Luxury cars with black interiors do not usually go well with large breed dogs with brown fur. When we shed a little bit our fur is easy to see and muddy paw prints need to be wiped off the leather with routine care. For instance, a 2012 Audi Q5 I rode around in recently had a brown/cappuccino interior color scheme that was perfect for hiding any signs of canine wear and tear.
But an amazing thing happened in this 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sedan with this ever so black interior. Passengers who rode in the back never noticed any fur, slobber or paw prints even if I had just been riding in the back seat ten minutes prior to their arrival. Either I stopped shedding or the A4 has a magic fur absorbing interior.
Speaking of magic, my A4 tester came with the highly recommended Audi 3-zone climate control system which allows pet owners to adjust the temperature of the air coming through the vents directed at the back seats. That can be a life saver on a hot day! These little luxury touches are the ones that make the Audi A4 special and worth every inch of its billing as a premium luxury sedan.
The car seat buckle receptors in the back seat were exceptionally easy to reach as they were located under easy to remove snap covers so in an A4 there is no need for searching endlessly to find a D-ring hidden under the bottom seat cushion. I need them so my owner can safely buckle me into my safety harness in case of an accident. For more info on pet harnesses and pet safety in your car check out BarkBuckleUp.com.
The 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sedan that I tested came with a handy cargo net in the usefully square shaped 12 inch trunk that would be perfect for securing dog toys during a trip to the local dog beach. I don’t really play with dog toys but then again I don’t quite have the time. How many dogs do you know who write their own car reviews?
As for the Acura TSX sedan, I have road tested three different ones in my life not counting my time in the wagon which as a dog I do prefer. The TSX may not have as much sparkly chrome in the interior but it is a lot cheaper to buy which would always mean more toys, bones and kibble for canine passengers like myself.
What Daisy’s Human Says about the 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro
Leave it to the Germans to not only equip our test Audi A4 with rear seat air conditioning vents for Daisy Mae but to also incorporate a separate temperature control for her usual perch in back. I was also really impressed that even though Daisy Mae rode around in back of the A4 after a beach trip, it was very easy to clean off the minimal paw marks and fur deposits.
Audi’s interior quality reputation is well deserved and it does mean that the A4 features highly durable materials ready for some serious abuse. I was just amazed at how easy it was to give the A4 a very simple cleaning and that the “new car sparkle” would return instantly. Car seat buckles are easy to reach under plastic covers by the seat belt receptors which makes installing a safety harness is a snap (pardon the pun).
Some luxury models are built too delicately to withstand canine abuse as well as the A4 does so if you are used to luxurious amenities but have a dog who MUST go everywhere with you this Audi is a fine choice. Or better yet, check out the wagon version of the A4 that is now called the Allroad.
The 2012 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro does get pricey if you load it with options but it really feels worth every penny from the precision suspension tuning to the mini-A8 limousine exterior styling to the build quality that is the hallmark of any great Audi interior. It is also an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) “Top Safety Pick” for 2012 so you can rest easy knowing the A4 will keep everyone in your family safe in an accident.
Do note that the upcoming 2013 Audi A4 is going to undergo a midlife nip and tuck with a few modest styling and detail changes. So before picking up a 2012 A4 be sure you don’t prefer the 2013 model. Also, a 2013 Acura TSX even in V6 form is far cheaper and better equipped than this Audi. Alas, the Acura’s interior never seemed to absorb dog fur like this Audi.