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There is no question that Audi is back, competing head-on with Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Japan Inc. and winning. Audi's U.S. sales have been increasing at double-digit rates for almost two years - that's faster than any other automaker.
The latest model from Audi, the A4 1.8 T, should further accelerate the German automaker's return to the mainstream.
Earlier this year, I drove a six-cylinder version of the A4, and it's still one of my favorite cars. But if your budget isn't big enough to accommodate the V-6, the A4 with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder - this week's test car - is a mighty fine alternative.
The 1.8-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine under the stylish hood of our A4 test car had five valves per cylinder and was bolted to a five-speed automatic transmission. Audi says the turbocharged engine develops 150 horsepower.
The A4, Audi says, reaches 60 mph in 9.8 seconds, which at first might not seem so quick. Initially, the A4 is a bit slow, but when the engine winds up, the car gets moving quickly. It feels as if zero to 30 mph takes about 6 seconds and 30 mph to 60 mph takes the other 3.8.
Although it is turbocharged, the 1.8 T is very civilized. There is no violent rush of power as the turbo winds up. Instead, power comes on smoothly and evenly.
Our test car came with Audi's ''Quattro'' option, which adds all-wheel drive. The five-speed automatic shifted smoothly, but the most efficient...
Orlando Sentinel's view
There is no question that Audi is back, competing head-on with Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Japan Inc. and winning. Audi's U.S. sales have been increasing at double-digit ... Read more
The Detroit News's view
We were hanging around the Audi dealer one recent Thursday and couldn't help but notice a local TV weatherman taking delivery of a brand-new A4 Quattro. If it's good ... Read more
This is a crucial time for Audi in this country. Stagnating sales have begun to rise, according to Gerd Klauss, vice president of Audi of America, based largely on the success of ... Read more
Audi A4 1997
Great vehicle for driving in areas with rough winters. Handles icy/snowy mountain driving with ease. This A4 only has 150 hp that is the draw back. Great freeway ride- smooth, tight, and good gas ... Read full review
Audi A4 2.8 Quattro
Pluses: styling, quattro in snow or rain, interior, handling, brand. Minuses: engine oil leaks, fuel economy, parts can be expensive. The 97's were reliable because they had the 12 valve 2.8 and the ... Read full review