Little Things Can Matter - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Little Things Can Matter

October 27, 2010

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We record each and every fill-up on our long-term and short-term test cars, and of course the 2009 Audi A4 Avant is no exception. In addition to the number of gallons added, we must record the date, the odometer reading and the mileage on the trip counter, and then hit the reset button.

On most cars, our drivers must poke and prod one or more buttons associated with the trip computer. We may have to scroll through a menu or three. Resetting the trip meter(s) isn't always obvious or straightforward, either. The button may be hidden and the screen itself can be buried within the menu structure.

Oftentimes we have to reinsert the key (which we removed because we're at a gas station) to bring the menus to life so we can make the required notes. This last bit is a pain even if we have the car memorized.

This 2009 Audi is made for folks like us. The screen above is what we get when we open the door with the engine off and the key in our pocket.

It's all there, and more: date, time, odometer, trip meter, outside temperature. And the "0.0" reset button for the trip meter is right there. No searching, no scrolling. Just look, read and write.

OK, it's a small thing. But for folks who follow their fuel economy rigorously, it's a big convenience. It's also a sign that somebody, somewhere really thought about it.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 31,567 miles


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