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 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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
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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.
NA
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.
2000
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2001
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2002
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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 (220 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 supercharged (333 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"Parking brake console indicator would flash indicating one or more wheel modules (controlled electronically) were not functioning. Had car in to dealer twice and had brake activator motor replaced. On the third trip to dealer they finally replaced the master brake control module and problem has not returned. Believe control module was the problem all along"

Mitchell L., CO (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Front brake pads worn at 30K miles. Wear indicated by squeeking sound when pressing on the brake at low speed. Dealer replaced them and rotors at a cost of $800. This despite mostly highway mileage and conservative driving practices"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brakes need rotors/pads at 45000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaking

"Brake calipers had to be taken apart and cleaned twice due to break squeal"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Brakes squeak loudly, like metal on metal, in cold weather. The noise goes away after 5-10 minutes after the brakes warm up but the noise is alarming"

Anonymous, DC (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Persistent squeaking in cold weather. Dealer said that they have taken it up with Audi CA as other owners complained of same. Were unable to resolve after repeated attempts. Dealer said squeaking is due to steel construction of brake systems"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Antilock system (ABS)

"vibrating"

Anonymous, IL (2014 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"I many of the routes it chooses are very inefficient. Example: On an easy to plan and navigate 200 mile route it plans a 300 mile route through a large metropolitan city. I do understand its settings and what they do"

Michael P., TX (2014 Audi A4 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The GPS would lose the satellite and would not know where the car was"

Sam V., NJ (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Voice on the GPS became very low volume and had to be corrected. The total experience of using the GPS is awkward and slow, compared to my Garmen Nuvy"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Would not boot up on start"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"especially in cold weather screen does appear for some time - appears to be very cold weather related - no fix"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Screen and entire system randomly stopped working"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"It worked fine once and every time we tried after that once, it just doesn't work so we gave up using it"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Audi A4 Unsure 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

Shocks or struts

"Had my Audi in to dealer for 15000 mile check and was informed that at least one of the suspension struts was leaking. At a subsequent appointment, the dealer replaced both shocks under warrantee"

Mitchell L., CO (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering alternating heavy and light"

Anonymous, MB (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Electronic failure. Had to replaced under warrantee. Audi handled all costs including loaner"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Wheel bearing needed replacement"

Anonymous, VT (2014 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

"Needed passenger side headlight assembly replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"moisture entered and light needed to be replaced. Part needed to be ordered, was without car for 3 days"

Frank A., MA (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wiper motor or washer

"Continues to stop in the middle of use"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Audi A4 Unsure 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

"It has had a squeaking sound since brand new at certain speeds. The dealership claimed they couldn't hear it"

Michael P., TX (2014 Audi A4 3.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"minor rattles that are temperature dependant"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Air or water leaks

"The water pump leaked and had to be replaced. The car let me told me to check the coolant level and I found coolant under the car. Was able to drive it to the dealer and it was replaced in a few days"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Audi A4 Unsure 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

"would not accelerate past 10 mph. numerous caution lights on. I pulled off the road and shut off engine. When I restarted it ran normally. Engine computer replaced under warranty and no further problems experienced"

G B., TX (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"Sticky intake valves and loose wiring for ignition coils"

Anonymous, MI (2014 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

"Suspiciously after the dealer replace the starter that was over cranking the clutch went the following week AT 38,000?????? Been driving standard shift for 20 years with no problems and then clutch breaks at 38,000? Then after the dealer fixed clut"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Cylinder quit working properly. Audi replaced with new engine"

Anonymous, AL (2014 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

"The choices listed in the first page did not allow a clear indication of the problem, therefore I indicated oil leaks and cylinder head. The actual problem is that the valve guides have worn prematurely at 41000 km and started to leak oil into the cylinder. This is evident from a) the car will emit a puff of blue smoke on initial start up first thing in the morning and it started to burn oil at the rate of 1 litre per 7000km. This is not a large amount of oil but it is not acceptable in a new ca"

Anonymous, ON (2014 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

Blower (fan) motor

"the blower fan quit"

Anonymous, NC (2014 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

"Injector failed one one cylinder, causing engine stop"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 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

"Paint pealing from front grill"

Anonymous, ON (2014 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.

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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

Transmission Minor

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

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