Great Ride, Now If I Could Just Exit the Car - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Great Ride, Now If I Could Just Exit the Car

March 23, 2009


I lucked out and scored our 2009 Audi A4 Avant this weekend. I know Brent wasn't too crazy about it as a road trip car but I loved it! Of course I didn't drive nearly as many miles as he did or have a sleeping baby to worry about but I found its ride smooth, almost floaty but not in a bad way. Actually everything about it was smooth from its throttle to brakes. The road noise from its large tires didn't bother me either but that's probably because I was too busy singing along to the Saturday Dance Mix on 1st Wave.

My only complaint, and I know this has already been covered by editor Chris Walton...

Is trying to remove that dang-blasted key from the ignition. If you put your foot on the brake pedal, it starts the car. If you try to push the key in and pull it out in one fluid motion, it still won't come out. Even if you try looking it up in the owner's manual, there's no "How to remove key from ignition" chapter. But there is a paragraph on how to remove the emergency key.


There's no telling what will make that key come out so it's best if you don't have anywhere to go in a hurry. It almost made me fear...well, not fear, but definitely didn't make me look forward to going anywhere because of the sweaty struggle that was sure to follow and the worry that I wouldn't be able to leave the car because of the stuck key.

This morning it took two minutes of pressing that key in and trying to pull it out til the car let it go. And that was one of the quickest battles this weekend. Bystanders in the garage just saw the A4's headlights flash on and off in rapid succession while a woman in the car was yelling at the dash.

And before you ask, "Why didn't you just use the start button instead of inserting the key?" I'll have you know that there isn't a start button. Unfortunately, our car is equipped with the Premium Plus package which doesn't include the Advanced Key option, i.e. keyless start.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 9,052 miles

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