2012 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

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2012 Audi A 4
4.3
Average based on 15 reviews
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Maintains reputation for performance, but ...

by 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...
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 provide any meaningful comments on reliability and value for money just yet. I will comment that the instrumentation is busy and the computer interface can complicate what should be simple tasks. For example, turning on or off the seat warmer is no longer a matter of setting a dial on the console to the desired level. You now have to hit the seat warmer button (which you really can't locate by feel), turn the dial on the computer to the desired level and then punch the dial button to activate it; to turn it off, you have to punch into the seat warmer mode, turn the level down to 0 and then punch the dial again. Not as simple as I'd like it to be, especially when driving in traffic. Also, the instruction manual isn't as well written as manuals for competitors (I also own an Acura). It tends to jump around and instructions don't seem intuitive. I know I'll adjust to the new Audi way of doing things (I last had a 2005 Audi before trying something else) and for now am most pleased with the performance and handling.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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All around great car

by from Providence, RI on June 28, 2012

This is my first sedan since a 2002 BMW 3 series I owned for a few years. Am so happy I bought this car. The ride as so smooth and powerful, it's hard to believe it's a 4 cylinder engine. Have been dr...
This is my first sedan since a 2002 BMW 3 series I owned for a few years. Am so happy I bought this car. The ride as so smooth and powerful, it's hard to believe it's a 4 cylinder engine. Have been driving this for 2 weeks now and couldn't be more pleased. It has great pickup and that extra power on the highway when you need it. I had to set the alarm at 80MPH because I found myself going over without knowing it and I'm no speed demon. I purchased it with the MMI Nav unit and find it to be a very good system, much better than the Tom Tom I owned previously. There are so many options between Nav, phone control and radio that it can take a little while to learn all the features and commands. Will definitely recommend this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Best car I've ever owned.

by from Newark, DE on May 22, 2013

Before this I had never owned a luxury car Besides my husband having a Bmw M3 in the late 1990s so I didn't really know what to expect. I looked at a Bmw 335i and a Mercedes E350. The Mercedes being t...
Before this I had never owned a luxury car Besides my husband having a Bmw M3 in the late 1990s so I didn't really know what to expect. I looked at a Bmw 335i and a Mercedes E350. The Mercedes being the most expensive car I looked at. The Audi A4 was the cheapest car and had far more standard features than the E class or the 335. I didn't know much about Audi as a brand other than my 13 year old son recommended it to me and I'm very glad he did. The Audi was the first car I test drove and I got in and just fell in love intimately. The Mercedes interior was too old and luxurious and the Bmw was too sporty and bland for my taste and in my opinion the A4 blended them in perfectly. While test driving I was shocked how fast it accelerated I thought it was v6 or an underpowered V8 and I was shocked to learn it was a four cylinder! The Quattro all wheel drive system is truly amazing. It was the first winter where I didn't once slide or get stuck. My car stickered for $44,500 and had Standard Leather seats, sunroof, and push to start key entree starting around $32,000! They were all options on The Bmw and Mercedes. To have either the 3 series or E class with the same options I had would of cost more than $50,000. So you are getting great value for your money. The 2.0T engine is amazing. And very fast for a four cylinder and I am a very fast driver and I average about 25 miles to the gallon on premium. I fell in love with this car and I wish I had gotten An A6 or S4 but just getting into the brand will make you love it! I love Audi so much now that I made a vanity plate "Meowdee" showing my love for cats and Audis! With reliability it could be better. There were a few electrical problems that I thought were unexceptional for a car in that class but they were easy free fixes at the dealer ship. Other than that The A4 is a great car! I can't wait to pass it down to my son and possibly get an S4 or A6. I don't honestly think I will ever buy anything else now.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2012 A4 Quattro

by from Edmonton on July 2, 2016

Bought a 2012 A4 quattro sedan with manual transmission in early January 2016. Had it for 7 months and so far no major problems and I really like it. Great looking car. I'm 6'3 and I have tons of leg ...
Bought a 2012 A4 quattro sedan with manual transmission in early January 2016. Had it for 7 months and so far no major problems and I really like it. Great looking car. I'm 6'3 and I have tons of leg room. Very comfortable power adjustable front seats, small rear seats though, especially if taller people are in the front. Great high quality interior that looks fantastic. The MMI controls are a little clumsy but are pretty good once you get used to it. All settings including nearly all heating/cooling plus fan speed are controlled from the MMI. The engine has a decent amount of power and a lot of "pull." The shifting is smooth and easy. The car feels very safe and stable at high speeds, the ride is really smooth but not so soft that it rolls sloppily around corners. It handles well and is really a lot of fun to drive. Its very easy to speed and not even notice. Great steering feel, very easy to turn the wheel at low speeds but it stiffens up at high speeds, which adds to the very stable and enjoyable driving experience. On snowy conditions the all wheel drive system is really great, used a set of all season tires and never had any problems. Can handle a Canadian winter. The car doesn't have a block heater which may be concerning to some, but Audi insists that its not necessary, and I never had trouble starting the car, even on the occasional -30C morning. Another quirk is the lack of a dipstick, so you need to use the MMI system to check your oil. Not a big deal. Overall Im happy I bought this car, its a lot of fun to drive and it looks great. Keep in mind that service/parts can be expensive, so its very important you maintain this car properly. Don't skip oil changes or any required maintenance. Some dealerships offer warranties on their used cars, for these its not a bad idea.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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A4 brakes

by from Plano, TX on January 24, 2014

I purchased my A4 new in 2011. The first winter there was no problem with the brakes. In the winter of 2012 the brakes started squeaking. I thought maybe it’s just cold, but 50 degrees is not cold. I ...
I purchased my A4 new in 2011. The first winter there was no problem with the brakes. In the winter of 2012 the brakes started squeaking. I thought maybe it’s just cold, but 50 degrees is not cold. I took it in and the advisor said it was brake dust build up. He dusted my brakes and they were better for a month. Now in winter 2013 they are squeaking again. Again I took it to the advisor who said it is just what Audi brakes do and I should just brake differently. I called Audi Customer Service and got the same response, it is just what Audi brakes do. I am a person who hates rattles and noises in my cars so this is beyond annoying for me. I would have not bought this car if I had known their brakes sounded like this. The other aspects of the car that could use improvement are the cup holders are too small and the sunglass holder is too small, but I knew that going in. I also think that Audi should have been able to provide Bluetooth audio. Plugging in your phone into the glove box is pretty old technology. The performance of the car is great. I love the look and the comfort it provides and the gas millage is great.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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the excellent 2012 audi a4 quattro

by from NH USA on May 25, 2014

Gorgeous looks in and out. Fabulous performance. juicy handling. For the price you get possibly the world's best vehicle. Can never get enouph drive time.
Gorgeous looks in and out. Fabulous performance. juicy handling. For the price you get possibly the world's best vehicle. Can never get enouph drive time.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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CPO Audi is the way to go

by from MA on July 13, 2014

I found a certified pre-owned Audi A4 on cars.com and I got a great deal on a car I love. You can't beat the warranty and value in buying a CPO.
I found a certified pre-owned Audi A4 on cars.com and I got a great deal on a car I love. You can't beat the warranty and value in buying a CPO.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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cute but uncomfortable

by from Portland on August 17, 2014

If you drive for more than 15 minutes you can count on getting a back ache. The seats are rock hard. I knew by the time I drove the new car home that the Audi A4 is not a driving car. Good to run to t...
If you drive for more than 15 minutes you can count on getting a back ache. The seats are rock hard. I knew by the time I drove the new car home that the Audi A4 is not a driving car. Good to run to the store but not to the beach. It does not offer any luxury, just good handling in a rough riding uncomfortable car!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Best Car in the market for this price ....

by from sunnyvale on January 21, 2015

I bought this car a month ago and i am really enjoying this master piece ... Awesome Pick up, beautiful interior , very good mileage , smoothest driving experience, crisp and loud music system, .... I...
I bought this car a month ago and i am really enjoying this master piece ... Awesome Pick up, beautiful interior , very good mileage , smoothest driving experience, crisp and loud music system, .... I think i am in love this car .. Cons - does not have back up camera , but never mind :)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Coolest Car I've Owned

by from Brecksville, OH on February 9, 2013

Very stylish and great performance. Turbo really makes this car fun to drive. Overall great car that is also reliable.
Very stylish and great performance. Turbo really makes this car fun to drive. Overall great car that is also reliable.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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