Used Audi A2 2000 - 2005 review

Category: Small car

Section: What is it like?

2000 - 2005 review
Audi A2 (00 - 05)
  • Audi A2 (00 - 05)
  • Audi A2 (00 - 05)
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What's the used Audi A2 hatchback like?

The Audi A2 is one of those cars that was ahead of its time. When it came out prestige brands didn't do small hatchbacks, and as a consequence many people didn't know what to make of it. But while sales were sluggish, this wasn't due to any lack of quality or ability.

You might expect Audi's attention to detail to wane, but not a bit of it; no other small car is built this well.

The interior is also sufficiently roomy for four, although five is a squeeze, and the boot is just about big enough to make it realistic small-family transport.

The A2's not bad to drive, either. Being built largely from lightweight aluminium, that helps it feel nimble and controlled on back roads, while motorway cruising is solid and fuss-free. The ride is more fidgety than we'd like, though.

Refinement is good. Wind and road noise are impressively contained, but the engines aren't so good: rev them hard, and they make a lot of noise, especially the diesel.