November 12, 2008
So we're walking through the Inside Line parking garage here in Santa Monica and we're passing a 2009 Audi A4 Avant 2.0T in Quartz Gray Metallic that's wearing dealer plates.
"That really is a nice car," our Inside Line colleague says.
"Sure is," we reply. "Hope ours is that nice."
"It is ours," he says.
"We got a wagon?"
"We bought a station wagon!"
After lunch we sprint back to the office to let everyone in on the secret that our new long-term 2009 Audi A4 is an Avant — a wagon. We'd finally cast off the chains of the terminally cool, ditched the crossover fad and jumped back onboard with our favorite functional family hauler. Yet this new Audi is a far cry from our dad's wood-paneled Roadmaster.
This A4 represents Audi's newest passenger car platform, a thoroughly revised and reengineered interpretation of its traditional midsize platform. This new A4 wagon is larger, faster, more efficient, more luxurious and sportier than the car it replaces, and for the next 12 months and 20,000 miles it will be in our capable hands for a long-term test.