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...
highwaydelivering a quiet, comfortable rideinspiring stability and with plenty of power to passthe 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.