The Audi A4 is all-new for 2009 and it's a superb road car. The least-expensive model is nicely finished, has an interior hard to beat at the price and makes a very nice commuter without breaking the fuel bank, while the top-end versions are fitted out like executive autobahn missiles. With the 2009 model the A4 has the goods to go up against its German competitors on the road, Japanese competitors on amenities and style, and arguably the best four-cylinder engine in the entry premium segment. Number-crunchers will find that more room, a larger trunk, more power, better mileage, standard leather, and a lower price make a compelling argument.
G.R. Whale filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com.
Model Line Overview
A4 2.0T sedan ($31,000); A4 2.0T sedan Premium quattro ($31,850); A4 2.0T Avant Premium ($34,500); A4 2.0T sedan Premium Plus ($36,700); A4 2.0T Avant Premium Plus ($38,500); A4 2.0T sedan Prestige ($40,000); A4 3.2 sedan Premium Plus ($40,000); A4 2.0T Prestige ($42,300); A4 3.2 sedan Prestige ($43,300)
rear side airbags, all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear camera, park assist
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Audi A4 Avant quattro ($34,500)
leather upholstery, climate control, power steering, power disc brakes, fog lamps, all-wheel drive, Open Sky moonroof, power windows, power locks, power heated mirrors, cruise control, split-fold rear seat, tilt/telescoping steering column, MMI driver interface, alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Ash wood trim, ($400); Audi Symphony sound system ($380); HomeLink ($200); Bluetooth phone prep ($500)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter dohc 16-valve I4 turbo
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
211 @ 4200-6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
258 @ 1500-4200
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
34 cu. ft.
not recommended Lbs.
independent, upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
independent, trapezoidal link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of December 19, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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