2009 Audi A4 Avant: Performance Testing
December 24, 2008
2009 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 Quattro
0-60 (with 1 foot of rollout like on a dragstrip): 6.0
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.
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.
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.
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