As Audi’s excellent traction control program will take care of the daunting snow banks in the Costco parking lot, Quattro need not apply. For such average Joes, the A4’s good looks and superior interior make it an entirely defensible choice.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Quattro is Audi’s Unique Selling Point; the compensation for not buying a more dynamically engaging car.
If your passengers are neither large or numerous, the A4’s handsome cabin remains the standard to which all other automobile manufacturers can– and do– aspire.
Crank-up the A4’s two-liter turbo-four, and its sonic signature is to a BMW six what a garage band is to Led Zeppelin.
And Audi makes and sells plenty of products where only the front wheels are driven, from economy cars to its TT.
In fact, Audi’s UK website proudly proclaims “a front-wheel-drive car is in principle more controllable and tracks better than conventional rear-wheel drive.” OK then, in advance of the all-new A4 headed our way in '09, let’s have a look at the Audi A4 2.0T and see if we can get past the FWD thing.
With a wishbone upfront and independent suspension at the rear, a well and truly caned A4 dismisses surface imperfections to maintain its course.This was the dramatic moment a car careered through traffic lights and smashed into a tram in south London, knocking it off its tracks and leaving four people in hospital.The incident was captured by CCTV cameras in Wellesley Road, Croydon, just before 10pm on Sunday.Nick Krofa, who lives nearby and saw the aftermath, said: “I went to the window and saw that the tram had derailed from its track.
"There was a small car there, I was trying to make sense of what had happened.Like a tribal tattoo on a cheerleader’s bum, the grill is the one detail that almost ruins an otherwise clean image. The A4’s quality materials continue to defend and extend Audi’s rep for haptic happiness, with controls that snick with precisely measured sensual satisfaction. A garish, silver piece of trim bisected my test A4’s interior; presumably inspired by a bath tub ring.