2009 Audi A4 Sedan 2.0 T quattro Tiptronic new car reviews

The LED "eyebrows" aren't everyone's cup of tea, but we liked them.
For a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the engine was remarkably smooth.
From this perspective, the A4 is very comfortable.

Better than: Lexus IS 250
But not as good as: BMW 335i
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 72.56

The Audi A4 has grown in every dimension since last year's model. It has also become more luxurious than before--the seats in our test car were among the most comfortable we've tried in a long time. Material quality was evident in all of the components. If you're taking your mother-in-law to the airport, this car is sure to impress.

While the A4 doesn't completely forgo driving pleasure, the newest car doesn't have the sporting character we had come to expect from the model. In particular, we found the Tiptronic gearbox a bit lacking, especially around town.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

For those who want something different than the more common BMW 3 series or Lexus IS, there's the Audi A4. Personally, I have really become a fan of the VW and Audi 2.0T engine. It’s quick, sporty and, when in the S mode, quite fun to drive. Don't let the number of cylinders scare you, as it’s deceptively quick.

I wouldn't call the driveline perfect, though, as we had some off-the-line hesitation from the Tiptronic transmission—like a second or so, enough that we’d be a little concerned for our safety. The VW/Audi DSG transmission would have been preferred.

Some more pluses and minuses:

  • Love the interior details, including the switches. Better than BMW?
  • I like the looks. The new-for-2009 A4 definitely looks like an Audi.
  • Nice power, no lag.
  • Good, meaty steering wheel, and good seats.
  • Lots of room up front; the passenger front seat can be put waaaaaay back.
  • Roomy trunk, especially for a "smaller" car.
  • Excellent headlights.
  • Sounds silly, but the automatically opening trunk is convenient it's raining and your hands are full.
  • On the other hand, the stock Goodyears leave much to be desired: too loud, too vague. They nearly spoil the car.
  • Steering is a bit overboosted.
  • That off-line pause concerns me.
  • Not sure I need a 180 mph speedometer in a car like this.

Final thought: The $32,700 starting price and $38,000 as-delivered cost seemed kinda high until I built a comparable Lexus IS 250 AWD.

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