Have bought the car (1,4tdi) just some weeks ago but is very satisfied with it. It runs smooth, silent and very cheap. 4,4 l/100km in Swedish winter. Quite cheap insurance and maintainance costs due to 50 000km interval.
I have had this model for two and a half years and 46,000 miles.
It has only been in garage for service at 31,000 and the next is due at 62,000. It has never let me down and is frugal on the diesel, costing approx £22 per five-day week, travelling from Spennymoor to Northallerton and return.
It gives a very comfortable ride and at the time of purchase the advantages far outweighed any disadvantages - not that I have found any. I would have no hesitation in purchasing another.
When searching for my current car I was looking for a combination of low running costs, excellent fuel economy, high driving position, quality and a touch of style, all at a reasonable price.
The only car to meet all these needs was the A2 TDi, which I purchased nearly new (6 weeks old and with 1200 miles on the clock) with an excellent discount on list.
- the looks - there is nothing quite like it - fuel economy (I had read of some drivers getting disappointing fuel economy, but even with the climate control left on all the time, I have never seen less than 58mpg with a high of 66mpg) - running costs - group 6 insurance, cheap car tax and my first service will be at 31,000 miles! - excellent handling - practicality - the boot is deceptively large and with removeable rears seats, very flexible - great stereo
- visibility: the A pillar is no thicker than on many new cars but the B pillar is very wide and can block your view at junctions - ride: this is not a softly suspended car (but is not uncomfortable) - it's not cheap if you buy from new
Would I recommend one? Definitely. Would I buy another? Yes, although I would consider the 89bhp diesel instead.
I had a test drive in an A2 1.4 TDI (75hp) today and was impressed by the space, comfort and build quality of the vehicle.
I currently drive a leased Focus TDCi, due for replacement early in 2005, and found the ride of the A2 to be no worse.
The diesel was a better drive than the petrol 1.4, which I also tried briefly, and I didn't find the former too noisy, although it had a different engine note to the Focus.
The dealer was Robinsons Audi of Norwich, who were very accommodating, especially as my A2 (if I were to choose one) would not definitely be sourced from them (although it is likely).
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