Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Cup holders

Applies to: vehicles with cup holders

Storage and convenience
Fig. 75 Rear center armrest*: cup holders

Depending on vehicle equipment, your vehicle may have cup holders in the front center console and in the rear center armrest.

Cup holders in the rear center armrest*

  • Fold the center armrest* downward.
  • To open the cup holders, pull the top cover on the cup holders forward > fig. 75.
  • To close the cup holder, fold the cover back until it clicks into place.


  • Do not put any hot beverages in the cup holder while the vehicle is moving. Hot beverages could spill, which increases the risk of injury.
  • Do not use any breakable beverage containers (for example, made out of glass or porcelain).

    You could be injured by them in the event of an accident.


Beverage containers in the cup holders should always have a lid. Otherwise, the liquid inside could spill and cause damage to vehicle equipment.

Storage and compartments

Storage area behind the rear head restraints

Applies to: vehicles with storage area behind the rear head restraints

The storage area can be used to carry light pieces of clothing.


The storage compartment must not be used to transport heavy objects, hard objects, or animals. Such objects endanger vehicle occupants and increase the risk of injury during sudden driving or braking maneuvers or in an accident.


Make sure that the heating grid strips for the rear window defogger are not damaged by abrasive objects.


To ensure the ventilation functions correctly, the ventilation slots between the rear window and the storage area must not be covered.

Other storage locations

Depending on vehicle equipment, there are a variety of storage areas, compartments, and retainers, such as the glove compartment, for safely storing and securing objects.


  • To reduce the risk of injury, make sure all storage compartments are always closed while driving.
  • Loose objects can be thrown around the vehicle interior during sudden driving or braking maneuvers, which increases the risk of an accident. Store objects securely while driving.
  • Only use the storage compartments in the door trim panels to store small objects that will not stick out of the compartment and impair the function of the side airbags.
  • Due to strength reasons, only secure objects up to 11 lbs (5 kg) with the straps in the luggage compartment. Heavier objects are not adequately secured. There is risk of personal injury.
  • Only lightweight clothing should be hung from the garment hooks in the vehicle. Do not use clothes hangers to hang clothing.

    The pockets of the clothing must not contain any heavy, breakable, or sharp-edged objects. This could impair the effectiveness of the side curtain airbags.

  • Make sure your view toward the rear is not blocked, for example by hanging clothing or objects in the vehicle.


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