As I said, I would provide a one year write up of my oddly reliable ‘97 A4. Even though I’ve avoided posting the actual review due to immaturity, here you go. I’ll be doing this in parts rather than one big review. It’s easier that way, trust me.
So yeah, it’s been over a year. These are my findings. Also, my reviewing is done in a lighthearted fashion. Just keep that in mind kthxbai.
Part 1: The Interior.
The interior. It’s where you spend most of your time while driving one would hope, if it’s unpleasant then you’re generally unpleasant and it works like that. My A4 came from the factory with slate blue “Fine Nappa” leather and some kind of wood dash trim. For 140,000 miles the seats show relatively little aging and the wood just does wood things.
Category 1: The Front Seats.
The drivers side seat is power and the passenger seat is not. Nobody knows how to use my passenger seat controls. That’s annoying. Both the drivers and passengers seats are fairly flat and don’t include much bolstering, more than the B7 but far less than the B5 S4. They’re comfortable for short trips, but as soon as you really get into hour+ long drives they start to get hard around the back area. Both of them are heated, with six different levels of heat. Because Germany. The driving position is good, and they are fairly adjustable. Again, the wear patterns on the fine Nappa is superb. Hardly any age showing for a ‘97 with 100k+ miles on it.
Pictured: The front passengers seat area.
Category 2: The Rear Seat.
The rear seat is adequate and includes a storage compartment that folds down from the middle of the seat back and no cupholders because Jesus hates you. There’s also a sorta ash tray thing back there, it’s not really an ashtray but if you use your imagination, it can be whatever the fuck you want it to be. So it’s an ashtray. (It’s not) Legroom is on par with the B7 as in it’s not really that good. I’d say around 5’8 would be the g spot for fitting in there comfortably. The backseats fold fairly flat which is nice. There is also a ski bag thingy in the trunk pass through, that came standard with the cold weather/winter package that my A4 has. The rear seat is fairly comfortable though and has good thigh support.
Category 3: The Dashboard.
The dashboard, complimented with some unknown kind of wood is a rather nice dashboard. It’s a fairly smooth plastic that’s very solid and held together very well. There’s no creaks, squeaks or rattles to be heard. It’s a very simple, yet understated design and it holds up very well even compared to modern day cars. There’s a nice shiny Quattro badge above the glovebox which adds a touch of “I’m better than you in every way” and the transitions between parts of the dash are very smooth and clean. The airbag cover exhibits no lift and everything is where it should be. The glovebox is also nicely padded and locks.
Category 4: The Steering Wheel.
I love my steering wheel. It makes the car for me. Three spokes, Audi sport logo at the bottom and generous bolstering. Leather wrapped of course and my-my is it a great wheel. 10/10 would steer again. During my ownership, I’ve attempted to remove some of the gloss and get it back to a matte finish. It worked a little bit I guess. I’ll try again at some point.
Pictured: The wheel of steering. Yissssssssssssss.
Category 5: Amount of pixels left on the LCD display.
Every single one of them, proceed.
Category 6: Sound system.
It’s a Bose sound system paired with the “Audi Delta” radio. Which doesn’t come with a place to stick CDs. It’s cassettes or get bent. The Bose system is fairly good, I believe it’s got tweeters in the door. Overall good, no complaints here. It’s crisp and there’s adequate bass.
Pictured: My weird radio that doesn’t like CDs. Or you. My radio doesn’t like you either.
Category 7: Cupholders.
There’s two of them, which are really cute pretend cupholders. Would you even consider that a cupholder? I don’t, that’s why I never drink in the car. Neither should you, because you die if you spill anything in there.
Category 8: Fit & Finish/Build Quality.
It’s great. Everything feels expensive, well put together and solid. The center console lid is very sturdy feeling, the entire dash feels great and everything in between is very solid and well put together. Blank buttons are the only shortcut on the interior, it’s a very great place to be inside of.
Pictured: Mein shifter.
Category 9: Interior Toys.
It’s fairly well equipped for a ‘97. Dual heated seats, one power seat, tilt and slide sunroof, Bose audio, power mirrors, ski bag thing and more options I’m forgetting about. All of the interior toys are working just fine and carry out their tasks as they should. The heated seats are especially nice, the passengers side does heat up slower than the drivers side but it still heats up. None of the buttons are sticky and everything is easy to use. Climate control included. Front and rear defrost of course. It’s also equipped with Audi DIS. (Driver information system.) Which was an option in 1997.
Category 10: Aesthetics.
This interior gets praise from nearly everybody that steps into the car, everybody loves how modern and simplistic it is. So do I. Audi did a great job on this one. The night mode is also awesome, red lights...... red lights everywhere. Note: Those aren’t warning lights, the key was in, but the car wasn’t on.
Pictured: Night mode. It’s “aircraft inspired,” how fancy. Also have a nice look at the clock.
Summary: Good/Good points. Remember, this isn’t a review; it’s a wrap up. The interior has been great all in all, I can’t think of any real/valid complaints. Cupholders are my biggest complaint, but that issue can be resolved by not drinking in the car. Which I’m perfectly fine with. There’s actually a space in the door cards that a bottle fits perfectly into. Intended? I say not, Cool? Sure I guess. The interior is my favorite thing about my A4, hands down.
Love it, hate it. You decide, but I love my A4 for what it is.