The A4 was introduced by the subsidiary of Volkswagen, Audi, for the 1995 model year. It is a compact executive car that comes available in either a sedan or wagon style. Buyers can also choose between a front-engine front-drive or front-engine four-wheel-drive layout. The A4 is in its fourth generation, where each generation is denoted as either B5, B6, B7, or B8.
The 2004 Audi A4 models come in either a sedan, wagon, or convertible. This year saw only moderate changes to the A4 series. The 2004 A4 is an entry-level luxury vehicle known for a comfortable and quiet ride, luxurious and high-quality interior, and a competitive starting price within its class.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon, convertible
Engines: 1.8-liter inline-four, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed CVT, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Audi A4 1.8-liter FrontTrak sedan, Audi A4 1.8-liter Quattro sedan, Audi A4 1.8-liter FrontTrak convertible, Audi A4 1.8-liter Avant Quattro wagon, Audi A4 3.0 FrontTrak sedan, Audi A4 3.0 Quattro sedan, Audi A4 3.0 FrontTrak convertible, Audi A4 3.0 Quattro convertible, Audi A4 3.0 Quattro wagon
The sedan and wagon models receive only minor changes for 2004, but the convertible is new to this model year.
The 2004 Audi A4 has a basic sedan profile and features understated styling cues and gradual curves throughout. Models have an independent rear suspension, and this is lowered on the convertible models. It has Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, a sunroof, and Parktronic rear parking assistance. The Audi A4 comes with 16-inch wheels standard and 17-inch wheels are available.
The 2004 Audi A4 sedan and Avant models seat five occupants, while the convertible models seat four. The interior is a little cramped, but comfortable. The 2004 A4 uses the high-quality materials one would expect from a car in this classification. Some interior features include dual-zone air, an anti-theft system, and a navigation system.
Performance & Handling
The 170-hp, 1.8-liter models are a bit noisier than the V-6 models, but accelerate okay. The 220-hp, three-liter V-6 is quieter and demonstrates good acceleration. A five- or six-speed manual is standard, and an automatic version of each is available. The CVT is only available with FrontTrak, but the sedan models that have Quattro have the option of a five-speed Tiptronic manual selector.
Side airbags, similar to side curtain airbags, are standard on the sedan models and the Avant. All models get side-impact airbags for the front, and these are optional for the second row. The Electronic Stability Program uses Brake Assist in emergencies. All seatbelts use pretensioners, and LATCH child-safety seat tethers can be installed. For the body, two bars behind the convertible model's back seats deploy up when a rollover is about to occur, and all models have a strengthened windshield and A-pillars for extra protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 1.8T: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0 quattro: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- CVT performance
- V-6 is quiet
- Convertible all-weather top
- Comfortable on smooth roads
You Won't Like
- Poor ride on rough roads
- Interior space
- Turbo engine noise
- Convertible only seats four
- Odd radio controls in convertible
Competitively priced with plenty of luxury additions.
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