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2011 Audi A4

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2011 Audi A4 Review

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Two years after debuting with a host of changes, the Audi A4 continues to steal the spotlight from class heavyweights like the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and others such as the Cadillac CTS and Infiniti G Sedan. That level of success is attributable to attractive yet relatively subdued styling in Sedan or Avant (wagon) guise, quality materials and craftsmanship, a comfortable and inviting interior, an engaging chassis, and a turbocharged engine that balances the need for efficiency with the demand for performance. If you're in the market for an entry-level luxury car with a good bit of sportiness mixed into its DNA, don't call the deal done until you've spent some time with the 2011 Audi A4.

You'll Like This Car If...

Shoppers intent on purchasing a stylish, entry-level premium sport sedan (or wagon) – one that delivers efficiency and performance in equal doses at a relatively affordable price – would be well-advised to check out the 2011 Audi A4.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The finer things in life have a price. For Audi A4 buyers who like their German vehicles equipped to the gills, that price can reach well beyond the competition. And shoppers reacquainting themselves with the A4 may long for the more compact and nimble model of years past.

What's Significant About This Car?

In addition to a few minor updates, the 2011 Audi A4 2.0T is available with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that replaces last year's six-speed unit, a Titanium Sport package with 19-inch alloy wheels and a retuned suspension, and an HD Radio feature included with the optional navigation system.

Driving the A4

Driving Impressions Slide behind the leather-wrapped, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cozy up with the bolstered seats, and the 2011 Audi's A4 sporting intentions become evident. Put the whole package into motion...

and discover a slightly stiff ride around town, which thankfully translates into tight and predictable handling on winding back roads. Complementing the A4's chassis is a turbocharged engine that is virtually free of lag, and with peak torque available at only 1,500 rpm, allows for grin-inducing acceleration when the light turns green. Best of all, you'll get up to 31 mpg in the process.

Turbocharged Engine
In a class dominated by in-line and V-6 engines, the Audi A4 stands apart with a boosted four-cylinder that delivers smooth and plentiful power as well as top-notch fuel economy.

S Line Package
For buyers who want to maximize the A4's sportiness without climbing into S4 territory, the S Line Package answers the call with 19-inch alloys wrapped in performance tires, more aggressive suspension tuning, subtle exterior enhancements, upgraded upholstery, and genuine brushed aluminum trim.

2011 Audi A4 Details
Interior

There's more to a luxury car than a badge, a point you'll immediately realize when seated inside the 2011 Audi A4. From its vault-like feel to the generous application of soft-touch materials, this vehicle exudes quality. The MMI (multi-media interface) central dial could be a bit simpler in its operation, but the A4 should be applauded for its intuitive layout of primary and secondary controls. They're part of a cabin that also includes firm seats that provide consistent comfort over the long haul, and in the case of the A4 Avant, a cargo area measuring up to 50.5 cubic feet.

Exterior

With its tall, horizontally split grille and that four-ring emblem, there's no mistaking a modern Audi A4 when it comes racing into your rearview mirror. The slight downward turn of the headlights offers the somewhat intimidating appearance of a furrowed brow, and the optional LED daytime running lights were, until recently, an Audi exclusive. Feast your eyes on the flanks and tail, and you'll see understated design that's sharp and precise, or minimalistic without being drab. Finishing off the look are alloy wheels ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Shoppers interested in the 2011 Audi A4 have three trims to choose from, the most affordable of which is dubbed Premium. Among the standard goods are 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, Sirius Satellite Radio, and power-adjustable front seats. Climb up one wrung to the Premium Plus and you'll avail yourself to Bluetooth connectivity, heated front buckets, and LED daytime running lights. The top-of-the-line A4 Prestige variant adds a navigation system, HD Radio, a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo, and a DVD player. All A4s feature six standard airbags, ABS, and electronic stability control.

Optional Equipment

No luxury model is complete without an array of must-have options. In the case of the 2011 Audi A4 2.0T Sedan and Wagon, those include a navigation system with voice controls, a rearview camera, and a new HD Radio feature; a blind-spot warning system; intelligent cruise control; and the safety of rear-side airbags. The A4 can also be upgraded with a variety of stylish alloy wheels, different types of genuine wood interior trim, quattro all-wheel-drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the Audi Drive Select system that provides four specific chassis and powertrain settings.

Under the Hood

Fitted under the hood of every 2011 Audi A4 Sedan and Wagon is an efficient 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that sports a turbocharger and direct injection. Front-wheel-drive versions of the A4 feature a continuously variable transmission (CVT), whereas models equipped with Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system utilize a six-speed manual or the new-for-2011 eight-speed Tiptronic automatic. Regardless of transmission or drivetrain, the A4 continues to be among the most fuel-efficient luxury-branded sedans on the market, bettering alternatives such as the BMW 328i and Infiniti G25 Sedan, each of which offers considerably less torque than the Audi.

2.0-liter in-line 4 turbocharged
211 horsepower @ 4300-6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1500-4200 rpm
EPA City/Highway Mileage: 22/30 (FWD, CVT), 21/31 (AWD, manual), 21/29 (AWD, automatic)

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2011 Audi A4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 129 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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

Cheap.

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks nice"

Cons: "Unimpressive drive, cheap feel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I was looking forward to owning an Audi after having some issues with my BMW. I have never driven a cheaper feeling car (including an old, old Jetta). The transmission can't figure out how to smoothly transition into/out of first. It caps your acceleration, unless you're in sport mode (so don't bother trying to merge onto a highway). Every feature you go to look for, basics, are all missing. You can't fold your seats down. There is no compass. These are not luxury items, but your luxury car does not offer them. The handling is pretty decent, its a nice looking vehicle. Seats are relatively comfortable & the display is nice. I've had positive experiences with the service departments, but I have had this car for six months and I'm already moving on."

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."

17 people out of 38 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."

16 people out of 28 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."

13 people out of 26 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!"

21 people out of 39 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."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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