Itty, Bitty Paddle Shifters - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Itty, Bitty Paddle Shifters

November 16, 2010

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I nearly always fail to remember that our long-term 2009 Audi A4 wagon has paddle shifters. I forget because one normally wouldn't find paddle shifters in a wagon. But our A4 is quite sporty, so it has them. Another reason they're overlooked is that they are tiny. You can feel them behind the steering wheel, but don't see them unless you're looking (Euro spec car pictured.)

They work fine and shift quickly, although the transmission defaults too quickly back to Auto if there are no inputs.

And they are too plasticky. I would expect metal paddles in a car that costs $44K.

Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ ~32,800 miles


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