2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant Review
|Topics: Audi A4
August 17, 2006
Usually you wouldn't expect much from a refresh, but the 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant has enough updates to be called new. Available as a Sedan or Avant wagon, it is based on the same platform and uses all the traditional Audi strengths while adding some flair to both exterior and interior design. The intention was to bring brand image into focus in North American market. And the result, 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant, definitely offers some attitude.
First impression of the car is its looks and the 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant makes a good one. Although not the only new exterior feature, the most obvious, of course, is the 'single frame' grille, inspired by the Audi Nuvolari quattro concept car. The car's front is now unmistakable. The A4 has also grown a little, by 41 mm for the sedan, and with that came slightly more room for the rear-seat passengers.
Speaking of the interior. As unlikely as it may sound, Audi has actually made some improvements to the cabin. Being a benchmark for automotive interiors for some time now, they have managed to find even richer textures, more pleasing materials and more exquisite tailoring to keep up with the reputation for supreme comfort and style. There is also a full range of safety technologies on board, including side-curtain airbags, a smart electronic stability control system and stronger side impact beams
On the road the 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant stays sharp and confident. The revised suspension gives a firm but not choppy ride. The steering is quick and precise with very little body roll when turning round the corners sharply. The new large brakes deserve a special attention as they bring the A4 down from speed in a very short time. The engine feels and sounds smooth, powerful and gives a boost of confidence to the driver.
The Audi A4 has always been a superb value for money with its build quality, beautiful interior and overall confidence on the road. The 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant brings it up a notch, setting new benchmarks for the company and certainly its competitors.
The original A4, introduced nearly a decade ago, transformed the popularity of Audi in the US market, but the 2006 model seems to have all the qualities to be considered the most important one.
The award winning line that saved Audi in 1996 from falling behind has done it again. Audi have come forward with a new 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant their hands with the round of innovations that nearly qualifies for a new generation. The A4 Avant has had a complete facelift from inside and out. It is more angular at the rear, has a double snout-like grille, chrome exhaust pipes and is bigger in its overall dimensions.
It comes standard with a five-speed manual and you can have the CVT as an option. The interior is as sophisticated and elegant as it always is when it comes to Audi cars.
Everything is done to perfection, exquisitely finished and upholstered with high-quality materials. Some of the controls could take some time to get used to, but the overall sleek and classy design makes A4 Avant one of the finest cars in the luxury car entry.
The trunk is deep and spacious, especially enhanced in Avants due to its body style, and all 3.2 come with dual-zone automatic climate control, one-touch windows and an in-dash six-CD changer as standard. It shows excellent results on the road as well.
The A4 Avant is amazingly well balanced, responsive and easy to handle. Its new retuned suspension soaks up all the bumps for a smooth ride, so it is perfect for day-to-day driving. All Avants have quattro all-wheel drive.
For the price of around $23,000-$24,000, the 2006 Audi A4 3.2 Avant will definitely be close to the top of the list for many buyers
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