Audi A4 Avant road tests and car reviews

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Allan Harvey, Sweden

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 petrol 2005

I have owned the left hand drive 2.0 petrol front wheel drive Avant for about 4 months now. The car has the Prosport packet, which I believe has a lower ride height and sport chassis than standard. The 2.0 L turbo engine is not as quick as it’s name might suggest and has the turbo kicking in quite late through the rev’s, however, it is rapid enough and not unpleasant.

On start up the car sounds quite rattly, however, I understand that that is caused by the FSI engine design. The cabin is a very pleasant place to be in. No creaks or groans from the plastic, however, the glove box is annoyingly slow to open and the hinges will break easily if forced. The standard Concert cd radio is more than adequate for my ears.

The annoying storage box above the handbrake has a broken hinge, which I understand is very common. and £62 to replace! You can just push it back or remove the lid if it’s annoying you. Driving wise it is very comfortable, a nice feel through the steering wheel and very light at slow speeds, which is great for those 3 point turns.

The cabin is quiet enough despite running on 17’s. The gearchange is smooth, but can be a bit notchy at times and the clutch action is very light and smooth. Luggage space is good, but it’s certainly no Mondeo, but adequate enough.

I’m still getting used to the low roof after coming down from the Rav4. Things to look out for: Make sure the cambelt change has been done, I think it’s 5years or 180,000kms; If your engine bay doesn’t appear to have a scuttle plate don’t panic!

The water off the windscreen is suppose to empty via the drain holes at the bottom of the battery compartment, but the drain holes can be prone to blocking and you’ll find the water appearing in your front passenger foot wells. Also check for rust, although Audi’s paintwork is notorious for being good and has a hard finish, I have noticed rust appearing on the underside of the front wheel arches and one of the door skins after stone chip damage.

Coil packs are suppose to be quite fragile and engines have an alledged thirst for oil, so far I have not seen any evidence of this and I have covered 20,000 plus km’s since purchase. I changed the front pads and discs and new continental contcat 5’s, as they looked a bit dodgy when I bought it. As far as economy goes, well I was driving a Rav4 petrol before and the fuel ecomomy on the Avant is an improvement.

It appears to be very good on long motorway journeys and thirstier in town driving as you might expect, but I am pretty sure it lives up to it’s official figure of 0.78Litres for every 10km’s. I stay away from Audi dealers unless for parts due to being out of warranty and high mileage and use independents for any labour. So far, been a nice experience but aware of potential problems, it’s a 7 year old car c’mon!

Update: 11th July, 2012 replaced the diverter valve ( blow off valve ) which may have been the reason for the feeling that the engine was a bit slow. Cost £60 from AUDI and half an hour to fit in a garage. The diverter valve has been modified as the original was prone to failure. I found mine had rips and tears in the valve skirt. Also, moved away from long service oil changes to time and distance, now using 5w 40 fully synthetic Castrol.

I’ll keep you posted on this. Update 18/08/2012 – Now driven nearly 8k Miles since purchase, current mileage: 186,000km’s. After a strange incident of what can only be described as severe pinking from the engine which couldn’t be explained, I have now swithched to 98 ( shell v power ) as opposed to 95 with no issues now. I have unfortunately noticed slight bubbling of the paintwork above the rear bumper line on both sides.

So please make sure you check paintwork on 2005 / 2006 vintage around the wheel arches and bumper lines. Apart from that and the above it’s been fine. Touch wood. Update 29th Sept. Audi Sweden accepted to repair the rust areas, however I have to pay 30% towards all costs.

Just passed it’s MOT yesterday with no advisories. Still very pleased with it.

Clive Jones, Middlesex

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 Tsi 2006

Audi A4 Avant

Charles Manning, England

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 tdi multitronic 2008

Not a quality car. This 57 plate 2.0 tdi mulitronic has been back several times for steering noises, one of which should have been a factory recall. A new rack and other parts and it is still not right. The mulitronic is great in manual mode but has a real problem deciding which gear to hold when cold and really warm (software?).

A loan car had the same problem. The tdi is not as refined as a 3 series and not as economical. The S line ride is a bone shaker so go for the SE if you must. I hope the new A4 is better.

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