2009 audi a4 Audi is weathering the economic crisis better than most of its competitors. The company, owned by the Germany Volkswagen (VOWG), the BMW (BMWG), Mercedes-Benz (DAI) and Lexus (TM) in the sale, but has slowly gained U.S. market share for more than a year. One of the main reasons is the relative success of the redesigned Audi A4, the flagship model that accounts for nearly half the company’S U.S. volume. A4 sales fell 22.9%, 7,515, the first three months of this year-a good performance in the current environment. By comparison, the first-quarter sales of once-hot BMW 3 series fell 26.4%, Mercedes C Class 29.8%, 36.7%, AISIN Toyota
2009 audi a4 What is A4 ‘s appeal? It could not match the raw speed of most of its competitors, but it has a classy interior, good handling, and plenty of pep for most owners. It also has fuel economy better (the base model gets 30 miles to the gallon on the highway and 23 mpg in the city) because it is one of the few compact luxury cars are offered with four-cylinder engines. And you can always pay more and get the A4 with all-wheel drive and a powerful six-cylinder engines, as well as in the convertible version and the train station.
The A4 sedan, the new version I tested, is 4.6 inches longer and 2.1 inches wider than the old one, as well as being a tad nicer and roomier inside. Both A4 available power plant has bumped up the power to ‘ 09. The basic engine is a turbocharged 2.0 liter, 211-horsepower, inline four-banger (up from 200 hp in the previous A4), while the 3.2-liter V6 is now ranked 265 horsepower (up from 255 hp before).
However, choosing among the many versions of the A4 is complicated. The entry-level models are front-wheel-drive, 2.0 T, come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, while a version of the all-wheel-drive 2.0 T is equipped with a stick shift or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. A V6-powered A4 sedan comes only with all-wheel drive and Tiptronic transmission. The wagon comes only with a smaller engine and all-wheel drive. A4 convertible still based on the previous generation A4.
Price list ‘ 09 A4 sedan will be the same as the previous A4 — starting from $ 31,825 to entry-level 2.0 T four cylinder with front-wheel drive and went up to $ 41,225 for top-of-the-line V6-powered 3.2 quattro.
2009 audi a4 Add options, however, can dramatically increase the ante. In the 2.0 T models, lots of options available that are bundled into the package rates start from $ 4,000 to $ 7,350 and includes enhancements such as 17-inch Alloy wheels, heated front seats with memory function, auto dimming mirrors, upgraded sound system with 6-CD player, rain-sensitive wipers and trip computer. Prestige package similar in 3.2 quattro costs $ 3,350.
There is also a sports Pack $ 1,450 in 2.0 T includes sportier suspension and front seats, 18-inch performance tires, sport steering wheel, and a paddle shifter. In the test version of the car, it morphs into a $ 2,450 S line package which also includes special exterior and interior trim and badges.
High-tech options include $ $ 2,950 Drive select ERP package which allows the driver to adjust the car’s steering dynamics and damping of the suspension, as well as the adaptive cruise control system $ 2,100 that senses other vehicles ahead and applied the brakes, if necessary, to avoid accidents.
The A4 comes standard with a full panoply of safety equipment, including side air bags protect your head-curtain. He obtained the highest possible five-star government crash test rating in all five categories.
However, I do have some complaints about the A4: If you go with a V6 engine, fuel economy drops to only 17 mpg city and 26 on the highway. Also, car styling is quite striking. The most distinctive feature is a grouping of high-density, style Christmas tree lights that formed a sort of eyebrow over the lights.
Behind the wheel
A4 is not the fastest car in its class (which will be the new General Motors Cadillac CTS-V), but it is fast enough for most people. Speed governed at 130 mph, and my test car’s turbocharger kick with lag is not visible when I press the gas. Audi A4 says will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.1 seconds with the smaller engines (which is about what I got on my test car) and 6.1 seconds with a V6 engine.
However, Motor Trend and Edmunds.com Clocked 2.0 T quattro in 6.5 seconds, faster than the Audi’s rankings. Time for the 3.2 quattro, meanwhile, is all over the map. Road and track the time that version of the A4 in a respectable 5.9 seconds, while Edmunds.com Clocked it 6.9 seconds, whose reviewer deemed “uncompetitive performance for this class.”
2009 audi a4 The good news is that the A4 handles very well. It feels more balanced and solid on the road than the previous A4, and optional Drive select system, which allows the driver to select between “kenyama
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