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2007 Audi A4

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2007 Audi A4 Review

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When it comes right down to it, the A4 Avant Wagon makes so much more sense than the A4 sedan. The shape does not detract from the A4's stellar handling or straight-line performance, nor does it add much weight to the overall design. The Avant Wagon is stylish enough not to be confused with (or ridiculed by association with) those wood-sided station wagons of the past, and the added storage space inside is augmented by additional storage capacity on the elongated roof. With its standard quattro all-wheel drive, the A4 Avant can do everything except tow a trailer and go off-roading, although we're quite sure some Audi loyalists have attempted both. One can't even argue with the A4 Avant's premium price as its closest competitors, the Volvo V50, BMW 3 Series and Subaru Outback, all fall within the same range.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've been shopping for a small SUV, but you dread giving up the fun-to-drive factor only a European sport sedan can provide, the A4 Avant should be at the top of your test-drive list. On slippery surfaces the quattro all-wheel-drive system will give any SUV a run for its money.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Avant's rear cargo hold is modest at best. If you're looking for a big rear seat and more storage, the Volkswagen Passat Wagon may be a better choice.

What's Significant About This Car?

The A4 Avant 2.0T models lose a few options, such as memory for the driver's seat and mirrors and heated rear seats. The 3.2 receives a standard sunroof and all A4s have new audio systems capable of reading MP3-encoded CDs.

Driving the A4

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

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

With the manual transmission, on the other hand, the A4 was equally impressive on the highway while also providing more of the kick we expect from a sports sedan. Although sunny skies prevented us from experiencing the all-weather traction advantages of Audi's renowned quattro all-wheel-drive system, we could definitely feel its calming influence while driving on curving on-ramps and the like.

Quattro All-Wheel-Drive System
The quattro all-wheel-drive system is worth its weight in gold. It provides outstanding traction and works seamlessly with the rest of the drivetrain.

Backlit Buttons
It's easy to find everything from the cruise control to the vent knobs at night, thanks to a thoughtful use of red LED lighting.

2007 Audi A4 Details
Interior

In the passenger compartment, everything is exactly as you'd find in the A4 sedan. Audi has set the benchmark for interior styling, content and assembly, and the A4 continues to please; not just with its leather and power features, but with its acute attention to detail. Thanks to generous backlighting of the various controls, any switch that can be seen in the daytime can also be seen at night—even the dash vent controls are backlit. Cargo space with the rear seats up is adequate for most daily use, but for big jobs you'll want to fold down those rear seats.

Exterior
2007 Audi A4 photo

Last year's overhaul brought the A4's new signature wide-mouth grille and cat's-eye headlamp treatment, the same as seen on the A6 and A8. Though no one will mistake the new A4 for a Lexus, the rounded edges that characterize some Japanese designs have somewhat supplanted the traditional reserved Audi look. As always, the A4 Avant's build quality is quite good, as is the depth and luster of the paint.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The A4 Avant comes with a six-speed manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. it also features an AM/FM stereo with six-disc MP3-compatible CD changer, power door locks, power mirrors, one-touch up and down power windows, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth seats, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped four-way adjustable multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, rear wiper/washer, fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels. The A4 Avant's standard safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control, active front head restraints and front, front-side and two-row head-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

The A4 Avant offers an extensive list of options, some of which are grouped into packages. The Premium Package adds numerous comfort and convenience features, including a power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. The S Line Package requires the Premium Package, is available only with the Ebony interior, and offers sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and sport-oriented trim. An Audio Package provides a Bose sound system and SIRIUS Satellite Radio; a Cold Weather Package adds heated seats and a ski rack, and there are some stand-alone options as well. Since prices of the packages can vary substantially, you'll do best to see an Audi dealer for more specifics.

Under the Hood

The A4 Avant is available with either a four- or six-cylinder engine, each 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 is a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

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: 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: 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 358 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Love this car! But...

By on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 123,100

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, beautiful & great gas milage"

Cons: "eats oil and which turned to costly sludge buildup"

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

"I bought this car in Nov 2006 (its a 2007 model). I've had to add a quart of oil in between oil changes since I bought it. I was told it was normal. I've had regular oil changes and maintained all my service records. Currently I have 123k miles on it. In the past year, I've had multi issues/mechanic repairs done. First was the motor to the power top $800. Next biggest issue was the fuel pump. I was told it be cost nearly 3k but later found out it was a oil sludge issue and only cost me 1500. Replaced several sensors, and now the thermostat has to be replaced. I've spent about $3500 in the last 6 months on various repairs. I will say, up until now, I've had no major mechanical problems. And I LOVE this car...I just wish I knew about the oil issues before I bought it. Apparently it was an issue with this year and make and has since been resolved."

unreliable car

By on Friday, February 05, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

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

"After purchasing a pre-certified Audi A4 with 19K miles on it, I had a very bad experience with it. every year it goes to mechanic shed twice or thrice besides regular maintenance schedule. In my experience audi do not focus on engine parts and its reliability. I took very good care of it by driving it politely and having comprehensive service. It is such a pain to me to own an AUDI without realizing it involves huge maintenance cost after exceeding mileage of 40K. If I had to count normal wear & tear, I believe every part of my car engine is happily eligible to be replaced with in 100k mileage range. That much reliability I get form my Audi. With that money I would own couple of new cars. I would say my car spent more time in service station than on road."

THIS IS THE WORST CAR EVER

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "roomy for its size. (I'm 6'5 )"

Cons: "everything else"

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

"Back in August of 2015 my grandfather financed for me, my very first car. we received from a private seller and the 2005 audi a4 was in seemingly PERFECT condition. no scratches, dents, only 65,000 m , clean inside, the perfect deal right?? NO. at first the car was flawless and does have its pros. but then one by one things went wrong. over the course of a year these problems have occurred: The pass.seat is stuck laid back and wont move, the rear pass window broke, the car leaked and flooded , transmission problems, it over heated, jumped back and forth when accelerating from a stop, it didn't start in the morning, it had problems with the A/C AND defrost over 4 different times. the cv joint on the drivers side failed and as of the present the cv joint AXLE Came undone and the car no longer moves, It had a Freon, coolant and oil leak, pieces here and there began to come apart. I.e: Grill parts, the audi symbol on the engine, pieces of the cabin such as plastic coverings and a broken glove box. this car is nothing but a mess. I took care of the car as best as I could but unless you have a REALLY good mechanic, Id think about getting a different convertible."

This vehicle is a quality car with a lot of life

By on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great speed, great car to drive"

Cons: "no quatro, it has a dent in the rear driver door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

the sun roof is nice

"the quality and comfort of this car is great. this car is a joy truly to drive. it has a dependable quality motor and great safety features. I loved taking trips I the car. I'd say the bose speakers in the car is my favorite feature and the turbo engine is nice as well. the only thing I am not to thrilled about is the price to repair the car, but that's normal for audi cars."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

the sun roof is nice

Enjoyable and very stylish affordable car to drive

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun and easy to drive. Has good handling."

Cons: "Car lags for a sec when accelerating from a stop."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Driving by the beach, blacked out rims

"I bought the car when it had 70,000 on it. I love it even more everyday that I have it. Now I'm at 77,000 miles and the car runs great. Maintenance is very affordable compared to other competing german cars! Its better to use 91 octane for this car. Using any lower grade gasoline will decrease the cars overall performance, and the car will waste more gas! On reliability, I give the car 8-10 because I had to replace an axel, thankfully they make aftermarket axels for this car, so I saved a lot of money. Other than that, the car is amazing! Would recommend this car to buyers. If you want a luxury german car, go with an Audi because they are more affordable to maintain than competing german cars!"

23 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Driving by the beach, blacked out rims

Very comfortable; handles the road

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Stylish, hugs the road, maneuvers very well"

Cons: "tends to leak oil"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Audi A4 Quatro is a joy to drive, both on the highway and in the city. It fearlessly hugs the road at higher speeds, giving the driver a complete sense of control and safety. The driver's seat is totally adjustable for a form fit to your body. The high end sound system makes for enjoyable listening for CDs and the radio. The body style is classy and impressive. It's a very solidly built car."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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