2003 Audi A4 Quattro Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

The A4 never built a reputation as a driver’s tool, and this latest generation doesn’t change that. Even the simplest front-drive A4 is stiff, and its steering substitutes weight for feel. But the A4’s traction control system is excellent, and even in quattro form its roadholding is impressive.

The 1.8 TFSI engine provides a healthy 170 horsepower, and Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic transmission shifts with lightning speed and precision. A sporty drive mode can sharpen responses, and a button on the console allows drivers to select between comfort, dynamic, individual and efficiency modes for maximum fuel economy.

A four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also available, and its 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque can propel the A4 to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds. It’s mated to Audi’s excellent Quattro four-wheel drive system, which can send as much as 70 percent of torque to the rear axle.

Among the unique features found on this A4 are a retractable soft top that can be raised or lowered in 24 seconds. This allows it to be lowered at traffic lights, and it also boosts trunk space from a segment-leading 8.9 cubic feet to an even more generous 11.1 cubes. This allows the A4 to compete with more luxurious convertibles such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

David Sunnyside
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