Audi admits to investing one billion dollars to reinvent the A4 for 2009. It’s larger in all dimensions, re-engineered for fuel economy and packed with luxuries, many inspired by the upscale A8. Audi believes the A4 will truly move you, and so do we.
Audi makes no bones about becoming the top luxury automotive brand in the world. If that crown were to be awarded on looks alone, the 2009 A4 would be king. It looks and feels expensive, yet manages to preserve its legendary “fun-to-drive” nature, even though the A4 is considerably larger than before. Measuring 185.2 inches in length and 71.9 inches in width, the A4 grows up by 4.6 inches and 2.2 inches, respectively. Its overall height of 56.1 inches is just a bit lower (0.2 inches) by comparison. The proportions are sportier and more purposeful. The front overhang has been shortened while the hood and wheelbase have lengthened. Nifty LED running lights—an Audi icon in the making––set off the headlamps and creates an instantly recognizable front end.
The increased size of Audi's newest does wonders for its interior. Personal passenger space has been improved in a number of areas, particularly head, shoulder and leg space. Cargo capacity too has been boosted; the newest A4 features about 17 cubic feet of trunk space, the most of all its competitors. Folding rear seats make storage in the A4 even more dynamic.
Despite the Audi's growth, engineers have managed to keep weight to a minimum. High-strength, but surprisingly lightweight steel increases efficiency and ensures more nimble and dynamic performance. Overall, the redesigned A4 weighs ten percent less than last year's model.
The 2009 A4 features another new Audi innovation, Audi Dynamic Steering, which features a rack that is now mounted low in the front of the engine bay, close to the front wheels, providing more direct steering action. Audi Dynamic Steering boosts power assistance and makes the steering ratio more direct at low speed. At high speeds, the ratio is less direct and boost is decreased for better straight-line stability. Audi’s dynamic steering represents leading-edge technology in this segment. Less weight and better weight distribution bodes well for handling, something A4 owners have already come to expect. Hey, better is better!
Power is better and more efficient for 2008. Audi's newest A4 features a high-powered new 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of 211 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque, an improvement over last year. A 3.2 FSI V6 with Audi Valvelift Technology and an output of 265 hp is also available. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission is available.
The new A4 continues the Audi strategy of installing interior appointments that make more expensive cars look cheap by comparison. Fit, finish, quality and ambiance do not get any better than this. Audi interiors sell the rest of the car. It’s luxury all the way with two of the most comfortable seats you’ll find in any car. The A4’s longer wheelbase pays off in rearseat legroom and wider rear doors. Cabin technology is also topnotch in the A4 with the Audi Music Interface (AMI). AMI accommodates Bluetooth and the mighty iPod with sound by Bang & Olufsen. A 505-watt, 10-channel amplifier controls 14 speakers. A DVD navigation system including MMI is an additional upgrade option.
The A4 Avant, a wagon version of the A4, is nearly identical to the sedan from the B-pillar forward, but now features 50 cubic feet of cargo capacity accessible by hatch. An optional power liftgate is available, and the load floor is reversible if you happen to be toting a set of used wheels in the trunk and the mat is coated in brake dust. Overall, the Avant gains about five inches in length, but is almost 10 percent lighter than the outgoing model.
The 2009 Audi A4 sedan and wagon have one important quality in common. Drive one or the other and you’ll look like a billion bucks! Look for the 2009 A4 this fall.