2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test


2009 Audi A4 Avant: What Are You Looking for In Your Next Car?

July 23, 2009

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As soon as I got into the Audi A4 Avant last night I thought, "I could own this car."

The night before I was in the Nissan GT-R. While I love the GT-R for its bad-boy sensibilities, the ride is so stiff that I'm afraid I will lose fillings by the time I get home.

The Audi A4's ride is comfortable and keeps the road bumps from shaking me silly. It manages to do this without flopping around in corners. It's a nice balance between comfort and sport.

It's a pretty car. Audi design is classic without being boring. There is nothing in-your-face about the way it looks. It quietly conveys luxury.

Having a wagon that offers a maximum cargo capacity of 51 cubic feet is convenient for all sorts of weekend errands.

For fun, the Audi offers plenty of entertainment features and niceties. I need a good air conditioner. I adore heated seats. I'm not a big fan of radio or even satellite radio, so I need an iPod connection. I've gotten so used to having a navigation system, that I would definitely want one. I need a certain amount of power. Fuel economy doesn't factor into my equation but the Audi A4 performs better than half the cars in our fleet. These are just my personal preferences.

If I were in the market, these are the things I'd be looking for in my car. And they all seem to be wrapped up in this Audi A4 Avant.

Tell us what features are a must for your next car purchase.

P.S. Everyone seemed so offended that Scott went to Del Taco, so I took a picture in front of an authentic Mexican restaurant. Maria's in Torrance is one of my favorites.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2009 Audi A4 in VA is:

$134 per month*
* Explanation
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