The Audi Cabriolet we are talking about here is a spin-off of the Audi A4 line of compact executive cars. In this sense, the Cabriolet has a 14-year history, even though the stylish soft-top was first produced ten years after the release of the first Audi A4. We say that because the German manufacturer led by Volkswagen Group began in 1994 with the A4 nameplate, seven years before the first A4 Cabriolet version hit the market in 2001.
However, the 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet marked the end of an era for the A4 Cabrio variants. It was the last installment in the A4 Cabriolet versions, although milk from the vine says Audi will give a final push in the future to re-enter the convertible bond market. In the meantime, the tent bent the soft-top segment with a redesigned 2-door, mid-sized convertible that we can buy without setting up a GoFundMe page.
As you’ll learn by the time you finish this article, the Cabriolet went out with a bang, giving fans a stylish, functional convertible they can always turn to when they need a break. We’ll now show you how the 2009 offering was – and still is – the best of the Cabriolet Audi A4 model made to date.
Features of the redesigned 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet
The Cabriolet, together with the Audi Avant wagon† for 2009 they got a major makeover. They looked even more stylish than their feisty predecessors, offered better road holding and were equipped with extra features such as an advanced parking control system.
This time, the Cabriolet had a slightly longer and wider profile than its predecessors. Where the 2001 A4 Cabriolet was 180.4 inches long, 69.96 inches wide and 54.76 inches high, the redesigned 2009 Cabriolet is 181 inches long, 70 inches wide (excluding the side mirrors) and 52.2 inches high. For example, the new Cabriolet not only looked bigger, but also offered more interior and load space.
We’re talking extra 1.4 inches of knee room in the back (very important in convertible models), more shoulder room, more headroom and more than decent trunk space.
Towards an enhanced driving experience, this latest Cabriolet comes with optional Drive Select capabilities – 3 preset modes plus a personalized mode – that allow the driver to customize steering, suspension and transmission modes. The makeover includes a revised Quattro four-wheel drive configuration and a front axle configuration that lowered the noseweight of the new convertible. By improving the weight distribution, the Cabriolet offers an improved handling and driving experience. The Quattro AWD provides better traction on wet or dry terrain.
It also offered a range of new technology features, including radar-based adaptive cruise control, a blind spot warning system, a revised version of Audi’s advanced MMI (multi-media interface) system controller, and a direct fuel injection system that delivers high-pressure gas directly to the engine cylinders. Audi offers an optional 3.2L direct injection V6 engine.
Everyone we know wants their convertible to be fast. The Cabriolet comes standard with an upgraded 2.0L turbocharged direct injection V4 engine. The 2.0L inline-4 can pump out 200 horses and 207 lb-ft of torque, with the optional V6 boasting 255 horses and 243 lb-ft of torque. The sedan’s V6 can put out 256 horses, but not as much torque as the base 2.0T 2.0L V4 with 258 lb-ft of torque and 211 horsepower.
You’d find that the 2.0L higher-torque V4 is actually faster than the V6 version, going from 0 to 100 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the V6 made the sprint in 6.9 seconds. A 6-speed manual CVT and an optional 6-speed conventional automatic transmission with manual controls deliver power to the front wheels. Many cars, including the A4 Cabriolet, with standard FWD, also offer optional AWD.
The EPA estimates that the automatic V4 trim has 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined fuel economy, while the V6 gets 17/26/20 mpg† Best in fuel economy, based on the EPA’s estimate, is the base FWD A4 with 23/30/25 mpg.
Is the 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet expensive to maintain?
According to RepairPal, the annual maintenance cost of a 2009 Audi A4 is $824, although repair and maintenance costs vary based on the age, mileage and location of the car. We can imagine this figure doesn’t sound very encouraging to the average American driver, but Audis have always been low-maintenance and the Cabriolet is no exception. More importantly, your 2009 Cabriolet is a reliable car.
While it’s true that Audis aren’t known for great reliability, experts agree that the A4 nameplate is one of the brand’s most reliable. In fact, the 2012 Audi A4 was the first small Audi sedan without the mechanical problems typical of Audi cars. You can read our article on the 10 most reliable cars Audi has ever made to see how Audi products score for reliability.
As long as you take care of your Cabriolet, the car will take care of you for a long time. The Cabriolet competes with strong competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class and Infiniti G37, but the Cabriolet is the best choice unless you don’t care about its racy looks, luxurious interior, great AWD handling and plenty of cutting options. -edge technical features.
It’s not the most aggressive soft top on the market, but it holds up pretty well. How much is it then? $8,168; based on the Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price for a used 2009 Audi A4 Cabriolet.