Putting together a comprehensive entry-level luxury lineup means covering all the bases when it comes to comfort, power and design. For the veteran stylists and engineers at Audi, ensuring the 2010 Audi A4 offers premium car buyers everything they expect in a high end vehicle has been as simple as continuing the strong tradition of quality and class that has served the German brand well for decades.
The 2010 Audi A4 (MSRP $31,450) is a beautiful interpretation of Audi’s continually evolving design language. Available as both a four-door sedan and a sport wagon known as the Avant, the A4 is an inspired collection of hard angles merged with the bulging lines that serve to indicate the power the automobile holds in reserve. The trademark Audi collar grille offers a formidable snout, flanked by the available LED driving lights that surround each of the A4’s headlights and standard foglights. The covered cargo area found on the Avant fits the vehicle’s overall shape masterfully, appearing so organic as to invite speculation that the A4 may have been designed as a wagon from the start.
The sheer elegance of the Audi A4’s design continues throughout its interior. No expense has been spared to give the automobile the same ergonomic and esthetic sheen found on all Audi’s models. Notorious for putting together the best passenger compartments in the industry, Audi continues its run of superbly assembled interiors with the A4. A number of appealing equipment packages are also on hand to help buyers customize their vehicle’s features to match their particular tastes. The Audi Navigation Plus Package features a seven-inch color LCD screen in the dash and includes the very latest version of Audi’s Multi Media Interface® (MMI). This groundbreaking system offers 3D images of major American cities, as well as complete voice and rotary dial control over vehicle systems, navigation functions and entertainment options.
The Sport Package not only upgrades the A4’s rims to 18-inch versions (19 inch on Prestige models), but it also includes a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel to provide an extra degree of control during aggressive driving. Technology-seeking buyers will want to complete their A4 with the Driver Assist Package, which includes the Audi Side Assist blind-spot monitoring system, as well as a rearview camera that combines with ultrasonic parking sensors to provide a complete picture of the area immediately behind the car.
Both the sedan and Avant versions of the 2010 Audi A4 are offered with the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. Thanks to the implementation of Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) direct-injection technology, this motor is capable of offering sizable power output without the typical fuel mileage penalty. It provides Audi drivers with 211 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque while returning fuel mileage numbers of up to 23 mpg around town and 30 mpg on the highway. A continuously variable automatic transmission is the gearbox choice for FrontTrak front-wheel drive editions of the A4. Sedans equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive can be outfitted with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic unit featuring a sport shift program. The Avant comes with quattro right out of the box and features the Tiptronic transmission.
A special performance edition of the A4, dubbed the S4, is also available for Audi fans that just can’t get enough all-wheel drive action. In addition to a number of suspension upgrades and exterior trim changes intended to help the S4 both look and feel like the sportscar it was designed to be, the sedan also features a 3.0-liter V6 that has been fitted with a supercharger. The end result is a splendid 333 hp and 325 lb/ft of torque, sent to its quattro system through either a six-speed manual transmission or an S tronic seven-speed automatic that features manual shifting capabilities and double clutch operation for the most rapid gear changes possible.
It goes without saying that sedan, wagon and S4 editions of the Audi A4 come equipped with the last word in safety technology and passenger protection features. Front occupants are covered by both dual-stage forward airbags and side airbags in the event of a collision while all occupants are afforded with side-curtain Sideguard® airbags specifically designed to protect the head. Audi also provides the Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), which digitally monitors vehicle orientation and which can step in to correct incidences of oversteer or understeer. A tire pressure monitoring system and brake disc wiping system are more ways Audi aims to keep you safe.
The 2010 Audi A4 outshines the competition once again and provides luxury-car buyers with one of the most stylish, safe and driver-friendly options on the market.