2002 Audi A4 Review
2002 Audi A4 Review
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- Available all-wheel drive, powerful engines, sharp handling.
- Prices shoot up with options.
Audi's entry-level sedan and wagon are all new for 2002. Along with a redesigned body structure and new sheet metal, the new A4 receives a variety of changes to make it sportier. It is motivated by either a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged four or a completely new 3.0-liter 220-horsepower V6, which can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Making its debut this year for non-quattro models is a continuously variable transmission (CVT), also known as multitronic. An in-dash six-disc CD changer and a dual-zone auto climate control top the standard features list.
Sportier and roomier, the new A4 is one of most appealing entry-level luxury cars for 2002.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2002 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.93 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
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$204/mo for A4 1.8T
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When the Audi A4 debuted in the United States in 1995, it set forth the revitalization of the Audi brand. We've been impressed with the A4 since that time and have enjoyed driving the sedan, Avant wagon and the high-performance S4 and S4 Avant. But seven years is a long time for a car in the entry-level luxury car market, so Audi has completely redesigned the A4 sedan and wagon for 2002.
The new A4 is more sharply styled than before, with clear glass headlights, dual exhaust and a high waistline being this car's key identifiers. One of our complaints about the previous car, namely the stingy rear accommodations, has been addressed with a wheelbase lengthened by 1.3 inches and an overall increase of 2.7 inches. This results in increased legroom for both front and rear passengers, along with extra space for heads and shoulders.
We also felt that the previous A4 wasn't as dynamic as its Teutonic competitor, the BMW 3 Series. Audi responds with a 45 percent improvement in torsional rigidity with a completely new rear multilink suspension that replaces the outdated rear torsion beam; driving fun is further improved with quicker steering response. A Sport package that includes a sport-tuned suspension and grippier wheels and tires is also available.
As before, there are two different engines available, as well as front-wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive for sedans; wagons are only available with AWD. The 170-horsepower 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine carries over, though it now produces fewer emissions and earns ULEV certification. There's also a new ULEV-certified 3.0-liter 220-horsepower V6. Both engines are exceptionally smooth and have a broad range of usable torque. A five-speed manual is available with the 1.8T, and a six-speed gearbox is standard with the V6.
For those who prefer an automatic, models equipped with quattro are available with a five-speed Tiptronic transmission. For front-wheel-drive models, Audi has introduced a continuously variable automatic transmission known as Multitronic. Audi says the Multitronic transmission offers the speed and smoothness of a manual and the convenience of an automatic.
Besides the security that quattro provides in foul weather, the A4 comes with plenty of safety equipment, including antilock brakes, brake assist, stability control and front, side and head-protecting side-curtain airbags.
Those interested in standard comfort features will find that Audi has sweetened the pot in this department, as well. The A4 comes equipped with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and dual-zone automatic climate control system with a sun sensor and an active charcoal filter. As far as optional goodies are concerned, Audi recently announced that it plans to partner with OnStar to bring telematics services to its customers later this year; the first beneficiary of this union will be the new A4. Other extras include leather upholstery, the Parktronic parking assistance system and a navigation system.
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 new A4 is one of the best entry-luxury cars on the market. And if a sedan or wagon seems a bit too sensible for you, just wait a few months -- Audi will release the 2003 A4 Cabriolet, a four-seat convertible, in the fall of 2002.
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
Typical Euro car with high maintenance needs
2002 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I've owned the car since new with 220K miles. It has never been to the dealer or private mechanic except for the initial free maint and the few minor recalls. However, that is not to say it has not had its share of anomalies. Three timing belts, 3 water pumps, 3 batteries, One fuel pump, too many coil packs to count, one temp sensor, two valve cover gaskets and one thermostat. All this … may sound horrible and it probably would be if I had no mechanical aptitude or desire to do my own repairs. The car is actually easy to work on. Very modular in the way things come apart. Information is readily available on the Net. I've kept this car because the 1.8T engine block is bullet proof. Update (4/22/16): I still own this car and it now has over 250K miles and still runs strong. The original turbo hasn't had any problems and the engine still has good compression on all 4 cylinders. Synthetic oil is a must for this engine. The clutch was recently replaced and that was a major project. Another fuel pump failed leaving me stranded at the office, again. It seems the "Check Engine" light is always about to illuminate as various high mileage sensors fail. New upgraded brake rotors on all four corners has improved braking. There are a lot of great resources on the web dedicated to these cars and I have been able to find detailed instructions for all issues I've experienced. Overall I'm pleased with this car as it is a well balanced performance sedan. However, if you are not mechanically inclined and don't enjoy the challenge of researching a given problem, order parts and installing the parts, then you're left with paying some mechanic big bucks to keep it road worthy. Update 10/22/16: My A4 now has more than 260k miles on the odo. Original engine and turbo still going strong. Getting close to needing its 4th timing belt service. The latest issues I'm dealing with: New radiator. FM reception is bad due to the small antenna amp near the back window. It's a common problem. Roof liner in the back is getting loose and sagging. Three window regulators have been replaced. The driver seat backing keeps popping out and falling off. Typical stuff for an old car. However, coworkers that ride with me can't believe how well it runs and looks. I often want to have a new car but can't justify it given the fact that this car just keeps going. One just has to stay on top of all the annoying little things that need attention.
5 out of 5 stars
Take care of it and it will take care of you
2002 Audi A4 3.0 quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 6M)
Utdatert: 6/22. still a fantastic car! Recently drove a friend’s new (2022) A4. Nice car, but I’m not sure why Audi has made the A4 so big? They have the A6, A8 and a whole bunch of SUVs, why make the A4 bigger? They don’t seem to have a true compact German Sport sedan. Anyway, very happy with my ‘02. Replaced front control arms and inner/outer tie rods. Still handles like new. … Lots of fun to drive! Update - Still going strong! Lots of fun to drive! Appreciate the 6 speed manual more than ever now that they are becoming rare. Just so much more engaging to drive! 210k miles, no rattles or creeks, very solid car. Update - another two years with this fantastic car! Still my favorite all around road trip car. No major maintenance in the last two years. Everything below still applies. Update - I’ve now owned this car for 10 years. Everything below still applies. In addition to regular maintenance over the last two years I’ve replaced the radiator and control arms (normal stuff). Still love driving this car, especially in snow! I have owned this car for 8 years and 100k miles. I bought it from the first owner with 85,000 miles. It now has 200,185. In the ten years I have owned it, I have religiously changed the oil every 5k miles with Mobil 1 0w40 and Mahle oil filter. I have done all the work on this car myself (timing belt 2X... thank you Blauparts, all control arms, shocks, brakes and various sensors). Now that the car is getting older, there have been more aging items to replace (vacuum hoses, fuel pump, more sensors... this car has a ton). If you are not interested in maintaining the car, don't get it; it will be a major headache. If you can maintain the car, it will be one of the best cars you have every owned. Amazingly stable and confident driving in all road conditions. Comfortable and well laid out interior. I particularly love that it was one of the last generations before they started stocking them full of touch screen and navigation displays that distract. Also, one of the last generations to have the sport suspension and six speed manual with the 6 cylinder and "luxury" interior. It’s a car that doesn’t need all the infotainment garbage because the experience of driving is the enjoyment.
5 out of 5 stars
2002 Audi A4 1.8T quattro AWD 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
02 audi a4 1.8t quattro manual speed. I owned it for a very long time and now has 233765 miles on it with still original head gasket, starter, turbo, alternator. No engine leaks and performs fantastic. No issue on shifting or anything else. Just a regular maintenance. AMS oil every 4000 miles, and 93 octane and it goes. I love it. Always Audi owner.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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2002 Audi A4 1.8T Fwd 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
Much like the other reviews, this car was fabulous from an interior fit and finish perspective, but something was always breaking and it was always costly; I had wiper linkage seize up which was over $300, H.I.D light (dipped headlight) which was $300, and many more. It seemed like everything that had an issue it was $300 or more. There were also odd electrical gremlins with the radio … and sunroof (sunroof was blamed on a potentiometer, and the radio was blamed on lithium grease in the door connectors). I got great gas mileage on this car but overall it's a great car if you can afford the pricey repairs. - 1.8t six speed automatic, fwd model
2002 A4 Highlights
|Combined MPG||23 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$204/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRolloverNot RatedDynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of RolloverNot Rated
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestNot Tested
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestNot Tested
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested