2009 Audi A4 3.2 Quattro Review

Posted on 22. Sep, 2008 by in Auto News

In recent years, the latest generation of the Audi A4 was always grows stale. Updated features of the BMW, Lexus, Infiniti, Volvo but each have overtaken Ingolstadt Bread and Butter Model. Keep the faith, or at least of the faithful-Audi engineers launched a massive redesign of the A4. Obviously, it's a better car. Projection and all that. But can the new A4 overtake the luxury Brat Pack? Or is it more of the same? Yes.

If the new A4 front end looks vaguely familiar, it's because you've already seen it (mainly) on the A5. I've never been a fan of the A4 is slightly bulbous look (too much like a fancy-schmancy Passat). The new version is a naughty twist on the old, like a science fiction movie remake, which recognizes his predecessor even as it blows. The new car wider track gives the A4 a menacing look than before, and the rest of the design is Audi's latest understated aggression remit. Well, if they only changed … Billy the Big Mouth Bass for U.S. license plates

Inside the A4 is satisfied in one of the most important points of contact: the steering wheel. Granted, this is not the fat helmet as ergasmic tiller as the GTI, but I have what to do with. Unfortunately, the rest of the Audi drivers, the zone with the same button-itis infect Acura offering (paging Steve Jobs) was devastated. Learn to know the smorgasbord of features driver takes you on a learning curve at par with differential equations. Fortunately, keeping the A4, the fit and finish of Audi USP. And thanks to a longer wheelbase, the A4 offers the fund finally, what the Americans call "leg".

As before, the A4 2.0T engine bay packs either a four or a 3.2 V6. Despite many a class trailing edge 265 hp, six-pot has been tuned for more of what Pistonheads to provide you with low speeds. Combined with direct injection, both fuel efficiency and driving performance improvement, there is nothing of the evil was often associated with drive-by-wire throttles. Not even if you try to restore the official zero to 60 sprint of six point nothing seconds.

The A4 is automatic is a very fine thing indeed. The six-speeds come and go with such ease that you grabbed for the thinking of A4 instead of ye olde Tiptronic DSG would be forgiven. Better yet, the slushbox rev-matches downshifts smoothly so they are literally imperceptible. So, floating.

The A4 sits on the model of the first new platform since the Manic Street Preacher singer walked away from his Vauxhall Cavalier (1995). There is a better balanced body and a new Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Latter now shares 40 percent torque front/60 percent back so that the A4 more like a rear wheel drive car feel. While not understeer is completely banned, it is not the definition of A4 dynamics.

And then there's "Audi Drive Select." At the touch of a button to turn the vehicle throttle response, shift points, suspension, power steering boost and steering ratio can change. Switching between "comfort" and "dynamic / sport 'the A4 changes from comfortable cruiser to corner carver No, really, you can also choose the car:.. Automatic mode reads the inputs and tightens or loosens all of these variables when the car is right holds. Or, you can change all your settings (good luck with that).

Audi boasts that they adjusted the steering of the A4 by NASA moon rover program. On the dark side, you're good to go. At speed, the ECU reduces the steering ratio, so that barely a half turn of the wheel is required to follow even the tightest hairpins. To "dumb down" mode, on long straight stretches, leaving the A4 steering wil delight the slightest trace of gravity. Yes, the system makes the overcorrection something sporty sedans experience during a "OHSHIT situation. But Quattro Quattro or not, is at the center of something Audi eventually feel should resolve.

It's a real shame that you can not buy / lease a BMW 335xi for the same amount of money as the A4 3.2 and have the fist of an angry God under the hood. But you can not, so there. You'll also need all that power (except you and me)? And the Lexus, Infiniti and Caddy equivalents missing Germanic Audi, uh, stupidity. However, the Audi A4 has a large question mark over the reliability, but it is a fine control. And it no longer carries the stigma offers less for more. Once again it is a sensible choice for sensitive people, who seem somewhat sporty sense and could, on the rare occasion, in bad weather, late wish for a dentist visit.