SHARP TURNS – A4 is worth every dollar

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z SHARP TURNS – A4 is worth every dollarMATT SHARP Auto Columnist nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For the weeks I have been writing these reviews about cars, my favorite remained the Dodge Dart, the first car I ever did a review on. This week the Audi A4 is changing that. From its eye catching style to its powerful engine its hard not to fall in love with this car.

Audiusa.com states, “The 2014 Audi A4 is impeccably engineered for driving. It has a dynamic design, enhanced by available Audi S line exterior appearance, a leather appointed interior, and a light yet responsive 220 hp 2.0-liter TFSI engine for agility and efficiency.”

The A4 has 3 different models, the Premium, Premium plus and the Prestige. I am going to focus on the Premium model. This model is beyond worthy of wearing the signature Audi four rings, when it sits in your driveway it makes for the perfect view. Your eyes follow the progressive lines through the subtle curves to the distinctive profile. The LED headlamps are designed to help you see and be seen all day and night. With the daytime running lights, you will not only turn heads but you will have full visibility at all times. Of course when the sun does go down, the bright LED lights make you aware of everything in view. With the xenon plus headlights when you round corners, the headlights pivot up to 15 degrees to shine light on the sharper turns.

Inside the Audi A4, leather and stylish aluminum-optic accents surround you. From the steering wheel controls to the shift lever and even down to the door controls, Audi paid attention to detail in every aspect of the cabin. You feel at home with the eight-way power font leather sating surfaces, leather wrapped tilt and telescopic manually adjustable steering wheel, and the automatic climate control.

With the world today revolving around technology, the A4 fits in nicely. It starts with Audi concert radio, which includes ten speakers and single CD player with MP3 playback capabilities. You can also hear SiriusXM Satellite Radio or your favorite music device through those ten speakers with iPod integration and Bluetooth wireless technology. Keep your mind and hands on the wheel with rain/light sensors for automatic windshield wipers as soon as water hits the windshield, and headlights for as soon as the sun sets.

Other features to help make your drive unforgettable are, side assist to help monitor blind spots, and Audi drive select that lets you decide the style of driving you want to experience. Also available is Audi connect with Google Earth, and Wi-Fi hotspot capability that allows you to get up-to-date on news and weather right from the car.

As mentioned earlier, the A4 comes with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 220 horsepower. Audiusa.com states, “A radical shift from convention, Audi TFSI combines direct injection with forced induction supercharging or turbo charging. This unleashes higher power output with greater fuel efficiency and produces outstanding responsiveness-making the engine more of an extension of the driver.” This engine also delivers the power while using less fuel. Audi is the first manufacturer in the world to engineer a turbocharged direct injection engine, which produces high power output and optimum engine response. The outcome is impressive thrust, greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. To control this engine you need great handling. Hairpin turns and inclement weather are no longer a challenge with available Audi quatro all-wheel drive to provide confidence-inspiring handling with 40:60 rear-biased power distributions. When conditions are challenging, power is transferred to the appropriate wheels for unequaled grip and control.

As I have explained, the A4 is worth every dollar. It is a little more pricey than your average sedan but again worth it. The Premium model starts out at about $34,000, the Premium plus model starts out at a little over $37,000, and the Prestige model is a little under $43,000.

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