2009 Audi A4 Avant - Cargoriffic - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant - Cargoriffic

April 22, 2010


Many years ago I was derided for falling in love with an Audi Avant. I'm talking the B5 generation. I got brochures. I dreamed of taking my camping gear or a bike out for the weekend. People thought I was dumb for liking a station wagon.

"Why would a single late 20-something want a station wagon," they all wondered aloud. "You're weird."

I got older. I ran out of cash. I bought an old Honda Accord to get me around. I lovingly named the Accord the P.O.S.. I still longed for the Audi, but at that stage in my life I just couldn't afford one. Audi's aren't exactly cheap and I don't believe in leasing.

I bought a Mazda 3 hatchback when the deals got really sweet. I loved the 3 because it reminded me of an Audi, just cheaper. Nice interior, fun, practical and stylish. I bought a previous generation, I'd like to add. Not the freakish Steven Tyler grille generation.

Last night I drove our '09 Avant. Oh it brought me back many years. It's luxurious interior, great handling and Euro cache really put the spell on me. I only drove it the short distance home and back, but I'm ashamed to admit I looked at prices on the internet when I got into the office. My lady's car is getting old and she's thought about replacing it. This might be a nice step up from her Jetta?

The current Avant is about seven inches longer, has more cargo capacity and frankly looks better in my opinion. It's no race car, but it moves when you ask it and sounds great doing it. By any measure this car is an improvement over the previous generations. It's a nice car, I don't think there is any debate on that point. But I have to come back to the question of would I really need this car over wanting it? Temptation is rough.

I think I have to let go of the past and wait for something I need.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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