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Audi RS 4

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

55
%
D

Used car score:

49
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
B

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

19
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

55
%
D

Used car score:

49
%
E

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
B

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

43
%
C

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

19
%
E

Summary


The Audi RS 4 is a performance-focused estate car based on the regular A4 range. This is the fourth generation of the Audi RS 4, which arrived in the UK in early 2020.

Available only as an eight-speed automatic, the RS 4 distinguishes itself from the standard A4 Avant with its sportier styling and its powerful 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine, which is capable of producing 450hp and accelerating from 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Unlike some earlier generations of the RS 4, the current model is only available in an estate bodyshell. The Audi RS 5 Coupé and RS 5 Sportback are mechanically identical if you’re not keen on the estate styling.

Described by Carwow as “a practical car with ballistic-missile performance”, the Audi RS 4 has been earmarked by many motoring journalists as an upmarket all-rounder, offering practical space for all the family in a cabin with great build-quality, all while providing supercar levels of pace and acceleration.

Carbuyer adds that the RS 4 is easy to drive, explaining that the car “behaves in a benign way that gives even ‘normal’ drivers confidence”, while Car Keys comments that the estate car is quite comfortable on uneven road surfaces thanks to its adaptive damper technology, and wind noise is minimal at high speeds too.

Despite its reputation as a great performance-tuned all-rounder, the RS 4 has been criticised for not particularly standing out in any one area – Carwow prefers the exciting engine sounds and bolder exterior styling of the Mercedes-AMG C 63, while What Car? states that the BMW B3 Alpha Touring is an even faster estate car, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has far superior handling and body control, and that Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is more comfortable on the road.

As of January 2024, the Audi RS 4 holds a New Car Expert Rating of D with a score of 55%.

RS 4 highlights

  • Well-built and refined interior
  • Rapid straight-line speed
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Comfortable ride
  • Spacious cabin with plenty of boot space

RS 4 lowlights

  • Expensive to run
  • Rivals have more responsive handling
  • Styling doesn’t match mighty performance
  • Optional extras get pricey
  • Alternatives offer more driver appeal

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door estate car
Engines:
petrol
Price:
From £66,465 on-road

Launched: Spring 2020
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Carwow

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Evo

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Motors.co.uk

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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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 2016
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

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

The Audi RS 4 has not specifically been assessed by Euro NCAP, but it shares its safety rating with the regular Audi A4 range which was awarded a five-star rating in 2015. 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.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Audi RS 4 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

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

The Audi A4 range (including the RS 4) has a below-average reliability score, according to workshop data from our commercial partner MotorEasy.

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 models29 mpgE28 – 29 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models224 g/kmD221 – 229 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models46D44 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£517D
Year 2£1,227D
Year 3£1,989D
Year 4£2,274D
Year 5£3,133D
Overall£9,140D

The running costs for the Audi RS 4 can get quite expensive, according to full-life costings provided by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel consumption is poor and insurance costs can get quite expensive. Finally, scheduled servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years are predicted to be more expensive than the average car.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Audi RS 4, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio | Audi RS 5 | BMW B3 Alpina Touring | BMW M3BMW M4 | Cupra Leon Estate | Ford Mustang | Jaguar XE Project 8 | Lexus RC F | Mercedes-AMG C 63 | Nissan GT-R | Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

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An uprated estate car that is both quick and practical, reviewers agree that the Audi RS 4 is a superb package, despite its high running costs.Audi RS 4