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Audi A4

(2015 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

52
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

62
%
C

Used car score:

60
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

72
%
B

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

61
%
B

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

52
%
D

Summary


The Audi A4 is a compact executive model available as either a saloon or estate (called the A4 Avant). It is one of the biggest-selling models in the Audi range, and sits between the smaller A3 saloon and larger A6 saloon and estate models. The current model was launched in 2015 and received a mid-life update in 2019.

The top-spec model is called the S4 and there is also a more off-road-capable model called the A4 allroad quattro. There is a high-performance model called the RS 4, which is based on the A4 but not included in this page. We will be building a separate page for this model, so check back soon.

The Audi A4 range has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, although overall opinions varies from mild disinterest to strong enthusiasm. The A4 allroad quattro model tends to score slightly lower than the regular A4 models, while the top-spec S4 scores slightly higher from car enthusiast titles. The A4 gets consistent praise for its build standards and interior quality, but lags behind rivals for driving enjoyment and offers no hybrid or electric versions.

As of January 2024, the Audi A4 range has a New Car Expert Rating score of C (62%) and a similar score of C (60%) as a used car. Its decent media reviews and low CO2 emissions are countered by poor reliability and high running costs.

Audi A4 highlights

  • Interior quality still sets the standard for the class
  • Enormous range should cover pretty muxh every need
  • Much better to drive than previous models
  • Competitive finance and leasing packages

Audi A4 lowlights

  • Can’t match a BMW 3 Series for driving dynamics
  • No electrified models available
  • Boot space, especially in estate version, not best in class
  • Allroad is quite expensive compared to regular versions

Key specifications


Body style: Medium saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £38,985 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2015
Last updated: Autumn 2019
Replacement due: 2024


Media reviews


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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 89%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 75%
Safety assist: 75%

Notes on safety rating

The Audi A4 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 20xx and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used A4 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Audi A4 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Audi A4 has a below-average reliability score, according to workshop data from our commercial partner MotorEasy. This score applies to the current generation (2015 onwards) as well as previous models.

The most common problems reported for A4 owners relate to the engine – these are also expensive, with an average repair bill of more than £1,000. Suspension and braking problems are also quite common, although usually much cheaper to repair.

Most concerningly, there are plenty of reports of gearbox problems with an average repair bill of more than £1,600. If you own an Audi A4 or are looking at purchasing a used one, it’s certainly worth considering a used car warranty that covers all these problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models42 mpgD28 – 46 mpgC – E
Diesel models50 mpgB38 – 60 mpgA – D
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models154 g/kmB139 – 226 g/kmB – D
Diesel models150 g/kmB124 – 197 g/kmA – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models28B20 – 50A – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£263C
Year 2£721C
Year 3£1,193C
Year 4£1,473C
Year 5£2,000C
Overall£5,650C

Running costs for the Audi A4 range are a rather mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models but good for diesel-engined versions. Compared to the rest of the mid-sized saloon sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are fairly average, and insurance costs likely are likely to be much cheaper than rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi A4 has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car for Comfort

2019

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Executive Car

2018

  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Compact Executive Car

2017

  • What Car? Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Compact Executive
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Premium Car

2016

  • What Car? AwardsCar of the Year + Best Executive Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Premium Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Best for Big Miles
  • Contract Hire and Leasing AwardsCar of the Year + Best Executive Car

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