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The Audi A4 remained highly competitive. In fact, this A4 was nearly everything a compact sports sedan should be. It has a solid, high-quality feel and the interior is exquisite. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the ride, though quite firm, is supple and controlled. The cabin is quiet unless you ask the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to work hard.

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?
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 remained highly competitive. In fact, this A4 was nearly everything a compact sports sedan should be. It has a solid, high-quality feel and the interior is exquisite. Agile handling makes it fun to drive and the ride, though quite firm, is supple and controlled. The cabin is quiet unless you ask the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to work hard. Otherwise, it sounds civilized and the seamless eight-speed automatic transmission is terrific. Fuel economy is a very respectable 25 mpg overall, which is made more impressive, given its popular Quattro all-wheel-drive. For a punchy higher performance A4, you'd have to opt for the supercharged V6 S4.

If you want more cargo space, the Allroad is essentially a wagon version.

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
  • 8-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 2011 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

“It was burning oil so Audi did a ring job on it, and no problems since. It was on warranty”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Excessive loss of oil required new rings”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Actually it was over pressuring the oil system so that the rings needed to be replaced. Audi finally paid for all the work”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It was a known issue,but took several years to get a resolution which was a complete rebuild of the engine”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Cylinder 1 gives error codes Audi says can not be fixed . They have tried a variety of solutions, none work. The next step is to open it up, which may not fix it and the engine never be the same again”

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“Was eating oil, so needs to put in all new pistons”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Oil consumption beyond manufacture specification”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car burns 3 quarts of oil per 1000 miles. this is insane. Shouldn't this be a recall to correct”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“All pistons will have to be replace due to excessive oil consumption”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“to much oil consumption”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine was burning oil. Lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs in CA and mailed all audi drivers affected. Dealership did a complete engine rebuild covered by audi”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“It was replace under warranty”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine burned (or otherwise lost) oil. After testing, dealer took car in and rebuilt engine. Rebuilt enine totally failed within one week. Dealer put in new engine. With new warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Excessive oil usage, pistons replaced. Then had problem with turbo. Dealer wanted to charge 3k but Audi had extended Warranty to 7 years 70 thousand”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Excessive oil consumption. Repair included new piston rings. Problem appears to be fixed”

Anonymous, OR (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Engine had to be rebuilt in accordance to the class action lawsuit”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Constantly burning or blowing out oil. Took several visits to dealership to verify damage and initiate a repair. Dealer finally rebuilt the engine to correct a PVC error”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Audi A4 3.2 3.0-L V6 supercharged)

“Oil in exhaust on acceleration and adding oil very frequently. Dealer ran diagnostics and replaced the rings in the engine without charge”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Seems there is a common problem with these engines losing internal oil seal and directly adding oil to the incoming fuel mix. Got down to consuming 1 quart per 100 miles of driving. There is no option to replacing the engine other than replacing the car”

Barry F., CT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

“Turbo stopped working and cost 3,500.00 to replace”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Replaced the turbo”

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

“Check engine light problem. The car was hesitating”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The fuel injector on cylinder #2 has been misfiring. Audi has covered this under warranty, but I'm still having problems with a slight engine stutter under acceleration. The check engine light has come on 3 times in the past 6 weeks”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Faulty sensor reading”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

“Car experienced excessive oil consumption which was noted by me at the first service. The dealership changed the oil to "make sure it was at the correct level" and told me we'd see what was up at the next service. The excessive oil consumption stop”

Robert S., RI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car was consuming oil at a rate of 1 quart per 1,000 miles. The manufacturer did not send a recall notice, but there was a class action lawsuit. The dealer removed the engine and replaced some parts (it took over a week to complete) as part of”

Doug G., NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car burns oil and when brought in to have this checked an oil leak was also identified. Still pending final testing on oil burning for potential repair under class action settlement”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear crankshaft seal”

Guy S., FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Audi supposedly fixed high oil consumption which was up to 2 quarts every 10k. worked for about 15k miles now seems ti be using about the same. Also electronic dip stick is very unreliable showing partially full after adding quart and then days later showing full”

Mike C., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“began running rough after 65K miles. Dealer unable to easily diagnose without $4000 commitment on my part; the problem was reading out in the computer diagnostics”

Anonymous, IN (2011 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

“Occasionally backup camera will not come on or has too much interference to be useful”

Douglas C., HI (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Backup camera went out and had to be replaced, which was done under warranty”

Justin S., TX (2011 Audi A4 S4 3.0-L V6 supercharged)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“Failure of MMI/GPS/audio system (integrated)”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Audi A4 S4 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The map data are four years out of date and Audi can't provide an update”

John P., MD (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“The MMI doesn't pair well with all bluetooth phones. Causes the MMI to freeze up and lose radio station presets”

Jim H., GA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“my contacts have wee dropped and won't let them be restored”

Anonymous, CA (2011 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

Ball joints

“Started making noise. I was pretty sure what it was and took it to the dealer to get it fixed. It was covered under the CPO warranty”

A H., UT (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“BALL JOINTS NEEDED REPLACEMENT AT 80,000 KM. I NOTICED A WHINING NOISE IN THE FRONT END WHICH I NOTIFIED MY DEALER OF DURING A REGULAR OIL CHANGE”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Both front wheel bearings required replacement this year”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Bushings

“Had to replace - replaced with new - replaced 4”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Audi A4 S4 Unsure)

“Steering pump failing, so that extremely hard to steer at slow speeds such as parking, as if it does not have power steering. I have not replaced this at $1000 due to the much bigger problem above; I do not want to put more money into this car. I am forced to replace it rather than risking a catastrophic failure with issue #1. Audi has not owned this problem, but I see for that model year it is much worse than average for Engine Major in CR reviews. Still, the car drives like a dream though”

Damon N., CO (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“2 shocks have needed replacement, presumably due to age/mileage”

Anonymous, CT (2011 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

“Audi replaced the coil at no charge several months ago”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Coils had to be replaced - great shaking until was done. Due to oil consumption issue pistons will be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Faulty ignition coils that failed while driving. All four were replaced under manufacturer's warranty. Apparently this was a known issue”

Paul C., BC (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Failure of ignition coils. All 4 had to be replaced at different intervals in time. Also, engine oil consumption is a current concern which is in the process of being evaluated”

Scott M., TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“ignition coils failed”

Anonymous, NY (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“replace plugs and coils”

Anonymous, TX (2011 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

Fuel injection system

“A failure in the fuel injection system caused the engine to die and the car would not re-start. This happened twice before the dealership fixed the issue. The car was at the dealership approx. 3 days the first and a week the second time”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Stalling”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

“Pump failed while driving”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Fuel pump sensor was bad and also received an indication that this was known defect”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Car stalling”

Anonymous, ON (2011 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

Premature brake wear

“had to have all 4 rotors and brake pads replaced. From year 3 to year it was a dramatic change. Not understanding why the rotors went bad. The new trade pads leave tons of brake dust. The original pads left almost no brake dust at all”

Paul K., PA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Audi uses the rear electric actuated rear calipers for cruise control speed arresting which is annoying and wears rear brakes at a fast rate”

J B., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The car had sad on the lot for an extended period rusting the rotors... Caused excessive pad wear. Pads and Rotors were replaces at ~35000km”

Anonymous, ON (2011 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

“light out indicator is intermittently displayed even though the bulb is ok”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

“wiper sensor doesn't work well”

W A., UT (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

“Wheel bearings have failed at 50k km. Also, Spark plugs foul after very low mileage due to incomplete burn due to intake valves carboning up due to direct injection design problems”

J B., ON (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

“right front wheel bearing went. Made an awful racket in the car”

Marc W., MA (2011 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

“Car is starting to rattle a lot from the hatch area, it is the wagon - Avant”

Mike C., VA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Air or water leaks

“Sunroof leaks during rain storms and dealer is unable to fix problem”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“Clutch replacement just a couple weeks after 4 yr warranty (and still a few 1000 miles below warranty max. of 50,000. Audi claimed "normal wear & tear". Would not cover”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“not Audi fault, metal piece hit the transmission oil pan, need complete replacement”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“Radiator auxiliary fan bearings went out and hit the radiator, bending some radiator fins, and also took chunks out of the fan shroud. Al 3 items were replaced under warranty”

Scott G., SC (2011 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

Rough shifting

“1-2-3 upshifts were rough. Braking in traffic forced rough downshifts especially into 1st”

Anonymous, OR (2011 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.

Climate System

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

Exhaust

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

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.

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