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Pros: Overall build quality and new style.
Cons: Low torque on acceleration ... but once it 'kicks in' look out.
Advice: The Premium package is worth it.Purchased the new 2005.5 Audi4 2.0 Turbo 200HP this week (Premium upgrade and Sport Package). After 250 miles my first impression is very positive. I was in the market for a soft top and test drove the A4 2005 ... but was captured by the 2005.5 sedan in the showroom. Interior appointments are impressive, as is overalll build (Audi quality). Most impressive is the acceleration for a 4 cylinder turbo. A 6 cylinder is not needed. Gas mileage is excellent. Even driving in Sport Mode, the gas mileage is good ... and the car is nimble. New 2205.5 styling adds to the mix. Tail lights are sharp and new front end puts it in line with similar competitors. Overall, very pleased.
Pros: The impressive acceleration.
Cons: The cabin is snug for someone over 6 feet
Advice: Shop around for your best price. We did and good a great deal!We purchased a new 2005.5 2.0 Audi A4 on March 31. We had previously only owned Acuras and Hondas but were ready for a change. Our A4 came with the optional premium package and 17' wheels. I strongly recommend the premium package, as the leather seats are contoured to hold you snugly; You'll appreciate it because this car rocks! I am 6' 2' tall and am able to fit comfortably by lowering the drivers seat. Interior appointments are what Audi is known for and this car does not disappoint. All controls are logically organized and displayed and easy to use. Acceleration is unbelievably quick, fully responsive off the line and the CVT cranks it up a notch at higher speeds. We also test drove the 3.2 but felt the 2.0 turbo offered a better blend of performance and fuel economy. Handling and braking are excellent and overall road feel is very good. I will say the car seems more stable and fun to drive at highway speeds (i.e., 70 MPH) and should be a good candidate for long road trips. I recommend the standard stereo system as the optional Bose upgrade didn't seem to deliver substantially better sound. The exterior redesign gives the car an updated, contemporary look that we like very much. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the first 4 years/50,000 miles, a nice perk. Stylish, well made and fun to drive, I heartily recommend this vehicle.