I bought this car as a replacement for a 1.5 corsa diesel, for my wife on valentines day (big barf men). We had had the corsa for 12 months with no injuries after she had passed her test, and driven for a while(10 months) I fancied a new A3, but was not allowed! "looks like an Astra" Hmmmnnn
So we took an A2 out. FANTASTIC!! We have two sons, who are mid teens. They enjoyed the CD player, and the comfort. Lisa loves the drive,the comfort and most importantly the driving position. The economy and running costs are fantastic. I've also driven it I can't complain, as I travel with three and a half tonnes of mercedes each week, covering about 1000 miles per week. Its a working van! However this little beauty (SHE) has been the best four wheeled investment (The Audi). I lease or buy upto 10 to 15 vans per year, and if only Audi produced a suitable vehicle!
Lisa regularly reports to me about the way the screenwash runs out, and the fact it needs fuel!!! Otherwise, we must have found a well looked after A2, which keeps my life simple!!
I've found it fun yet comfortable to drive. A full month on one tank, (Ifuel up 2 or 3 timkes a week!).
good effort Audi, 9/10. Need 3 seats in the back!
I have owned an A2 1.4 TDI (89bhp) since October 2005. It handles very well in country lanes or about town, and is a fast and comfortable motorway cruiser.
Economy is superb and averages over 60mpg.
Interior trim is of the same high quality that you would find in the upper end Audis. Space for passengers is very good and there is room for 3 suitcases in the boot.
I have had no mechanical faults with it to date (my previous A2 a 75bhp TDI had none in two years of ownership).
The aluminium panels also resist car park dents very well indeed, although waxing the paintwork is recommended asap.
I think it is a great shame that Audi have called time on the A2. However, I will watch with interest the new model due out in 2007, in the meantime, I have a very capable performer in the existing shape to keep me going.
I bought my Audi A2 in 2002. It's a good all-round car but you can get one of two scenarios. You'll either get a car which is fantastic and hardly ever breaks down, or you'll get a nightmare.
For me the nightmare is as follows: two engine faults; sump tray fell off seven times (they kept fixing it and it would fall off 10mins down the road); sunroof took one-and-a-half years to fix - they really messed it up!; and the servicing department won't believe my suspension needs replacing - it does!
Also, there has been an ABS and Power steering failure, the hand brake broke within six months, and a light bulb costs £85 to fix!
I feel generally really let down by the aftersales service - I don't think I could recommend Audi if I tried. As I said, there are two ways Audi A2s can go - my brother has the same model of A2 and he has no problems at all.
I am very dissapointed, and I am never getting an Audi again.
Well it's a strange car the A2, and hard to categorise. From one perspective it's a massively-overpriced version of a mini MPV. A Renault Modus for 5K GBP more. But from my point of view it's a car with all the design finesse and build quality of my bigger Audi, for less than half the price. And using approx 50% less fuel.
The light weight and excellent aerodynamics show up in the fuel economy - you really can get 60mpg - and the decent open-road performance from a very modest power output. The engine is clattery around town but quiet when cruising. Similarly the suspension is at its best on the open road: it's quite firm which means you feel urban bumps and potholes, but the payoff is very tidy handling and good body control at higher speeds. So curiously the A2 is a better open-road car than a town runabout.
A quick word about the available options. Mine has heated leather seats (every bit as nice as those in an A8) and an excellent BOSE stereo. Not usually available on cars in this price range.
Running costs are low - 85 GBP tax, group 5 insurance, 60mpg and 30,000 miles between services. Depreciation is pretty nasty though.
Nothing has gone wrong with mine.
Finally I'm told that, given the R&D costs and the production costs of the aluminium body, Audi don't make any money on A2s. Which is probably why they're not replacing it with a new model.
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