I've had my 09 for about 2 weeks now and love it. I would have gotten the gti with dsg, comes with 3 years free maintanence. but as I have practically no daily drive, single, and got an amazing deal on my trade in and buy price. I went for the omg am I really going that fast around this corner wrx. the awd is amazing, and you can't get that with the gti, but I never had a problem getting through anything with my vr6 and a set of snows. vw and the a4 have the same engine, audi just costs a lot more.
try to get a good test drive, not just around the block. and don't pay anything over invoice, they need to sell these cars.