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Audi 80

The first cars Audi 80 appeared in 1972. A little later, in six years, there were cars with a body “81”. These two generations were very much like VW cars both in design and in construction, which did not add prestige. So when in 1986, the company undertook a radical renewal of its range of models, in August new Audi 80 with a body “89” rolled of the production line. About this model we are going to talk in this Audi 80 Review.


The rounded body of Audi 80 even today looks quite modern, although it has its flaws. The low seating of a driver and passengers contributes to poor visibility. However, this negligible disadvantage is nothing in comparison to fully galvanized body, which has 10 year warranty against rust-through. Moreover, the bottom is covered with special mastic to protect against small stones and dirt.


Good ergonomics of driver's seat is to be commended - all the controls are easy reachable. Interesting design solution of rounded front dash, blending smoothly into the door, gives the impression of complete harmony of the interior. A distinctive feature of all Audi cars is the presence of 7 vents of the ventilation system on the dashboard instead of the usual 4, thereby ensuring optimum airflow through entire cabin. The instrument panel is simple and functional, in cheaper modification instead of a tachometer there was a large clock face. On the center console there are ventilation system controls, heater and the controls of rear window heating.

Electric mirrors and windows, sunroof and air conditioning can be installed as an option. The interior is quite comfortable and spacious, but only for four people. Trim on most models is made from high-quality fabric or velour.


Audi 80/90 cars were equipped with a wide range of engines - 4-cylinder engines from Volkswagen and 5-cylinder of own production. The latter was different with good elasticity and a higher capacity. All motors were very reliable and durable. The average service life of 4-cylinder engines is 200 - 300 thousand and 5-cylinder - 300 - 400 thousand km. Most Audi 80 cars were equipped with 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic, and the cheapest and low-power modifications were equipped with 4-speed manual.

The range of powertrains in restyled Audi 80 has changed – they refused from the installation of the old petrol engines of 1.6 liter (75 hp), 1.8 liter (90 hp), 2.0 liter (113 hp ), 2.0 liter (162 hp) and diesel 1.6 liter (54 hp) and 1.6 liter (80 hp). Instead of them appeared new petrol 4 -cylinder engine capacity of 2.0 liters (90 hp), 5-cylinder 20-valve sports version R2 and the RS2 - 2.2 liters (230 hp) and 2.2 liter (315 hp), turbocharged, 6-cylinder, 2.6 liter (150 hp) and 2.8 liter (174 hp) and one turbodiesel - 1.9 liters (75 hp).

The suspension of 80’s in contrast to the Audi 100 is rigid, when driving you can feel all road irregularities, but at the same time it should be noted that it is still quite reliable. The brakes can be called ideal. On most models the front and rear - disc, though less “advanced” versions were equipped with rear drum brakes.


Cars Audi 80/90 gained wide popularity among used cars buyers, mainly due to its good quality, low maintenance costs and fully galvanized body. They are easily resold and can find a ready market.

The fourth generation of the compact car Audi 80 was produced from 1992 to 1995, this generation had the internal code B4. In comparison with the B3, the sedan received an increased wheelbase, the rear axle design and the fuel tank was modified, in order to allow the installation of folding seats. Wheel arches have been widened; redesigned bumpers and interior were made of higher quality materials. Audi 80 B4 is a qualitative, reliable and quite comfortable car. Moreover, compared with Audi 80 of 1986-91, these vehicles are more convenient and practical, thanks to the easily transformable trunk.

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