2009 Audi A4 - Road Test Specs

2009 Audi A4 Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2009
MakeAudi
ModelA4
Style2.0T quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Base MSRP$33,050
Options on test vehiclePrestige Package ($7,350 -- includes xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, triple-zone climate control, heated front seats, HomeLink universal garage opener, exterior chrome trim, auto-dimming exterior and interior mirrors, compass, Bang & Olufsen sound system with six-CD changer and Audi music interface, driver memory functions, trip computer, parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, lane departure warning system); Audi Drive Select Package ($2,950 -- includes Audi Drive Select controls, dynamic steering system and adaptive suspension); Navigation Package With Camera ($2,500 -- includes DVD-based navigation system with voice-command functionality, color driver information system and back-up camera); Ash Almond Wood Trim ($400).
As-tested MSRP$46,675
Drivetrain
Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,984cc (121 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.6
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)211 @ 5,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 1,500
Transmission type6-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=4.171:1; II=2.340:1; III=1.521:1; IV=1.143:1; V=0.867:1; VI=0.691:1; Final Drive=3.517:1
Chassis
Suspension, frontMultilink
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)16.3:1
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP6 Fourseasons
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front225/50R17 H
Tire size, rear245/40R18 H
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph (sec.)6.5
0-75 mph (sec.)9.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.7 @ 91.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)123
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.9
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.83
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsLike our long-term A4 Avant, this A4 doesn't like pedal overlap and stumbles off the line if there's too much of it. That said, I tried every combo of "Dynamic" ESP off, and D, S or M shift modes, and I cannot explain why this sedan is marginally slower than the Avant. It's still remarkably quick and still upshifts -- very hard -- about 500-1,000 rpm shy of redline at WOT.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsWhile the brake system feels up to the task, the all-season tires don't have the same bite as our Avant's summer tires. Decent pedal feel and fade resistance.
Handling ratingVery Good
Handling commentsAgain with the tires, this A4 feels just as neutral and balanced as our Avant, but the grip just isn't there. Still, 0.83g ain't too shabby -- especially from an Audi with AWD. ESP-on steers from the front, and ESP-off allows some rear slip that makes it steer more from the rear. Steering, though light, offers some feel, too. In the slalom, this A4 required diligent throttle control -- too much in/out made it under-/oversteer. Best to tiptoe in with maintenance throttle and go wide open for the exit to use the AWD. Again, light but precise steering was welcome. Very subtle corrections with ESP on -- not a total buzzkill.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)66
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)21 city/27 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.1
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.9
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,715
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,770
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)185.2
Width (in.)71.9
Height (in.)56.2
Wheelbase (in.)110.6
Track, front (in.)61.6
Track, rear (in.)61.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)34.3
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)34.0
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance5 stars

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