2002 Audi A4 Sport 1.9 TDi (130 bhp) from UK and Ireland


A fun saloon with a Jekyll and Hyde personality


Remote locking not working. Remedied itself though.

General Comments:

Good acceleration in the mid range.

The turbo lag is apparent and can scare the hell out of you when pulling away.

Quite happy with the build and quality of interior (get leather & chrome finish).

The sports seats are not too comfy if you've got a big arse liked me.

The ride is very hard, which is good for motorways and good A-roads, though a real pain if you live in rural areas with rough roads.

The brakes a fab as is the ESP (stability program) - good fun to switch off the ESP as well.

The chassis can handle a lot more power so I'm likely to get a power upgrade to 170 bhp!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 3rd January, 2003

2002 Audi A4 Cabriolet 2.4 from UK and Ireland


Soft top heaven - Why buy a BMW?


On delivery, doors appeared to be slightly out of horozontal alignment when compared with showroom vehicle. Hinges re-adjusted.

General Comments:

Despite the early glitch with the doors, the new Audi Cabriolet is a beautiful car to own and drive.

The interior of the car (with optional leather and heated seats) is extremely comfortable and built from the highest quality materials. Adults of average size can be accommodated in the rear seats in comfort, but anyone over 170cm would be better placed taking their own car on all, but the shortest journeys.

The engine is responsive, and whilst is never going to break any speed records, propels the car with sufficient pace for most. A particularly pleasing feature is the fabulous exhaust note from the twin pipes. Audi must have worked hard to get this car to sound right - and they have indeed got it spot on.

For the practically minded, the boot is large enough (even with the roof down to carry a very large suitcase plus an aircraft carry on case and 2 soft bags.

A joy to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2002

11th Jan 2005, 17:51

I'm looking into buying Audi A4. I noticed that you also had Volvo S40. You owned S40. How was that car? I'm doing some comparision shopping. Any input would great be appreicated!



2002 Audi A4 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Bland, bumpy, snatching brakes, unreliable CVT transmission


Automatic box screwed up on at least four occasions, one stranding me in the middle of nowhere at 2am.

General Comments:

The A4 is beautifully screwed together. There isn't a shake, a squeak or a rattle to be heard anywhere, over any surface. It's very quiet and refined, and comfortable to be in. On the right road, the handling is superb. It corners flat and feels very safe doing so. At the same time, the car is too light, meaning it bounces alarmingly over uneven surfaces. Imperfections in the road cause the car to jump off line.

At high speed, poor road surfaces are nothing short of worrying, and the car has a habit of skipping off track. Undulating roads are a nightmare, and you find yourself going from having your spine compressed into the seat to bashing your scalp on the headlining. It's really not the most calming of experiences.

The multitronic or continuously variable transmission (CVT) box is a nonsense, and has caused the car to break down on four separate occasions. As it lacks gears it is very smooth around town, but when pushed it makes the engine sound strange and raucous. There is also an annoying pause when moving from forward to reverse gear. Performance is sluggish. Pickup at high speeds isn't worth writing home about. Given the choice, I would have the regular automatic. The fuel consumption is on the poor side, I thought, averaging 23mpg around town. I expected 30mpg at the very least.

The brakes are perhaps the car's largest bugbear. They are over sensitive, over assisted, snatchy, and generally wooden. Sit in stop-start traffic and you'll need a neck brace by the end of it. The brake pedal is also a good two inches above the throttle, making emergency application of the anchors rather fraut: the left edge of your shoe whacks the right edge of the pedal. I know of at least one person who went for the BMW 3-Series over the A4 because of the brakes. They really are that uncomfortable an experience.

Overall, a brilliant and well engineered package let down by some fairly fundamental issues when on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2002

8th May 2008, 16:59

The transmission in my car was horrendous, at 60,000 miles, it started to develop a lag. At a light, with my foot on the break, as the light turned green I would take my foot off the break, and the car wouldn't move, if I heavily gassed it, the car would jerk VERY hard and stall... I have since learned to drive it to eliminate that but, I have been very dissatisfied with it overall. I would never buy an audi again.

22nd Feb 2009, 21:34

I too have had many problems with my Audi A4 2.4 litre. I have had the car for little over 12 months and the transmission has needed to be replaced three times!

I will never buy another one again!

16th Apr 2010, 16:27

The brake pedal is mounted higher than the accelerator to make it more obvious which one you're pressing.

14th Jan 2011, 16:16

AUDI A4 2002 V6 CVT Transmission..

AUDI NZ fix the known transmission fault with this vehicle WHEN it is bought to their attention, so as to stop their customers from lodging complaints with consumer affairs over what is a KNOWN AUDI FAULT WITH THE ELECTRICAL RELAYS, causing reverse gear to stop working (it's an intermittent fault).

Same problem can be caused by low fluid level, because your workshop or garage does not check the transmission at time of service.

Once the problem starts happening, if not sorted, it will lead to TOTAL transmission failure, & you're stuck with a $5000.00 bill for repairs.

2002 Audi A4 1.8T Sport 1.8T from UK and Ireland


A great-looking, desirable saloon for those who can't abide BMW drivers


There was a rattle from the driver's side door mirror housing, which was quickly resolved by the dealer.

General Comments:

Having been used to the comfort of a Saab for long and short journeys I've been very pleasantly surprised by the A4. The Sports seats are fabulous.

The Bose sound system is superb, although I guess that's the least one would expect given its price...

The general build quality of the car seems excellent and it's a pleasure to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2002

2002 Audi A4 Sport 2.5 TDI from UK and Ireland


Economic performance with style


There were very fine scratches in one corner of the windscreen when I took delivery. These were particularly noticeable as it was early in the morning and the sun was shining.

General Comments:

The overall buying experience has been excellent. This can be attributed to both the excellent sales staff who were almost as impressed with the product as I was.

The Multitronic transmission is excellent, both in terms of performance and economy.

The combination of performance and economy would be reason enough for some to buy. Add to that its good looks and that it is a joy to drive on both short and long journeys and you have a real winner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002