2009 Audi A4 Avant Test Drive: Smart SUV Alternative Still Has Undecided Diesel Future – Popular Mechanics

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Audi A4 Avant

2009 Audi A4 Avant Drive: Smart SUV Alternative Has Undecided Diesel Future

1, 2009 12:00 AM

EIVISSA, At less than 4000 moved, Audi#39;s A4 Avant model accounts for only 10 of the company#39;s A4 sales in the United That probably explains why the lineup at the recent Avant here in the Mediterranean included one U.S.-spec car: a 3.2-liter V6 with Quattro all-wheel and a six-speed automatic transmission. In of those relatively tepid the A4 Avant has always been one of our small wagons, and this oneloaded with fresh and higher levels of refinementonly the sentiment.

As before, two engines will all-new Audi A4s in the States. a new turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injected Four that produces 211 hp about 4500 rpm and a very 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500 rpm (compared to 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. and a 3.2-liter V6 that produces 265 hp and 243 of torque. Yes, you read correctly: the four-cylinder is even than the V6.

Both engines equipped with Audi#39;s system, altering inlet and valve timing and lift on the engine, but only the inlet on the V6.

We#39;d love to regale you tales of the new 2.0-liter turbo but since no one was allowed to take one for a we#39;ll have to console you the knowledge that the 1.8T (essentially a shorter-… version of the is an absolute gem, with low-rev torque and spirited performance. The 2.0-liter unit to be even better. Turbodiesels be available for Europe, but their in the U.S. (like so many rides ) remains undecided.

hope Audi makes the call.

But there#39;s more to a car just the drivetrain, particularly the vehicle has been completely

Like all recent Audis, the A4 has its suspension located forward of the improving weight distribution and the front overhang. While the new A4 is 4.7 in. longer and 2.4 in. wider, it#39;s lower and lighter than its

The design of the new exterior is crisp and with a face resembling the A5 big improvement on the current model. The wheelbase and completely redeveloped has calmed the ride significantly, and the new is as sturdy as a bank vault, improving noise and vibration In fact, the tranquil fashion in this car makes its way down the was a revelation, as was the negligible throughput of shock and steering tremor.

This Lexus-like refinement is good on cars with the Audi Drive Select which varies throttle transmission shift points on shock damping and steering (from Audi#39;s new variable ratio mechanism) depending on of three dash-mounted buttons are These are marked Comfort, and Dynamic, and the systembelieved to be the only one of its in the classcan also be tuned by the via Audi#39;s media interface

Audi A4 Avant

The vast majority of Americans seem to care for wagon but the convenience offered by the A4 Avant#39;s rear seats, its hatch and its array of rear load-support hooks and nets is worth a look. Also, for a relatively car, the A4 Avant has an amazing of useful options, including cruise control, lane and collision warningnot to mention side assist, a radar-based that warns against approaching from the rear viewoften a potential blind for drivers.

As gas climbs toward and even past $4 a gallon, the new might yet offer a compelling to the ubiquitous SUV. Its svelte suggests less of the despised wagon than your crossover, while its dynamics the lumbering moves of most into a cocked hat. the new A4 Avant range goes on this fall, it#39;s to cost about the same as the modelsabout $28,000 to $38,000.

Look out BMW 3 Series; this one just have your Barry Winfield


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