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1996 Audi A4 Review
An upgraded Jetta with style.
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The 1996 Audi A4 comes with a 2.8-liter, V-6 engine paired with either the standard five-speed manual transmission, or the optional five-speed automatic transmission. Two models are available, the base model and the upgraded, more luxurious Quattro model, which comes with leather steering wheel trim, locking differential, and all-wheel drive (AWD). One notable feature of this car is the automatic climate control.
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A4 2.8 Sedan, Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Sedan
All new this model year, the A4 replaces the Audi 90. For the first time, a five-speed automatic transmission is available as an option, which is quite an unusual feature for a car released during this time. However, it is a worthwhile option to consider for the smoother ride quality.
Both trim levels of the 1996 Audi A4 come standard with power heated mirrors, light tinted glass, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Metallic paint is optional for both models. Also optional is a power moon roof, perfect for cruising on a warm night. A rear ski bag is also available, for extra storage possibilities.
Standard interior features of the A4 are extensive, including cloth bucket seats, a center console, power windows, an AM/FM/Cassette audio system, air conditioning, and automatic climate control to keep the driver and passengers comfortable. The driver’s seat is power-adjustable and the steering wheel tilts and is telescoping. Available options include heated front seats, leather upholstery, vinyl upholstery, and a Bose audio system for the audio enthusiast. Leather steering wheel trim is optional on the 2.8 Sedan and standard on the 2.8 Quattro Sedan.
Performance & Handling
The 2.8-liter, V-6 engine on the 1996 Audi A4 is capable of producing 172 horsepower (hp) and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 2.8 Sedan is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, while the Quattro is all-wheel-drive and comes with locking differential. Power steering and cruise control are standard features on both trim levels.
The brakes on the 1996 Audi A4 are power, anti-lock brakes. Driver and passenger front airbags come standard, to keep occupants safe in the case of an accident. Other standard safety features include intermittent front windshield wipers, a rear window defroster, fog lights, an anti-theft alarm system, power door locks, and a remote trunk release – features that enhance the safety, convenience, and reliability of this vehicle. A keyless entry system is optional for both models, for additional convenience.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 2.8 Quattro Sedan: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Air conditioning
- Anti-lock brakes
You Won't Like
- Lack of engine choices
- No CD player option
- Keyless entry is optional
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