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Long Term Update 5: 2009 Audi A4 Avant

Brian Vance
Jun 27, 2010
Photographers: Brian Vance
"I was excited to finally test the A4's cargo capacity, positive the Avant body style would equal lots of room," says senior editor Ron Kiino. "Um, not really. With its steeply raked hatch, there's not a lot of space to fit bigger, bulkier items; for instance, I went to put in a folded stroller and it barely fit. Mind you, this is not some giant, I-just-had-twins stroller; rather, it's your normal workhorse single-seater.
Photo 2/2   |   2009 Audi A4 Avant Rear Three Quarters
"Further, be careful of the hatch once it's raised; I hit my noggin against the edge and cut the top of my forehead. It's a reminder that the A4's low stance and raked hatch mean this isn't like an SUV, to which you can just walk up and load stuff. Those observations aside, this is a sweet-driving sport wagon. The turbo four has all the power and torque you could want; plus, it's smooth and pretty good on gas."

2009 Audi A4 Avant
Months/miles in service 12/23,195
Avg econ/CO2 21.5 mpg/0.90 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $315.10 (2 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires)
Normal-wear cost $1020 (replace tires)
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