2001 Audi A4 Review

March 6, 2014
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Preceding a redesigned A4 in 2002, the 2001 Audi A4 looks just the same as the 2000 model year. But the big news is what’s under the hood. For 2001, the A4 gets more power with a 170-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. There are also minor changes in the lists of standard and optional features.

NEW ON THE 2014 A4

  • more powerful and ULEV-certified 1.8T engine with 170 horsepower
  • standard head protection airbags on all A4s
  • optional Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP)

UNDER THE HOOD

There are two engines that can bring the Audi A4 to life. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that now makes 170 horsepower and a 2.8-liter V6 that produces 190 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a five-speed manual transmission. You can, however, opt for the available five-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard on the A4 sedan. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is standard on the A4 Avant (wagon) and optional on the sedan.

Here’s how the 2001 Audi A4’s fuel economy rated according to the EPA:

2001 AUDI A4 SEDAN

City

Highway

Combined

1.8L 4 cyl, FWD, manual

20 mpg

29 mpg

23 mpg

1.8L 4 cyl, FWD, automatic

18 mpg

26 mpg

21 mpg

1.8L 4 cyl, quattro, manual

19 mpg

27 mpg

22 mpg

1.8L 4 cyl, quattro, automatic

18 mpg

25 mpg

20 mpg

2.8L V6, FWD, automatic

16 mpg

24 mpg

19 mpg

2.8L V6, quattro, manual

16 mpg

22 mpg

19 mpg

2.8L V6, quattro, automatic

16 mpg

23 mpg

18 mpg

2001 AUDI A4 AVANT

City

Highway

Combined

1.8L 4 cyl, quattro, manual

19 mpg

27 mpg

22 mpg

1.8L 4 cyl, quattro, automatic

18 mpg

25 mpg

20 mpg

2.8L V6, quattro, manual

16 mpg

22 mpg

19 mpg

2.8L V6, quattro, automatic

15 mpg

22 mpg

18 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The 2001 A4’s engineering—from the engine to the acceleration and to the gear shifts—is best described as smooth. Everything is just effortless. With the five-speed manual transmission, taking off from a complete stop feels seamless. But the shift action is not as precise as the best transmission in the segment. The five-speed automatic, on the other hand, is more entertaining.

Steering is compliant especially on winding roads. The A4 has excellent balance and it feels exceptionally stable. Ride quality is okay. But keep in mind that opting for the available Sport Package may make the ride firmer.

INSIDE THE 2001 A4

There’s enough room for taller passengers in the 5-seater A4 sedan and wagon. But some reviewers find the rear seats lacking in legroom. The headroom is sufficient but slightly diminished when the optional sunroof is in place. In any case, the seats are comfortable regardless of whether they are wrapped in cloth or leather.

The dashboard is attractive, so is the gauge cluster which has an appealing combination of red pointers and white lighting. Materials, like the genuine Sycamore wood trim in 2.8L models, are high-grade and add to the overall classy feel of the A4’s cabin.

KEY FEATURES

Audi offers the A4 in two body styles: sedan and wagon (called Avant). The A4 1.8T sedan comes standard with 15-inch wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, valet mode, leather sport steering wheel, leather shift knob, 6-way front-seat manual adjustments, folding rear seatback, cloth upholstery, chrome interior accents, 8-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, headlight washers, fog lights, overhead airbag, and traction control. The base Avant adds rear-seat center armrest and pass-through with ski bag.

The A4 2.8 gets 16-inch wheels, 8-way front-seat power adjustments, and genuine wood interior trim in replacement of some standard features on the 1.8T model.

The optional features available are impressive. Some notable ones are navigation system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, Bose audio system, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), sport suspension, 17-inch wheels, sunroof, Motorola hands-free cell phone, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and xenon headlights.

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