2011 Audi A4 Avant Wagon

As far as luxury car brands go, Audi is considered as one of the best choices by many people. Some get their own Audi vehicle just to get that sports-car feel and the fine performance, or maybe to get the best safety assurance possible and the exceptional fuel savings. That may be the case when sedans or other similar car builds are concerned.

The Audi A4 Wagon is a new take on the A4 that is available in 3 trims. The first trim is called the 2.0T Premium, which features power front seats that have lumbar support for ergonomic benefits, seats covered with leather surfaces, four-spoke steering wheel wrapped with leather, 17-inch wheels fitted with tires good for all seasons, Sirius XM Satellite radio, and automatic climate control.

For those willing to go a little bit over the budget, the 2.0T Premium Plus combines the features of the 2.0T Premium trim with heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity for cellular phones, and xenon plus headlights that have LED daytime running lights above them. For those who are willing to go way above the basic trim, the Prestige trim offers the same features of the 2.0T Premium Plus, but with more features like 18-inch wheels designed for all seasons, MMI Navigation plus, driver memory, Bang and Olufsen Sound System, and an advanced key.

Performance

In terms of performance, the A4 Wagon does well with its adequately powerful engine and balanced handling. The Audi Drive Select System further enhances the handling. It has the steering, transmission calibrations, and suspension settings that would cater any kind of driver.

Interior & Exterior

The outside design of this wagon may not seem like the most stunning creation of the century, but it is enough to captivate the hearts of many people. The curves and the windshield angle give a speedy feel and appearance, and the sunroof and the roof rails give a more neat and classy look. Although the interior design and arrangement does not have the same appeal of the exterior detail, it is above average nonetheless. It is equipped with a cargo hold that has a large capacity, and has a finely-arranged and constructed interior. However, the Multi-Media Interface of the Audi A4 Wagon may seem confusing for some beginners and long-time drivers alike.

Safety

Probably the best suit of the car is its safety features, which fare well in official frontal and side crash tests. It is considered as one of the safest wagons due to the presence of standard high-quality safety devices like front, front-side and window airbags and the Quattro all-wheel drive system that offers more stability and control. The company offer is also fairly reliable, based on three years of initial quality and dependability tests after subjected to IQS, or Initial Quality Study, and VDS, or Vehicle Dependability Study.

Competition

However, some people may try to consider other alternatives that are similar to the 2011 Audi A4 Wagon. One example of a luxury wagon line worthy to stand up to this one is the BMW 3 Series Wagon (MSRP $37,150; 17 city/27 hwy). Although it seems pricier than the A4 Wagon itself, its best feature is the 328i xDrive trim, which gives better handling and stability for drives.

Reliability

Although the car may be taken down a notch because of its confusing Multi-Media Interface, the 2011 Audi A4 Wagon is a known car choice for its safety assurance, appealing exterior look, very satisfactory interior design, and stable and comfortable handling due to the Quattro all-wheel drive feature.

Overall Rating
85 out of 100

What others say:

"The A4 accelerates, steers, and hunkers down at high speeds much more like a true sport sedan."Car Connection

"The pedal feels firm and responsive but stopping distances were disappointing for a sports sedan."Consumer Report

"Four-cylinder power in a six-cylinder segment; unintuitive standard control layout; wagon has limited cargo capacity."Edmunds

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: $36,300.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.1 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 21 city / 29 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 185.2 in. (470.3 cm) Width: 79 in. (201 cm)
Height: 56.5 in. (143.6 cm) Curb Weight: 3814 lbs (1730 kg)
Wheel Base: 110.5 in. (280.8 cm) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 50.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5
Performance
Engine: 2.0L Turbocharge DOHC inline-4 Displacement: 2.0L
Horsepower: 211 hp Max RPM: 6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.9 seconds 1/4 Mile: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Premium Plus MSRP: $39,700; MPG: 21 city / 29 hwy
Option:Prestige MSRP: $45,400; MPG: 21 city / 29 hwy