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2006 Audi A4

2006 Audi A4

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$1,916 — $10,480 USED
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Convertible
4-5 Seats
21-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handling
  • Overall CVT performance
  • Quietness with V-6
  • Ride comfort on highway
  • Seat comfort
  • All-weather top on Cabriolet
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Somewhat snug interior
  • Low-speed acceleration with CVT
  • Four-occupant capacity in Cabriolet
  • Cryptic radio controls in Cabriolet

What to Know

about the 2006 Audi A4
  • Redesigned in mid-2005
  • Four-cylinder or V-6
  • Available CVT
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Easy-operating power top on Cabriolet

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2006 Audi A4 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen’s luxury division redesigned its compact, entry-level A4 sedan and Avant wagon midway through the 2005 model year by giving them larger engines with direct fuel injection. A new, larger grille was similar to the one on the midsize A6 sedan.

Each body style comes in 2.0T form with a turbocharged four-cylinder or in 3.2 guise with a V-6. The A4 Cabriolet is still based on the previous design, though a redesigned version is expected for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: A4 Cabriolet)

Sedans and Cabriolets are available with FrontTrak front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive. The Avant wagon comes only with quattro.

Three new models have joined the 2006 lineup: a 3.2 quattro sedan, an Avant wagon with a six-speed-manual transmission and a 3.2 front-drive sedan with Audi’s multitronic continuously variable transmission. A new S-line series includes a sport suspension, trunklid lip spoiler, sporty side sills and brushed-aluminum interior trim. A hill-hold function has been added to all CVT models.

Audi continues to offer a high-performance S4 series, which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Exterior
“Unmistakably Audi” is how the German automaker describes its smaller series, flaunting the brand’s sporty character. Clear-glass headlights have sweeping lower edges and an inward taper. Body-colored bumpers are said to accentuate the car’s low center of gravity. Visibly flared wheel arches round out th...

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen’s luxury division redesigned its compact, entry-level A4 sedan and Avant wagon midway through the 2005 model year by giving them larger engines with direct fuel injection. A new, larger grille was similar to the one on the midsize A6 sedan.

Each body style comes in 2.0T form with a turbocharged four-cylinder or in 3.2 guise with a V-6. The A4 Cabriolet is still based on the previous design, though a redesigned version is expected for 2006.
(Skip to details on the: A4 Cabriolet)

Sedans and Cabriolets are available with FrontTrak front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive. The Avant wagon comes only with quattro.

Three new models have joined the 2006 lineup: a 3.2 quattro sedan, an Avant wagon with a six-speed-manual transmission and a 3.2 front-drive sedan with Audi’s multitronic continuously variable transmission. A new S-line series includes a sport suspension, trunklid lip spoiler, sporty side sills and brushed-aluminum interior trim. A hill-hold function has been added to all CVT models.

Audi continues to offer a high-performance S4 series, which is listed separately in the cars.com Research section.

Exterior
“Unmistakably Audi” is how the German automaker describes its smaller series, flaunting the brand’s sporty character. Clear-glass headlights have sweeping lower edges and an inward taper. Body-colored bumpers are said to accentuate the car’s low center of gravity. Visibly flared wheel arches round out the picture.

Standard tires on 2.0T models measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch tires are installed on models with the V-6 engine. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a moonroof and Parktronic rear parking assistance are available. Optional adaptive headlights can pivot 15 degrees.

Interior
Sedans and wagons seat five people and have four-way power lumbar support. The seat cushions have prominent bolsters. Standard equipment includes automatic dual-zone air conditioning. Leather seating surfaces are included in 3.2 models. The available Audi Navigation Plus system has a 5-inch video screen.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers 2.0T models. An aluminum 255-hp, 3.1-liter V-6 is installed in 3.2 editions. A six-speed-manual gearbox is standard in all models except the 3.2 FrontTrak. The multitronic CVT is available only in models equipped with FrontTrak, but sedans and wagons with quattro all-wheel drive can have a six-speed Tiptronic automatic that permits manual gear selection.

Safety
Side curtain-type airbags deploy from above the side windows. Side-impact airbags for front occupants are standard, and rear-seat airbags are optional. Audi’s Electronic Stabilization Program incorporates Brake Assist.

Driving Impressions
In its redesigned form, the A4 is as solid and even more appealing than its predecessor. It joyfully tackles twisting roads, taking every turn in stride. Despite a taut suspension, the ride is magnificent on smooth roads and recovery is swift when you hit a bump. Ride quality is nearly as good with the available sport suspension.

Plenty of power hails from the V-6, in a civilized manner. Strong performance with the turbocharged four-cylinder is devoid of turbo lag, and it’s a tad more spirited. The manual gearbox shifts easily, and Audi’s automatic transmission works without any harshness.

Audi’s ultra-smooth multitronic CVT works masterfully and subtly. After slight hesitation during takeoff, the car moves ahead with some haste. Passing attempts at low speeds, however, sometimes yield a shortfall of response. You hear a little engine noise while accelerating with the CVT, but not much.

A4 Cabriolet
Even after the redesigned A4 sedan and wagon went on sale during 2005, Cabriolet production continued in previous-generation form. A new S-line edition with a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels replaces the Sport package for 2006. Heated rear seats and rear Parktronic parking assistance are available.

Emphasizing luxury over sportiness, the A4 Cabriolet delivers a refined top-down experience. This car exhibits strong, confident, quick-responding performance, but it’s not quite exuberant. The easy-to-drive convertible stays impressively flat through curves. Though it maneuvers capably, its steering isn’t the most precise. Even on imperfect pavement, the ride is comfortable as the suspension transmits minimal fuss. The seats are superb: pleasantly cushioned, masterfully supportive and snugly — but not excessively — bolstered.

Twin bars behind the rear seats deploy upward when a rollover is imminent. A strengthened windshield and A-pillars provide extra protection.

The A4-based suspension was lowered slightly for use on the A4 Cabriolet. Like the prior-generation A4 sedan, the Cabriolet has a double grille, a triple-tube headlight module, a contoured tail and chrome exhaust pipes. Brushed-aluminum trim goes around the windshield and along the waist.

Five-spoke cast-alloy wheels on the Cabriolet hold 16-inch tires. A wide arch roofline for the convertible top enhances the body’s subtle wedge profile. A heated glass rear window incorporates electric defrosting. A cover closes flush with the body. A wind deflector is available.

Four people fit inside the A4 Cabriolet’s sporty cabin. Audi’s Symphony radio includes an in-dash six-CD changer and nine speakers. Standard equipment includes a four-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power mirrors and height-adjustable front seats with four-way electric lumbar adjustment. Automatic dual-zone climate control works with sun and pressure sensors. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
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Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

The smoothest ride i have ever had

by Sam from Akron, OH on September 24, 2019

This car impressed me with its turbocharged engine, ABS braking, aerodynamics and 6-speed automatic transmission provided the smoothest rides. The only weakness of these engines are that only Audi-... Read full review

(4.0)

Avant is a good all rounder.

by DKW from Gorebridge on September 22, 2019

The ride is good & quite comfortable. Fuel consumption on the diesel is excellent. Weak suspension springs & seized control arm bolts can be troublesome. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Audi A4 currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Audi A4 2.0T

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
acceptable
Overall Rear
acceptable
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The A4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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