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2007 Audi A4

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2007 Audi A4 Review

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With so much to love about Audi's A4, it's hard to find a reason not to own one. From a driving enthusiast's point of view, the A4's quattro all-wheel drive and energetic turbocharged four-cylinder engine make it the ideal car, while young status seekers crave it for its upscale pedigree and reasonably affordable price. Audi even nails the little things many of its competitors overlook, such as providing the front passenger's seat with the same creature comforts as afforded the driver's seat and backlighting every switch and control regardless of importance. If it weren't for the A4's somewhat cramped rear quarters, we'd almost be tempted to call it the perfect sedan.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of paying thousands less for a European sports sedan that is as frugal with fuel as it is quick off the line, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the A4. Optional quattro all-wheel drive is a bonus for Snow Belt residents.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you think a bona fide premium sports sedan has rear-wheel drive and a normally aspirated, non-turbo engine — like the BMW 335i, Infiniti G35 and Lexus IS 350 -- you may find the Audi A4 a little impure for your tastes. Those with larger frames might also find the driving position confining.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2007, the 2.0T models lose a few features such as memory for the driver's seat and mirrors and heated rear seats. The 3.2 receives a standard moon roof and all A4's have new audio systems that don't have cassette decks but are capable of reading MP3-encoded CDs.

Driving the A4

Driving Impressions We drove the six-speed automatic and six-speed manual versions of the A4, each with the four-cylinder turbo engine and quattro all-wheel drive. While the automatic model was a joy on...

the highway — delivering a quiet, comfortable ride — inspiring stability and plenty of power to pass, the transmission magnified the engine's turbo lag in the stop-and-go of city driving.

The manual car, on the other hand, was equally impressive on the highway while also providing more of the kick we expect from a sports sedan. When sunny skies turn to rainy weather the all-weather traction advantages of the renowned quattro all-wheel-drive system are much appreciated and, even in dry weather, we could feel its calming influence while negotiating curving on-ramps and the like.

One-Touch Windows
Even when we expect a vehicle to have four one-touch up/down windows, we're still delighted with their ease and convenience. They make life a little easier.

Wonderful Interior
With clean designs, high-quality materials and top-notch construction, the A4's interior is a nice place to explore.

2007 Audi A4 Details
Interior

The A4's rear seat can be tight on legroom for some, and the front armrest can interfere with the parking brake lever. Beyond these, we find the A4's comfortable, stylish and well-crafted cabin nearly without fault. The textured aluminum is one of the finest examples of interior metal trim we've ever seen, and every surface and seam is pleasing to both the eye and the touch. If you're looking for a nice place to spend a commute, you won't have to look beyond the A4.

Exterior
2007 Audi A4 photo

From the side, it wouldn't be hard to mistake the new A4 for the last-generation car (model year 2002 to 2005). And if your vision isn't what it used to be, you might be excused for confusing the two from the rear. But only from a mile away, on a moonless night in the middle of the Black Forest could you mistake the two models from the front. At first, we thought the Audi family's new trapezoidal big-mouth grille looked even less graceful on the A4 than when we first saw it on the more substantial A6 and A8. But, like its big brothers, the new A4 seems to embrace its new identity a little more warmly every time we see it.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base A4 powertrain includes a four-cylinder turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive. In addition, the well-equipped entry A4 features an AM/FM stereo with in-dash six-disc CD changer, one-touch up/down windows, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, leather-wrapped wheel/shifter/handbrake, power driver's seat, four-way adjustable/multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, fog lights and 16-inch cast alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes a sophisticated anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control, active front head restraints and front, front-side and two-row head-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

In addition to an impressive list of standard features, the A4 also features a long list of options, including a choice between leather and premium leather seating, DVD-based navigation, premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, driver position memory, power passenger seat, glass moon roof, rear-window sunshades, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, wood trim, Homelink, auto-dimming/power-folding outside mirrors, bi-xenon adaptive self-leveling headlamps, retractable high-pressure headlamp washers, 17-inch wheels, a sport suspension and rear side-impact airbags.

Under the Hood

The A4's available four- or six-cylinder engines come with sophisticated new FSI Direct Injection technology designed to deliver increased power and better mileage. The V6 is the smoother and more powerful engine of the two, but the four-cylinder turbo is lighter (promoting better handling), less expensive and delivers better fuel mileage. Also available in varying combinations are front-drive and quattro all-wheel-drive systems, plus six-speed manual, six-speed Tiptronic automatic and continuously variable transmissions. If you opt for the V6, however, you'll have to take it with quattro all-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic.

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/34 (FWD manual), 24/32 (FWD automatic), 22/31 (AWD manual), 22/30 (AWD automatic)

3.2-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 (FWD automatic), 17/27 (AWD manual) 19/27 (AWD automatic)

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2007 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 349 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Problem plagued - wouldn't recommend!

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Unfortunately, I have owned two Audi's and I find them to be problem plagued and expensive to repair. My experience has been consistent with my impression of Audis over the years. I made the mistake of believing the product reviews that indicated that Audi had made significant strides in improving reliability. I have come to the conclusion that Audi has found some way to "game" the rating system because they certainly don't live up to expectations. I also believe that because Audi has obviously become the current "fashion statement" on the road that owners tend prefer to sing their praises rather than admit that they made a mistake. Then again, if you're only leasing one for three years while its on full warranty, then who cares?"

4 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Fun to own!

By on Saturday, April 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive - refined style"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Have had this car for almost 5 years. LOVE driving it in the spring and fall. Very nimble handling and the sport mode really makes it seem like a roadster.....all while having the refined Audi looks."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

have had 6 audi's and this is the best by far...

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 166,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "price, fun to drive, great on gas"

Cons: "trying to get parts at times."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"a dream to drive, in the mountains or on the highway this car is a head turner...so much class and speed...and great on gas....the black interior is great..the only change i have ever made is by adding sheep skin seat covers.."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Fun to drive; high maintenance cost

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Smaller engine with turbo makes for a good balance of fuel economy and performance; Had the car for a while so replaced motor mounts and timing belt. Not cheap. My complaints: glove compartment hinge (almost all 07 a4's i've seen have broken hinges), battery is at the back of the engine ( you'll hurt your back replacing the battery if you're not careful), cigarette lighter plug beneath arm rest is a bit hard to acces. Also the A4 may be a bit small for me. At 6` my right knee is touching the main console. Overall a fun car to drive but may not be the right car for a DIY or someone who keeps their car for a long time."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Amazing first car

By on Sunday, February 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price, very safe, stylish look, fun to drive"

Cons: "wish it had aux hookup"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the first car I've ever had and I've been driving it for about three years now. I have had no issues with it at all and love everything about it!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best Car I Have Ever Owned

By on Monday, December 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good Gas Mileage, Comfort, Style, Quality"

Cons: "Can be costly if you don't keep up on maintenance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely love my 2005 A4 Quattro. I have the automatic with the smaller 1.8T engine. I love this car! The only issues with the interior is the cup holder (as mentioned) when your center console is closed or in the upright position you only have 1 cup holder. Additionally, the hinges on the glovebox are plastic and break very easily (at least on my model). Be careful not to press down on the glovebox door when opening. I would recommend changing your own oil (or having it changed at an AUDI dealership) I tried several local shops none of which did a very good job...If you decide to do it on your own use only a high quality full synthetic (refer to the owners manual). I have also had issues with ignition coils (I was told this is common with this model) do not bring it to shop! This is a $30 part at Autozone that takes seconds to replace on your own (there are several videos on YouTube). I made this mistake and paid the shop $250 twice to replace 2 separate coils...Great Car, my only advice would be to do your research before paying for repairs. Mine has over 150,000 and still runs great!"

12 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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