Tuesday, May 6, 2008

2008 Audi A4

The A4 is Audi's spirited and versatile mainstay, offering a combination of style and substance that keeps it highly competitive within its class. It is available in sedan, wagon and Cabriolet body styles, with a choice between Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system and FrontTrak front-wheel drive on sedans and Cabriolets.

The A4 2.0T trims are outfitted with a 200 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; A4 3.2 trims get a 255 hp 3.2-liter V6; both engines feature FSI direct fuel injection. Available transmissions include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic with Tiptronic and a seven-speed Multitronic CVT. Standard features on all A4 trims include electronic stability control, alloy wheels, power sunroof (except Cabriolets), automatic climate control and a 6-disc CD changer; 3.2 trims add heated front seats, leather upholstery and genuine wood trim elements.
For 2008, the Audi A4 Sedan and Avant get a major visual upgrade; the S line exterior package is now standard, including revised bumpers, grille and integrated trunklid spoiler. As well, the 3.2 trims get new standard 18-inch alloy wheels. The Cabriolet remains largely untouched for 2008.

The good: The 2008 Audi A4 combines nimble performance with sprightly handling and the availability of some stylish S-Line trim. Its upgraded audio system is worth the investment.

The bad: The A4's dismal iPod integration, bizarre audio options, and dated navigation system give it some of the weakest cabin technology available on a premium sedan.

The bottom line: The 2008 A4 demonstrates Audi's ability to run with the competition when it comes to performance, but the car's im

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