2009 Audi A4

Audi updated its A4 small sedan for 2009, with new styling cues, a returned engine, and an upgraded interface for accessing car systems.

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Blade styling

Audi works its blade styling, first seen on the R8, into the air intakes and grille of the new A4.

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LED parking lights

LED parking lights are starting to work their way through the Audi model line-up, originally on the R8 and S5, and now on the A4.

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Engine choice

Our Audi was equipped with the 3.2-liter V-6, a pretty capable engine for this car. A turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder is also available.

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Longer wheelbase

Audi moved the center differential forward, letting it move the front axle forward, as well. Here you can see that the front wheels are almost at the bumper.

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Standard Quattro

Quattro is now standard on all A4s, and is enhanced with a rear differential that sends torque between the two rear wheels.

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Trunk space

Trunk space is small, but reasonable. We fit a case of wine under the cargo net, which held it in place through some spirited driving.

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Wine in a door

We also found that the bottle holders in the doors are the perfect size for a bottle of wine.

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Luxury interior

The interior abounds with luxury materials, including wood insets. But that's not a surprise when we consider that the car costs close to $50,000.

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Electric power steering

Dynamic steering is a new technology for the A4 that adjusts the turn ratio depending on speed. The A4 also uses electric power steering to save gas.

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Instrument cluster display

As in previous Audis, the A4 has a small LCD between the tach and speedometer for showing trip, audio, and navigation information.

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Six speed slushbox

The six-speed automatic transmission has a manual mode, but it doesn't feel like a high-performance transmission, exhibiting some slush.

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Performance customizing

Drive Select is a new feature that lets you choose comfort or sport characteristics for the car's steering, suspension, and transmission.

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Blind spot LEDs

The blind spot warning system turns on LEDs in the mirror casing when a car is in the lane next to the A4.

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Old navigation system

Among all the updates for 2009, the navigation system was left out. It is still DVD-based and offers no advanced features.

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Destination entry

Destination entry is a little tedious with this rotary dial input method.

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Phone system

The telephone system works very well, and can download your phone's contact list so you don't have to enter numbers.

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Audi Music Interface

The Audi Music Interface lets you plug in an iPod or USB adapter, among other devices. Sirius satellite radio is also an option.

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Music controls

Audi has this unique interface for playing music. You can browse for music on an iPod by genre, artist, and album. On a USB drive, you have to browse through folders.

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Bang & Olufsen makes music

The optional Bang & Olufsen audio system has a 505-watt amplifier and 14 speakers, producing excellent sound quality.

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