We thought this iteration of the A4 was the best version of the car we'd ever tested up to that point. It feels solid, handles nimbly and the ride is firm, but well controlled. Braking performance and emergency handling are excellent. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine is smooth and civilized. The cabin is quiet and the interior finish is first-rate. All-wheel drive adds peace of mind, but hurts fuel economy.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Drives like a sports car and is a very nice convertible"

MIKE M., NY (2009 Audi A4)

"With a 2.0 Turbo, the car will climb I-70 to Eisenhower Pass without downshifting. Very strong engine, great pick up and good gas mileage."

LOUIS K., CO (2009 Audi A4)

"I love my Audi. Acceleration & handling are super & the ride is very comfortable, yet not mushy - good feedback to the driver."

JUNE B., GA (2009 Audi A4)

"I do like using the sport mode. Better acceleration and handling. Also, since it's all-wheel drive, car rides well in the snow."

DANA F., NJ (2009 Audi A4)

"Great car for a fun convertible."

BRIAN S., TX (2009 Audi A4)

"It's got the power when I need it for acceleration or passing. Would be hard to go back to something with less pick-up."

MARVIN S., AB (2009 Audi A4)

"Handles well. Acceleration adequate."

Anonymous, ON (2009 Audi A4)

"I love the drive in my Audi A4. Fast acceleration; smooth handling. I love taking a turn up a hill and passing all the other cars. What I'm not happy about is the transmission hiccup in this year. I haven't had to pay anything out of pocket, but I have had to take my car in for service and software updates. It took several years of my taking it in to say, "The gearing is not right," before anyone caught on that the gearing wasn't right. In the end, there are software patch updates that mostly fi"

DENISE D., CA (2009 Audi A4)

"Great drive and strong engine for a four cylinder. Handles great with summer tires and sports suspension without being harsh."

Douglas R., AE (2009 Audi A4)


Jesse M., FL (2009 Audi A4)

"Great handling and acceleration"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Audi A4)

"3.2 engine is powerful and accel. very well, gets you out of trouble quick"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Audi A4)

"handles like it's on rails even after 8 years and 85K miles."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Audi A4)

"very high quality, comfortable ride with great pick-up"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Audi A4)

"Sports car and road feel."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Audi A4)

"Fast and fun to drive"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Audi A4)

"When accelerating from a stop, transmission sometimes doesn't engage until after engine has started revving, and the car will jerk forward as a result."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Audi A4)

"It is a great road car for highway and mountain roads."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Audi A4)

"Sporty car with very good lateral handling."

Anonymous, AE (2009 Audi A4)

"Quick acceleration, good auto transmission, good adaptive (selectable) steering, suspension and shifts, very good highway fuel consumption (approx 7l/100km), excellent handling."

Anonymous, MB (2009 Audi A4)

"6 cylinder with great acceleration, yet decent fuel mpg. The handling, with 4 wheel drive, is fantastic and the seats support & hold you well."

June B., GA (2009 Audi A4)

"Acceleration isn't as good as GLC but of course, Audi is 7 years older."

R C., NY (2009 Audi A4)

"Good handling. Compared to new 2018 A4, acceleration was much slower."

Louis K., CO (2009 Audi A4)

"Great traction in winter driving."

Dennis S., WI (2009 Audi A4)

"very responsive, sporty, good acceleration."

Robert H., AB (2009 Audi A4)

"Very quick response when shifter is in "sport mode." Enjoy the ability to play with the manual function. Steering is pretty responsive. Has issues with rolling start (i.e. difficulty when slowing down for a red light, only for light to turn green before you stop."

Kevin G., NC (2009 Audi A4)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I am petite (4'11") and this is a very comfortable vehicle. I can reach everything and the seat itself is a good depth for me. The significant other, who is significantly taller also has no problems,"

NADINE D., NY (2009 Audi A4)

"very 'plush' - especially compared to newer models"

James R., CA (2009 Audi A4)

"Leather seats, heated"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Audi A4)

"Very nice ride. Comfortable, rides well, cruise control stays locked on, handles well."

Dave R., NC (2009 Audi A4)

"Passenger seat is extremely uncomfortable. Ride is very quiet - road noise is minimal."

Jo D., IL (2009 Audi A4)

"More room then my A6 in the front seat."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Audi A4)


Anonymous, CA (2009 Audi A4)

"It is a pleasure to drive city or long trips. Very comfortable. Can drive all day (with some stops) and feel good at the end."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Audi A4)

"adjustability, seat heat."

Robert H., AB (2009 Audi A4)

"very comfortable seats and low noise"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Audi A4)

"Front seats great. Low noise level &very comfortable ride"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Audi A4)

"So many adjustments for driver seat. Love the memory function. Adjustable center console armrest is a nice touch. Comfortable steering wheel."

Kevin G., NC (2009 Audi A4)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"The A4 convertible is a very nice car, but it was also quite expensive. Given how little it is driven by us, I would not do it again."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Audi A4)

"Lives up to expectations"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Audi A4)

"Audi did engine rebuild without question or cost to me"

RAYMOND R., NC (2009 Audi A4)

"This car I think could probably last as long as my life. It has served my family extremely well. Considering its age and lack of certain new safety warning lights, I would probably buy another without a doubt."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Audi A4)

"too much money for product , overpriced...no benefit to additional cost over other cars"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Audi A4)

"No major repairs to date"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Audi A4)

"minimal problems/recalls with the vehicle and while there is mild performance degradation it continues to provide a luxury experience"

Bryan C., CA (2009 Audi A4)

"BMW has destroyed this vehicle with poor quality parts and engine"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Audi A4)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"People regularly tell me that they can't believe it's seven years old. They, and I, really like the look of it - must be good since it doesn't seem to have changed much if at all in regard to recent models."

MARVIN S., AB (2009 Audi A4)

"It is a cabriolet. Very attractive. Enjoy driving the car."

LOUIS K., CO (2009 Audi A4)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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