2000 A4 New Car Test Drive
Audi serves up refinement in its A4 sedan and Avant (wagon) models. The A4 comes with a brilliantly designed interior, a smooth ride and excellent handling. It glides over the road, soaking up bumps, yet feels taut on winding roads. Keeping your foot down as you bend it through that high-speed sweeper doesn't cause a knot in your stomach. The A4 always feels like it's on rails.
A4 is available in sedan and wagon body styles. The wagon is called an Avant. Two engines are available, a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 150 horsepower and a 2.8-liter V6 rated at 190 horsepower.
The A4 1.8T sedan starts at $23,990, while the 2.8-liter version retails for $28,790. The A4 1.8T Avant quattro wagon starts at $26,740, while the A4 2.8 Avant quattro wagon goes for $31,540. All come standard with a five-speed manual gearbox. A five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission ($1,075) is optional.
Standard upholstery is a choice of cloth or leatherette. Leather upholstery is optional on the 2.8 Sedan ($1,320).
Audi's fantastic quattro all-wheel-drive system comes standard on Avant wagons. Quattro is a $1,750 option on the sedan models; Audi's sophisticated Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control system comes standard on front-wheel-drive sedans not equipped with quattro. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are standard. Audi's optional sideguard curtain side airbags ($300) covers the entire side window area to protect occupants in both the front and outside rear seats; unlike front airbags, they remain inflated for about 5 seconds to provide protection if the vehicle rolls over. New Xenon high-intensity discharge low-beam headlights ($500) improve visibility on stormy nights.
Other notable options include sport front seats ($500), a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel ($500), a Bose premium sound system ($650), a six-disc CD changer ($550), a navigation system ($1,280), and an integrated hands-free mobile telephone ($495).