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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.
Alerts
There are 4 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 (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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2013 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering is electric. Total & sudden power steering failure at 33,641 miles. Drove home "manual", then had towed. Steering rack, which includes power unit, replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

“Clicking noise from rear shock absorbers”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“We had no problem - it was a warranty recall”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The electric assisted steering became "notchy" like a volume knob that clicks from one volume level to the next. It would not let me turn the wheel to a position between the notches. After 4 trips to the dealer Audi replaced the steering rack”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermediate steering shaft replaced (under warranty) at @28000 km. Known problem as a TSB exists for it”

Edward B., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

“Car shakes despite alignment and new tires”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Left rear wheel bearing failed. Dealer replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There was a whirring sound coming from the front left wheel. The service technician diagnosed a wheel bearing problem, and said it was probably due to hitting a severe pot hole”

Anonymous, IN (2013 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

Display screen freezes up

“radio station indicator resets to last station on preferred list and stays there for several minutes after starting car”

Tom B., WI (2013 Audi A4 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The MMI has had several problems that haven't been completely fixed. The screen will occasionally stop working, sometimes requiring a restart of the car. The radio also doesn't display the radio station information system correctly. The service manag”

Thomas H., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Same issue-- sound goes out at times”

Christopher C., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“noisy reception”

Ronald R., CT (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The bluetooth and IPOD sound will go out sometimes. It requires me to turn off the car to reset the system”

Christopher C., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“The radio turns itself on every time the car starts. then on turning the radio off, it turns itself on again. Incredibly annoying”

Anonymous, NY (2013 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

Master cylinder

“Leaking Gasket”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

“rear brake pads needed to be replaced and rotors cut at 42500.Front brakes are fine. Never had back brakes go bad before even up to 54000 miles. The reason given by service tech was we had a harsh winter and the salt was to blame?”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Pads went fast and squeaked way sooner than expected”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I replaced the brakes 10 months ago and the dealership just advised that my brakes were down to 10% and needed to be replaced. Again. After only 10 months”

Christi F., MA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Sensor for pad wear did not work, pads wore very thin, brakes overheated multiple times before cause was diagnosed. Result: new pads, new rotors”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

“Wiring issue with the electronic parking brake”

M H., NJ (2013 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

“When starting the 1st to 2nd gear shift is frequently very rough. They have performed software updates but the problem still exists. They say there are no OBD codes showing a problem so there is nothing they can do to fix it”

Thomas H., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“I was told by the dealer that the issues I was concerned about were a result of a AVT (automatic variable transmission) and that there was nothing wrong with the car”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

“Gear shifter suddenly became "loose." Did not feel firm. Did not guide itself into next gear. We had to carefully guide gear shifter”

Steven S., NY (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“Leaking. Replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2013 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

“In general, it's a very good car. Coming from a BMW, it just doesn't compare. Audi's are cheaper than BMWs, but the quality is not as good either. Constant squeaking from sunroof shade. I am worried how it will sound in a few years andif other so”

Shane S., CA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Body rattle right side dealer unable to fix”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Breaks squeak when cold”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“metallic creaking noise when going over bumps when weather is hot”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

“Cooling pump failed for a minor engine coolant leak; fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, WA (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Completely failed at 50,141 miles. I had to argue that it should be covered under the 50,000 mile warranty. Eventually Audi USA agreed to cover it”

Robert S., TX (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The engine was leaking coolant. It was found to be a faulty water pump. The water pump was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, SC (2013 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

12V power plug

“Fuse blew”

John P., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

“Both HID xenon bulbs had to be replaced”

John P., ON (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“high mounted centre stop light stopped working. Repair caused issues with rear window defroster”

Anonymous, ON (2013 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

“one of the injectors when out and was covered by the warranty”

F S., TX (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel pump

“Recall”

Anonymous, IL (2013 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

Glass defects

“Windshield cracked in garage over night with nothing striking it”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Mirrors

“Rear view mirror detached from mount. Defect in mount necessitated windshield be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery died; attributed to end of life”

Anonymous, WA (2013 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

“The clip that holds the visor broke”

Anonymous, CA (2013 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

Electrical failure

“Switch for AC BROKE and neede replacing”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Rocker arm failed that damaged the cam”

Anonymous, MN (2013 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.

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

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