2012 Audi A4

Rating8.0

Ranked #4 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$33,300 - $48,700

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Key Spec of 2012 Audi A4
fuel economy

18/21/28

fuel type

Gasoline

horsepower

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2012 Audi A4 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Audi A4 is one of the best-selling cars from the brand, a car that stands perfectly in the compact sedan segment and offers a powerful engine, a refined ride quality, and ample standard features. A total of five million Audi A4’s have been sold till now, so there is no doubt about the reputation of the A4. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Attractive styling

Space in the rear is tight

More Features as standard

Refined ride quality

Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Previously Optional features made standard

Sporty handling

Confusing standard control layout

Minor Changes to optional packages offered 

Good fuel economy

Available AWD Quattro system

Over All Rating

8.0

Out of 10

Pricing and Features7.00
Pricing and Feature8.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance8.70
Fuel Economy9.00
Interior8.80
Exterior7.00
Safety8.30
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Sedan

#5 in Sedan


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Trims

Premium$33,300 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Automatic Front air conditioning
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Front & rear fog/driving lights
  • Rain Sensing Windshield wipers

Premium Plus$33,375 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • 3 zone automatic climate control
  • Auto dimming mirrors
  • Driver memory functions
  • Heated Front Seats

Prestige$33,375 onwards

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Bang & olufsen sound system
  • Blind spot warning
  • Keyless entry and keyless ignition
  • Navigation system

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Colors and Styles

2012 Audi A4 in Brilliant Black color
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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 A4 not only sits in the sweet spot but also offers everything that a person desires these days. The new A4 makes the perfect even better and makes it a better option to choose in the segment. The 2012 Audi A4 rivals the likes of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport, 2012 BMW 328i, and 2012 Infiniti G25 in the segment.


Features
8.0/10

The 2012 Audi A4 is available in three trims. The base trim of the A4, which is the Premium trim, comes with a sticker price of $32,500 and offers a ton of standard features. The Premium Plus and Prestige are the other two trims and get slight bumps in the prices. The two upper trims also come with an extended list of features along with additional technology. The Premium and Premium Plus trims also come with FrontTrak and CVT as standard.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

MSRP (FWD)

$32,500

$36,800

NA

MSRP (AWD)

$33,300

$37,600

$42,800

Key Features

Tilt telescopic steering

Add/Replace to the features of Premium trim: 18-inch alloy wheels

Add/Replace to the features of Premium Plus trim: Driver Select package

 

8-way power-adjustable front seats

Split-folding rear seats

Color TFT MID display

 

Sunroof

Memory seats

Adaptive headlights

 

Automatic climate control

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system

 

Dash-mounted Audi MMI

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

10-speaker sound system

 

Blindspot warning system

 

17-inch alloy wheels

 

 

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The Premium Plus trim is the choice to go for as it adds much-needed comfort and safety features over the standard list of available features. It makes for a better value for money choice than the other two trims. The Premium has too few features for the price point, whereas the Prestige trim has too many features that makes the car more complicated. All in all, the perfect balance of value and features can be found in the mid-range Premium Plus trim.

Engine and Performance
8.7/10

There is only one engine option available in the 2012 Audi A4. The engine is quite punchy yet efficient. It is a 2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 motor that produces 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged engine offers better power than a few other rivals with their standard engine. While most other brands choose a 6 pot engine to power their cars in the segment, Audi uses an inline-4, and while it loses two cylinders, it gains a lot more in terms of efficiency. 

As standard, you get an FWD configuration named FrontTrak along with CVT Multitronic transmission. There is an optional four-wheel-drive Quattro system available in the 2.0T Quattro variants, and it comes with a choice of a standard six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed quick shift automatic transmission. In terms of outright acceleration, 60 MPH comes up in 6.2 seconds. The CVT variant runs a bit slower, covering 0-60 MPH in 7.7 seconds.

Models

2012 Audi A4 Sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport

2012 BMW 328i

2012 Infiniti G25

MSRP

$32,500

$34,800

$34,900

$33,100

Engine 

2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4

1.8-liter Turbo Inline-4

2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4

2.5-liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

CVT

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

Power 

211 HP @ 4,300 RPM

201 HP @ 5,500 RPM

240 HP @ 5,000 RPM

218 HP @ 6,400 RPM

Torque

258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

229 lb-ft @ 2,200 RPM

255 lb-ft @ 1,250 RPM

187 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.7

7.1

5.6

7.4

Quarter mile (sec)

15.8

15.4

14.2

15.8

Top Speed (MPH)

155

131

155

160

BMW is the fastest to 60 MPH, followed by Mercedes. The 328i sedan also offers the most power on paper. The Mercedes C250 has the most underpowered engine of the lot at 201 hp, however, it manages to offer a better torque figure than Infiniti in the competition. While others are RWD, Audi is the only FWD car in the segment. When comparing the price tag, BMW is the most expensive option, although by a slight margin of around $100.

Fuel Economy
9.0/10

The 2.0L turbo inline-4 engine is punchy and offers rapid acceleration, but alongside, it also offers better fuel economy than most other rivals in the segment. While the figures are not exceptionally high, they still are enough to give the A4 a respectable spot. The EPA estimates the 2012 A4 to return 22 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank of 16 gallons, the overall combined range stands at around 400 miles.

Models

2012 Audi A4 Sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport

2012 BMW 328i

2012 Infiniti G25

MPG (City)

22

21

23

20

MPG (Highway)

30

31

34

29

MPG (Combined)

25

25

27

23

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

16.9

17.4

15.8

20

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

371.8/507

365.4/539.4

363.4/537.2

400/580

BMW offers slightly better MPG than Audi, even though the former offers more power. BMW has a slightly smaller fuel tank, but it still offers a better driving range than Audi. Infiniti has the biggest fuel tank, allowing close to 600 miles of driving range on the highway. Despite having the least power output with its 1.8L engine, Mercedes fails to impress in the fuel economy department.

Interior
8.8/10

There is no lack of space upfront in the 2012 Audi A4. Alongside space, you get one of the most comfortable bucket seats that have been put up in a car. They offer good side bolstering, and being a little flat at the bottom, they come with better thigh support. There are no issues with the seating up front, however, once you get in the rear, you will notice the space being a little snug for adults. 

The rear seats have been made a little practical since the redesign in 2009 but remain barely usable for adults. Tall passengers will suffer from less headroom and legroom alike. As standard, you get automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery. Apart from the lack of space, the use of premium materials all around and a well-equipped cabin make it one of the best interiors in the entry-level luxury sedan segment.

Models

2012 Audi A4 Sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport

2012 BMW 328i

2012 Infiniti G25

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/55.5/41.3

37.1/55.5/41.7

40.3/55.1/42

40.5/55.6/43.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.5/54.3/35.2

36.9/55/33.4

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.7/55.2/34.7

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.4

12.4

17

13.5

All the cars offer identical seating inside, which makes them all equally comfortable. BMW again has the biggest trunk, whereas the Audi lacks in terms of cargo space by having the smallest trunk at 12.4 cubic feet. All the sedans offer seating space for 5, which is the segment standard. Standout interior features include:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver memory functions
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2012 Audi A4 Sedan’s infotainment unit?

Audi uses its signature MMI infotainment system in the 2012 A4. This system is more like the iDrive system from BMW. It comes with a rotary control that helps you control the functions of the infotainment system. Although it comes with many features, Bluetooth connectivity, which should be a standard feature, is an option, and there is no availability of a USB port. 

The MMI Plus Navigation package available on the Premium Plus trim adds a navigation system with real-time traffic, digital music storage, HD radio, and voice controls. The Prestige trim comes standard with the Navigation package and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. Standout infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Available 10 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Satellite radio
Exterior
7.0/10

The A4 had a major redesign in 2009, which results in 2012 MY still looking fresh. The corporate grille with a lower stance and a wider body gives the car a sleek yet aggressive look. As standard, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, and automatic headlights, while it can be upgraded to 18-inch wheels in the Premium Plus trim along with sporty S line bodywork. The Prestige trim can be had with optional 19-inch wheels along with standard adaptive headlights and a power liftgate.

At the front, the hood also becomes longer, and the LED daytime running lights with the canted headlights are a part that you can also see on the A5 sedan, and it gives the car a better look from all angles. In short, even after 3 years of getting a major redesign, the A4 still looks excellent. The sedan weighs 3,505 lbs and stands 5 inches above the ground.

Models

2012 Audi A4 Sedan

2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport

2012 BMW 328i

2012 Infiniti G25

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,505

3,319

3,406

3,534

Length (in.)

185.2

180.8

182.5

187.9

Width (in.)

71.9

69.7

71.3

69.8

Height (in.)

56.2

56.3

56.3

57.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

5

NA

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

110.6

108.7

110.6

112.2

BMW has the highest ground clearance, thus it would offer a better ride over rough surfaces, and will overcome high road obstacles and bumps easily. Audi is the heaviest, while the Infiniti G25 is the lightest and is also the longest. When comparing the wheelbase of the sedans in the competition, Infiniti offers the longest wheelbase at 112.2 inches. Standout exterior features include:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Sunroof
  • Sporty S line bodywork
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Power liftgate
Safety
8.3/10

Audi is a premium brand and thus has given full attention to making the A4 as safe as it can practically be. With a host of safety features and structural improvements, it passed the tests conducted by the top safety institutions with flying colors. IIHS gave it the top rating of ‘Good’ in almost all the tests and also awarded it with the ‘Top Safety Pick’ title. NHTSA revised their testing for the current year, and in that, A4 managed to score an overall rating of four out of five stars. The standard list of safety features include airbags, traction control, and stability control with ABS. Standout safety features include:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Active braking guard
  • Lane Departure warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
Final Verdict

The Audi A4 saw a generation change in 2009, and it has come a long way from there. But still, it remains one of the best-selling cars, which further states how good it is. In the segment, the sedan seems to be one of the best choices as it offers a good engine, upscale and premium interior, and a performance-based ‘S’ version. The only disappointment seems to be the outdated infotainment system with a lack of connectivity features and less space at the back. Apart from these minor issues, you will be more than happy to buy the 2012 Audi A4.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$47300

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

183 cu in

horse power

333 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 2900 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

dimensions
length

185.7 in

wheelbase

110.7 in

width

71.9 in

curb weight

3847 lbs

Height

56 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

90 cu ft

cargo volume

12.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Audi A4 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$39,645
5 Year Cost To Own
$61,844
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $61,844
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$9,558$3,554$2,903$3,254$2,844$22,113
Insurance$1,694$1,753$1,815$1,878$1,944$9,084
Fuel$2,015$2,075$2,138$2,202$2,268$10,698
Maintenance$74$1,189$883$2,573$2,545$7,264
RepairsNANANA$922$1,415$2,337
Financing Interest$2,132$1,715$1,269$794$287$6,197
Taxes and Fees$3,307$243$220$201$180$4,151
Total Cost-To-Own$18,780$10,529$9,228$11,824$11,483$61,844
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