2003 Audi A4 1.8T 1.8 Turbo 20V from South Africa
Poor shock absorbers and soft suspension.
Bouncy suspension. Very poor ride.
Very sensitive brakes which are hard to control.
Suffers of Turbo-lag and it is rather underpowered for a car which is marketed with a sporting character.
Nice design and otherwise a good car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th April, 2004
This car was entirely great! I loved it the first minute I drove it!
Get yourself into a Pug 406, and Feel the difference, in terms like: Handling-cornering-riding.
Generally speaking, DRIVEABILITY and LONGLIVEABILITY.
And all above, surely cheaper. Unless you are snob.
Many people do not get the opportunity to test drive the cars they buy and even if they do, it is usually a short "around the block" test drive.
A prestige car such as the 1.8T may seem to be responsive on a quick around the block cruise, but its lack of real performance may only become apparent once attempting an overtake manouvre on the open road.
By the way, I did not write the original review, but believe that reviewers should be encouraged to tell it as it is (after an ownership experience) without being berated by narrow minded people.
Finally, I agree that the lesser Audis do not live up to their sporting image. However, fork out more money and buy an S4 or RS6, and there are very few cars that can keep up with them on the road.
Oh and don't bother trying to test drive one of these cars - most dealers won't let you test drive until you leave a deposit!