2013 Audi A4 Consumer Review: Want a dipstick?

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Want a dipstick?
By rkelsey on


2013 Audi A4 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


Drove 75 miles to get car we wanted. Replaced wife's 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportcombi; would have bought another Saab 9-3 if company hadn't gone belly up. Premium Plus is a well damped firm/rough ride over potmarked New England backroads; highway ride is excellent. Not a big fan of the electronic steering at highway speeds; poor feedback through steering wheel. Wife drives the car and gets 23-24 mpg; I drive and get 28-29 mpg. On the all highway drive home from dealership, trip computer showed 31.7 mpg with cruise at 75 mph; mpg ranges above are using miles driven/gallons to fill tank calculation. If we could afford a Q5 TDI, would get that for the wife, and take the A4 for myself.

Best Features

The ZF 8 speed auto transmission, can leave in lower gears for braking on hills. Gorgeous beige/brown interior. Ice silver paint with multi coats of "Liquid Glass" polish/sealant. Xenon headlights. Mpg potential; I say "potential" because of the disparity in mpg between 2 different drivers. Using cruise control whenever possible can make a significant difference in mpg. Guess what I am anal about.

Worst Features

Seeing that fold down rear seats can now be had in the "Cold Weather" package with Premium for 2014; also Xenon headlights in the S-Line package for Premium. There is no oil dipstick; there's a plug in the top of the dipstick tube. Dealership oil changes are done through the dipstick tube using a vacuum device. An electronic readout of the oil level tells you just that, the level. Call me old school, but a dipstick allows you to see, and smell the oil. If a head gasket blows, you'll see white blobs/streaks in the oil from leaking coolant. VW sells a dipstick, part # 06J115611E, that fits; calibrate the stick by noting where the oil level is when the MMI shows oil level as full.
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