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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2011 Audi A8 Review – Premium luxury in a refined, understated package

Friday September 3rd, 2010 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth and powerful direct injection V8 engine
  • Brilliant 8 speed automatic transmission
  • Adjustable air suspension goes from sports sedan firm to la-Z-boy cush
  • Impressive array of active safety features
  • Adaptive cruise control works so well you wonder why the car can’t drive itself
  • 3 words – massaging front seats

Cons:

  • Interior is a bit small for a full-size luxury sedan, especially in back
  • Exterior style remains largely unchanged and is still rather understated

Often overshadowed in America by rivals Mercedes and BMW, especially in the mid and full-size luxury categories, Audi is looking to make the case that it is the premier German nameplate. For 2011 the flagship A8 luxury sedan gets thoroughly reworked, although you’d hardly know by looking at the car. Though the styling remains largely unchanged and quite reserved, much has been modified underneath the sheet metal. By combining advanced technology with smooth, refined performance, Audi has crafted a compelling alternative to other more flashy luxury saloons.

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