Audi ur Quattro Reviews from UK and Ireland

1988 Audi ur Quattro 2.2

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired205000 miles
Most recent distance208000 miles
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

From a time when VW/Audi was run by engineers, not accountants

Faults:

Distributor cap disintegrated, causing erratic running.

Oil sender faulty giving incorrect pressure readout.

A hot start issue.

Only thing to be aware of is that parts are getting harder to find, expect to pay in the region of £70-80 for a rear light lens for example if you can find one!

General Comments:

The car is quick for a car that is now 20 years old, but still evokes a truly enjoyable driving experience when travelling cross-country!

The handling and balance of the Torsen-diff model is a joy, and you get so much more driver feedback than the equivalent Impreza. When you look at the fact that the car has done over 200k with only a reconditioned cylinder head, you have to marvel at how over-engineered these cars were.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2008

1990 Audi ur Quattro 20V 2.2 turbo

Model year1990
Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-5

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

Clutch slave cylinder at 81,000 miles.

General Comments:

Quick and agile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2007

1990 Audi ur Quattro 20v 2.2 "RR" 20v turbo

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.2 "RR" 20v turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired88000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carAudi ur Quattro

Summary:

Gets under your skin and that's it!

Faults:

Surprisingly few problems:

Valve stem seals at 110k.

Discovered leaking seal on one of the turbo oil pipes at the same time.

Exhaust corroded and started blowing.

General Comments:

Fabulous car. Searingly quick, sounds amazing and handles superbly.

At 130,000 miles it was happy to be driven around Castle Combe at "9/10ths" most of the day at the Audi International meeting with no ill effects (cooked brakes apart), and it's still capable of providing clockwork reliable (if thirsty) daily transport. The ur originates from the days when German engineering really was superior to the competition, and didn't just get you an expensive looking interior.

There is a feeling of responsibility in owning a ur in that it's like taking custody of a piece of motoring history. They were rare to start with, and they are rapidly getting rarer thanks to accident damage and maintenance costs than can quickly escalate into the thousands. Whilst mine has been reliable so far, all logic suggests that a turbocharged rally replica with six figure mileage on it is going to land me with a major bill sooner or later. I'm happily vacationing in the land of dismissal!

Just hearing that five pot warbling under load, feeling that torque sling the car up the road, and feeling the steering's weight changing constantly and relaying the road surface in minute detail is enough for me to forget the costs, swelled in no small way by the 14 mpg average fuel consumption.

The Quattro is impractical and expensive, but I love it. The thought of selling it brings me out in a cold sweat which is why it will never happen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1988 Audi ur Quattro 2.2 5 cylinder 10V Turbo

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.2 5 cylinder 10V Turbo Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carLotus Excel

Summary:

15 years on and still Audi's best sports car

Faults:

Steering mysteriously weighted up and lost sensitivity after having driven several miles - and stayed like this for the rest of the drive. Frustrating as Quattro steering is recognised as one of the best.

Don't use Audi main dealers, as they have no understanding of the nature of this car. I found Dialynx excellent (www.dialynx.co.uk).

The usual headlight corrosion.

General Comments:

Not particularly fast by modern standards (0-60 in just over 7 seconds), but the extremely usable torque band once rolling makes this a fantastic companion. Flat cornering, great stability and body control. Wonderful image - really appeals to those who know what it is (a large number owing to its rally heritage), and has none of the pretentiousness that blights rival manufacturers' efforts.

Well worth spending a little extra, once you have found a good one, on upgrading the turbo or at least getting yours chipped. The later (1990-1) 20v car had 220 BHP and feels substantially quicker (the 10v car, which is the one I owned, has 200).

One of the all-time greats. Prices have dipped as the design has dated in the last 5-6 years, but, as another UR-reviewer has noted, the number of serviceable cars have now dropped and prices might now start rising for good examples - particularly as modern offerings have become so dull and "efficient".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2004

9th Mar 2006, 08:38

I agree, I always found the 10v engine had superior torque to the 20v.

8th Jun 2006, 08:07

The 20V quattro develops its peak torque of 228 lb/ft at only 1950rpm.

The 10V has about 210lb/ft that peaks at around 3500rpm.

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews