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Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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1999. - 2001.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
1998. - 2005.
C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door
front

Dimensons & Volumes

4478 mm
1733 mm
1415 mm
440 liters
720 liters
62 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4376 mm
1735 mm
1446 mm
455 liters
785 liters
55 liters

Engine

Volkswagen
2.4 5V
Petrol
6 - V config, 5 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2393 cc
165 hp
230 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Volkswagen
2.3 V5 20v
Petrol
5 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2324 cc
170 hp
220 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1290 kg
8.2 s
226 km/h
13.5 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
9.4 l/100km
226 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1288 kg
8.5 s
224 km/h
12.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
209 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1340 kg
9.6 s
220 km/h
14.8 l/100km
7.4 l/100km
9.9 l/100km
240 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1332 kg
9.2 s
220 km/h
13.8 l/100km
7.3 l/100km
9.7 l/100km
233 g/km

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Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

We are here considering two somewhat similar cars, but we can't deny some of the obvious differences. For a start, they are not even classified under the same segment, with the Audi being a large family car and the Volkswagen representing small family car vehicle class. Both the engines are Volkswagen-engineered . The first one has a 6-cylinder, 30-valves 165hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 5-cylinder, 20-valves 170hp one.

Safety

The fact that the Audi got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, isn't really an advantage, taken the poor 3-star rating it received. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. The first vehicle is a large family car and that gives it a marginal advantage over the small family car competitor, at least that's what statistics show. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, Audi A4 offers a marginal difference of 1% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Volkswagen does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of Audi, as well as Volkswagen, with the same average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Independent research findings rank A4 15% below average, and Bora those same 15% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as Audi A4 rank it on average as 4.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Audi is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.3 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 226 kilometers per hour, 2km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be Bora, averaging around 8.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (32 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 8% difference compared to Audi A4.

Verdict

Volkswagen appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, Audi A4 beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Audi offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Audi. Nevertheless, let's not forget that people have different preferences and needs, so what really counts is your personal feel. I'm only here to help. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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