Car reviews - Audi - A4 - 1.8 sedan
1.8T quattro sedan
2.0 Multitronic sedan
2.0 TDI sedan
2.0 TDIe sedan
2.0 TFSI Quattro Sport
2.0 TFSI range
3.0 TDI quattro sedan
Allroad 2.0 TFSI Quattro
Avant 2.0 TFSI 5-dr wagon
Avant 2.0 TFSI Quattro Sport
Avant 5-dr wagon range
S Line Avant 5-dr wagon
Solidity, grip, build quality, equipment
Room for improvement
Bottom-end engine performance, remote driving experience
4 Apr 2001
THE A4's base engine is the 92kW, 1.8-litre, 20-valve, four-cylinder with five-speed manual transmission.
With only 173Nm of torque available, at a fairly high 3950rpm, constant revs are required for brisk progress.
There is also the optional four-speed automatic featuring 'DSP' that varies gear up-shift points according to driving style.
Arguably the best version of the A4 is the 110kW turbocharged 1.8T. It is available in either five-speed manual or five-speed automatic form and is fast, economical and refined.
The 30-valve, 2.8-litre V6 quattro version is a well- equipped alternative to the rear-driven BMW 328i.
The A4's interior features high standards of build quality and an attractive, ergonomically-designed dashboard. The instrumentation is clear and easy to read although the red back-lighting may not be to everybody's taste.
Some of the darker interior hues also make the A4 seem sombre.
The A4 is a little tight for space in the back seat, suiting its maker's classification as being a "sports sedan" rather than a family-style conveyance.
The Avant station wagon came in late 1996 but its meagre carrying capacity makes it more like a five-door hatch.
- Automotive NetWorks 03/02/1999
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