Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 25, 2009

Summary

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
Model lineup: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)
Engines:211-hp 2.0-liter I4 turbo; 265-hp 3.2-liter V6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic; CVT
Safety equipment (standard):two-stage driver and adaptive passenger frontal airbags, side-impact airbags, curtain airbags, Backguard headrests; electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, tire pressure monitors
Safety equipment (optional):rear side airbags, all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear camera, park assist
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Ingolstadt, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Audi A4 Avant quattro ($34,500)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):Ash wood trim, ($400); Audi Symphony sound system ($380); HomeLink ($200); Bluetooth phone prep ($500)
Destination charge:$825
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$36805
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter dohc 16-valve I4 turbo
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):211 @ 4200-6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):258 @ 1500-4200
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:21/27 mpg
Wheelbase:110.6 in.
Length/width/height:185.2/71.9/56.5 in.
Track, f/r:61.6/61.1 in.
Turning circle:37.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.4/na/41.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.2/na/35.2 in.
Cargo volume:34 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:not recommended Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, upper/lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent, trapezoidal link, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:4.1 in.
Curb weigth:3814 lbs.
Tires:225/50R17
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:16.9 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 25, 2009.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-2834 - www.audi.com