Perhaps it's merely a product of the cold, slick roads around here, which prevent much spirited driving, but I might prefer this base A4 over a BMW 328i. Just approaching the car in the parking garage after a long day's work, I gained an appreciation for the sense of drama and excitement Audi has baked into its mainstream, lower-priced model. Indeed, it really doesn't look or feel any less special than a $45,000 S4 or even a $60,000 A6. And though it lacks the dynamic capabilities of its rear-wheel-drive BMW rival, it won't put you to sleep behind the wheel, either. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder's 258 lb-ft of torque quickly quells any six-cylinder envy, and the handsome, three-spoke steering wheel firms up nicely at speed, though I'd prefer a more natural, progressive build-up of effort.
The 2010 Audi A4 continues to be one of the finest four-door sedans on the market. Starting at $33,175, it offers an interior that is beautiful and comfortable; exterior styling that is subtle, yet attractive and sporty; and, with Quattro all-wheel drive, driving dynamics that perfect for any climate.
It was extremely windy when I drove the A4 home the other night, and despite gusts of up to 50 mph, the A4 felt completely stable in the strong crosswinds. I wafted along in cocoonlike oblivion until I got out of the car at the pharmacy and the wind almost ripped the door from my hand when I opened it to get out.