2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro Review – An intoxiating mix of performance, luxury and price

Friday February 25th, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: peter

2011 Audi A4

By Peter Newton

Driving Impressions: 2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic Sedan

Pros:

  • Swift and sure-footed
  • Powerful yet sophisticated driving- and design!
  • Above average technology integration

Cons:

  • Few and far between (and relatively minor)
  • Functional, but basic Navigation system
  • Narrow trunk limits what it can store

Competitors in the luxury sport car segment vie to provide what I consider the perfect car: a powerful and stylish coach loaded with creature comforts, yet compact and nimble to provide a thrilling ride. They are small enough to offer tight handling, yet roomy enough to fit four adults. The BMW 3-series has ruled this segment in the US market recently, fending off challenges from Lexus, Mercedes, Infinity, Cadillac, and Acura. Audi’s new A4 looks like a strong contender on paper, but can it deliver the goods?

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Jlevi Steetwerks BMW 335i project car – Enter the dragon

Thursday February 5th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek


In June of 2008, the team at JleviSW.com embarked on a new project car – code name, “Red Dragon”. Keeping the aftermarket scene in mind, they chose to modify the extremely popular E92 335i, as it had significantly higher production numbers than the nascent E92 M3. Furthermore, having thoroughly enjoyed their VF Engineering Supercharged E46 328Ci, the team was simply unable to resist the temptation of a Twin-Turbo Inline 6, and immediately saw the immense potential of this tuner car. From the outset, the goal was clear: the company would showcase its expertise and product line in an effort to inspire customers, inviting them to share in every step of the process.

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2008 BMW 335i Sedan Review

Friday July 4th, 2008 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: twain

2008 BMW 335i Sedan
>>> Review by Twain Mein | >>> Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Amazing engine with breathtaking acceleration
  • Incredible handling
  • Surprising amount of interior space

Cons:

  • Poor gas mileage (averaged 16.6 mpg)
  • Surprising cost cutting and sub-par quality for a $46,000 car
  • Uncomfortable seats

Introduction
This is a review of the BMW 335i 4-door sedan; it features a 300 hp twin-turbocharged engine, compared to the “base” 328i that is rated at 230 hp. As equipped, the 335i stickered at $46,000.

2008 BMW 335i Sedan

Driving Impressions
Though slotted between the base 328i and hot rod M3, the 335i has a special sport suspension and incredible twin-turbo six cylinder that is flat out fast; faster than the last generation M3. It’s something of a sleeper hot rod. When I got the keys, I was excited to drive the car but worried because it was bright, crimson red with 300 hp and a 6-speed manual transmission. Perfect color and combination for cop bait!

Build
The 335i had the typical solid feel of BMWs. And, despite low profile (40 series front and 35 series rear) 18” run-flat tires, the ride was remarkably smooth yet still provided a lot of feedback to the driver with just a hint of dartiness. BMW has mastered the balance between stiff tire sidewalls, negligible body lean, and a supple ride. The car feels exceptionally solid and didn’t bottom out over steep driveways or bumpy roads. Amazing!

2008 BMW 335i Sedan - Bridgestone Potenza RE050 run-flat tires

However, there were some glaring cost-cutting moves which I find hard to reconcile in a car of this pedigree and price. Most noticeable is the under-hood and interior trunk paint. It is a dull matte finish that doesn’t look the same as the exterior. It’s confounding; is the matte “more durable” or is it simply a way to cut costs? Additionally the overhead light switches had a cheap looking and feeling plastic cover. In the trunk, the thin carpet houses similarly cheap plastic pull panels to get at equipment underneath.

Interior Comfort and Ergonomics
The interior is good but not great. There is a wonderfully thick steering wheel, with detents at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions, and the shifter falls well at hand. However, the clutch throw seems proportionally longer than the brake/throttle pedals. The 6-speed shifter has close spacing between reverse, 1st, and 3rd, lending a degree of uncertainty at times. The shifter throws are also somewhat long which is a bit irritating. The biggest drawback, however, is the black leather seats. They are not perforated and felt “hot”, perhaps because of the large greenhouse (admittedly, the pulse-quickening acceleration and handling might have had something to do with the sweat factor). Side vision mirrors were also a bit small which made it difficult to see traffic behind.

2008 BMW 335i Sedan - 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel 2008 BMW 335i Sedan - 6-speed manual transmission 2008 BMW 335i Sedan - out side view mirror

Otherwise, space and amenities were excellent. The stereo sounded fantastic and had ample volume. Rear seat room was surprisingly good thanks to the carved out toe room and sculpted front seats that give the impression of relative airiness. Headroom for a 6 footer was acceptable front and back, even with the sunroof. There was good “spreadout” room for the upper torso in front, though the door handles and console encroach on “splay out” space for your legs. Ostensibly, this is to help hold you in under aggressive driving (and proved to be a good thing in the twisties). It was nice to see one touch power windows for front and rear as well. Lastly, this model featured 60/40 folding rear seats that offer enhanced pass-through cargo space while also being easy to use.

2008 BMW 335i Sedan - 2008 BMW 335i sedan interior

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