The stylish and slick Audi A4 returns for 2011 with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission that raises fuel economy to a remarkable 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
Its engine is a 2 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that musters 211 horses and a decent 258 pound-feet of torque. We would’ve liked to see more power out of the A4, considering its main competitors, the BMW 3-series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, easily outshine the A4 when it comes to power and acceleration. However, Audi’s standard all-wheel drive gives the ride a very stable and competent feel, you’ll never feel out of control in the A4.
And the interior of the A4 is where Audi might just take the lead in its class in terms of quality. The standard leather is much more plush than you might find in a 3-series or a C-Class without adding more and more additional packages. The infotainment screen is well implemented and convenient, you’re never at a loss for intuitive response from all of your car’s amenities.
With a base price of $34,140, the Audi A4 is a strong and beautiful competitor to more expensive competition from other European manufacturers, for those who perhaps prefer efficiency and style over raw driving power.