2007 Audi A4 Cabriolet Review / Road Test

Great looking Audi Cabriolet at Colorado Lagoon

Coachella proved a perfect backdrop for a zoom through the desert in a  snappy Audi Cabriolet A4.
 
Notice how smoothly those words roll off the tongue: Audi Cabriolet.  Almost as smoothly as the German uber-drop-top rolled over  freeway bumps and dips on the 10 Freeway to what has become the kick-off event to the  festival season.
 
Suitable soundtrack to the three-or-so hour drive was Arctic Monkeys, Bjork and a rake of other tunes that could give you more of an insight into what  this reviewer likes to listen to, but I'll leave it that every track sounded  glorious through the Audi's symphonic stereo, even with the hood down.
 
Opportunity abounded for top-down cruising but, for the festival, the wife  wanted her hair looking messed up and windswept, so we kept the top up to  preserve the way she blow-dried it earlier. I'm just kidding. And I've said  it before, but, again: I don't like showing up to events looking like Nick  Nolte.
 
The way back was different as, after stumbling soberly through several car  parks blindly pressing the keyless entry fob and hoping for a respondent  "Beep" we eventually tracked it and leaped in, to sit in a jam for at least  two hours. Not nice at 2am. At least its short turning circle proved helpful a coupla times.
 
Still we made it back to LA, and Coachella wasn't the only residing memory.   Flat-out best memory of the Cabriolet was its all-round smoothness through  its dynamic six gear Tiptronic automatic box and its roadholding, its ability to  grip on without losing any of the pulsating fun of pushing a car to its  limits. And when you're unleashing 255 horses while doing so from its directly injected V6 - upgraded to a 340hp V8 for '08 -   that experience sticks in your head for a very long time.

17" dubs


 
To avoid the A4 looking like its precursors - I believe, perhaps wrongly,  there hasn't been a fundamental change in the look of the A4 Convertible  since I ragged one around in the UK more than 10 years ago - the new one  boasts the elongated grille that covers the entire front of the car between  those Xenon headlights, as witnessed across its sister VW range, too.  It's  a bold design move for usually the most reserved of carmakers and one that  sharpens its image to a new generation of nuveau riches-types that will make  up Audi's target audience.
 
The S-badge gets you stiffened and tuned suspension, 18-inch rims and all  manner of inside tweaks and badges alongside its increased performance (for  about $2,500 for the package).  Another about $1,800 will get you dibbings  including driver's seat memory and auto-dimming mirrors and the like. As  standard you'll also get four-wheel-drive when needed through Audi's almost  legendary Quattro power-distribution system. Ride is stiff, but not too  stiff to enjoy. I loved it.

A real winning look with the hood down

Downside in my book is the soft top. I'm firmly on the side of hardtops though appreciated you get much more cargo space with the soft top. This softy was better than most, with minimal windnoise or tire roar creeping into the cabin.

Audi's are usually extremely reliable safety-wise; this one packs driver and passenger airbags, thorax and head side restraint bags and pretensioning seat-belts.

Gas is reasonable at 19 and 27 town and freeway. Warranty is reasonable at four years, 50,000 miles.

Go get one, whether you're a festival crawler or a wine-bar creeper.

Reworked grille across the Audi/VW range

Classy, functional interior

My dog enjoyed the ride, too

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