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We thought this iteration of the A4 was the best version of the car we'd ever tested up to that point. It feels solid, handles nimbly and the ride is firm, but well controlled. Braking performance and emergency handling are excellent. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine is smooth and civilized. The cabin is quiet and the interior finish is first-rate. All-wheel drive adds peace of mind, but hurts fuel economy.

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 (sec.) 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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?
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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

We thought this iteration of the A4 was the best version of the car we'd ever tested up to that point. It feels solid, handles nimbly and the ride is firm, but well controlled. Braking performance and emergency handling are excellent. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine is smooth and civilized. The cabin is quiet and the interior finish is first-rate. All-wheel drive adds peace of mind, but hurts fuel economy. But many controls are overly complicated and the rear seat remains tight.

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.

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Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (211 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 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

“Oil consumption issues”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It was burning more oil than it was supposed to. The cylinders had to be replaced”

Eric B., CT (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Malfunction with #2 Cylinder. Latest issue. Cost $1500 to repair at Audi Dealer. All service appt's have been done with Audi, and I've spent ~$15,000 in lifetime service costs for vehicle. So many recurring issues, and relatively expensive fixes”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Engine used excessive amounts of oil. Class action lawsuit agreement provided for new pistons and rings at no charge. Took it to the dealer and had the work done. Down time was a week, during which the dealer provided a loaner car. All no charge”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“High oil consumption used quart of oil every 500 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The rod bearing (?) failed. They think it deteriorated due to some factory mishap - perhaps when the acid wash that was applied to the engine got into that area. They determined it was not my fault and replaced the engine with minimal cost to me”

Anonymous, OK (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil consumption”

James F., NJ (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine used oil at a faster rate than specifications. Dealer replace pistons”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“the car was (proactively) recalled for oil use issues and the engine rebuilt at manufacturer's expense. I am totally satisfied with the outcome”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“consuming too much oil, parts of engine were replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engin died at 104,000 as a result of malfunction timing chain,”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Factory recalled and rebuilt at no charge”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Failed oil consumption test and is getting pistons/rings redone”

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This car has the "oil burning" issue common to 2010 Audi A4s”

Anonymous, WA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After Audi had performed a stage 2 oil consumption repair where the pistons and rings were replaced, the engine leaked oil. They found the main seal leaking and replaced it. A couple of months later, it was leaking from the main seal again. They found the bolts holding the engine had one fractured bolt. After drilling out all bolts and repair it, it no longer leaks. Audi covered all repairs, but it was a long process to get a final fix”

Michael T., AK (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After intermittent warnings about oil pressure for a few days, the engine seized and was not salvageable. Estimate to repair from the dealership was $12,000.00 just for parts, so not including labor. Ive opted to buy a new car instead. This was my first and last used car. It's just buying other people's problems”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Factory recall completely rebuilt cylinders/rings no charge to us even though out of warranty”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“burned oil over a quart per 5,000 miles. Audi replaced Cylinders”

Anonymous, OH (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“stopped working. Dealer replaced”

Anonymous, NV (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“turbocharger failed. $2200 repair cost. turbocharger was subject of warranty extension to 75000 miles. mine failed at about 96000. I negotiated a 10% discount dealer agreed to reluctantly”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Turbo Charger failed as a result of a malfunction of a fuel injector that flooded the crankcase”

Raymond B., NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Turbo booster was making noise and was replaced”

Eric B., CT (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine used too much oil, dealer replaced turbocharger 2014. Audi has since issued recall for A4 owners experiencing high oil use and has extended warranty on turbochargers to eight years as settlement for class action suit”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace the entire turbo. Due to pressure issues and gasket leaks”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“failed turbo charger, replaced under warrenty”

Anonymous, IL (2010 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.

What Owners Say

“Driver-side drive-shaft "popped out" of its joint”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

“Rear end vibration”

Dave A., AB (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Abrupt shifting at freeway speeds. Was resolved with software upgrade”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Stability control (ESC)

“Noise coming from front sounded like metal scraping against metal. Replaced front stabilizer bar connecting links with upper guide link bushing - cost $1200”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
CV joint

“The drive-shaft "popping out" destroyed the CV joint (tore it apart)”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

“On a major high way the car literally froze and failed”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

“The heater fan and relay switch stopped working and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“driver side defroster hardly works, audi has been unable to fix problem”

Donald H., KS (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Middle of winter the heating system blew cold ait”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“The passenger seat over heated and melted the seat. The entire seat was replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heater system

“Water pump is leaking and needs to be replaced”

Stephen F., SD (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
A/C compressor

“The compressor had to be replaced”

Anonymous, SC (2010 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

“Audi replaced the catalytic converter under warranty after intermittent issues were detected twice”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Had to replace PCV valve and another valve in the emissions system as separate breakdowns. Neither was covered by the warranty I purchased”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel cap

“Would not open when I was on a road trip. Had to pay for assistance”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

“Very expensive to clean injector heads”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The repair and and related damage cost $1200 CDN and was not covered by the warranty I purchased”

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

“Normal wear”

Eric T., VA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

“front brakes required replacing by 35,000”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“After 60000k brakes needed changing at a cost of 3000”

Anonymous, QC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

“rotors wore out at 35,000”

Anonymous, VA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“They needed to be replaced”

Eric B., CT (2010 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

“Car hitches at beginning of acceleration. Very touchy throttle at start from stop”

Anonymous, CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

“Fuel injector failed dumping raw fuel into crankcase. This then caused the turboto fail”

Raymond B., NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Repeated oil leaks”

Anonymous, TX (2010 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

Headlights

“One headlight burned out”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Dashboard actuator switch broke”

Howard S., MD (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“The sensors in the door of the car failed causing the car to lock on its own and then not unlock when touched”

Michael T., AK (2010 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Sunroof, which is longer than a sunroof with the extra length more or less fixed, has rubber edges which rub against the rubber edges of the opening within the roof.The long length cannot withstand the torque created by the flexing of the roof. Lubri”

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Hydraulic motor mounts failed. Engine rocked on mounts. Mounts replaced under warranty twice”

Steve R., CA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Depending on speed, there were various buzzings in the dashboard that were difficult to identify, but were incredibly annoying”

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“blind spot detection system was plagued by false readings - showing a danger when it didn't exist on the drivers side”

Anonymous, NY (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera display sometimes does not activate when shifting into reverse Right-side blind spot monitor does not work”

Anonymous, MD (2010 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

“The right side under shield was pulled off by slush”

Anonymous, SC (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“severe chipping and cracking on the front bumper, Only on the plastic parts, not on the metal parts”

Anonymous, ON (2010 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

“drive pulley and shaft came apart disconnecting completely, throwing parts around inside engine compartment, causing electrical system to fail and stranded us on the highway”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Coil

“Engine was running ruff. Dealer fixed it for free”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Audi A4)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“It just started to leak 5 months after the warranty ran out. It cost $1000 to fix it”

Anonymous, GA (2010 Audi A4)

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

Wheel bearings

“Front right wheel bearing needed replacement at 57,000 miles”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“Burned up system (located in cargo/trunk) allegedly caused by water coming through roof”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Audi A4 3.2 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

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

Locks and latches

“rear passenger door didn't lock when using remote lock on key. If changed to child lock door would lock but passengers could not open door when trying to exit. Replaced door latch assembly - cost $700”

Anonymous, CA (2010 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.

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