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#227 of 354 Re: 2.0T Turbo lag blues? [richardnva]
Feb 14, 2009 (2:16 pm)
From PBS's MotorWeek to Car and Driver to AutoWeek and on and on and on, including Ward's Best Engine of the year (one of the 10 for '09), the current, B8 Audi 2.0T receives praise for:
Nearly weapons grade torque
It also is reviewed as being the quicker of the two US versions of the A4 quattro, in some tests by OVER 1/2 second. The 3.2 is a great engine, but its main characteristic is it sounds good under part throttle. Both sound good at full cry, but the edge on "sweetness" goes to the 3.2.
If you found the 2.0T underpowered, you will not be pleased with the 3.2 between rest and 80+ MPH.
I have a theory, based on your post: you drove a front wheel drive version with the CVT transmission, which imparts an entirely different feel. Further, the AWD version uses a very very quick shifting tiptronic and rear wheel drive biased AWD (40/60 f/r torque split.)
I tested four recent Audis: S5, A5 3.2, A4 3.2 and A4 2.0T. They are all desirable, based, IMHO, on trim level (I have the Prestige, 19" sport package, Nav+voice+camera, ADS, rear and side sunshades -- everything but ACC and rear airbags, that is). The 2.0T A4 is push you back in the seat quick, somewhat like the awesome S5 (somewhat, I'm not saying alike or even "close").
The reason: 258 pound feet of torque available sub 1,900 rpm. The V6 on the other hand, 243 pound feet of torque that comes on north of 3,100. The 2.0T weighs less and the engine at idle whilst you sit at that lonnnnng traffic light makes you wonder "is this thing still running" it is so silent and vibration free.
0-100KPH for the 3.2 = 6.7 seconds; 6.2 seconds for the 2.0T -- and a mile or two or three better MPG if that is of interest. Corners better, too, since the 3.2 is a smidge more nose heavy and slower to respond due to the wait to get to the higher RPM's where its max torque comes on.
Try a 2.0T Prestige, 19" Sport package (or SLine) equipped '09 A4 quattro. You shouldn't have any issues with THAT configuration.
Finally: the A4 itself is the quietest Audi I have ever had: of 29, including an A8, S6, allroad and most recently a 2005 A6 3.2.
While I may wish for a bit more torque and perhaps plus 15% more HP, I am here to testify -- the new 2.0T may be Audis best "small engine" yet.
It is easily better than my 2.7T and even better than my 1995 S6 20 valve turbo 5 cylinder, which DID have that sweet sound down pat.
The 4.2, however, at this point, is the sweetest of all, especially at full cry.
Can't wait to test the 3.0T (supercharged S4).
#228 of 354 Re: 2.0T Turbo lag blues? [markcincinnati]
Feb 15, 2009 (8:57 am)
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I do look forward to trying out the 3.2 quattro for comparison to the 2.0. Ironic that you quote the Motorweek review, I just watched their review of the A4 and it was very complementary, and I agree that it is a very nice car. As far as part of your theory about the CVT, I'm sorry to disappoint you that I don't think that was the basis for my comments. My A6 was a CVT as well, and I actually really enjoyed the driving sensation of the smooth pull that the CVT delivered. I'm actually a little surprised that you can still get the CVT anymore, I was beginning to think that Audi was going towards quattro only and getting rid of the 2-wheel drive CVTs. Hopefully I'll have some time in the next week or so to try out the 3.2 for comparison. I'll let you know. Thanks!
#229 of 354 Tiptronic vs S tronic
Feb 15, 2009 (9:07 pm)
Can any of you new owners of the 2009 A4's comment on how you like the new fast shifting Tiptronic? If you have driven a car with S tronic how much difference do you notice between the two transmissions.
#230 of 354 Bogus specs
Feb 16, 2009 (5:04 pm)
I'm fairly tall and long-waisted. It tweaked my interest when I saw the headroom spec on the new A4 - they say it is 40"...maybe if you could find one without a sunroof (Europe maybe, not here). My car says there's 39.6" and I have at least 2 more inches of headroom than the Audi. Bummer. Personally, I'd prefer a car without a sunroof - quieter, lighter, more room, cheaper. It's just that few luxury car manufacturers care to satisfy that desire.
#231 of 354 Re: 2009 Audi 2.0T Premium Lease [nicnacx2]
Feb 18, 2009 (12:06 am)
Sorry I am not answering your question. I am just curious which SoCal Audi dealership you got this good price. $2k below invoice is great. Do you get this good price because you are financing? I am in the market to get an Audi A4 similar to yours too.
I believe 2009 A4 is new to US, but not in Europe. Does anyone hear anything about its reliability issue or is it just too early to tell?
#232 of 354 Re: 2.0T Turbo lag blues? [richardnva]
Mar 02, 2009 (5:51 am)
I have the 2009 2.0 Front Trak model. If you put the transmission in Drive it's a bit sluggish, but has phenomenal fuel economy. If you put the tranny in "S" the car is way quick. You have to be sure you have room in front of you when you step on it.
#233 of 354 09 Audi A4 - SoCal Audi Dealer ??
Mar 06, 2009 (7:11 pm)
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good SoCal Audi Dealer?? I have tried to work with Keyes and Rusnak and have not been happy with their service or lease deals on the A4. The best I could find so far is Rusnak with the following:
'09 A4 2.0, CVT, w/ 18" Sport Pkg, & Heated Seats
MSRP = $33,725
Down = $1250 ($750 Audi Loyalty + $500)
Term = 36 / 10k / .25 cents per mile over
Payment = $450 (inclusive of CA tax)
I couldn't get any more information out of them like the money factor or residual...
Any comments or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
#235 of 354 Re: Oil Level Display
Mar 08, 2009 (6:34 am)
Can someone tell me how much oil is represented from the top to the bottom of the oil level bar graph display? This would be helpful to know in topping up without over filling.
#236 of 354 Preowned 2009 Audi A4 - pls help
Mar 13, 2009 (5:16 pm)
I have received the quote of $31,500 OTD for 2009 Audi A4 with bluetooth and 6,000 miles. Is this deal good?