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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
With clean designs, high-quality materials and top-notch construction, the A4's interior is a nice place to explore.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
By Kel on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "sporty, quick, AWD, MPG's, bad weather performance"
Cons: "tight back seats, maint. costs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Bought the 08 A4 used with 25,000 miles on it. 50,000 miles later it has been a joy to drive and almost no problems. The turbo goes through oil which took me a while to get use to, but it's done great otherwise. Regular maintenance is more expensive, but other vehicles I've driven in the past have racked up repair bills much larger usually at this point. Hopefully it will last for another 50 K!"
By chris on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,350overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "everything on the car is a pro"
Cons: "gas mileage is not the best"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"so i have owned this car for 1 month today. I have driven 4 thousand miles and driven through a snow storm in the north east and here in nc. i love this car!!!! drove by 4x4 trucks and all other cars on the road who had problems in the snow, not me. its comfortable and drives amazing. only problem i would even suggest would be gas mileage... but i didnt buy an audi to be worries about gas prices. so that being said, the stereo is amazing, handles great, very quick, and heated seats are great in winter. everyone should buy one"
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Dano on Saturday, February 01, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,649overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good for its price."
Cons: "consumes higher than gas average."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car reacts instantly.The paddle shifters allow me to shift gears quick and fast. The stance and lines of the car speak of class. The grip on the road especially during winter is likw driving during summer. It grips.It hugs the corners and turncircles with hardly any body roll. The appointments and comfort creatures in the car speak of class. The engine bay alone is a picture of pride. Because of the horsepower, this car has outdone the Mercedes Benz, the BMW (4 series X5,X3,M3), and Infinit G series."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Alex on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "great car, nice to drive and very comfortable."
Cons: "the trunck latch its not working properly"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"For sale this Audi 2006 Audi 4 Quattro with 136000 miles on it, the car is in good condition. The price is 6500"
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By Elizabeth on Sunday, January 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "great handling, fun to drive! nice lux additions"
Cons: "cam follower failure a problem."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this car as a certified pre owned vehicle. It has been a wonderful ride. Handles like a sports car, yet fits my 90 lb lab and my play gear in the back. Love the luxury options like sensor wipers, temp control interior. radio doesn't get good reception but sound is great. This car does have a major design flaw in engine, which Audi reimbursed me on: cam follower on high pressure oil pump went. at 100k mi. then again at 145k mi. still waiting on reply for 2nd fix reimburse. other than that its been a great ride! mostly gets 30pmg, a little less when idling in winter mos. with good snows its a tank on the road - no issues in winter driving. small back seat so don't plan on lots of travelling companions. sips a little oil every couple of tanks, just keep your eye out."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Constant Repairs Since Purchase on Saturday, December 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Pros: "was fun to drive till it fell apart"
Cons: "poorly made-constant repairs."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought my car 2 years ago and have had nothing but repairs. Some of the repairs are basic replacements- ie: timing belt, water pump, battery, tires, brakes, etc. Which I had paid for all, the biggest complaint is that the repairs are ridiculously expensive. I had to replace the entire fuel tank compartment. Now the turbo has gone out and a quote for that is $5,000. I also need 4 new spark plugs and a whole new block, there is also a fuel emissions leak. The car drove like a dream until it started falling apart. Everyone laughs at me when I tell them I purchased an Audi- they have a bad reputation."
3 people out of 7 found this review helpful