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2009 Audi A4 Avant: What are your must-haves for a road-trip car?

August 09, 2010

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I've just spent almost an entire week with our Audi A4 wagon. And while I was just back and forth to work and doing my normal weekend things, I got to thinking about what a great road trip car this would be. I've been itching to drive across the country and think a lot about what I would drive.

Here are some of the A4 Avant's travel-ready features:

* storage (plenty of cargo space with a pull-over cover to protect your goodies from the sun and wandering eyes)
* more storage (lots of little cubby holes and cupholders inside the A4, too)
* Decent fuel mileage (EPA estimates 23 MPG combined. We're averaging a little over 21)
* power (It gets a lot out of its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4 and never struggles. No one wants to be toiling along in a vehicle full of passengers and gear wondering if they're going to make it up that hill.)
* entertainment (good-quality audio, satellite radio, the best steering wheel controls)
* non-glare nav screen (so you can see how lost you are)

The only thing that might get old:
* hard seats (the driver seat may be heated and power adjustable but the cushions are not comfortable)

What do you look for in a road trip car?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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