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.
Like the A5 we recently had in our fleet, this A4 is equipped with Audi's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and, as with the coupe, you don't feel as though you've sacrificed much in the way of power or refinement in the base model car. The interior is lovely, the shifts on the manual transmission are so smooth as to be practically effortless, and the entire package gives you a feeling of luxury and solidity.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor