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2001 Audi A4 Review
Drives like a good book.
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The 2001 Audi A4 classifies as a compact executive car. The vehicle has garnered much attention since its introduction in 1994. Buyers flock to this German import. The A4 offers a sophisticated ride that looks small, sleek, and speedy. Most importantly, it is incredibly safe. Government crash test ratings always come out positive for the A4. In the U.S. market, the Audi A4 has become an attractive alternative to other vehicles such as the Volvo S40, the BMW 3 Series, and the Acura TL.
Audi offers four versions of the A4 for the 2001 model year. The A4 sells as either a sedan or a wagon with either a 1.8- or 2.8-liter engine.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Audi A4 1.8T sedan, Audi A4 1.8T Avant wagon, Audi A4 2.8 sedan, Audi A4 2.8 Avant wagon
All 2001 Audi A4s come standard with head protection airbags and lengthier intervals between oil changes. The Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) comes available as an option. Also new for 2001, Audi gives a horsepower boost to the 1.8-liter engine, which goes from 150 horsepower to a peppy 170 horsepower.
Drivers find some minor trim differences between the 1.8T and 2.8 models. The 2.8 Audi A4 sedan and Avant wagon have larger wheels and tires, 10-way adjustable power seats, aluminum-trimmed window frames, and a wood grain interior decor.
The 2001 Audi A4 measures roughly 178 inches in length, just a few inches longer than the Honda Civic. Standard features include heated outer mirrors and windshield wiper nozzles, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, and a full-size spare tire.
The A4 accommodates up to five occupants. It provides ample head and legroom in the front of the vehicle. The back seat feels a little cramped and lacks legroom. Taller people may want to opt out of the optional power sun/moonroof as it shaves off about two inches of headroom. The dashboard looks nice and the controls sit in logical places where they can be seen and easily accessed.
The manufacturer offers three interior themes that 2001 Audi A4 buyers can choose from. These three ?environments? include Ambition, Ambient, and Advance. Each offers a different color, seat upholstery, and the choice between wood or aluminum trim. Additional features include automatic climate control, an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player, and a Sport 3 spoke steering wheel with mounted Tiptronic control switches for fully automatic operation or manual shifting.
Performance & Handling
The engines offer plenty of pep, and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system comes standard on Avant wagons and optionally with the sedan models. The Quattro system keeps the car on the road regardless of weather or road conditions. A4’s have been known to push through slick snow-covered or icy roads, sometimes passing trucks with four-wheel drive stuck on the side of the road. The 2001 Audi A4’s shorter wheelbase allows for easy maneuvering in the city. That said, the car also performs great on extended highway trips. It uses rack and pinion steering with an independent front suspension and a semi-independent rear suspension.
Standard safety features on the 2001 Audi A4 include curtain-type airbags. These airbags deploy to cover the side windows, providing head protection during crashes or rollovers. Frontal driver and passenger side airbags also come standard. The optional Electronic Stabilization Program is a lateral anti-skid system. The xenon headlights provide great nighttime visibility. The fog lights also help with visibility in even the worst of conditions.
IIHS crash test results give the A4 an overall safety reliability rating of four out of five stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 2.8: 18/26 mpg city/highway
- Quick pick-up
- Great handling
- Competitive price
- Fun to drive
You Won't Like
- Small back seat
- No automatic headlights
- Soft suspension
- Poor cup holder location
Drives like a good book.
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