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2000 Audi A4 Review
A dressed up, expensive Jetta.
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The 2000 Audi A4 classifies as a compact sedan and wagon manufactured by Audi. The car debuted in 1994 and builds on the Volkswagen B5 platform, which the fourth-generation Volkswagen Passat also shares.
The A4 began as a compact sedan, but the wagon Avant began a year later in 1995. The A4 marks the first Volkswagen car to use a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine.
Engines: 2.8-liter V-6, 1.8-liter I-4
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Audi A4 1.8T, Audi A4 1.8T Quattro, Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro, Audi A4 2.8, Audi A4 2.8 Quattro, Audi A4 2.8 Avant Quattro
The 2000 Audi A4 shows some minor updates to the chassis, exterior, and interior. The car has undergone a slight change on the outside and for the front styling in the form of a new grille, headlights, mirror housings, and door handles.
On the inside, the center console and instrument gauges change to provide better comfort and easier operation. The rear seats improve comfort as well, and xenon headlights and head airbags join the options list.
The 2000 Audi A4 uses a revised chassis that provides better ride comfort and improved responsiveness as well.
The 2000 Audi A4 has different headlights, grille, and fog lights from the previous year. The fog lights sit on the lower front bumper to give the car an updated look, and the rear has larger taillights. The A4 measures just a little longer than the Honda Civic.
The 2000 Audi A4 offers lots of legroom and headroom up front, with supportive and comfortable seats standard. The sport seats feel a bit too firm, however. The rear seats cause a bit of a problem because they seem too narrow for three adults to sit comfortably. Legroom seems inadequate, especially with the front seats pulled back. The sunroof also reduces headroom in the rear.
The trunk space for the A4 sedan falls a little short of average, while the Avant wagons remain more casual haulers than serious wagons for large loads.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Audi A4 offers two engines, with the numerical designation of each model referring to the engine used. The 1.8T models contain a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. The 2.8 models uses a 2.8-liter V-6 engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines mate with a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. All Quattro and Avant models have Audi’s all-wheel-drive system.
The acceleration offered by either engine proves just decent enough. The 1.8-liter, turbocharged, straight-four engine pairs best with the manual transmission, but the automatic transmission offers an enjoyable experience too.
The 2000 Audi A4 comes with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and side-impact airbags for the front. Head curtain airbags for rear and front occupants become optional for this year. All A4 models get three scheduled maintenances free of cost for three years.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 1.8-liter I-4 with manual: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 2.8-liter V-6 with automatic: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 2.8-liter V-6 with manual: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Lots of fun to drive
- Can withstand all weather conditions
- Two good engine options
- Attractive exterior
You Won't Like
- Odd dash layout
- Lacks rear legroom
- Poor performance
A dressed up, expensive Jetta.
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