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We wouldn’t strip your car-aficionado credentials if you failed to spot the new Audi A4 for what it is: a thoroughly redesigned car. Although the ninth-generation A4 looks eerily familiar to the last version, it actually rides on a new platform with reworked powertrain and suspension. In the sports sedan tug-of-war among Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the A4 now prevails over its peers.
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.
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.
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.
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

We wouldn’t strip your car-aficionado credentials if you failed to spot the new Audi A4 for what it is: a thoroughly redesigned car. Although the ninth-generation A4 looks eerily familiar to the last version, it actually rides on a new platform with reworked powertrain and suspension. In the sports sedan tug-of-war among Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the A4 now prevails over its peers.

Sports sedans often fall short of expectations, being neither sporty nor luxurious, or prove unreliable. The A4 gets all of these things right, which is why it jumps to the top of this class in our rankings.

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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (252 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (190 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Audi A4 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Cameras should automatically turn on when the car enters a garage rather than requiring the driver to stop the car and take eye off the road while accessing the dash button to turn on the corresponding cameras”

Anonymous, GA (2017 Audi A4 Ultra 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“System would just go black with no radio”

Anonymous, MN (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“I started my car one day in January, and it was if the GPS never existed on my car. I couldn't access the map or GPS at all”

Anonymous, TN (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“After trying to pair two different phones, the electronic system had some bug that caused the entire system to go black”

Anonymous, MN (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Inconsistent pairing”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Radio

“The car arrived at the dealer with a poorly connected rooftop antenna. The car was unavailable to us for almost a week while the dealer waited for a replacement antenna from Germany, then an extra 3 days while the the rooftop "Shark fin" antenna cover was painted to match the car color”

James R., CA (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

“The driver's door speaker was 'blown' and had to be replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

“Extremely difficult to get the MamI to recognize voice commands to set new destinations or modify others”

Anonymous, GA (2017 Audi A4 Ultra 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

“Rattle that occurred in the door, that was repaired and then re-occured. Caused by a loose fitting”

Anonymous, BC (2017 Audi A4 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Several rattles inside cabin. Dealer unable to fix completely (can't find them)”

Wesley B., WA (2017 Audi A4 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Driver door rattles over bumps”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

Locks and latches

“Trunk lid was difficult to close, had to slam the lid to close. Took to dealer to repair and they found that the factory forgot to install a bolt in the latch which caused a misalignment. They replaced the latch and bolt in about 40 minutes and corrected the problem”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Audi A4 Ultra 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Windows

“At random when starting the car, the rear driver side window would open 2 inches and the locks would fail to latch”

Kurt A., TX (2017 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 failed 1 month after purchasing car. Had to get towed out of my garage, dealer replaced battery”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Electric steering failed on highway, stranding me. Was told the "electric rack" part of the rack & pinion steering had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

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