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Audi RS4 Avant review – interior and tech

Beautifully built, but a tad dated, the overall interior is only contrived by it’s irritating change of infotainment system

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  • Deftly tuned suspension, linear steering, desirability
  • Powertrain lacks punch and character, rivals sharper, harder and faster

The RS4’s interior is less of a leap from that of standard A4 models than its exterior would suggest, which in many ways isn’t a bad thing. The basic interior layout is one of Audi’s older designs, with a high-mounted screen and physical controls for the air conditioning below. It’s a less contemporary look to that seen in Audi's newer models, but that will be a plus to some.

Compared to the previous RS4, the 2020 model features a larger infotainment screen which is now touchscreen only, losing the rotary dial on the centre console. While the software and response is quick and crisp, the new console feels like an afterthought without the controller present and just isn’t as well integrated as on other Audis.

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Build quality is broadly excellent though, so too the materials, which mercifully eschew the need to wrap every surface in faux leather and pointless stitching. The leather that is used on the seats, door trims and console is Audi’s wonderfully waxy Nappa stuff. Unless you dive into Audi’s Exclusive range, interior colours and finishes are somewhat limited to black on black with a bit of coloured stitching here and there, but the overall aesthetic is sound.

Space inside is good, while the standard pneumatically adjustable seats are superbly comfortable. The touch points are also reassuringly solid; the thin, firm perforated leather steering wheel is neither too big nor too small, although some might still find the flat bottom a tad irritating.

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