|Premium midsize car; Built in Germany|
|Good condition price range: $1,000 – $4,100*|
1992 Audi 100 CS 4-door sedan
1994 Audi 100S 4-door wagon
1996 Audi A6 Quattro 4-door sedan
1997 Audi A6 4-door sedan
1997 Audia A6 4-door wagon
The capable midsize Audi performs well, looks great, but still lags in overall value. Except for the extra traction of an Audi Quattro model, the rival Acura Legend was a better choice than Audi’s 100 when new, and remains so today.
Rounded restyling of Audi’s midsize premium sedan kept dimensions close to the former 100/200 series. A V6 went under the hood for the first time, replacing the inline 5-cylinder engine. Dimensions were nearly identical to the prior cars, inside and out, but curb weight grew by some 250 pounds. Three versions went on sale: 100, 100 S, and 100 CS. Each could have either 5-speed manual shift or a 4-speed automatic transmission. A driver-side airbag and antilock disc brakes were standard. All-wheel-drive 100 CS Quattro versions came later in the 1992 model year: both a sedan and a station wagon. The Quattro wagon had a standard automatic transmission–a “first” for any Audi all-wheel-drive model. Also arriving later was a limited-production, high-performance S4 edition (successor to the previous 200 Quattro), with manual shift and a 227-horsepower turbocharged version of the old 5-cylinder engine.
A passenger-side airbag was added in the 100’s second year. A front-drive station wagon arrived late in the season, with a third seat in the rear for 7-passenger capacity.
Few significant changes took place for 1994. The base-level sedan disappeared, leaving only a 100 S sedan and wagon, and a CS sedan.
Facelifting for ’95 was accompanied by a badge change, to A6 and high-performance S6. Body changes included new front and rear fascias, a new hood, revised bodyside moldings, and new ellipsoid headlights. The A6 came as a 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon, with front-wheel drive or Quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Only offered as a sedan, the S6 had a turbocharged 5-cylinder engine, larger wheels and tires, a firmer suspension, twin exhaust pipes, and wheelwell flares.
No high-performance S6 went on sale for ’96, but new Electronic Differential Locking for the A6 improved low-speed traction on slippery surfaces. One-touch power windows were also installed. An automatic transmission now was standard in the A6 sedan, deleting the 5-speed manual gearbox.
A glass sunroof joined the option list, replacing a steel sunroof. A revised central locking system incorporated the fuel filler door, the interior lights added a fade out feature, and a new Quattro option package included 16-inch wheels and the sunroof.