3.2 Avant 4dr All-wheel Drive Quattro Station Wagon
2006 Audi A4

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$36,390
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Engine Engine 3.1LV-6
MPG MPG 17 City / 27 Hwy
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2006 A4 Overview

For the price of this sport wagon (over $47,000), Audi has brought to the table a ton of technological and mechanical features that actually add value. For all that is offered, you really feel like the A4 is worth the money. We consider this Audi A4 Avant 3.2 FSI with the S-line package to be the ultimate A4, outside the S4 or RS4 of course. The 3.2 FSI is a brilliant power plant with a vicious roar and powerful thrust. The interior is impeccable, and the exterior, despite its critics, looks delicious in this deeply reflective silver paint. It's a tastefully designed package. The larger wheels add strength to the wagon's stance, and the aero treatment combined with the bright work around the windows and the aluminum roof rails add a touch of elegance. So how does it all boil down? The A4?s a great car, and there are a lot of other ways to own one. The A4 can be ordered a wide variety of configurations. This particular formula is expensive, but, apples to apples, it?s priced better than anything its direct German competition could offer. There are two areas that need to be looked at rather critically. First, you can only get the brilliant 3.2 FSI with an automatic. As always, the manumatic option is there, but we have never been happy with the response time or the constant electro-babysitting manumatic transmissions offer. There is a sport mode, which pretty much shifts how we would, but it?s not the same as rowing the gears yourself. This omission spills over into our other gripe. Clearly, BMW is the benchmark in the steering feel department, and if someone wants to really play against the boys from Bavaria they need to step up their game. How disappointing the A4 is in this case. Actually, the Audi possesses a wonderful steering wheel behind a perfectly weighted and assisted steering gear, but you can feel where it fails. The A4 has a front wheel drive bias, and you feel it in the steering. You can?t help but wonder, gee, if Audi put a little less power to the front wheels, this whole package would feel so much better. It?s a good thing the rest of the vehicle is so potent. Toss this wagon into a turn and hold on. It?s a point and shoot affair, and perfectly acceptable for most occasions. You just wish, for Audi?s sake, that they could take it that one step farther. Reports of the latest comparisons between the M3 and RS4 show us that Audi is closer with their latest super sedan, so maybe soon people will be talking about the engaging experience offered by BMW and Audi. We would say the Audi A4 is behind the BMW in driving experience, but ahead of just about everyone else in this class when it comes to providing a luxurious sedan or wagon with that?s filtered in a way that special driver-centric way. Speaking of comparison tests, the latest …
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2006 A4 Overview

For the price of this sport wagon (over $47,000), Audi has brought to the table a ton of technological and mechanical features that actually add value. For all that is offered, you really feel like the A4 is worth the money. We consider this Audi A4 Avant 3.2 FSI with the S-line package to be the ultimate A4, outside the S4 or RS4 of course. The 3.2 FSI is a brilliant power plant with a vicious roar and powerful thrust. The interior is impeccable, and the exterior, despite its critics, looks delicious in this deeply reflective silver paint. It's a tastefully designed package. The larger wheels add strength to the wagon's stance, and the aero treatment combined with the bright work around the windows and the aluminum roof rails add a touch of elegance. So how does it all boil down? The A4?s a great car, and there are a lot of other ways to own one. The A4 can be ordered a wide variety of configurations. This particular formula is expensive, but, apples to apples, it?s priced better than anything its direct German competition could offer. There are two areas that need to be looked at rather critically. First, you can only get the brilliant 3.2 FSI with an automatic. As always, the manumatic option is there, but we have never been happy with the response time or the constant electro-babysitting manumatic transmissions offer. There is a sport mode, which pretty much shifts how we would, but it?s not the same as rowing the gears yourself. This omission spills over into our other gripe. Clearly, BMW is the benchmark in the steering feel department, and if someone wants to really play against the boys from Bavaria they need to step up their game. How disappointing the A4 is in this case. Actually, the Audi possesses a wonderful steering wheel behind a perfectly weighted and assisted steering gear, but you can feel where it fails. The A4 has a front wheel drive bias, and you feel it in the steering. You can?t help but wonder, gee, if Audi put a little less power to the front wheels, this whole package would feel so much better. It?s a good thing the rest of the vehicle is so potent. Toss this wagon into a turn and hold on. It?s a point and shoot affair, and perfectly acceptable for most occasions. You just wish, for Audi?s sake, that they could take it that one step farther. Reports of the latest comparisons between the M3 and RS4 show us that Audi is closer with their latest super sedan, so maybe soon people will be talking about the engaging experience offered by BMW and Audi. We would say the Audi A4 is behind the BMW in driving experience, but ahead of just about everyone else in this class when it comes to providing a luxurious sedan or wagon with that?s filtered in a way that special driver-centric way. Speaking of comparison tests, the latest …Hide Full Review