2011 Audi A4 FrontTrak 2.0 DOHC turbo from North America

Summary:

Great, beautiful, sleek, rich looking. Will not disappoint!!!

Faults:

I bought this car in April, and it was made in March (2011), and so far there have been NO problems (knock on wood).

General Comments:

Beautiful and powerful. I loved my 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, but it started to look dated, so I updated to an Audi A4, and have ZERO regrets. The Olds was the best car I have ever owned, and the A4 is a good contender; if it serves me as long and well as the Oldsmobile did, I will have a new "best car".

I will say I will probably never own another car for 10 years (bought '02 Olds in 2001). I do know I will get another car on or before the A4 is 5 years old, but if I love this car as much as I do now in 5 years time, I will buy a 2016 Audi A4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2011

21st Oct 2012, 11:56

The latest (2012) IIHS small overlap crash test shows that A4's perform very poorly, and way below all others in their category.

2011 Audi A4 Quattro 2.0L turbo from North America

Summary:

Best luxury value for all the included doo-dads

Faults:

Nothing so far!

General Comments:

I've driven the 2011 A4 for 4,000 kms now, in a variety of weather and road conditions.

Top marks so far for the very peppy turbo 2.0L engine, the solid but not harsh ride, quiet interior, roomy trunk, confident handling from twisty roads and sharp corners, and an entertainment system that is a match to any desktop computer.

Medium marks to the odd LED daytime running lights that wink out when a turn signal is on, the turbo lag off the line, a slightly choppy 8 speed auto transmission that isn't as silky as it should be, and back seats that aren't quite roomy enough for the legs of taller adults.

Room for improvement on head space for the driver. I'm only 5'10", but my head nearly touches the roof liner, and I can feel the top hairs on my head brushing against it in a weird kind of way. The sunroof pushes that space down a bit. I could adjust the seat down, but then I feel like I'm too low down for the most comfortable position.

The media controls and Nav take a little while to get used to but become intuitive. Checking out the screen options can be a bit distracting. Voice command and Bluetooth phone work very well.

This is a high tech vehicle that has a lot of hidden features and options, which can be adjusted or customized off a screen menu. The amount of info on the computer displays is remarkable, and it can even play movie DVDs to the driver on the same display (when not moving, other it's just sound).

This car will be a delight to techie people who want a sporty ride with lots of comfort, pep and torque, without the high cost of big horsepower, many choices of entertainment for long drives (radio, CD, DVD, two SD card slots, downloadable 40Mb memory drive, iPod/iPhone hookup, sat radio), a beautiful Nav display (3D, 2D, night/day, quickly zooms in and out). Rear camera, lots of remote sensors for passing and you've got one high tech ride. And a classic elegant design.

Pretty good value featurewise against Mercedes and BMW, and hopefully as well built as Lexus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th October, 2010