Not Big, But Usually Big Enough - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test
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2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Not Big, But Usually Big Enough

June 01, 2009

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I'm often amazed by how many different cars can swallow a mountain bike. Seems like Jacquot can fit one inside just about anything larger than a Smart. Given my less advanced bike assembly skills, I prefer a vehicle that can swallow them whole.

As you can see, our A4 fits that bill. Often criticized for being too small for a wagon, it's still capable of carrying a decent amount of cargo, even if it's all awkward like this bike. Sure, I had to take the front wheel off and use the larger side of 60/40 split rear seat, but I wasn't going far.

I imagine there are plenty of people out there who think they need an SUV to do this kind of chore, but even the diminutive A4 is more than capable of taking care of the job. Gets way better mileage too.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Inside Line @ 14,038 miles


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