2012 Audi A4 Review

2012 Audi A4 Premium Plus 2.0 turbo quattro from North America

Model year2012
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo quattro Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-5


Pretty, but uncomfortable for long trips


Squeaky sunroof when closing.

Squeaky shifter.

General Comments:

This is a very pretty car. I have it in bright red. It is very reliable and the manual transmission is smooth. The quattro has gotten me out of a jam a few times.

The seats are not comfortable at all. They are hard and my lower back hurts after a three hour trip. I did not have this problem in my Saab 9-5, nor do I when I drive my wife's Volvo XC90.

I am not convinced that the sports seats would have been more comfortable for the long haul. I have sat in a model with sport seats, and they were very stiff as well.

I will buy a new car in about three years, and I will pay attention to the seats. I probably won't return to Audi unless they pad their seats a little more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2013

11th Dec 2013, 00:00

If you love the car, you could have the seats reupholstered.

11th Dec 2013, 13:43

Not many match SAAB or Volvo seats for long-distance comfort. Had a few Audis before, the seats are pretty average, but a friend's A4, same age but with the 6-cylinder engine, had comfortable seats. I think they offer more than just sport and normal seats, there may be another variant they use for upper trim variants.

29th Jan 2014, 12:26

I drive a recent Audi and the seats are indeed rather stiff... If you are used to (have driven with) soft seats, then it's not going to be a pleasure to sit in a Audi.

30th May 2014, 07:25

I am the original poster. I sold my 2012 Audi A4 last week and bought a 2009 Volvo S80 V8 on CPO, loaded. My family is growing soon and the A4 is just too small. The Volvo seats are far superior in terms of comfort.

I will post my experiences with the Volvo S80 V8 in a few months. So far I have been very happy.

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 1 review