Audi A2 Review & Ratings
- 7 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A2 is classified as a compact MPV-styled supermini car with a 5-door hatchback body style and comes in models with four and five seats. The A2 is manufactured by German carmaker Audi and production first started in 1999. This vehicle is based on the AI2 concept car which was first introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997. The A2 was very well-known for a number of reasons, including the fact that it was made from aluminum, which was definitely a departure from the norm in the auto industry at the time.
Some of the different packages that were available for the Audi 2 in Germany include the Advance, Style, High Tech, and the ‘S’ line which came later on. In the United Kingdom however, the trim levels that were made available include the Standard, SE (Special Equipment), Sport, and Special Edition, the last of which was made in 2005 only. The A2 was manufactured at Audi’s Neckarsulm plant in Germany on a specialized line that was built specifically for it. This was the first 5-door vehicle to go on sale in Europe and it had an average fuel consumption of 43 liters per 100 kilometers or 78.4 mpg.
Much of the A2 consists of aluminum as well as aluminum alloy, which is precisely why it weighs significantly less than many other cars that are of a similar size. The reduced weight of this vehicle helps it to use less fuel than vehicles which are built using traditional steel monocoques. This vehicle does, however, still use a modern unibody construction with many space frame element principles mixed in. The outer panels of the body on the A2 have very little structural function, though there are some similarities between it and the Renault Scape. The higher price tag on the A2 is the result of its aluminum construction, as it is a fairly expensive material to work with.
The A2 offers quite a bit of interior space, including a boot which provides a total of 390 liters of room, but only when the rear seats are in place. The space that is in the middle of the A2 is used to start a variety of components, including the fuel tank as well as various electronics that the vehicle uses. Rear passengers who sit in this vehicle will find that there is ample leg room as well a very comfortable seating position, even for those who are on the tall side.
The interior of this vehicle is extremely upscale, especially when compared to that of other superminis. There were a variety of choices for seat material and color for the A2, including Cirrus cloth, Matrix cloth (optional), Alcantara cloth (optional), and full pearl Nappa leather seat coverings. The sport model versions of this car were fitted with sport seats which included electrically adjustable lumbar support as a standard feature in jacquard satin cloth.
There were many innovative aspects to the Audi A2, including its space floor storage system which consisted of a box that slotted in the rear passenger foot well along with a double false floor boot where items could be hidden to prevent theft. The headrests in these vehicles do not have to be removed from the rear seats when they are folded, and it is possible to remove the rear seats in a 4-seat version within a matter of seconds. In 2004, the A2 underwent somewhat of a facelift to change and enhance certain features, including fake grille slats as well as a new matte color scheme. Overall, the A2 is an excellent car that while expensive, is still a unique and innovative vehicle.