Friday, September 19, 2008

2009 Audi A4

The 2009 Audi A4 enters its fourth generation with a redesign that keeps it among the luxury sedan class leaders.
Inside, the design is classy, not gaudy.

It's a fairly nimble machine when it comes to performance, but of course it doesn't quite have the performance characteristics that we love so much about some of Audi's more sports-car oriented offerings.

How does this car compare with the previous generation?

It's larger.

The A4 has gained 4.6 inches in length, to 185.6 inches, and 6.5 inches on the wheelbase, to 110.6 inches.

You can tell on the inside that this car is larger - it's a bit more comfortable. Also, the ride quality seems to be enhanced by the added size.

The result: more space in the cabin and a smoother ride.
The 3.2-liter V-6 engine has 265 horsepower and 243-pound-feet of torque. Audi says it does 0-60 in 6.3 seconds.

A turbo engine is also available.

2009 Audi A4
-- Price: Starts at $32,700

-- Transmission: Six-speed automatic

--Fuel economy: 21 mpg city, 27 highway

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