Saturday, February 26, 2011
2011 Audi A4 Review
The city fuel economy for the 2011 Audi A4 is between 21 miles per gallon and 23 miles per gallon. The four door All Wheel Drive Quattro Sedan 2.0T Premium will cost $32,850.
The 2011 Audi A4 has chosen to incorporate a Multi Media Interface into its system.
The "2011 Audi A4" is a viable alternative to the more-expensive BMW 3-series. Audi refreshed the A4 in 2009. Two model years later, the 2011 Audi A4 has experienced few changes.
Combined with its Quattro all-wheel drive system -- which Audi says more than 80 percent of buyers choose -- the 2011 Audi A4 corners aggressively and but can also be a quiet commuter.
While reviewers love this car’s appearance inside and out, Audi’s engine selection puzzles them: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Audi says drivers should average 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission. The " Audi A4" is the largest sedan -- and one of the most affordable -- among Upscale Midsize Cars.
The 2011 Audi A4 is available in sedan and wagon (Avant) body styles. Both come in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige body styles.
The Premium trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof (panoramic on Avant), cruise control, foglamps, automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, a dash-mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The A4 Prestige comes standard with 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry, driver memory settings, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, the Navigation package and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system (optional on Premium Plus). The Avant Prestige gets a power tailgate. Options unique to the Prestige include a blind-spot warning system, the Drive Select package (which provides adjustable settings for the suspension, steering and transmission), adaptive cruise control, a power rear sunshade and manual rear side sunshades.
The Sport package includes 18-inch wheels on the Premium Plus (19-inch wheels on the Prestige), a sport-tuned suspension, a three-spoke steering wheel, more aggressively bolstered seats and automatic transmission shift paddles. The Titanium Sport package available on the Premium Plus and Prestige is essentially a Sport package with some darkened trim and 19-inch wheels.
The sedan's Premium and Premium Plus trim levels come standard as the 2.0T FrontTrak, indicating it has front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Avant is available only with Quattro and the automatic.
The 2011 Audi A4 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Without the Sport package, an A4 Quattro sedan stopped in an average but still acceptable 123 feet.
The sedan's 12-cubic-foot trunk is average in size, so it's worth considering the Avant, as it offers 17.3 cubic feet.
The 2011 Audi A4's handling is neutral and secure, especially when equipped with the all-wheel-drive system. Read our Audi A4 Avant Long-Term 30,000-Mile Test