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1995 Audi 90 Review
A solid value loaded with features.
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Most of the Audi lineup tends to consist of near-luxury, quality vehicles that offer good performance along with a wide range of standard comfort and luxury features. The 1995 Audi 90 is more compact and cheaper than most of the Audi lineup, but does not lose out on too many features in the process. Compared to the 1995 Audi A6, the Audi 90 offers similar performance and most of the same standard equipment. Optional equipment can bring the 90 more in line with the higher-end models, as well. Most drivers will find the lower price tag to be worth the loss of a few minor features.
While the 1995 Audi 90 does not follow Audi’s new model designation system, it adopts it in 1996 when it transforms into the Audi A4. However, the Audi 90 does not quite offer the same experience as the Audi A4. The Audi 90 is due for a redesign in 1996, which will make it more of a compact near-luxury vehicle. The Audi 90 is a higher-end mid-range vehicle. The difference between the Audi 90 and Audi A6 is more pronounced than that of the later A4 and A6 models. However, while the Audi 90 does feature less standard features than the A4, it is also significantly cheaper than the A4. Drivers who are interested in the Audi A4 but are concerned with the high price tag might find the Audi 90 a good alternative.
Engines: 2.8-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi 90, Audi 90 Sport, Audi 90 Quattro
The only change to the 1995 Audi 90 is the addition of the 90 Sport model. The lack of changes is due to the Audi 90’s planned replacement by the Audi A4 in 1996.
The Audi 90 is an average-sized sedan. However, sedans in the Audi 90’s price range have a tendency to be larger. Compared against many of its peers, it is actually one of the smaller options. The styling is fairly angular and blocky, following the trend of most Audi vehicles of the time. A power moon roof is available as an optional feature.
The Audi 90 is designed as a compact and cheaper alternative to the now-defunct Audi 100 line. All models have air-conditioning, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, a leather trim steering wheel, an anti-theft alarm system, an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as standard features. A CD player, CD changer, automatic climate control, keyless entry, heated seats, leather seating, and Bose audio are available as optional features.
Performance & Handling
The Audi 90 has good handling and performance. The 2.8-liter, six-cylinder engine is the same one used on the higher-end Audi A6 line. The Audi 90 has good acceleration and a respectable top speed. The Audi 90 also offers good handling and maneuverability, making is an easy vehicle to operate across the board.
Dual-front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard features on all 1995 Audi 90 models. The inclusion of these standard features is impressive compared to other 1995 models. However, when compared to more modern vehicles, these standard safety features are less impressive, as they are now common, even on mid-range vehicles.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi 90 2.8-liter six-cylinder, five-speed manual: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
- All-wheel drive available as an option
- Good handling
- Relatively low used price
You Won't Like
- 1996 Audi A4 is almost a straight upgrade.
A solid value loaded with features.
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