Though it's going on two years since its last full redesign, the 2011 Audi A4 continues to present a fresh, if rather conservative, face. It backs it up with abundant technology, very good fuel efficiency, and fair performance. MotorAuthority rates the 2011 A4 an 8 overall.
Styling is more aggressive on the new A4 than in previous models, and it's much more engaging than the more staid models further up the Audi range, but it's still not as dramatic as rival offerings from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. If you like to fly just under the radar in a car best appreciated by those in the know, however, the A4 may be what you're looking for.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivers 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, enough to hustle the A4 along at brisk, if not breathtaking speeds. Power delivery is somewhat peaky, however, coming on in a rush once you clear the 2,500 rpm mark, occasionally leaving launches or slow merges into traffic in the lurch until the boost builds. Despite the fun...