i have a 2000 audi a4 quattro 1.8t. i highly recommend it. the 1.8t engine offers a great compromise of power and fuel efficiency. i live in tahoe in the winter and it handles the snow very well. i have a room rack for my board which is great because it keeps all the snow and ice out of the car.
when all the snow is gone it's great for cruising on the freeway to the beach or the desert or wherever...