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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 361 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

Fun to drive expensive to keep

By on Sunday, June 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfy seats, and pretty interior."

Cons: "Expensive to maintain, issues at low miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I was so excited to buy my first car a 2008 audi a4 s-line package for 19000k that had 50000k miles on it. I should've did my research on how exspensive it is to maintain. The engine light came on as soon as i got it, the brakes are already bad, oil pan leaks, and as for interior The passenger seat is manual, the cup holders are in a dumb spot because of middle compartment. No aux cord and no automatic head lightseven tho a 08 and back seat panels fell off on both seats... I love the inside how it looks tho and I think its comfy and big back seat for a small car. Maybe if it wasn't so expensive to keep up I wouldn't mind it but gas, oil change, tires... To much.."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I love this car. Gorgeously designed & detailed.

By on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Attractive and Dependable Transportation"

Cons: "Cup holder and arm rest defects."

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

"I love this car. Gorgeously designed & reliable. Good reputation / positive reviews caught my interest. I am happy with my experience as an Audi owner."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

You should probably buy something else

By on Saturday, April 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,900

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good looks and performance. Fun to drive"

Cons: "Terrible reliability and cost to own."

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

"This is a great second car to toy around with - if you have money to burn. It's a lot of fun to drive and is really comfortable on longer drives. The AWD system is beyond outstanding in the snow. However, the 2005 - 2008 A4 has a group of known issues and most are not inexpensive fixes. They are potentially destructive things if they fail, too. Fuel pump cam follower, oil pump, vacuum pump, coolant flange, PCV (at least 6x the cost of a normal rattle-valve PCV), torque converter, timing chain adjuster, A/C, trunk latch, turbo diverter valve...and that's off the top of my head. Maybe you'll get lucky. I hope so. But if it were me, and it was, buy with a complete extended warranty, or run, as fast as you can, in the other direction. It's worth noting that my car had a complete dealer service record. I still have, or have had, every problem I listed except for the oil pump and A/C."

13 people out of 18 found this review helpful

In the family since new. Outstanding looking car,

By on Saturday, April 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent value at $6,200; Kelly BB says $7,200"

Cons: "single CD player."

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

"Kelly Blue Book has this car in the $7,200 range. The car is beautiful silver, Platinum leather interior, always garaged, washed and serviced regularly. Doesn't use oil. Very comfortable car, easy to drive and control; have never felt nervous, concerned about weight, size, power. I give it a 9/10 rating, only because of age. Love the heated seats in winter.Power sunroof does both tilt and slide. We have it listed for $1,000 below Kelly Very Good Condition car because we have another Audi (Allroad)."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

unreliable car

By on Friday, February 5, 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."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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."

14 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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