Fast. Handles better than anything I've driven.
It's an excellent fit for style, comfort, economy and performance! This car is really underrated. Mercedes and BMW seem to be the typical choices when it comes to the sport sedan segment. Audi has done an excellent job bringing the A4 into competitive space. Even though the car is a 4 cylinder, it is turbo charged, providing great fuel economy and performance. Audi underrates it's fuel economy, I easily average 34 MPG on the highway. The interior is super high quality, with nice finishes everywhere. The leather is very plush, providing optimal comfort. The cabin space is just right for me and I am 6'2". The back seats are tight for adults, but kids fit without a problem. Trunk space is more than enough, it may look small from the outside.
I was considering either a Mazda6 or an Accord Sport when I test-drove this vehicle on a whim. It was above my price point but, after driving it, I had to find a way to buy one. If you're looking for an entry-level high-performance vehicle, this is a very good choice. The turbo-charged 2.0L 4cyl will pin you to your seat in the 3-4k RPM range while giving a fuel economy in the mid-20s MPG. The handling is remarkable. This A4 is the most sure-footed vehicle I've ever driven. I am routinely following on- and off-ramps at speeds 5-10 MPH over and above what my old Accord could handle (on dry pavement) and it seems capable of still more. This is probably due to the 60/40 AWD of the quattro as well as the 255mm width Michelin A/S Sport tires. You won't like this car if you're looking for a Toyota Avalon-like ride. You won't feel *every* bump and groove in the road, but you *will* know the difference between concrete and asphalt and the conditions of each surface as you drive. Having said that, this car is quieter than my Accord was---even on poorly-maintained concrete roads. The seating on the S-line is sport-contoured, comfortable, and has nice lumbar support. I would not hesitate to take this vehicle on a 1,000 mile road-trip. The single concern I had with this car was the knowledge that a number of 2009--2011 A4s seemed to consume oil at an alarming rate. Bringing the car in to Audi for an Oil Consumption Test helped to bring any oil loss to a minimum (they replace a few items for the test) and I'm satisfied that this particular vehicle doesn't suffer from that problem. Many have rated Audi as well-built and seeing older A4s still on the road helps me to believe that this car should make it well into the 200k mile range. The only downsides to the vehicle are going to be in the maintenance costs. Tires from Audi currently run about $2600, but one can find much better deals if you purchase your tires on-line (down to 50% of that price---including installation). The 10k mile "inspections" cost approximately $1k. Oil changes are slated for every 10k miles also, but many advise changing the oil at double that rate. As far as features, my only beef is that the Multi-Media Interface has a steep learning curve and, even after two months of ownership, is still a bit cumbersome. But it is very usable and has some nice features (satellite radio, navagation and traffic, etc.) Indeed, the only way you can check the oil level is through the MMI! There's no dipstick! My A4 is also has a manual transmission---something you can get in the $27k vehicles but, typically, manual transmissions limit you in the trim package you can get here in the 'states. Overall, I'm delighted with my purchase. Driving the Accord was a chore compared to driving the A4. At any speed and in any amount of traffic, the road feel, responsiveness, and engine purr make driving this car a pleasure. I would recommend this car to anyone who wants to be *more* a part of the driving experience.