Flash Drive: 2009 Audi A4
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2009 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The A4 was a good car before, but Audi has made it even better. The LED running lights that have become a trademark of the brand make this sporty sedan stand out from the crowd. It is larger than the outgoing model, so now two adults can fit in the rear seat comfortably. Upfront, Audi's multimedia interface makes it easy to access audio, climate, phone and navigation screens. Our test car was equipped with Audi's 6-speed automatic transmission. It shifts quickly and smoothly. The Audi Drive Select switch on the dash allows the driver to choose three different settings for the transmission, suspension and steering, ranging from comfort to dynamic. Under normal driving conditions, the A4 rides smoothly and quietly. When the most aggressive driving modes are selected, the car takes on the personality of a true sport sedan, with impressive acceleration, quick steering and great handling. The A4 is an excellent choice for the buyer looking for a sure-footed all-wheel-drive sport sedan, but all these goodies don't come cheap — our test car was priced just below $50,000. – Perry Stern
Audi continues its parade of new vehicles with the 2009 A4 sport sedan, sporting a fresh new design that includes Audi's now-signature LED running lights, first seen on the R8 sports car. Powered by the latest version of Audi's direct-injection 3.2-liter FSI V6, which produces 265 horsepower, the A4 is quick and responsive, with a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission and Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system. Equipped with Audi Drive Select, the driver can instantly change the A4's personality to adapt to different driving conditions by controlling the steering response, shock damping and throttle response. With three preset modes, the steering is so quick in "Dynamic" mode that it takes some getting used to. And the new A4 is larger than its predecessor, providing rear-seat passengers with much-needed additional legroom. – Mike Meredith
Audi doesn't shy away from comparisons for any of its cars these days, and it's easy to see why. Audi's interiors have been best-in-class for some time, and the new Audi A4 continues that trend with switch gear that feels expensive and precise to the touch, and red illumination that reduces glare at night but is still easy to read. Although the 3.2-liter engine in the A4 is only slightly more powerful than the engines in some of its competitors, this car seems to accelerate far more quickly than similar cars from other manufacturers. Like all Audis, the A4 offers the added traction and security of quattro all-wheel drive, and conservative but sophisticated styling on the outside. – Paul Hagger