Audi is currently the fastest growing luxury nameplate in the country thanks to an ever expanding range of automobiles moving across a wide range of tastes from the high mileage A3 TDI diesel hatchback to the R8 high performance sport coupe. But Audi built all of its niche model success on the backbone of the range of A4 sport sedans that are not only relatively affordable and fun to drive but bring the fight right to the doorstep of its arch nemesis—the BMW 3-Series.
Whereas the Mercedes C-Class continues to just seem like a way station for pitiful unfortunates who can’t afford the lease payments on an E-Class, the A4 never comes across as anything less than a fully baked Audi through and through. The solidity of build and the way it takes to the road and attaches itself to the tarmac like a love hungry gecko is inimitable in the entry-level luxury sedan segment.
For 2011 Audi has gone rogue and ditched the V-6 option entirely for the A4 (a supercharged V-6 is available in the high performance S4) and added an excellent 8-speed automatic that is a master of getting the most from the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Despite the engine’s Lilliputian size, it never struggled to motivate our full time all-wheel drive Quattro all-wheel drive test model up freeway onramps at less than legal speeds.
So what is it that makes the A4 the best-selling model in Audi’s lineup of very capable sport sedans, coupes, convertibles, SUVs and crossovers? Well, in this review we will try to explain in words what makes an Audi truly magical and why their interiors remain the standard bearers in the luxury car market. Honestly, even with all of the Volvo S60’s, Infiniti G37’s, Acura TL’s and myriad other luxury competitors you really can’t go wrong with a 2011 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro.