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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 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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