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2008 Audi A4

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2008 Audi A4 Review

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With so much to love about the 2008 Audi 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 nearly-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 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 Mercedes-Benz C350, Infiniti G35 and Lexus IS 350 -- you may find the Audi A4 a little impure for your tastes. Taller folks might also find the driving position somewhat confining.

What's New for 2008

All A4s receive the S line package as standard equipment. The package includes aggressive front and rear fascias, larger side moldings and an integrated trunk spoiler.

Driving the A4

Driving Impressions We drove the six-speed automatic and six-speed manual versions of the 2008 Audi 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 with 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.

Audi Navigation
The simple and intuitive touch screen fits nicely into the dash. Behind the flip-down screen you'll find two SD memory card slots, which can be used to play MP3-formated music files through the audio system.

2008 Audi A4 Details
2008 Audi A4 photo 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 minor points, however, 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 2008 Audi 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 trapezoidal big-mouth grille looked less graceful on the A4 than when we first saw it on the larger A6 and A8. But, like its big brothers, the A4 seems to embrace its 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, four-way adjustable/multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, fog lights and 16-inch 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 seats, driver-position memory, 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 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. The front-drive V6 A4 comes with the automatic transmission only.

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: 20/31 (FWD, manual), 21/30 (FWD, automatic), 20/28 (AWD, manual), 19/27 (AWD, automatic)

3.2-liter V6
255 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD, automatic), 15/25 (AWD, manual) 17/25 (AWD, automatic)

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2008 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 339 Ratings for the 2005 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I can't find one thing I don't like about this car

By on Saturday, November 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
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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, reliable, good-looking, quality"

Cons: "The price"

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

"I have owned my Audi A4 Quattro from fresh off the truck until now, for 7 years and 90,000 miles. This has been a great car to me. I have only had a few minor repairs, which I would expect with any car. I guess the only early repair we had was doing motor mounts, which I suppose could wear sooner with the 6 speed manual, which is what I drive. I am very happy with the quality of the interior, the styling, the comfort, and all the cool little "extras" this car offers. Everything is conformed well to the driver. I would absolutely buy another Audi A4."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This has been the best automobile I've ever owned

By on Monday, October 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Just about everything"

Cons: "You have to be careful entering some driveways"

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

"Purchased new in September 05. Came with everthing included except the Syrus Radio. Equipped with the special suspension and Pirelli P7s."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Outstanding automobile and an outstanding value!

By on Sunday, October 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great comfort / Great fun!"

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

"This automobile is as solid today as the day that I took delivery of it. Most impressed with the gas mileage and cost of ownership. This is the a super value in automobiles. The only maintenance done to this car is the recommended service in the owners manual. My only complaint is the size which I can very easily solve by moving up to the A6 (although I would love to have an A8). I would most certainly have another!"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun & practical"

Cons: "Expensive maintenance"

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

"No complaints... it was a awesome car when I bought it in 07, and still drives the same 7 years later. No major maintenance, other than replacing engine mounts, and regular scheduled timing belt & water pump. Handles great in the snow, and gas mileage is decent. 28 MPG is typical on highway."

5 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car; never had a problem.

By on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

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, has power to merge in traffic"

Cons: "Maintenance pricey at Audi dealer"

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

"This car is easy to drive and performs when required. I have never had an issue other than the trunk latch once. Oil change is at 10,000 miles but costs a little more for maintenance."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

AWD performance is excellent, fun to drive

By on Friday, August 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This is the best car I have owned. It is great in snow and handles well on dirt roads. Ignition switch has been a problem; at times it is hard to unlock the steering wheel; this is the only complaint I have had."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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