The Audi A4 remained highly competitive. In fact, this A4 was nearly everything a compact sports sedan should be. It has a solid, high-quality feel and the interior is exquisite. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the ride, though quite firm, is supple and controlled. The cabin is quiet unless you ask the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to work hard.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"very confident and precise handling due to the Quattro AWD system. reasonable fuel economy, quick acceleration and comfortable ride as well."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A4)

"This car is so much fun to drive! Handles, responsive, brakes, it is a pleasure and for less than 32,000 dollars brand new. What a great deal! I bought a 2012 in 2013 when the 2014's were coming out and they wanted it off their lot."

Anonymous, ME (2012 Audi A4)

"Lurching at slow speeds. Then an "unrelated" recall was handled and the lurching improved greatly. So I had to drive 2 years before the problem and still they don't admit a connection. Disappointed."

MARY R., NC (2012 Audi A4)

"Sturdy, reliable vehicle"

Anonymous, LA (2012 Audi A4)

"This is a very responsive and competent car - quick, good handling, comfortable, economical to operate. I take annual road trips and have enjoyed how the car performs."

RONALD B., CA (2012 Audi A4)

"Good acceleration."

SEKAR B., OH (2012 Audi A4)

"Handles great, firm yet compliant suspension, inspires confidence and tracks precisely. Good steering feel, although not as good as a BMW."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Audi A4)

"Outstanding combination of ride and handling. A perfect balance."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Audi A4)

"The 2012 is the last model year that Audi's came with hydrolic, rack-and-pinion steering. From 2013 onward it was been the new electronic steering, which is just deplorable. My car provides exceptional good handling, and in almost every conceivable way (aside from fuel mileage) strikes me as an ideal car."

DANIEL S., NY (2012 Audi A4)

"Quattro handling is outstanding"

CHARLES T., NH (2012 Audi A4)

"Car handles beautifully. Quick response of steering, road grip, and engine have avoided accidents, avoided hitting deer on road, etc. Interior nicely appointed. much better value vs bmw."

Anonymous, OK (2012 Audi A4)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The driver front seat is uncomfortable. Also, the chrome molding is discoloring."

TIMOTHY H., MA (2012 Audi A4)

"Too much road noise. I have changed the tires and its slightly better but would still like a quieter ride."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Audi A4)

"A little low ... hard to get in and out of."

MITCHELL S., WA (2012 Audi A4)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Unfortunately, we have a black color-totally wrong for desert climate."

MARGARET L., AZ (2012 Audi A4)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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