2011 Audi A4 Wagon Performance
This performance review was written when the 2011 Audi A4 Wagon was new.
The 2011 A4 Avant hasn’t been extensively tested, but auto writers who have driven it are impressed by its smooth powertrain and sure-footed handling dynamics.
- "On the road, the A4 Quattro has impeccable manners, helped by an adjustable suspension that smooths out for highway driving, or gets stiffer for some fun on winding back roads." -- Orlando Sentinel.
Acceleration and Power
Test drivers are impressed by the 2011 A4 Avant's smooth powertrain. It features a 2.0-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that produces 211-horsepower at 5,300 to 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 to 4,200 rpm. A Tiptronic automatic transmission is standard. According to Audi, the A4 Avant has a top speed of 130 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 6.9 seconds.
The EPA reports that the A4 Avant nets an estimated city/highway fuel economy of 21/29 mpg – a 2mpg improvement over the 2010 model’s highway fuel economy.
- "The turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes for an enjoyable drive. Other reviews have questioned whether this engine can stand up to the competition's six-cylinder engines. My answer is, you bet it can. With the turbocharged engine and the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, this baby can go wherever you need it to. I never found myself saying, 'Come on A4, give me more!'" -- Mother Proof
- "[A]cceleration is smooth, and the shifts from the six-speed automatic transmission are consistent." -- Edmunds
- "Acceleration is sparkling, and the engine is silken in its smoothness with an unexpectedly spunky growl. We found ourselves running around in second and third gears all day without complaint. No one will be making any sort of apologies for this car's having a four-cylinder. It's a delightful engine no matter how you slice it." -- Car and Driver
Handling and Braking
Critics who have had the opportunity to test drive the A4 Avant report that it has comfortable, yet sporty, handling dynamics.
- "Even with the optional 18-inch wheels, the Avant's ride is fantastically compliant in spite of the low ride height, and body control is heroically flat and grip at the ground is tenacious." -- Car and Driver
- "An A4 Avant with the Sport package we tested braked from 60 mph in an astoundingly short 103 feet -- just 5 feet longer than the Nissan GT-R supercar." -- Edmunds
- "Newly available Audi Drive Select lets the driver adjust throttle, steering ratio, automatic transmission shifting and suspension dampening by selecting sport or comfort mode or letting the car decide." -- Newsday
- "[T]he factory settings are inherently good in the A4 Avant, which nicely dances on the line between comfort and sport. The A4 is doing a decent job of establishing itself as a quattro alterna-BMW 3 Series, with the right compliance over rough roads and just a bit of roll in fast turns before settling into flat cornering. It won't beat you up and at the same time, it won't leave you the least bit bored. And the new A4 Avant drives like a smaller car -- say, the old A4." -- Motor Trend
- "Brakes have been upgraded on the new A4. The new brakes deliver impressive slowing even on base-model wagons with a load in them." -- New Car Test Drive