feel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I was looking forward to owning an Audi after having some issues with my BMW. I have never driven a cheaper feeling car (including an old, old Jetta). The transmission can't figure out how to smoothly transition into/out of first. It caps your acceleration, unless you're in sport mode (so don't bother trying to merge onto a highway). Every feature you go to look for, basics, are all missing. You can't fold your seats down. There is no compass. These are not luxury items, but your luxury car does not offer them. The handling is pretty decent, its a nice looking vehicle. Seats are relatively comfortable & the display is nice. I've had positive experiences with the service departments, but I have had this car for six months and I'm already moving on."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Wonderful car. The best I ever had.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Thought I needed a bigger vehicle

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great gas mileage,"

Cons: "Could use bigger cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Now this is a great car. It is beautiful, well engineered, gets great gas mileage and drives like a sports car. I regret trading the A4 in. I wish I still had it. I took the A4 on a trip back in 2012, and I drove 840 miles, with my dachshund in my lap, in one day and was barely fatigued. I have never been able to do that with any other car."

19 people out of 41 found this review helpful

Great, all the car you need!

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,522

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Practically everything"

Cons: "Everything and wvery service is expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Mine is a 2011 A4 Prestige Quattro S-line with many packages. It is a dream to drive & I'm never concerned about manueverabilty, endurance, pick-up speed, comfort or security. I also bought it with safety concerns foremost. Always like Audi but this is my first, though I drove the last gen A4. With the stuff I have + its standard stuff it is worth way more than the BB price reflects. I cannot now go buy "my" car at anywhere near the price I paid for it."

16 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Best buy among German imports

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Ride, handling, interior"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This 2015 A4 replaces my 2012 A4 when the lease ended 6 months ago. The A4 with the 6 speed manual and quattro makes for a dynamic driving experience without the harsh ride. I looked at the BMW 328xi and the Merc CLA250 as an alternative but the Beemer was $7k more once all the options Audi includes as standard are factored in and the CLA250 was too soft a ride and not nearly as quick off the line."

13 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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