Available quattro all-wheel drive, powerful 1.8T motor, attractive exterior styling.
Confusing dash layout, not much rear legroom, quattro version can feel lethargic.
There may be a host of improvements for the 2002 A4, but we're plenty fond already of this iteration, especially the sleek sheet metal.
Audi's A4 is sleek, sophisticated, speedy and has won praise from the worldwide automotive media. Small and safe, the A4 has scored well in government crash testing. For U.S. buyers, this translates into a competent alternative to the BMW 3 Series, the Acura TL and the Volvo S40, among others.
For 2001, four versions are available: the A4 1.8T Sedan and 1.8T Avant Wagon, and the A4 2.8 Sedan and 2.8 Avant Wagon. The numerical designations refer to engine size. The 1.8T models get a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that now produces 170 horsepower and 166 foot-pounds of torque. Vehicles with a 2.8 designation have a 2.8-liter V6 filling their engine bays. The six-cylinder makes 190 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. Both engines can be ordered with a five-speed manual or a five-speed Tiptronic automanual transmission. Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system is standard on Avant wagons and optional on the sedans.
Besides engine selection, the 1.8T vehicles differ from the 2.8 models in only minor trim. The 2.8 Sedan and Avant have bigger wheels and tires, 10-way power seats, aluminum trim on the window frames, and wood interior decor. All cars feature goodies like a new Sport 3-spoke steering wheel with Tiptronic control buttons for the auto tranny, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, heated outside mirrors and windshield-wiper nozzles, an eight-speaker CD audio system, and 60/40 split folding rear seats.
Avant wagons have 31.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat up and 63.7 cubic feet of cargo room with the seat folded down. They also come with a retractable rear luggage cover, a luggage net, and a three-point center seatbelt. Tether anchors for a child seat are standard as well.
Audi buyers can also personalize their cars by choosing from three different interior themes: Ambition, Ambiente and Advance. The three environments, as Audi calls them, differ by the texture and appearance of the seat upholstery and the color and type of genuine wood or aluminum trim. Main options offered by Audi include a Bose premium sound system, a six-disc CD changer, a navigation system, and sport seats.
With prices starting in the mid-20s, consumers can get a status car that's comfortable and costs less than it does to send your kid to college. Pricing can escalate when heavily equipped, but the A4 is still one of the best entry-luxury sedans on the market.
The entire Audi lineup receives a new 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and no-charge scheduled maintenance, a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation, and 24-hour roadside assistance for four years. All A4s are now equipped with head protection airbags, have lengthier oil change intervals and an optional Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP). The 1.8T engine gets a horsepower boost from 150 to a racy 170 and meets ULEV standards.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2001 Audi A4.
1.8T Avant Quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I bought this car new in 2001 - has the sport package, put in chip, it drives fantastic when it is not being towed to the mechanic. I have 4"thick file of repairs and tire changes. It chews up tires every 20k miles regardless of brand and consistent tire rotation. At 90k miles the engine blew. Fortunately Audi replaced it after I provided documentation of oil changes every 5k miles. I have replaced wheel bearings, tie rods, timing belt, hoses, sensors, the turbo at 160k, battery, alternator etc. If it wasn't paid for and if I did not love to drive it so much it would be gone. I cant find another car with the same combo of performance, mileage, utility,AWD, and class.
3.38 out of 5 stars
Nice ride, when it's not in the shop...
2.8 Quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
The A4 is a nice balance between a sport sedan, family sedan, and luxury sedan. PERFORMANCE: You won't blow anybody's doors off, but its 190 HP and 210 ft-lb of torque are enough to put a grin on your face from time to time. With the AWD, it handles great in all kinds of weather, fair or foul. The ESP is a bit overactive, however, and cuts in on even the slightest hint of any wheelspin. Fortunately, it can be disabled with the push of a button. INTERIOR: The interior is very comfortable and well laid out, and it's loaded with convenience features. There isn't much room for adults in the rear, but it's OK for kids. The trunk is very large and easy to access. The pass-through is handy also.
4.5 out of 5 stars
2001 Audi A4 Quattro 2.8
2.8 Quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
First of all, I can safely say that I still would have made the purchase back in October 2000, knowing what I know now. The only major disappointment in this vehicle has been the mileage. It has averaged probably less than 20 MPG (I mostly drive city), and even a fuel tank with 100% freeway miles is probably only averaging 25 or 26 MPG, which isn't great. Still, that's a minor quibble. The engine has been a complete dream. No problems whatsoever. the only glitches on the vehicle have been a leaking washer fluid gasket on the high pressure headlights, a broken elastic piece on the glovebox door, and a loose door handle on the driver's side. That's it - in over 5 years. I'll buy again.
4.25 out of 5 stars
Good, if not great...
1.8T Quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I've done a variety of driving in this
car, (city, highway, long trips), and it's
always performed nicely. It's fun to
drive, feels rock solid, will go through
almost anything with Quattro,
responds nicely to all
driver input and looks great. I wish it
got better gas mileage and the
interior was more comfortable. The
armrest sucks, the cup holders blow,
the automatic climate control system
is on drugs half the time and the
seats are less than luxurious. All that
aside, (and those are
some minor gripes), i think it's a
great car. Speaking of minor, the
backseat is a joke, but what do i
care, i sit up front!
The Used 2001 Audi A4 is offered in the following submodels: A4 Sedan, A4 Wagon. Available styles include 1.8T Quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 2.8 Quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5M), 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 1.8T Avant Quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), 2.8 Avant Quattro AWD 4dr Wagon (2.8L 6cyl 5M), and 2.8 Fwd 4dr Sedan (2.8L 6cyl 5A).
Pre-owned Audi A4 models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine or a 2.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 190 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2001 Audi A4 comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.
The Used 2001 Audi A4 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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