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2009 Audi A4

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2009 Audi A4 Review

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While Audi's lineup has increased over the years, the A4 Sedan and Wagon (Avant, in Audi-speak) has remained been the German automaker's volume leader, thanks to its ability to blend spirited driving performance with passenger comfort at a reasonable price. Although other comparable luxury offerings – like the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Infiniti G Sedan – may have been the headliners in recent years, the capable A4 has always been there, biding its time in the wings and waiting to swiftly enter stage right. Finally, it now deserves the spotlight again: with bolder exterior styling, a more spacious interior, a re-tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged TFSI engine and an enriched list of available content, the 2009 Audi A4 is ready for its close up.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a mid-size luxury vehicle that appeals to drivers with its on-road performance and to passengers with its well-designed interior, the 2009 Audi A4 deserves your attention. Class-leading fuel economy, a noteworthy list of standard equipment and a reasonable starting price certainly don't hurt, either.

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Although the 2009 Audi A4 is very well-packaged, it can still climb above $55,000 territory when fully-loaded – more than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS. And, despite the extensive technology that Audi has made available for the A4 it still only offers slower DVD-based, and not hard drive-based, navigation.

What's New for 2009

The fifth-generation 2009 Audi A4 gets a well-deserved re-do, most notably a sizeable increase in interior room, enhanced optional and standard equipment lists and a more powerful 2.0-liter, 211-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Driving the A4

Driving Impressions Thanks in part to a wider track and longer wheelbase, the 2009 Audi A4 Sedans and Avants we drove felt remarkably well-balanced and solid on the road and extremely comfortable...

inside. Although the 3.2-liter V6 was undoubtedly the most fun to drive – especially when paired with the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission – the more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four proved to be relatively lag-free and definitely offered the most bang for the buck, with a smile-inducing 258 pound-feet of torque. Those disappointed by the lack of RWD should consider the very capable quattro AWD system with a 40:60 front/rear bias, standard on the Avant.

Well-designed Interior
There's nothing like the welcoming feel of supple and supportive leather seats, touch-worthy surfaces and intuitively placed controls to make being a passenger inside the A4 just as pleasurable as getting behind the wheel.

Bang & Olufsen Sound System
Standard on Prestige trims, this stellar 505-watt, 10-channel, 14-speaker sound system is a welcome addition to the A4's interior for those who want to listen to their MP3s and CDs in crisp, well-balanced sound.

2009 Audi A4 Details
2009 Audi A4 photo Interior

Audi's careful attention to touch-worthy surfaces, ergonomically-placed controls and supportive seats makes just sitting inside the A4 an experience. Although it does offer some fun extras – like the impressive 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system – the A4 is equipped at base level to meet most people's needs. The trunk of the A4 Sedan boasts an impressive 16.9 cubic feet of space, but those wanting more will find a better fit in the A4 Avant: With best-in-class cargo room, a reversible cargo floor, luggage retainer set and electric tailgate, this wagon can be customized to suit a number of needs.

Exterior

The 2009 Audi A4 is longer, stronger and (dare we say it?) sportier than before. Up front, a shorter front overhang highlights a longer hood and typical oversized Audi grille in stone gray or high-gloss black. Those who wish to draw even more attention to the A4's front end can opt for the bi-xenon headlights with R8-like LED daytime running lights. Rounding out the A4 2.0T Premium's look are standard six-spoke 17-inch wheels, while moving up into 3.2 territory nets flashier 10-spoke 17s or five-spoke 18-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The A4 offers up to three well-equipped trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Premium vehicles include a Multitronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), electric parking brake, sunroof (panoramic on the Avant), automatic climate control, Audi Multi-Media Interface with 6.5-inch screen, leather seats and a 180-watt 10-speaker sound system. Moving up to the Premium Plus/Prestige trims brings bi-xenon headlights with R8-like LED daytime running lights, three-zone climate control, an iPod interface and a six-disc in-dash CD player. A Bang & Olufsen 505-watt sound system is also standard on the Prestige trim. All trims come with six airbags and electronic stability/traction control.

Optional Equipment

When it comes to outfitting the 2009 Audi A4, most options are tied to trim level. The Premium trim offers Bluetooth, a six-speed manual transmission, iPod integration and 18-inch wheels, while opting for Premium Plus presents a DVD-based navigation system with back up camera. Audi's most desirable options are tied to the Prestige trim and include the S-line styling package, Audi drive select (adjusts the steering, suspension and shift points) and 19-inch wheels. A few options are available regardless of trim, like rear side airbags, quattro all wheel drive and Tiptronic automatic transmission with or without paddle shifters.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Audi A4 offers two engine choices, both with direct injection: A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (known as TFSI) and a 3.2-liter V6. In addition, the A4 presents three different transmissions, including a Multitronic Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT), a six-speed manual and a paddle shifter-equipped Tiptronic six-speed automatic. Unlike many of its competitors, Audi chose to furnish its base model with the CVT and not the manual transmission, thereby boosting fuel economy to best-in-class ratings of 23/30 city/highway mpg.

2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 5300-6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-4200 rpm
EPA Estimated City/Highway Mileage: 23/30 (FWD, CVT), 22/30 (AWD, Manual), 21/27 (AWD, Automatic)

3.2-liter V6
265 horsepower@ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000-5000 rpm
EPA Estimated City/Highway Mileage: 17/26

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2009 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 128 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Wonderful car. The best I ever had.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Thought I needed a bigger vehicle

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, great gas mileage,"

Cons: "Could use bigger cup holders"

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

"Now this is a great car. It is beautiful, well engineered, gets great gas mileage and drives like a sports car. I regret trading the A4 in. I wish I still had it. I took the A4 on a trip back in 2012, and I drove 840 miles, with my dachshund in my lap, in one day and was barely fatigued. I have never been able to do that with any other car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great, all the car you need!

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,522

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: "Practically everything"

Cons: "Everything and wvery service is expensive"

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

"Mine is a 2011 A4 Prestige Quattro S-line with many packages. It is a dream to drive & I'm never concerned about manueverabilty, endurance, pick-up speed, comfort or security. I also bought it with safety concerns foremost. Always like Audi but this is my first, though I drove the last gen A4. With the stuff I have + its standard stuff it is worth way more than the BB price reflects. I cannot now go buy "my" car at anywhere near the price I paid for it."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best buy among German imports

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride, handling, interior"

Cons: "none"

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

"This 2015 A4 replaces my 2012 A4 when the lease ended 6 months ago. The A4 with the 6 speed manual and quattro makes for a dynamic driving experience without the harsh ride. I looked at the BMW 328xi and the Merc CLA250 as an alternative but the Beemer was $7k more once all the options Audi includes as standard are factored in and the CLA250 was too soft a ride and not nearly as quick off the line."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Elegance, Style & Chutzpah

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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
10/10

Pros: "Handling driving experience"

Cons: "weak garage door opener signal"

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

"I consider myself a 'car guy'. My drive to work is 97 miles one way. Thankfully, I no longer have to do this on a daily basis. But it does mean that I consider my automobile purchases very, very carefully. I've been a student at several high performance driving schools and have owned 2 240Z's and still own an Acura NSX. The Audi A4 Premium Plus is an incredibly satisfying automobile. I've owned it for a year and have driven it over 25K miles. I still make excuses to just get in it and drive. I absolutely love driving it!!! Handling is sublime, acceleration while not staggering, will still push you back in the seat. Gas mileage is very good at just above 25 mpg (and I don't drive slowly). Reliability has been excellent though I am aware of using top tier fuel to avoid carbon buildup on the valves given the direct injection and turbocharged components of the engine. I use a fuel system treatment designed to remove this buildup as I've learned that it may become a problem as mileage increases. Build quality is excellent. Features are impressive and both convenient and useful. And frankly, it gets a lot of positive attention ;0) I LOVE THIS CAR! Perhaps the best all around car I've ever owned!"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable, beautiful"

Cons: "Navigation system is slightly underpar"

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

"I've owned three Audis so far, and this is by far the best. It drives great, is reliable and gets good gas mileage, and is a head-turner. The quattro is the best, too, and goes great in our tough winters. Beautiful car, much better than my 1996 or 2001 Audi's."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Hands down, the best car I have ever owned.

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I have owned many different vehicles, from Honda to Ford to Jaguar and Cadillac. The Audi A4 Avant is without a doubt the most reliable, trouble-free, high performing, versatile and comfortable car I have ever owned. The S-Line package makes it look even better. I cannot recommend this car enough."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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