For the 2002 model year, Audi introduced a brand new version of both the A4 sedan and wagon. The 2002 Audi A4 has been completely redesigned, making it slightly larger inside and out, as well as gaining a variety of features to make it that much sportier than the previous generation. The 2002 Audi A4 lineup includes four different sedan choices, and two for the Avant wagon that are determined by engine size and whether the vehicle has an all-wheel drive system (the Quattro models).
Body styles: four-door sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission, five-speed manual, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic Tiptronic
Models: Audi A4 1.8T, Audi A4 1.8T Quattro, Audi A4 3.0, Audi A4 3.0 Quattro, Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro, Audi A4 3.0 Avant Quattro
The 2002 Audi A4 is the all new version of this compact executive car. The redesigned body structure means that the new generation of Audi A4 cars is bigger inside and out. The wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer, and the overall length of the 2002 Audi A4 is 2.7 inches longer, leading to more leg and head room for both front and rear passengers.
A new three-liter V-6 engine is available for both the sedan and wagon versions of the 2002 Audi A4. All non-Quattro models of the 2002 Audi A4 have a new continuously variable transmission as standard. The Quattro models are equipped with either a five-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission or a six-speed manual.
As well as redesigning the exterior of the 2002 Audi A4, all new sheet metal was used to manufacture the vehicles. The new, crisper style of the exterior was based on the second generation of the Audi A6, giving the Audi A4 a sharper and more aggressive style. Clear glass headlights, a chrome-edged grille, flush handles, and a dual exhaust are further design changes seen with the new 2002 Audi A4.
With the increase in exterior size of the 2002 Audi A4, one of the main complaints about previous generations has been overcome. The additional size means that there is plenty of head and leg room for both front and rear passengers in the cabins of both the sedan and wagon versions of the Audi A4. Not only has the size of the 2002 Audi A4 increased, but so has the list of luxury features included as standard. New standard features for the 2002 Audi A4 models include a dual-zone climate control system with a sun sensor and an in-dash six CD changer.
Performance & Handling
As well as two body styles, there are two engine options for the 2002 Audi A4, as well as front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (Quattro) systems. The sedan can be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the wagons come with all-wheel drive only. The base model sedan and Avant wagon are equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that provides 170 horsepower. The other engine option is a new 3.0L V-6 engine that produces 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides adequate power for those 2002 Audi A4 cars with front-wheel drive, but can feel weak in the Quattro models. The new V-6 accelerates quickly from a stop and continues to provide plenty of power even at speed. Steering and handling is responsive, with the Sport package providing that much more control for fast maneuvering. Even with the firmest suspension, the ride is smooth and quiet in all models of the 2002 Audi A4. The Quattro models provide that much more control in poor weather conditions.
Standard safety equipment across all models of the 2002 Audi A4 includes anti-lock four-wheel disc brakes, electronic brake assist, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, and stability control. Rear side airbags are optional, as is a rear-obstacle warning system. In both front and side impact crash testing, the 2002 Audi A4 received good safety scores across the board.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 1.8T: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 1.8T Quattro (sedan and wagon): 18/26 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0: 17/25 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0 Quattro (sedan and wagon): 16/23 mpg city/highway
- All-wheel drive Quattro models
- New V-6 engine
- Steering and handling
You Won't Like
- Four-cylinder engine can lack power
New roomier and more attractive version of this entry-level luxury car.
If You Like This Vehicle
- Lexus ES 300
- Acura TL
- BMW 3 Series
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class