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2009 Audi A4 2.0 T quattro Review

Dialing It Up

A three-quarter front view of a red 2009 Audi A4 2.0 T quattro

In short: A solid, roomy and sporty premium mid-size sedan.

horoughly redesigned for 2009, the new Audi A4 is longer and wider than the previous year’s model, exhibiting a sleeker appearance and a more notably self-confident poise. This sporty five-passenger sedan matches its athletic aura with an efficient (and potent) 211-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which uses direct fuel injection technology for an up-to-27-mpg fuel economy during highway cruising. As a result of using lightweight steel construction in the body, the Audi A4 is also comparatively stiffer, safer and lighter (by ten percent) than its predecessor. Our tester showed off decent road manners thanks to the rigid frame, and available quattro permanent all-wheel drive and Audi drive select.

Inside the bright, spacious and quiet cabin are numerous luxury features, including standard leather seats and a sunroof. There’s ample storage and the trunk is large enough to accommodate even big suitcases and golf bags. The A4’s controls are aimed at the person behind the wheel and show a definite bias towards the driver’s experience. Our prestige model test car was loaded with options, including a DVD navigation system with a seven-inch color monitor, integrated Bluetooth system and rearview camera. Other available features we enjoyed included heated front seats, a rear parking system, a lane change assist, and a killer 505-watt Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with fourteen speakers.

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 1-year/5,000-mile complimentary first scheduled maintenance; 4-year roadside assistance.

Base Price: $32,700 / As tested: $46,675

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, quattro all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter TFSI DOHC turbocharged inline 4-cylinder with direct injection
Horsepower: 211 hp @ 5,300-6,000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1,500-4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic

Curb weight: 3,715 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.6 in
Length/Width/Height: 185.2/71.9/56.2 in
Turning circle: 37.4 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: five-link in front; fully independent trapezoidal link in rear; anti-roll bars in front and rear

Traction: electronic stabilization program

0-60 mph: 6.7 seconds
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City: 21 mpg
EPA Highway: 27 mpg

Safety: advanced two-stage airbags and passenger seat-mounted airbags in front; sideguard inflatable curtain airbags; daytime running lights

Likes: performance; materials; ease of driving; sound system
Dislikes: price


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