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2011 Audi A4 (photos)

For 2011, Audi adds an eight-speed automatic transmission to the equipment list, working to enhance highway fuel economy with two tall gears.

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Audi's smallest sedan, the A4, fits into the premium car segment with quality cabin materials and excellent cabin electronic options. For the 2011 model year, Audi added an eight-speed automatic transmission and HD radio, but got rid of its 3.2-liter V-6 engine choice.

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Current Audi styling is led by the large grille, running through the bumper line, and LED strips in the headlights.

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The A4's only engine choice is a direct-injection turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder. It makes more than adequate power to move the little sedan.

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A high roofline means adequate headroom for front and rear passengers.

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This A4 model came with Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, but the car can also be had in front-wheel-drive format.

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Not overly large, the trunk shows the expected capacity of a midsize car.

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Leather power seats and quality materials, including metal surrounds on dials, contribute to the A4's premium segment position.

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The A4 uses a hydraulic power steering system, as opposed to the electric systems gaining wider usage these days.

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The eight-speed automatic transmission includes sport and manual modes.

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The Multimedia Interface controls include a number of function buttons and the center dial, all of which control infotainment features on the center LCD.

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The maps for the navigation system are stored on a hard drive and show topographic as well as 3D features.

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The navigation system includes traffic data, received over satellite.

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The phone system is first-rate, and includes phone book downloading and voice command.

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Music sources include onboard storage, an iPod interface, and SD card slots.

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The Bang & Olufsen audio option is worth the price, as it produces excellent sound.

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Audi's backup camera shows trajectory lines along with distance markers, making it easy to park.

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