2012 Audi A4

The 2012 Audi A4 Premium Plus: affordable German luxury for the masses

After spending 8 days behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A4 2.0, there is little question as to why this is among the bestselling European luxury cars in the America with tons of amenities inside and an efficient drivetrain that maintains a fun to drive attitude – all under $40,000.

My test vehicle was a 2012 Audi A4 Premium Plus with the 2.0L turbocharged engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and the familiar Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system. My test car was also fitted with the Sport package and the Audi advanced key system for a total price of $39,775 including the $875 destination fee.

The Exterior
On the outside, the 2012 Audi A4 Premium Plus features the S Line exterior package that gives this compact German luxury sedan a very aggressive look. This begins up front, where the S Line adds unique Xenon headlights featuring LED trim that serves as the daytime running lights with the hood running down over the housings – giving the car an angry look. These headlights flank the bold Audi “Singleframe” grille mounted above the unique front fascia that is part of the S Line package. The linear design of the matte black Singleframe grille is echoed in the lower fascia openings that house the circular driving lights. The lower lip of the front fascia angles upward right below the grille – really working to give the front a very menacing look. Sporty, bold, aggressive, angry…call it what you want…the front end of the Audi A4 certainly stands out in a crowd in a very good way.


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