I guess too many people just have a BMW 5 series fixation, which is a shame as in many ways these Audis run the BMWs very close.
The Plain Jane image probably does nothing to help its case but it does mean that these cars are available without the over-inflated BMW type prices.
Those of us
who have had the pleasure of an Audi A6 interior
will immediately feel at home in the 100. The
layout is virtually identical and just as classy even though this may be
six years old. Which just
goes to show that quality design ages very slowly
whilst other more gimmicky interiors age very
The interior also shows itself to be remarkably hardwearing and from the driver's seat you would never guess the age of the car. The only thing which really gives it away is the excellent leather steering wheel whose elegant boss could not possibly hide an air bag.
|The Audi V6 is as smooth in these earlier incarnations as it is in the later versions. When pressed it whips around the rev counter without you noticing the revs piling on until it comes to a rude and abrupt halt just into the red zone and prods you into the next gear shift. Whilst it's hard pressed to turn a big, heavy car like this into a flying machine, it does at least pick up its feet quite smartly above 3000 revs and packs at least enough punch to never be accused of being sluggish.|
The gear shift is one area that Audi seem to have improved upon. This 100's shift did seem a little slack and imprecise, although not a nasty change by any stretch of the imagination, it was just not quite as slick as the newer cars.
Low profile fat tyred alloy
wheels and stiff suspension point toward good grip and on
smooth surfaces at least, that is exactly what you get .
Positive steering allied to leech-like tyres inspire
plenty of confidence to hurl it through the bends. The
down side is, of course, a rather jittery ride. The
jolts may get transmitted through somewhat more than you
would like but at least it doesn't spoil the handling by
throwing you off line (very often).
|At least the deep bucket seats
grip your body well and, whilst the car may deviate
occasionally over our so-called roads, you
don't get thrown about with it.
For long journeys these excellent seats have pull-out thigh supports. They may only have manual adjustment but they adjust in virtually all planes, so once you've got it set they are as comfortable as any BMW, Mercedes or Saab seat, electric or not.
Use this Audi to the max and you
may find your pocket substantially dented. The motor may
be strong enough and smooth enough to stand constant red
line hugging but it does like to drink when pushed. The fuel
computer on the dash may be designed to show you just how
much the fun you're having is costing but as you rev it
through the lower gears your head becomes filled with maths like "3 quid a gallon, 20 miles to home, current
consumption 8 mpg...Whaaat?!". Cruise around in top gear
and it settles nearer 40mpg; somewhere inbetween lies
reality - probably low to mid twenties.
|Going is all very well but you have got to stop too. The ABS assisted brakes do a fine job of pulling you up without trauma and are nicely judged so you can give them a good firm push and come to a squealing halt without having to resort to the ABS helping.|
It's always a shame to talk about practicality when Sport is included in the car's title but, yes, it's as practical as any Audi 100 saloon - big booted and generously seated. It's the kind of thing you can pretend to buy - to be the sensible sibling shifting saloon but still have a little fun with when you leave the family at home.
|Engine||2598cc V6 OHC|
|Max Power||150 bhp|
|Performance||0-60mph in 9.5 sec|
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