Sedan or Wagon? - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: Sedan or Wagon?

August 24, 2010

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Car lovers love wagons. Non car lovers hate wagons. I can understand wanting a comfortable ride over sports car handling or not wanting to slog through traffic with a clutch, but this disconnect between enthusiasts and regular folks keeps me baffled. I just don't get it. Are people actually confusing an A4 Avant for a Country Squire? Are people actually concerned that people will confuse their A4 Avant for a Country Squire? Because thus far, that's the only reason I'm getting.

I just don't get it, especially since I think the Avant looks better than the A4 sedan. That trunk lip that works so well on the wide A5 just looks contrived on the A4 and kinda like this guy's hair. More so, the Avant's tapering roofline better compliments the A4's arching, downward cutline. They're harmonious and the car is consequently quite elegant. Not all wagons are like this, mind, but many at least look pretty darn cool (Exhibit A, Exhibit B).

So what say you? A4 Sedan or A4 Avant? And does the latter just remind you too much of this?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 30,362 miles

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