Progressive ideas are too expensive. Why did they stop production of the Audi A2?

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Why an interesting project turned out to be a failure

Experts cite the excessively high price as the reason for the end of production. In a superficial comparison, the purchase conditions are comparable to those of its direct competitor – Mercedes-Benz A-class. However, according to VAG corporate principles, the basic version was offered without basic additional options. Upgrading the equipment was too expensive. The final decision of management was influenced by a loss of 7.5 thousand euros on each car produced.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class of the first generation won the competition

In addition to the price, potential buyers were deterred by the complexity of body work with aluminum and the attendant high costs.


After long runs, engines develop carbon deposits on the valves and exhaust manifold flaps. The 1.4-liter gasoline engine suffers from the problem of the ventilation system freezing and burning oil.

The Audi A2 power steering pump is weak for such a car, so it often makes noise and burns out. In the suspension, stabilizer struts and ball joints quickly die.

Rear brakes often jam, and front discs sometimes crack. The drive shaft boots are also destroyed. There are no problems with spare parts, firstly, there are enough analogues, and secondly, parts from other Audis are suitable.

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On the domestic secondary market, sellers offer Audi A2 from 300 to 500 thousand rubles. When choosing this model, you should take into account the rarity of original parts and the lack of alternative spare parts, as well as the complexity of body work. To ensure that there are no problems with the technical part, experts recommend a version with a basic gasoline engine:

  • drive – front;
  • overall dimensions (Length x Width x Height) – 3826 x 1673 x 1553 mm;
  • wheelbase – 2405 mm;
  • track width (front/rear) – 1462/1427 mm;
  • ground clearance – 110 mm;
  • weight – 895 kg;
  • Gearbox – 5-speed manual;
  • engine – gasoline, naturally aspirated, R4, 1390 cm3, 75 l. s., 126 N*m;
  • maximum speed – 173 km/h;
  • acceleration time to 100 km/h – 12 s;
  • fuel tank/luggage compartment volume – 42/390 (1085) l;
  • fuel consumption (city/highway/combined cycle) – 8.2/4.7/6 l;
  • wheel size – 175/60/R15.
Audi A2 – 2000, 342,000 km, 490 thousand rubles.

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