Every brand has one–the staple seller; the for-the-masses car on which a corporation’s fortunes rest. Audi’s bread-and-butter line, the A4 comes in sedan, two-door convertible and wagon variants. Of course, with the falling value of the dollar eating profits and ever-encroaching competition from Japanese, German and even American luxury brands, the A4 is more important to Audi’s lineup than ever.
Every brand has one–the staple seller; the for-the-masses car on which a corporation’s fortunes rest. Audi’s bread-and-butter line, the A4 comes in sedan, two-door convertible and wagon variants. Of course, with the falling value of the dollar eating profits and ever-encroaching competition from Japanese, German and even American luxury brands, the A4 is more important to Audi’s lineup than ever. As their most popular car, Audi needs the new A4 to bring buyers into Audi showrooms and continue to create the legions of satisfied customers that previous models have. The A4 has been a staff favorite here at Roadfly since the model was introduced; now, for the 2005 model year, Audi has redesigned the car inside and out.
Let’s start by taking a look at that distinctive new exterior. The engineers in Ingolstadt gave the A4 a serious facelift, with a prominent front end that does a good job of distinguishing the new model from previous versions. It’s a corporate look, shared across Audi’s model range from the baby A3 hatchback to the A8 uber-sedan–and it has proven somewhat controversial. After living with it for a week, we can say for sure that the look does grow on you.
The overall design is clean and angular. Tight tolerances between panels lend a solid, well-built feel to the body, which seems bigger than it actually is–only 180 inches long–thanks to the slab-sided design. Hooded headlamps and jeweled LED taillights look expensive and upscale.
Stepping inside, you’ll find the A4 to be surprisingly roomy. A total of 90 cubic feet of passenger space exists front and rear, with 13.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk. It feels a lot bigger inside than rivals such as the BMW 3-Series. Moreover, if you’ll pardon the cliche, the A4’s ergonomically-designed interior fits like a glove. Everything falls to hand, from the audio controls with redundant thumbwheels and buttons on the steering wheel, to the dual-zone climate control system. And there’s even a neat slide-out credit-card holder right in the dash, which comes in handy for such things as electronic gate passes and toll change. Taller drivers will need to learn to operate the cruise control by memory, as it’s somewhat obscured by the wheel, and is not illuminated at night. But with so much technology on board, we think Audi’s done a heck of a job packaging it all in a user-friendly way.
Standard features on the bottom-of-the-barrel base Audi A4 include power windows, doors and locks, as well as keyless entry and a power driver’s seat. In addition, our test car included such goodies as XM Satellite radio, heated seats, and the $1,400 sunroof package that also adds leather seats. Audi also offers an $1,800 Premium package, which adds toys like a power front passenger seat, rain sensing wipers, electrically-folding outside mirrors, Homelink and more. Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlights, voice control and a color trip computer are also available, as part of a $1,700 uplevel Technology package.
Get behind the wheel, and the smiles continue. Our test car, which came with the turbocharged engine found in the majority of A4s to hit the market, had power to spare. Tied to a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual shifting capabilities, the turbo powerplant gives good acceleration at almost any engine speed. Turbo lag is palpable at times, but it doesn’t take too long to spool up (think Subaru WRX), and the reward once it does is simple joy. Official figures claim it takes only seven and a half seconds to get to 60 miles per hour, while the top speed is electronically governed at 130 miles per hour.
This little four-banger is packed full of modern technology. Variable valve timing, direct injection, and the intercooled turbo, top the list; Audi managed to extract 200 horsepower from just two liters here. Moreover, 207 pound-feet of torque is available on a broad plateau between 1800 and 5000 R.P.M.
Also available in the A4 line is an 3.2-liter V6, with 255 horsepower. And for the truly power-mad, the hot-rod S4 comes with a 340-horse V8 that rockets the car to sixty in well under six seconds–one of our very favorite autos ever, especially in cabriolet form.
More important than numbers, though, is the way this car feels. Drive it slow, and you’re rewarded with a comfortable ride and a serene drive. Push it a little, and the car seems to hunker down, with accurate if heavy steering and what seems to be great gobs of grip. That tied-to-the-road feeling, plus a slight bias towards understeer, makes the A4 a confidence-enhancing machine.
Of course, aiding in that feeling of superb traction is Audi’s optional Quattro all-wheel-drive (standard A4s carry front-drive power). Built by Torsen, the system generally splits torque equally, but can divert as much as 67% of power to any one wheel with grip. Besides giving great control in rain and snow, we like the way Quattro gives this Audi a securely planted feel, even in dry cornering.
The A4’s suspension consists of a four-link independent setup in front, and a trapezoidal-link system in the rear. Optional 17-inch rims, shod with 235/45 tires, complete the package.
Audi did not skimp on the safety front, either. The A4 comes equipped with airbags covering the front passengers and side curtain areas front and rear. Rear side impact airbags are optional. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard as well. In addition, the A4 has active head restraints and seatbelt pretensioners to reduce dangerous passenger movement in a crash.
Fuel economy being the hot-button issue that it is today, the A4’s EPA ratings of 22 miles per gallon city and 30 mpg highway are reassuring. Our test car actually came close to those numbers in fairly aggressive driving. That’s an impressive result, compared with the thirsty sports sedans we’ve tested lately.
With so much interior content and luxury packed into such a fun-to-drive small German sedan, you’d expect to pay a premium price. You won’t be disappointed there, although the A4 still represents something of a bargain when compared to similar 3-Series models from BMW, or C-class sedans from Mercedes-Benz. Base price on the Audi A4 with the two-liter turbo is $27,640. Some of the bigger options, such as the $2,000 Quattro package, pushed our as-tested price to $35,870. And that’s having skipped the $2,000 navigation package, which includes a six-disc CD changer in the glovebox. Still, when compared with similar BMW models that can cost several thousand dollars more, the A4 is one of the best ways to buy into German engineering in a sports-sedan package, without breaking the bank.
Audi’s new A4 is a technological and engineering marvel. Fun to drive, luxurious, and comfortable, all at a modest premium price. For years, we’ve watched Audi sales slowly encroaching on the German competition–it looks as if the new A4 can only further that trend.
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Over the past few years I’ve taken a very special interest in helping people lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Please take a moment to read Brian Flatt’s incredible story and how he burned over 12 pounds of fat in 3 weeks by Working With Nature, Not Against It.
Did You Know That Your Body Is Stuck in “Fat Mode” for 20 Hours a Day?
Learn How New Research Can Unlock Your Hidden Fat-Burning Potential.
In America, we’ve achieved something incredible:
Absolute freedom from the dangers of nature.
Nature’s most vicious predators are no match for humans.
But one danger still haunts us, something that’s stuck with us from the natural world that we simply can’t fight off.
In fact, it’s killing more Americans than any other cause of death.
Here’s just a glimpse as what Americans are suffering through:
● Heart attacks and strokes that put an immediate end to the life of people we love. (If you’re walking around with extra fat on your body, you never know when these illnesses will strike.)
● Back and join pain that stops you from enjoying life, keeps you stuck on the couch, and ruins your mood from the moment you get out of bed.
● Plus diabetes, liver failure, sore muscles, arthritis, and more, costing thousands of dollars in prescription medication every year.
Even children are suffering the consequences.
My Daughter Was Thin, But She Was Suffering from My Weight.
When I was overweight, I thought, “you know, it’s not so bad. I can live with this.”
But then one day, my chest started to ache, and I thought I was having a heart attack.
Just at that moment, my daughter looked up at me with the most scared look I ever saw.
I knew I couldn’t leave her behind, so I decided to look into the real causes of my weight gain.
I Was Spending 20 Hours a Day Gaining Fat, Even if I Ate 3 Meals a Day.
I was shocked when I found out that our bodies can only be in one of two states.
Either we’re burning fat… or we’re gaining it. There’s no in-between.
And many Americans are unknowingly spending 20 hours a day stuck in the fat-gaining mode, especially if they’re overweight.
20 hours a day!
And the only time they’re actually burning fat… is when they’re asleep.
That’s when I realized that no matter how much exercise I did, no matter how healthy I was eating, it wouldn’t matter unless I could fix that problem.
I had to find a way to force my body into fat-burning mode for more than 4 hours a day.
Finally, I was lucky enough to stumble across a new system that works with nature’s big secret to keep my body in fat-burning mode for 12 hours a day or more… and I lost over 12 pounds in just 3 weeks!
I Burned Over 12 Pounds of Fat in 3 Weeks By Working With Nature, Not Against It.
Your body has a natural ability to burn fat.
In fact, you can burn a surprising amount of fat in just a few weeks with the right strategies.
So what are they?
Well, the plan I made works in 3 phases, and they’re incredibly easy to follow.
Basically, here’s how it works:
1. It forces your body into fat-burning mode for 3 times as long. By multiplying your fat-burning time, you make weight loss easy, even without difficult workouts.
2. Plus… it showed me how to make my work outs easier and actually improve my health. (As it turns out, many people are already doing the #1 exercise you need to burn fat!)
3. In Phase 2, I dropped over 1 pound per day, and I was pleasantly surprised as how easy it was to do.
At the end of 3 weeks, I had lost over 12 pounds of fat.
I kept it up and continued to lose more.
And yes, I looked amazing.
But what really mattered wasn’t the weight loss.
I had made a change for my daughter.
I’m Going to Live to Watch My Grandchildren Grow Up.
I may not be old enough to have grandchildren yet… but now, I’m not worried that I’m going to die before my daughter is ready to have kids.
We’ve really connected again, going out to the park and playing games like we used to. I can even go shopping all day long without getting aches and pains in my back!
So I shared these strategies with some of my friends who wanted to lose a little weight, and they were shocked at the results.
In fact, some of them were losing more weight than I did… up to 23 pounds in 3 weeks!
So my friends told their friends… who told their friends… and eventually, the secret got out.
People Started Offering Me Money for My 3 Week Diet.
I couldn’t believe it when complete strangers started emailing me, asking for my diet.
I had no idea it was going to become such a big deal!
That’s when I realized that I had to get this out there for anyone who wanted to start burning fat and looking their best.
(Who am I to hide this from other people?)
So I decided to put together all the information I had on this strategy and put it online.
The only problem… is that it costs a lot of money to do this.
I was a little overwhelmed by how much I had to pay to put together a website and package it all up in a nice little ebook.
So yes, I have to charge people for these strategies.
But when people are losing 12 to 23 pounds per week, I’m not hearing any complaints!
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When I showed my website to a friend, he told me I was crazy for making my book so cheap.
“You should be charging twice as much, at least. I’ve seen books like yours for $60 or more.”
He works in marketing, so he thinks everything should be expensive. (Sorry, Dave.)
I just couldn’t do that. I really wanted people to be able to afford this book and use it to change their lives.
So I did the math and figured out exactly what I have to charge to get my money back on this whole thing, and that’s how I chose the price.
If you can help me cover my costs, I’m more than happy to give you these secrets at the bare minimum price.
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Creator of The 3 Week Diet & Weight Loss Consultant