Holiday Drive Begins - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Holiday Drive Begins

December 24, 2009

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We're all packed up and ready to head North to Avila Beach/Port San Luis for the Holidays. The A4 Avant proved quite a pack horse, holding a kiddie bike, extra booster seat, games, and luggage for a week away. Follow the jump to see photos from Hwy 101 along the coast and the A4's impressive fuel economy.

After getting out of the San Fernando Valley, Highway 101 is one of my favorite drives because it snakes in and out of the coastal route, past Santa Barbara, Solvang, Santa Maria, Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, and finally back to the coast in Pismo Beach. After a good rain, the rolling hills are green, the Oak trees are full, and the sunsets are spectacular.

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and here's the payoff once we reached our destination...

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That's old Port San Luis, next to Avila Beach.

After 218 miles at or about 75-mph, the A4 earned 27.8 mpg.

Happy Holidays from the Central Coast of California,

Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 20,747 miles

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