- Should I get an Audi A4, or another VW Passat
My 2008 A4 was a great car, far preferred it to 2012 Passat no issues at all despite hard driving for 70000 miles (mostly B roads). The A4 was too small for a kids seat behind my seat though, yet that works not in my 2013 golf…. Still liked the A4 though and I’d have another, unlike the Passat which I binned in 2 months (the joy of company cars)Posted 3 years agoagent007Member
Agree with Funky Dink completely, 3 Series BMW or Mondeo much better cars (if you actually enjoy driving that is). If you’re not bothered about how the cars drive then either A4 or Passat will be fine, although a Honda Accord will be far more reliable than anything German and you see far less of them around.Posted 3 years ago
I drive A4s, Passats and Accords regularly (among lots of others).
If you looking to buy new, the Accord tourer is not a practical choice anymore – boot is even smaller than the A4 and an awkward shape. Engines, transmission, and particularly refinement do not match current VW/Audi standards either. They do not hold there value particularly well (unless you are looking at ones that have aged enough to be further down the depreciation curve).
The Passat is significantly more practical than the A4, and cheaper. The A4 is a much nicer drive and has a much nicer interior, and is slightly more refined. Looks better too. Don’t buy one if you regularly use it as a load lugger, it’s not practical enough. Ride on the A4 is only an issue on very rough surfaces if you have the sports suspension.Posted 3 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
I don’t know the current ranges so well but suspect not much has changed.
A4 = Golf estate sizewise and the older ones managed to feel smaller inside.
Passat is a bigger car though smaller than the A6. I think the newer Passat’s have got bigger.
Skoda Octavia now feels like the best sized of them to me. Big enough to be useful but without being huge.Posted 3 years agojohnheSubscriber
I have been driving a 2.0TDI A4 Avant for 2 years now and it’s my favourite car of all the cars I’ve owned so far (Astra Estate, Laguna and 2 x Mazda 6 estates). I’ve spent a lot (and I mean tons) of time/miles in Passats, and I much prefer the A4. I’ve also driven the Mondeo and again, I much preferred the A4. The A4 is definitely much smaller inside than the Mazda, Mondeo or Passat though.
One man’s meat is another man’s poison of course, but I find the A4 a joy to drive. I went for the SE for a softer ride for my wife and kids, rather than the sportier S Line.Posted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
A6 Avant owner over 110k miles and 7 years. Loved the car.
I bought the A6 as I felt the A4 was too small (3 kids and bikes etc) and I wanted a Quattro and it was more readily available in the A6 TDI, as above I picked the SE spec.
The A4 is the higher quality product, especially the interior, great on long distance trips too. The Passat is the better load carrier. I think that will be the major factor between the two cars, whether you want the superior space or not. Passat better load carrier than an A6 too btw.Posted 3 years agoFrodoSubscriber
I spend a lot of time in my car for work. For me comfort is the most imprortant point. I’m now on my second Passat and it ticks all the boxes. Comfortanble, quiet, powerful, well equipped with spades of space for kit and bikes.
The integrated Nav, Phone, DAB etc is a reall plus point in the newer models!
What I would say is that its probably not the most exciting car to drive.
Depends what your after comfort and practicality or fun.Posted 3 years agoSaccadesMember
Good topic. We need a estate, 4wd preferably, manual, diesel, prefer slightly higher running height. Have an outback now, considering passat all track, superb or octy 4×4, not an a4 all road or a6. Any others ?
Jag X-type? 2nd hand are dirt cheap and although related to the mondeo parts are cheaper from jaguar (Certainly rear wheel bearings).Posted 3 years agoRockape63Member
One word: rust.
there’s a few more I can think of as well and they aren’t very complimentary!
The A4 is not bland, its beautifully put together with high quality fittings. Its a good ride, depending on wheels and you’ll not regret buying one. Just be aware that the high mileage diesels with auto boxes should be avoided. You might get lucky, but they do go wrong and are expensive to repair.
If you’re not doing a lot of miles, look at the petrol options. Nicer engine, cheaper to buy and less to go wrong.Posted 3 years agoIanWMember
Ive had an A4 for quite a few years, now need another second car but cant find anything thats better than the old A4 except a new A4.
Closest was a Mazda with a very nice 2.2D engine, loads of buttons and gadgets in that usual japanese style.
Probably go for another A4/6 though.Posted 3 years agojimwMember
I had an A4 3ltr Tdi Quattro Avant in SE spec.for four years which was a lovely place to spend 55000 miles. I replaced with a Skoda Superb 170 Tdi 4×4 estate in Elegance spec. Apart from the engine which I do miss,the Skoda is just as comfortable, has a nearly as well made interior and is far more spacious for an increase in length of only 140mm. And it was £8000 cheaper than replacing with another A4 of the same age/mileage ( Both were ex-demo’s about 6 months old)Posted 3 years ago
To answer the question about the ride, if you get an A4 go for an SE on 17″ wheels- I spent some time trying other set ups, and this was by far the best for me- the S-line on 19’s was atrocious.
As a second opinion, not so long ago I went from a Mazda 6 (Petrol Sport) to a A4 S-Line (both brand new), and the Audi is superior in every way, except for space! In terms of quality of construction, the interior, and especially refinement, the A4 was leagues ahead. I really liked the Mazda 6, and would recommend one, but you get what you pay for.Posted 3 years agobobloMember
@nzcol I went through this recently and came away with a V70 after 12 years in A6’s. It’s not quit as nice as the Audis and the 5 pot is not quite so refined as the v6’s to I had. However, it’s full of toys (not in a nasty Japanese way) and was about ~£8k less than the equivalent Merc/BMW /Audi though that may be for a reason. They do a 4×4 if you must and I can get the tandem in the back with just the front wheel off.
The only downside so far; steering is a bit vague/overassisted but you soon get used to it. Fuel economy is similar v6 2.7tdi vs straight 5 2.5tdi.Posted 3 years ago
To bring some closure to this and thanks for all the input ,, I’ve ordered an A4 Avant SE technik 2.0tdi 177 in Scuba blue and added a couple of options. Remarkable easy way to spend £32k!
Decided to steer clear of the S line as the suspension really is “firm” and the black edition just seems expensive for what you get, a big set of rims and some tinted windows.
Now I need to wait around 29 weeks for it to arrive 🙁Posted 3 years agobobloMember
Good for you. That will be a very nice motah. Do they still do the 3.0l engine in the A4? That would also be a nice combo. I’ve also got a little devil on my shoulder suggesting the biturbo A6 Avant as being the ‘right choice’, just trying to ignore it at the moment as it’s a bit ££££’s.Posted 3 years ago
Funkydunc, yes I looked at, and drove, a 3 series. To be honest I wasn’t impressed, I found it OK at best and let’s be honest cars like this aren’t about “driving experience” they’re about getting from a to b in a comfortable and safe manner. With that in mind I found the Audi a better place to be spending time. The BMW felt dark, not as well laid out and the pedals,,, well let’s just say my knees don’t bend sideways despite BMWs thought that they do.
Whardedale, do you find the 177 peaky or is the power delivery pretty smooth?Posted 3 years agoWharfedaleMember
BigG ours is the 140bhp engine. Its the wife’s car so didn’t want her to have too much power 😀
Having had several VAG PD engines over the years the new CR engines are light years ahead in refinement and power delivery. They’ve pretty much eliminated the spikey torque that the pd engine was know for.
Mpg is very good too. 60mpg + has been easily acheivable right from the first tank of fuel.
Offset pedals in the 3 series are odd. I did over 1,000km in a left hand drive rental one in Denmark a couple of months ago and didn’t notice the problem. The car is probably designed for the biggest market i.e. left hand drive and adapted for the right hand drive market.Posted 3 years ago
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