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Audi 80, 90 and quattro (1986 - 1991)

Last updated 31 October 2016

Quiet and well-made, galvanised body, a hushed cruiser
Non-assisted steering is gruesome, 1.6- and 1.8-litre cars are gutless, five-cylinder has disappointing handling


The 1986 Audi 80 and its five-cylinder off-shoot, the 90, were a very big leap forward. They were given premium prices, their interiors were exquisitely made, and their styling and detailing oozed quality. Aerodynamics were the big thing at Audi from the mid-'80s, and it shows in the design of this car.

However, smooth styling might have oozed sophistication, but it also lacked character. Premium prices of all models – especially the 90 – were over-ambitious, especially considering the under-nourished suspension and oddly shaped boot. But Audi developed the 80 and 90 throughout their lives, with Quattro and Sport models adding appeal. Still in the doldrums, ironically because it looks so modern, the 80 will surely become desirable as supply thins.

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