Why Buy the Wagon, Again? - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Avant: Why Buy the Wagon, Again?

January 12, 2009

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I like wagons. I like the 2009 Audi A4. But I'm not sure that I see the point of the 2009 Audi A4 Avant.

Don't get me wrong, the 2009 Audi A4 Avant is a well-executed wagon that's quite nice to spend time in. The way the security cover can be slid up in a recessed track to assist loading and the overall fit and finish of the cargo space are but two examples.

But I don't think it's wagon-y enough to bother with. Example: with the rear seats in use as shown in the above photo, our avant has 17.3 cubic feet of luggage space. An A4 sedan has 16.9 cubic feet in the trunk -- a virtual tie.

Here are some other numbers:

Cargo space, rear seats folded: sedan = 34.0 cu-ft, avant = 50.5 cu-ft
Front headroom: sedan = 40.0", avant = 40.4"
Rear Headroom: sedan = 37.5", avant = 38.2"
Base 2.0T Quattro price: sedan = $32.7k, avant = $34.5k

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This detail shot shows that security cover track.

Yes, the Avant has more ultimate cubes and the broad hatch makes it easier to load. But that's not enough for me. I expect a cargo advantage with the rear seats in use, too.

Besides, I feel silly saying "avant" all the time.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,588 miles

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