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Best of Both Worlds
Pros: Quattro all wheel drive. There is nothing like it.
Cons: Rear leg roomI ordered the S4 in August 2003 and it arrived in november. Brilliant Red with black Napa leather. This car has some of the softest leather seats in the market. The interior is world class and nothing is this price range even comes close. The car handles great and it can tackle any kind of weather, which is a mayor plus during the rainy season. The car has been extremely reliable during its 6.5 years. I think this is the first car I will keep for ten years. In the past ten years I've owned several cars including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Acura, Lexus, VW and Infinity. My experience leads me to believe that Audi's are the best built luxury cars for the money. The Lexus LS 430 was reliable, but expensive to maintain and boring to drive. The Mercedes and the BMW had some reliability issues. The VW Touareg V8 has been an excellent SUV with only minor interior durability issues. The infinity has been reliable but its design was getting old quickly. Next year I will trade the VW Touareg for an Audi Q5. If you buy a used S4, make sure it has been well maintained (consult the service department) and you will enjoy it for many years.
Pros: B&O Stereo & Paddle shifters
Cons: There are no negatives with this vehicle
Advice: Buy used Only (with Car-Fax & all service records) preferably from a warm climate.This is my 2nd A8L, as after I sold my 2006 I realized what a great car it truly was. Would have never bought new because of initial loss, but to get a 12k mi. 2007 in 8-09 for $50k with an MSRP of $88K was the only way to go, as a new 09 comparably equipped is now mid 90's and is essentially identical. Thought of going the S8 route but why pay more for a car with less amenities to get you to 60 a tick faster with considerable less mileage. More than adequate power and comfort at a price less than a new A6. Has more back seat leg room than a new Rolls-Royce Ghost and a wonderful ride. Have loved Audis since my 1987 5000 turbo quattro (no it didn't run away unintended) only available in 5-speed. It's taken Audi 20+ years to recover from that debacle.
Pros: Strong and simple
Cons: Large doors
Advice: Long term good bet.Great feel
Pros: Acceleration and AWD
Cons: steering not sporty enough
Advice: Long test drive,allowing you to become familiar with DSG and Paddle shifters and TurboTest drive both awd TT 2.0 and TTS, go with magnetic ride suspension either way for improved handling, TTS acceleration is impressive. It is difficult to obtain published MPG figures as it is difficult to not want to push this car to its limits. Fit and finish are excellent, back seat is a joke, only elves would be happy there. This is my 2nd DSG and would not go back to a manual transmission,3rd Audi over the yrs - have not been disappointed yet. Great AWD sports coupe for the northern climates, can enjoy all year round irregardless of the amount of frozen precipitation.
Pros: handling is great, but not in the rain
Cons: wipers shimmy, remote takes forever to lock/unlock, no center console
Advice: wait a few years and/or don't expect Audi to appropriately handle a declared lemonI test drove this and bought it on a sunny day. In the rain, the wipers shimmy and the 2.0 slides on the road. They replaced the windshield, but it still happens; which makes it potentially unsafe. I wish I had gotten the quattro, but the 3.2 gets non-eco friendly mileage.
Pros: The eagerly tuned engine and the handling
Cons: Optional extras are costly
Advice: A car you would have little regrets to own and will not want to part withA very fine piece of engineering, thanks to Audi continous innovation. I drive a 2006 new TT 2.0FSi with 6-gear manual transmission. The sonorous whisper of the engine is fulfilling the second when you turn the key. The engine is eager and inviting to rev, and always giving the driver the impression there is more juice installed. Handling is excellent, feels like an Evo-stick tightly glued to the road on sharp corners and roundarounds, leaving other cars utterly amazed and other drivers oozing respect. A great head-turner with the revamped design, constantly mistaken of a Porsche 911 from afar. Braking can be harsh for the unaware first-time tester, a bit of getting used to. Overall a joy to drive, and not uncomfortable as a everyday car. I will be grinning from ear to ear every seconds I take it for a drive.
Pros: The 'Sport' button that turns the car into a roaring beast.
Cons: Changing gear is not so smooth when accelerating hard
Advice: Buy oneI have owned a secondhand RS4 for just four weeks and have to say it's fantastic. It's a car that can be driven on the Autobahn on the speed limiter at an indicated 170 mph (lucky I live in Germany!), or it can happily run around town at 30 mph. It's a car that sounds and looks great, and feels really safe in all conditions. You find yourself heading for tunnels just to hear that exhaust note. Cornering is briliant as the car remains flat. Press the 'S' button and everything becomes even more magical. OK, a couple of negatives. Fuel consumption is 'Super Car' level and the car is not so good when its cold - it can be a little jerky. You Americans have it made .. my German RS4 cost $110,000 and we pay nearly $8 for a UK gallon of Super Plus petrol.