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Why the Audi A4 is a Great Family Car

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Why the Audi A4 is a Great Family Car

Rickey Pearce
June 29, 2010

Rickey Pearce

Often described by words such as luxurious and extraordinary, the A4 has become very popular as a family car. There are so many features that are necessary to really fit for families and the A4 is at the top of list. You can trust you family is as safe and secure as possible with the reliability that comes with the name Audi.

What Makes a Good Family Car
Your family needs will dictate which car is better than others. The main key with a family car is versatility: moms will use it for errands, the car will be full when you car pool to school or take everyone to sports practice, and the parents may use it for their evenings out. A great family vehicle is one that is safe, reliable and completely versatile no matter the outing.

Family Features
There are many features in the Audi A4 that were designed for families and to ensure that everyone in the car is comfortable. With the back seats folded down and the roomy trunk, cargo space is not an issue. Parents and kids will not have any problem fitting all their gear, no matter if they are going on vacation or just to soccer practice. A great feature for larger families is the personalized climate control for each seat ensuring everyone enjoys their perfect temperature.

Safety Features
Safety is always a concern with families as you want your car to provide the maximum protection for babies, small children, teenagers, other passengers and the driver. The A4 has driver, passenger, side head and rear head airbags. There is also an air bag on and off switch if you choose to put a car seat in the passenger front seat. Another plus is the LATCH system on the rear seats for baby car seats.

Included in the A4 is electronic stability and traction control along with a 4 wheel anti-lock brake system. There are reinforced cross members on the chassis, the bumpers are reinforced and you can adjust the seat belts so no matter the person's height or weight they are properly strapped in. The Audi A4 received 5 stars (out of 5) for all crash tests as well as some of the highest safety ratings you can get for a vehicle.

The Price and Fuel Economy
Family cars should not cost an arm and a leg and there are several different models to choose from, including the Avant, Cabriolet and sedan. Audi offers several additional packages to make the car even more luxurious. The A4 is on the higher end price wise of family cars costing between $30,000-35,000. Since this is considered a luxury family car, the price is no surprise and it is actually still very affordable when compared to many other luxury vehicles on the market.

Anyone with a family should be concerned with fuel efficiency and getting the most miles per tank of gas. The fuel economy on average is 27 mpg for highway and 21 mpg for cities. Considering the vehicle is equipped with a V-6 turbocharged engine, the fuel economy is actually very good. The next release of the Audi A4 will have even better fuel economy as the car's weight has been dramatically reduced by 300 pounds, which provides much better gas mileage.

Rickey Pearce is passionate about automobiles. From the classic '57 Chevy to fuel-efficient hybrids to luxury vehicles such as the Audi A4, if it runs on 4 wheels, he likes them. Recently he went to http://www.carsdirect.com/audi/a4 for the latest information on the new Audi A4 and was pleased with the research he found. Visit CarsDirect.com, America's #1 way to buy cars online!

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