2011 Audi A4 – Fast And Luxurious

First Look:

Gone are the days when the fight among the luxury car brands were of looks and luxury, now a days apart from looks and luxury, having imposing horsepower under the hood is the hottest fight topic. But it seems that while all the other luxury brands are fighting the horsepower rating way vigorously, the 2011 Audi A4 has kept itself neutral. While all over the world the fight is between the six and eight cylinder engines, the all new A4 enters the market with 4-cylinder engine capable of generating only 211 horsepower. Now, while it might seem that Audi is limiting the appeal for its new 2011 Audi A4, but its not what the reality is, in reality the A4 manages to almost meet the acceleration of its competitors, while at the same time offers superb fuel economy and at the same time gives the comfort of obtainable all-wheel drive.

2011 Audi A4 – Fast And Luxurious
2011 Audi A4 – Fast And Luxurious

If, truth be told, the Audi A4 has never been known for its performance, and has been popular primarily because of its high-quality interiors, one which is typically the benchmark for its class. While, the 2011 Audi A4 is not as visually tempting the typical German cabin of Audi A4 nevertheless comes with a rich environment. Include a respectable size trunk and backseat here as well.

What’s New for Audi A4?

The 2011 Audi A4 Quattro receives an optional 8-speed automatic transmission instead of its previous 6-speed automatic transmission; though it causes a slight increase in the fuel economy. There also is an all new Titanium Sport package, which will get you black trim, while the regular Sport package will get you 19 in wheels and the Prestige trim comes with parking sensors and rearview camera as its standard features. The Driver Assist package for the car has been discontinued, but the car gets blind-spot warning, as a stand-alone option. The Navigation Package for the car now gets HD radio.

Body Styling and Features:

The 2011 Audi A4 comes in two body styles: Sedan and Wagon (Avant). Both the body styles further can be obtained in Premium, Prestige and Premium Plus trims.

The standard equipments for the A4 Premium trim comprises of equipments such as 17 in alloy wheels, 8-way power front seats, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-swathed steering wheel, a sunroof (panoramic on Avant), automatic climate control, fog lamps, leather upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system having auxiliary audio jack, a CD player and satellite radio, and a dash-mounted Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI). Some other options for the car includes Bluetooth, an iPod interface and heated front seats.

All the aforementioned equipments of the Premium trim comes standard in the Premium Plus trims, which further gets you automatic wipers, LED running lights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, 3-zone automatic climate control, an improved trip computer and an auto-dimming mirror. Go for the Navigation package and you could get a navigation system having real-time traffic, a more easy to use console-mounted MMI system, and digital music storage, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, HD radio, voice controls and a color trip computer screen.

The top of the range A4 Prestige trim gets auto-dimming exterior mirrors, 18 in wheels, driver memory settings, keyless entry/ignition, the Navigation package and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, which is available as optional equipment on Premium Plus.

The Sport package offered for the 2011 Audi A4 could easily get you 18 in wheels on the Premium Plus and 19 in wheels on the Prestige trim, a 3-spoke steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic transmission shift paddles and more sharply padded seats. Apart from these also there were a lot of optional equipments available and also available were the packages for the car.

Under The Hood:

The power for all the 2011 Audi A4 comes from a 2.0 ltr 4-cylinder turbocharged engine which will generate maximum power of 211 hp and will also be generating maximum torque of 258 lbs-ft. The Premium and Premium plus trims of A4 Sedan boasts the 2.0T FrontTrak as its standard equipment, indicating that the car has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive.

You can get all the trims as 2.0T Quattro, which means a standard 6 speed manual transmission, or optional 8 speed automatic transmission or all-wheel. The Avant trim comes only with the automatic and Quattro.

Depending upon the engine and transmission combination in the car, the acceleration, performance and fuel efficiency for the A4 can vary.

Safety Equipments:

The standard safety equipments for the 2011 Audi A4 includes stability and traction control, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and front seat side airbags. The Perimium Plus and Prestige trim have the option of getting rear-seat side airbags, while a blind-spot warning system is optional on the Prestige. Some other safety features for the car includes an “Active Braking Guard” feature, which is a part of the adaptive cruise control optional.

Verdict:

The 2011 Audi A4 is a smooth driving sport sedan, having a slick look and offering superb acceleration. The Avant wagon for the car is even slicker.

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