Audi 100 and A6 (1991 – 1997) Review

Audi 100 and A6 (1991 – 1997) At A Glance


+Wide choice of models, solidly screwed together, galvanised bodywork resists rust well

-Lacklustre handling, problems with TDI models, auto gearboxes and suspension, front tyres can wear quickly, lacking any form of classic appeal aside from S4/S6

The final Audi 100, the C4 generation model, was introduced in 1991 as a heavily facelifted version of its predecessor. It was styled in line with Audi's ambition to take the marque upramrket, which meant a V8-style prominent grlle. Initially powered by a range of four- and five-cylinder engines, but the arrival of a new 2.8-litre 90-degree V6 meant the writing was on the wall for the appealing five-pot.

As before, the 100 was also available as a five-door Avant model, and was offered with the quattro drivetrain. In 1992, a new sporting version, the S4 was added to the range - it effectively married the quattro 20V drivetrain shared with the 80-based S2, to create a very appealing Q-car. In 1995, it was lightly revised and re-designated to become the A6. It was at this point that the five-cylinder engine was axed - with the V6 range extending to include a new 2.6-litre version. It only lasted a couple of years, to be replaced by the far more contemporary-looking C5-generation A6.