2009 Audi A4 Avant: Steering and Storage
November 22, 2010
It's been a while since I've been in our Audi A4, but my adoration for it hasn't faded one bit. With its exceptional interior, tenacious handling and understated good looks, there's little to complain about. Among these criticisms, though, I found the steering and cargo cover on top of my list.
The steering is too light. I realize that most wagon drivers probably don't want sportscar-like effort and feedback, but the A4's feels like a video game controller. More importantly, the lack of effort means the steering wheel takes too long to return to center. I constantly found myself having to manually turn the wheel back rather than let it slide past my loose grip.
Then there's the cargo cover. It's been noted before that the tonneau will block a good portion or the rear hatch window if you leave it in place. Most covers are attached to the hatch and open and close with it, but not the A4's. More distressing to me, however, is that the cover doesn't anchor firmly to the back of the rear seats. After a few openings, the whole unit popped out of its bracket. I tried to re-attach it, but it just keeps releasing. It seems to me that there's a problem with the single-sided latch -- it refuses to catch, no matter how much force I use.
It's a minor annoyance, sure, but something to check out in the next service.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor