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2012 Audi A4
2012 Audi A4
Available Price Range $10,890-$24,806 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 25-26 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Audi A4

Our Take

The A4 was last redesigned for the 2009 model year and comes in sedan and wagon (called Avant) body styles. Audi also offers a performance version of the sedan as the S4, covered in a separate report in the Research section. The five-seat A4 faces competition from the BMW 3 Series, Cadillac CTS,... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Tight backseat for adults
  • Grabby brakes
  • Folding backseat not standard

Notable Features

  • Available eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Sedan or Avant wagon
  • FWD or AWD
  • Available LED daytime running lights


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in March 2011 about the 2011 Audi A4. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. With sales more than double any of its brand siblings, the Audi A4 entry-luxury sedan is effectively Audi's ambassador in the U.S. The R8 sup... Read full review for the 2012 Audi A 4

Consumer Reviews


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Maintains reputation for performance, but ...

by Aristophiles from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2011

Picked up my 2012 Audi A4 6 speed manual last week and had it out for a run on the highway over the weekend. It lives up to expectation with respect to styling, comfort and performance, but can't prov... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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