The Audi A4 has a nicely finished interior, comfortable ride and secure handling, but it lacks the agility of other cars in this segment. Further, the engine is noisy and unrefined. Our A4 came with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction. The interior shows excellent attention to detail and crash test results are impressive.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2000. ESC standard from 2002.
Road Test

The Audi A4 has a nicely finished interior, comfortable ride and secure handling, but it lacks the agility of other cars in this segment. Further, the engine is noisy and unrefined. Our A4 came with all-wheel drive for added foul-weather traction. The interior shows excellent attention to detail and crash test results are impressive.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
convertible
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (200 hp)
  • 3.2-liter V6 (255 hp)
  • 4.2-liter V8 (420 hp)
  • 4.2-liter V8 (340 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Engine used excessive amounts of oil. Had to add a quart of oil every 1,500-2,000 miles. Engine also had major hesitation at slow speeds. A common problem apparently with this engine. When I replaced the turbocharger, the head was replaced"

Michael H., TX (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Since 2009 when we bought this car, it has been using oil and we've had to add oil between oil changes. At times, engine would lose power and there would be black smoke coming from the exhaust when accelerating. We have taken the car to the dealershi"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It was in the shop 4 times for over 60 days total. It was going through oil at the rate of a quart in less than 1500 miles. It was blowing A LOT of white smoke on acceleration. The engine was rebuilt and the turbocharger replaced along with the head"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil pump failed, timing belt broke, cam shafts bent, new engine replacement out of warranty, $8000 cost split 50/50 with dealer"

Ian W., VA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Audi diagnostics failed to identify cracked valve cove, leading to expensive valve problems and need to replace rings prematurely"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Burning 1qt of oil every 1000 miles. They replaced the pistons and rings at no cost to me"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"audi had silent recall on whole engine block for issues not explained , they replaced it when it was out of warranty for zero cost to me"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After timing belt was replaced 3 months later timing belt tightner was not right. Spent $1500 to replace timing belt and than another $1500 to correct tightner"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Another surprise--timing belt replacement required six hours labor including removal of the car's front clip. This is an expensive car to maintain"

Richard M., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Timing belt or chain

"Time belt tightner was not correct when the belt was replaced"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cam actuator failure"

Anonymous, BC (2007 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Changing worn belt, pulls and water pump were very expensive"

Art B., MA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbo was leaking oil and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Bypass valve ruptured which was apparently a poor design since audi switched from a diaphragm style to a piston style mid 2007 model year. I believe this has been the root cause of the performance problems I have complained about for 3 years"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Turbocharger failed at 50,000 miles. Cost almost $4,000 to replace"

Michael H., TX (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I needed to replace the Turbo cut-off value and the Turbo boost solenoid"

Bonnnie F., IL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Don't know what component was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Purge valve needed replacement. PCV valve needed replacement. Inkate Manifold Runner Control Motor needed replacement"

William W., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Evaporate system"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Can't recall, but one of the emissions control parts failed, and took considerable sleuthing by my mechanic to solve the problem"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Audi A4 3.2 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel cap

"small evap leak"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Replace some component"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Actually, may have been related to the emissions control issue"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Audi A4 3.2 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"the sensor for the fuel vapor recovery from the fuel tank failed thus the "engine light" was on. Easy repair"

William O., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The flex pipe cracked while the car was still under Federal Emissions warranty. The Audi dealership said that the entire catalytic converter needed to be replaced however even though is was covered the flex pipe wasn't under warranty so to repair th"

Jay E., MA (2007 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"Expensive"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exhaust leaks

"Clamps for the exhaust at the inlet to the front muffler fail"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Welded up"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"see previous note re: flex pipe. Also, after going on line the part which was preventing my convertible from closing seems to happen on many Audi A4's after searching the internet. For some reason no recall has ever been put into effect"

Jay E., MA (2007 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

"LINK BETWEEN EXHAUST PIPES BROKE AND HAD TO BE REPLACED"

David M., ON (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"flexible linkage in exhaust pipe leaking"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Dealership had car 10 days, replaced ECU, did not fix problem. Independent shop found different failure (a turbo relief valve tested "good" but was actually jammed open all the time). This cost half the ECU; dealer hit us for $1200 needlessly"

Anonymous, MI (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine mounts

"Motor mounts have sensor that failed causing check engine light to remain lit. Mounts have been inspected and are within specs. Costs over $1200 to replace in order to get check engine light to go out"

Philip P., CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Don't consider this a minor problem! They should never fail!"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed repair to pipes, cost about $600"

Maureen M., CA (2007 Audi A4 Unsure 3.2-L V6)

"Internal engine leak. Problem with a gasket or seal. Not sure which. It did not effect the operation of the vehicle"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Using a quart of oil every 1500 miles. Audi claims this is normal for this engine"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

"Coil packs seem to be a weakness on VAG cars and replacing a one every few years seems typical"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Audi A4 S4 4.2-L V8)

"Multiple Coil failures around 80K miles"

Gregg S., OR (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Coilpack went on one cylinder causing car to be nearly undriveable"

Anonymous, NH (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Car would stutter and barely go. Could have been replaced multiple times. Could not reliable"

Art B., MA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electronic ignition

"Ignition Coil for cylinder number four failed. Replaced all four Ignition coils and plug wires"

Stephen L., WA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"thermostat stuck in open position thus engine ran cooler then normal. Mechanic said that this was a very very common problem on the 2.0T engine"

William O., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"thermostat stuck open. I was surprised that it required major disassembly of the car to reach the thermostat with associated very high cost ($535) to replace"

Richard M., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Needed replacement"

William W., CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The thermostat valve for cooling system didn't close so engine ran too cold. Engine warning light stayed lit. Had valve replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"For several years a very loud high pitch noise every time my car was started which would get worse over time and then when driving sounded as if I needed brakes and a metal was grinding. Numerous times Audi failed to fix the problem but loved to bil"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Missing bushing. Replaced front control arm and bushing"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Power steering leaks

"Steel Hydraulic tubing needed replacing"

Dan S., BC (2007 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks started leaking after 7 years. This seems to be common"

Anonymous, OR (2007 Audi A4 S4 4.2-L V8)

"leaking shock"

Curt S., PA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Issue since day 1. Tires always wear uneven must be replaced every 3 years"

Anonymous, NH (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"Top failed to close"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"String caught and ripped when opening top. Replaced string kit at an upholstery shop selected by the Audi dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Hydraulic motor and relay failed at 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Glass defects

"Windshield cracked. Had to replace"

Philip P., CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver side heated seats stopped working. Front leather bucket seats cracked from heat?"

Philip P., CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Center console leather cover separated from card board base. Back panels of front seats came off seats. Disappointed with quality of these materials considering price of car. Car has no rattles or squeaks...very solid"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"A small rust spot developed on the rear quarter panel. It was repaired under Audi's corrosion warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"rust around bumper, causes by bumper connection to body of car"

Anonymous, ON (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on hood flaking off the Edges"

Anonymous, CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Needed a new fluid water tank"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Ac system plugged causing water to be deposited on the frond passenger floor"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"For several years a very loud high pitch noise every time my car was started which would get worse over time and then when driving sounded as if I needed brakes and a metal was grinding. Numerous times Audi failed to fix the problem but loved to bil"

Anonymous, PA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"The mechanical operation failed, necessitating expensive replacement of entire navigation, GPS and sound system"

Anonymous, NC (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"Rear speaker amplifier has failed twice"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Front rotors and pads needed to be replaced. However, they had lasted 75,000 miles, which I would consider pretty good wear"

Edward D., NY (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Calipers

"left rear caliper piston stuck and caused premature wearout of inside brake pad. I had to replace caliper so did both rear wheels with new caliper, rotors, pads to keep even on same axle. Other pads were about 50% but replaced due to needed a new inside on left rear"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"The brake light warning comes on often even though all brake lights are working properly. Common problem is the center brake light according to many Audi forums"

Philip P., CO (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"wiper rain sensor malfunction"

Jorge L., FL (2007 Audi A4 3.2 3.2-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"ac compressor had to be replaced"

Bruce S., MI (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"transmission plate- broke- cost 1200 bucks to fix"

Anonymous, IL (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"CVT failed. Complete replacement required"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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