2009 Audi A4 3.2. Click image to enlarge
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Review and photos by Michael Clark
2009 Audi A4
Imagine a world without a scuffed centre console.
It may not be high on the list of deal-breakers for potential vehicle purchases. Fact is, it happens, usually with just a minor sweep of the front seatbelt receptacles against the plastic grain. Here’s another fact; Audi cares about it, as evidenced by the fuzzy collars that surround the inner anchors. It’s this type of detail that makes the A4 for ‘09 a worthy consideration, especially if that fine-tuned adherence to quality continues throughout this latest model. Our tester this week is an A4 3.2 quattro, weighing in with an MSRP of $53,400. (Pricing shown does not reflect freight, taxes, or regional incentives.)
It’s yet another well-orchestrated Audi instrument panel (is there any other kind?). Bi-Xenon headlamps are equipped with an Auto position. Speaking of Auto, you ought to know that the wipers are rain-sensing, with real-world testing proving that they actually have some sense. Electronic cruise control is actuated by the lever control at the 8 o’clock position on the tilt/telescoping column. Trackwheel controls on the steering wheel provide good access to the Driver Information Display, as well as audio tweaks.