My A2 1.4 16v has broken down four times in 6000 miles in one year.
When I push it harder around town fuel 'economy' is 24mpg. The A2 is very light and it has only 75bhp.
It's top speed is great and there is no wind noise. The windshield does not get dirty! It is faster than a 1.4 TDI. The cabin is perfect.
However the window cannot be open at any speed higher than 15mph. The ESP is a drive breaker. It goes on in every curve way before it should and it cannot be turned off.
The A2 will be my last Audi.
I have always liked the look of these. We have a 1.4 Sport, which is good on insurance for a 17-year-old to learn in. However, when it was not even two years old with approx 12,000 on the clock, things started to go wrong:
Driveshafts needed replacement Brakes made strange noises A coil pack needed to be replaced It ran out of oil, suddenly (for some reason Auid said oil consumption is normal at 0.5 litres per 1000km, so why bother with an annual oil change if you need to do it so frequently? The oil light came on and would not extinguish, it had to have a new sensor fitted (the dealer failed to replace all the studs holding the undertray or even secure them correctly, so back it goes to sort it out plus the trim and tank rattle as below) The tailgate trim was/is loose and after 4 attempts the dealer still has not rectified it There appears to be something 'loose' in the fuel tank.
The Audi dealership seems somewhat slack in their operation as 4 attempts to refit trim is disgusting. I keep reminding them that the holes in the tailgate would not have got bigger, and that the trim pins are inadequate or need renewal. For a quality manufacturer, the whole scenario is laughable and in some ways I wish that we had kept the 10-year-old 120,000 mile Rover which was trouble free.
But my wife likes the car and, apart from the dubious quality control, so do I but I shall not be buying another Audi, EVER.
I have the 1.4 TDI 75bhp Sport version with several factory-fitted options such as Sky Sunroof etc.
The engine gives acceptable performance and remarkable economy. It can sound busy if worked, but if driven as a diesel using its bottom end power and not its top end roar, it is suprisingly nippy. The suspension is firm but that was my choice and is only noticable driving through, not round, pot holes.
The build quality is to a high standard, which is reflected in the excellent driver-friendly cabin. There is a blind spot created by the A pillar but again you compensate by knowing to look round it.
Overall it rates highly amongst the cars I have owned and it is a pity Audi has seen fit not to replace it in 2006. Expensive and underated it does everything expected of an Mini MPV and more with that touch of luxury.
Owned vehicle for one year. Good fuel economy. Engine very noisy cold or idle, which is disappointing when regarding the age of design.
The cabin is very roomy and verstile for such a small car. The gearbox set up means I find it best to keep it in third gear below speeds of 40mph. My headlamps have been prone to condensation.
I recently had a bad experience with Audi and the dealer. The turbo blew after 90K, which damaged the exhaust. Audi UK offered part payment towards repair but did not admit liability or pay the full cost. They also refused to investigate the dealer on the grounds of it was 'nothing to do with them!'
I was left very disenchanted with Audi UK and would buy brand again.
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