Performance Testing - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

2009 Audi A4 Long Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: Performance Testing

December 24, 2008

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2009 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 Quattro

Acceleration

0-30: 2.2

0-45: 3.9

0-60: 6.4

0-60 (with 1 foot of rollout like on a dragstrip): 6.0

0-75: 9.6

1/4 mile (ET / MPH): 14.6 @ 91.3

Comments: The A4 doesn't approve of brake / throttle overlap for more than a fraction of a second, limiting an aggressive launch technique. Also, it seems to be short shifting by about 500rpm shy of indicated redline. Finally, manual-shift mode still upshifts automatically-- again shy of redline. Remarkably linear power delivery for a small displacement turbo engine.

Braking

60-0: 103 feet

30-0: 26 feet

Comments: WOW doest this wagon have brakes and the right tires to use them! Dramatic power, near-zero dive and no flutter or hum. Pedal effort was moderate to high.

Skid Pad

.90g

Comments: Awesome grip from both the front and rear of the A4 which indicates they've really banished the oh-so-Audi understeer somehow. Only throttle adjustments were required to steer the A4 around the circle. Steering effort was spot on.

Slalom

69.3 mph

Very good balance combined with crisp turn-in made the A4 a thrilling car in the slalom. While the AWD-effect wasn't pronounced mid-run, it was evident on the exit where I could lift to rotate, and floor it for the expected bite from the front. Nicely done and it appears Audi has cracked the code and made their AWD a performance enhancement as well as a foul-weather enhancement.

Tires: Bridgestone Potenza REO50A 245/40R18 93Y

Weight: 3,860 lbs

Darn good handling numbers.

Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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