The pursuit of a luxury car is one that many consumers engage in on a daily basis. However, while many start on the path to finding a vehicle that is luxurious with a lot of amenities, the quest often ends in failure. For the simple truth is that luxury often equals boring. While luxury cars may offer nice rids, beautiful interiors and shiny new paint, they also tend to offer very little in the factor of fun. That it, of course, except for Audi. Audi, despite being a primarily luxury driven vehicle company, manages to add a little something extra to their vehicles, making them a joy to drive, and attractive to look at.
With all of this praise for Audi, and a longs standing tradition of winning top marks in a variety of publications, one expects their cars to live up to all the hype. Thankfully, the 2004 Audi A4 is truly an excellent car, right in line with the most of the company’s other vehicles.
However, what is it that makes the A4 such an excellent automobile? Well, perhaps one of the strongest factors is it’s overall appearance. The 2004 version of the A4 is one of the first years to feature a drastic redesign from Audi, increasing the overall size of the car and smoothing out some of the rougher edges from the previous models. Indeed, the 2004 A4 is definitely an attractive car. Shiny paint, perfectly fitting stock rims, interesting taillight and headlight design, a front end which screams class, and size that just seems to well fitting for a luxury car that doesn’t aspire to take up two lanes of the road. While some still may find the front end design of the Audi slightly lacking, or at least not as imposing or striking as it should be, most would be hard pressed to say that the A4 is not one the most attractive luxury vehicles available, or at least one of the nicest Audi designs to as of yet roll off the showroom floor.
As attractive as the Audi appears on the outside, it certainly gains points for it’s interior as well. Very nice leather and quality materials adorn almost all aspects of the interior, and despite being stylish inside, one would be hard pressed to find a more comfortable car to drive. The Audi is perfectly set up to allow the driver not to focus on anything else, and simply enjoy the experience of driving. Of course, all of the buttons for the stereo and heat/air condition may at first seem a bit excessive, but as the driver gets used to them, it does not take much to realize how functional they are. The A4 also includes some very interesting extra interior features, such as a push button back window shade, and pull down shades for the back passenger windows. However, one of the most common problems in an A4 is that the clips which hold up the rear shades tend to break fairly easily. Although the A4 is not designed for hard use, if one maintains the interior, and is careful about how it is treated, it should remain in excellent condition for a long time. The A4 truly has a top notch interior, and it is another feature that should encourage potential buyers.
However, looking at the A4 and driving it are too completely different things. Rest assured, though, drivers will not be disappointed with any aspect of how the A4 drives. Regardless of which engine package is chosen, the car offers good performance, efficient running, and an overall fun to drive package. While the automatic transmission may not be the best choice for performance enthusiasts, the manual transmission certainly is. However, do not be mistaken, even though both the 1.8 liter turbo engines and 3.0 liter quarto provide decent power, the A4 is not a race car, and it should not be treated as such. Look rather to the performance oriented S4 for that. Indeed, the Audi A4 is a luxury car, but it offers superb handling with it’s all wheel drive, and buyers can definitely expect a decent kick from whatever engine package is chosen. Taking the A4 around a windy country road is a joy that simply cannot be felt from any other “luxury car”, and it offers an excellent ride both around town and on the highway. The automatic transmission shifts very smoothly, and the six speed manual is a joy to drive, with a clutch that engages flawlessly, and a shifter that seems to go from one gear to the next on it’s own.
Even though the A4 might seem to be something of a bag of mixed ideas, it is a collection of features that works incredibly well. The A4 is both a joy to drive and joy to look at. It comes very well recommended as one of the most fun, reliable and luxurious cars that one could come to expect from a car that still maintains a decent price range. The A4 is an all around great value, and it is one that can be appreciated for a long time to come; an overall excellent and enjoyable value.