Er no. A space saver is great cos punctures rarely happen and the space saver will get you home. Many new cars these days (our 2015 VW Tiguan, for instance) gets a bloody pump and a bottle of goo!!!. The manufacturers wish to save cost and weight so they no longer make room for a full size wheel. My old 2005 S4 has one BUT it has only 63 litres of fuel tank so the range is a joke.....
Very wise Dippy!! Who ever checks the pressure in the spare cos its buried and out of sight. Well I do before I set off on a long trip cos you never know, and I also carry a small compressor!! The space savers need to run at a high pressure (perhaps 60psi but check yours, it is stated in big letters on the side of the tyre) and as you mention you should not exceed 50mph so 80kph. When I damaged a tyre on my A5 the space saver got me home and then to the tyre fitter with no problem, just remember to go gently!!!I had to use my space-saver a few weeks ago. The car drove fine with it on, including at 50mph. If you get a puncture then surely it's OK for even a few days if necessary until you get a new one fitted (or possibly 2 since you have quattro). Presumably you'll be taking a footpump or similar? I was surprised at how much extra air I needed to put into the space-saver once it was on.
I didn't know that!, That's a little daft that it shouldn't be fitted to the front! I know some space savers don't clear larger front brakes.You should be fine with a space saver as long as you don't exceed the speed recommendations. One thing to note is that a space saver is meant to be used in the rear only. This unfortunately means that if a front tyre gets a puncture you have to first replace one of the rears with the space saver and then use the full size rear tyre to replace the front punctured tyre.
The other point is that the larger and wider original wheels will never fit into the much smaller space that they now leave in the boot for the space saver........My car came with a space saver wheel but I want to replace it with a full size spare.
I can source a wheel & tyre but will it fit in the space vacated by the original?
You should be fine with a space saver as long as you don't exceed the speed recommendations. One thing to note is that a space saver is meant to be used in the rear only. This unfortunately means that if a front tyre gets a puncture you have to first replace one of the rears with the space saver and then use the full size rear tyre to replace the front punctured tyre.
If it is necessary to drive with tire chains, the spare wheel must be mounted on the front axle in the event of a flat in a rear tire.
I have been told, that you have to replace the puncture repair kit, every 3 or 4 years.But to repeat, get one of those puncture repair kits, much better than the hassle of swapping the wheels or having the wheel of shame.