2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test


2009 Audi A4 Avant: Cargo Cover Covers Too Much

July 06, 2009

audi a4 cargo cover closed

I love well-integrated cargo covers. Our Audi A4 Avant's shade-style cargo cover is one of the good ones. It's easy to use and slides up a nifty diagonal track as it retracts to give you wide access to whatever you're storing in the wagon's 17.3-cubic-foot luggage area. But that nifty diagonal track will come back to bite you, if you don't make sure to return it to the closed position (seen above).

(A4's cargo cover in the open position)

Forget to put the cargo cover back where it belongs and this is the view you're greeted with in your rear-view mirror.

audi a4 cargo cover open rear view mirror

That's about half of what you should be able to see via the rearview mirror. I made this mistake at least 3 times over the holiday weekend as we loaded and unloaded gear from the cargo area.

If you owned this car and drove it every day, at least once you got used to resetting the cover in place, your stuff wouldn't ever be accidentally exposed to felonius passersby.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 14,973 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Audi A4 in VA is:

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