I bought this car just before its third birthday with 50k on the clock. Nearly four years later with an extra 65k covered it's time for us to part company, and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet! The car has truly been the best I have ever owned for the mix of practicality, pace, economy and quality! The engine is extremely smooth, with a great 6 speed box which very rarely prompts a change down, even on country roads. It may not be the biggest, but then if you want big you buy a Volvo, but a roofbox adds all the space you could ever need when the need arises. It's comfortable in all driving conditions, but I find the seats to be quite firm on longer journeys.
Running costs have been really surprising considering, averaging 42mpg throughout, with some long distance runs fully laden taking it over the 60mpg mark which is amazing! Maintenance costs are ok as long as you avoid the main dealer and find a good Audi specialist - and don't be fooled by Audi's free MOT offer either, you pay in other ways!!
The quality of the engine and the build mean that nearly 7 yrs and 115k later the car still looks, feels and drives like new - with only a few niggles due to age and miles but would take a lot to break with the solidity of the build quality. Will be sorry to see it go, and fully recommend one to anyone.
Beautifully built, ride comfortable on most roads but firm on uneven surfaces, docile drive in everyday driving but bit of a monster if you floor the accelerator, annoying Turbo Lag from low revs or standing will see you being out accelerated by the bleached blond 19 year old hairdressers driving Mum's Nissan Micra, has a built in homing device to petrol stations. In all an expensive love affair but exceptional quality never comes cheap. Why buy a car when you can pilot an A4 Turbo ?
I bought this 52 plate with 36k on the clock and it now has 137k on. It's an auto so it averages 32mpg but you can get 35mpg if you keep to the speed limits. It is tough on front tyres; 15k before the edges wear off unless you do alot of motor way work. Forget audi dealers, find a good specialist, change the engine oil every 10k and cam belt at 80k. You get 3 sets of pads to every set of disks. Watch for poor performance from the rear wash wipe. No cruise control is a bind on long journeys. No faults, great car.
Car now 6 years old and has provided excellent service overall. Leather seats, interior quality and robust build makes the car feel like new! Servicing costs £300 every two years. Completed 40,000 miles. Excellent fuel consumption 50mpg during the summer and 45mpg during the winter.
Only problem was from water ingression into heater plenum chamber and into interior front footwell resulting in ECU failure and wet carpets. Regret poor support from Audi in resolving the inherent defect.
Overall a very good car with superb quattro handling. Not sure if it offers good value for money with the advances from lower cost manufacturer's these days!
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