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AUDI A4 Used Car Review

Pros

Cons

  • Outstanding interior design/quality
  • Refined and economical engines
  • All-wheel-drive traction of quattro models
  • Latest-generation models more engaging to drive
  • Jiggly ride and inconsistent steering of pre-2016 generations
  • Still not as rewarding to drive as BMW 3 Series or Jaguar XE
  • S-tronic auto gearboxes prone to hesitation
  • A plethora of expensive options
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Overview of the Audi A4

Overview of the Audi A4

AUDI A4 GENERATIONS (SINCE 2001)

2001-2008

2008-2016

2016 onwards

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 4.5 to 4.6 litres per 100km

1.4L 4-cylinder turbo: 5.5 to 5.6 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo: 5.3 to 6.8 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO AUDI A4

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: AUDI A4 (2008 to 2015)

A4s fitted with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can have problems due to accelerated wear in the gearbox. The seven-speed unit can suffer from clutch wear that will make the car shudder on take-off.

In other cases, the Mechatronics unit (which controls the gear selection) can develop faults leading to all sorts of transmission woes.

The A4 four-cylinder engine can also use more oil than some owners were expecting and the 3.0-litre V6 can develop a noisy timing chain.

Like many common-rail diesel engines, the Audi diesel can suffer from a build-up of sludge in the intake tract that needs to be cleaned out.

A 'check engine' light combined with sluggish performance is the first sign of sludge.

The A4 in diesel form was caught up in the infamous 'Dieselgate' scandal that arose in 2015 - where software was fitted to the engines to make them pass official emissions testing before reverting to a dirtier running mode in the real world.

There's a recall to fix this.