Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
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The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
April 17, 2001
Vehicle Overview Curtain-type airbags are standard on all models this year, and turbocharged A4 models have more horsepower. The compact-size A4 is Audis entry-level sedan, and the S4 is a high-performance version. Both models also are available as station wagons, which are labeled Avant.
Curtain airbags that deploy from above the side windows were optional on the A4 last year, but this year the feature is standard. The curtain airbags cover the entire side windows and stay deployed for about five seconds to provide head protection in rollovers; they were already standard on the S4. All models also have side-impact airbags to protect the bodies of front-seat occupants. Audi has extended its warranty for 2001. The basic warranty is now for four years/50,000 miles, one year longer than before, including free scheduled maintenance.
Audi, which is Volkswagens luxury division, plans to introduce a redesigned A4 sedan as a 2002 model using some styling themes from the rounded TT coupe. The new A4 sedan will be followed by coupe, wagon and possibly convertible models.
Exterior The A4 is 178 inches long a few inches longer than the Honda Civic and has soft, rounded styling that resembles that of the larger Audi A6 and A8 sedans. The S4 shares the A4s styling and dimensions but has 17-inch diameter wheels and tires instead of the 15 or 16-inchers used on the A4.
Interior The front seats provide ample room for large occupants, but the rear seat lacks legroom for tall people. The optional power sunroof steals about 2 inches of headroom, putting an even greater squeeze on tall occupants. The attractive dashboard places most controls where they are easy to see and operate.
Under the Hood Engine choices for the A4 are a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 170 hp 20 more than last year or a 2.8-liter V-6 with 190 hp. Both engines are available with a five-speed manual or Porsches Tiptronic five-speed automatic transmission. Tiptronic allows fully automatic operation or manual shifting by steering wheel-mounted switches.
The S4 has a 250-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers and a choice of six-speed manual or the Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard on the A4, and Audis Quattro permanently engaged all-wheel-drive system is standard on the S4 and optional on the A4. The Electronic Stabilization Program, a lateral anti-skid system, is a new standard feature for the S4 and a new option for the A4.