2008 Audi RS 4 Consumer Review: Not Truly an "R" Car

2008 Audi RS 4 - Consumer Review

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quattro Sedan (4.2L V8 AWD 6-speed Manual)

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Not Truly an "R" Car
By Herb Morgan on


2008 Audi RS 4 quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (4.2L 8cyl 6M)


After owning 3 Evos, I really regret buying this car. The gear box is very clunky and sounds frightening on cold shifts. The acceleration is rather flaccid because of the low torque output. The brakes are mediocre and really upset the balance of the car on hard braking. The engine note is horrible. On acceleration the engine makes an excruciatingly high pitched whining nose with no corresponding feeling of acceleration. The steering is terribly numb requiring constant adjustments in corners. Understeer is its preferred mode in corners. It also gets miserable gas mileage, on par with cars with bigger engines and more horsepower. The in-dash CD player went out within 500 miles.

Best Features

The interior.

Worst Features

Audi should not market this car under the "R" badge. In my opinion it is not a "sports" sedan, it is merely an overly expensive, but comfortable highway cruiser. I feel that if you want a 4-door, AWD car that you can drive spiritedly and have fun in, save your money and buy an Evo or an STi.
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