By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
By Harold on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,800overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Re locating to Seattle and do not need two cars. The car has been garaged and pampered the short time my wife has owned it (she is the original owner)"
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Anks on Friday, January 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Driving dynamics, mileage, interiors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Owning an Audi A4 is like a status symbol for some, however for me its a feeling of ecstasy and achievement every time I step into it. Its a wonderful car made for those who believes in driving something that adapts to their own style of driving. Such a car is an Audi A4 which gives you the freedom to drive according to the condition. Very reliable and accurate dynamics for every season, anywhere in world. All I can say is that people who have driven Audi can only tell you how precise is the handling and maneuvering of this car that gives an ultimate joy of driving !!"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By vettel on Friday, January 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Came from a Subaru, horrible ride, noisy and the fuel economy was 7 mpg less than my A4.... Love this car! Blizzak winter tires make this a dream to drive on the snow. Seats are body hugging, great legroom, engine has great passing potential but easy on the fuel. Transmission is seamless and quiet. Its great looks and excellent ride make it my go to vehichle."
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Homerun on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"The overall car is very good. The headlights are expensive to replace, I have only had one of the headlights go bad on me. Also the rear speakers went out at 54000 miles. Also never use brass high pressure valve stem covers. They somehow welded themselves to my valve stems and I had to replace all 4 with their sensors which was approximately $400 just for those."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By AUDISUCKS on Friday, January 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "everything will break and you will pay for it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This car is the worst car I've ever owned. It spends more time in the shop then on the road and burns a quart of oil every 800 miles. And I'm not the only one!!! They've had to replace my pistons,the entire turbo assembly, wheel bearings (quattro is bad for wheel bearings I was told by Audi tech), door lock and oh and guess what... its $100 bucks for each repair every time you need something fixed under their CPO coverage. And the arm rest slides if your arm is on it when you're coming to a stop. That may not sound like a big deal but believe me its very annoying. And I just drove a 2014 Audi Q5 and same thing, the arm rest slid forward when I stopped at a light. Right then I told them I don't want it. The worst center console arm rest design in the world... hands down. I'm about to glue mine in one position"
8 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By chinthe on Thursday, January 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, great interior/exterior finish"
Cons: "four areas need improvement"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"I have had this quattro 6-sp manuel for just over a year with 10k miles. It is a very handsome and classy car to drive. My overall experience has been very positive. four areas I think this Audi needs improvements: (1) first gear acceleration is slightly lagging. If you are hard on it, you can smell the gas burning; (2) I paid extra for the chrome exhaust pipes, however, it is now covered with black soot(?) deposit that can't be washed away. I don't know what is going to the environment as I certainly don't want to contribute anything bad. Possibly incomplete combustion?; (3) the audio system is not intuitive (even for an engineer like me!). I think the German engineers can do better than that to produce something much simplier to operate without reading manual or trial-and-error; (4) Redundant functional buttons for audio control making the panel and steering wheel area too busy and distractive. My advice is that one button, not two, does one thing only!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful