The 2005 Audi A4 continues to provide a reliable sport sedan option. It has many engine, transmission, and luxury options to make each vehicle unique. As always, the Quattro all-wheel drive is an option, and it is available in multiple body styles. Its combination of performance, style, and luxury makes it a solid sport sedan.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon, convertible
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 3.1-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, five-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission
Models: Audi A4 1.8T, Audi A4 1.8T Special Edition, Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Special Edition, Audi A4 2.0T, Audi A4 1.8T Quattro, Audi A4 2.0T Quattro, Audi A4 3.0, Audi 3.0 Special Edition, Audi A4 3.0 Quattro, Audi A4 Quattro Special Edition, Audi A4 3.2 Quattro, Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro, Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro Special Edition, Audi A4 2.0T Avant Quattro, Audi A4 3.0 Avant Quattro, Audi 3.0 Avant Quattro Special Edition, Audi A4 3.2 Avant Quattro
Each member of the 2005 Audi A4 lineup receives new bi-xenon headlamps this year, as well as an all-new satellite/navigation/AM-FM radio antenna. XM or Sirius satellite radio is now optional on the convertible, while OnStar availability has been eliminated from all models. The lineup also benefits from new engines, upgraded chassis, and refreshed styling in 2005.
The 2005 Audi A4 acquires tasteful bodylines, and a modest front-end characterizes the exterior. The taillights are very geometric and flow with the overall shape. Several exterior color options are available to accommodate all styles.
The 2005 Audi A4 is designed to seat five people, while the sportier convertible fits four occupants. All seats are well bolstered and quite comfortable, and even the convertible provides a decent amount of legroom. Standard equipment for all models includes automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control, a tachometer, a leather steering wheel with mounted controls, a full stereo system with CD changer, a cassette player, a subwoofer, and power-adjustable front seats. A wide range of options is also available for each trim level, including heated seats, a navigational aid, a trip computer, and real wood trim.
Performance & Handling
The wide-ranging 2005 Audi A4 offers a number of engine choices. All 1.8T models are powered with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, while the 2.0T models carry a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A 3.0-liter V-6 is offered with the 3.0 editions, while the 3.0T comes with a 3.1-liter V-6. Either a five- or six-speed manual transmission is available with different models, while the continuously variable transmission is only offered in models equipped with FrontTrak. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) models may also be equipped with a five-speed Tiptronic automatic that allows manual selection of simulated gears. With so many engine and transmission options available, it’s not hard to create a car that’s perfectly suited to your personal driving interests with the A4 lineup. Yet whatever power combination you end up choosing, it provides ample power and truly admirable handling. It handles any road’s twists and turns with ease, while the absorbent suspension makes for a very comfortable ride on most road surfaces.
The 2005 Audi A4 comes with an impressive list of standard safety features. Basic equipment for all models includes child safety door locks, power windows and door locks, a first aid kit, a trunk anti-trap device, and vehicle anti-theft. Front-side airbags and side head curtain airbags come standard on all models, while second-row side airbags are optional. Anti-lock brakes are provided, as well as electronic brake assist. All models come with a locking differential, traction control, and vehicle stability control. All-wheel drive is available only on certain models. The NHTSA has given four out of five stars for frontal crash protection for both the driver and front passenger. Five stars were awarded for front-side crash tests, and four stars for rear-side crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Audi A4 1.8T: 20/29 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Special Edition: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 1.8T Avant Quattro: 19/28 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 2.0T: 21/31 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 2.0T Avant Quattro: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0 Special Edition: 19/26 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.0 Avant Quattro: 16/24 mpg city/highway
Audi A4 3.2 Avant Quattro: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- High-quality interior construction
- Classic cabin design
- Precise handling
- Available AWD
- Good maintenance program
You Won't Like
- Limited low-end torque
- A rougher ride with the sport package
An all-around durable, sporty, and well-priced luxury car.
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