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Luxury cars have long been associated with sophistication, exclusivity, and prestige. The allure of driving a high-end vehicle that boasts superior performance, advanced technology, and appealing styling is undeniable. U.S. News has outlined the best used luxury cars under $20K that epitomize these qualities. 

Four Audi models featured in the top 10 of the U.S. News list of used cars in 2023. Top of the list is the 2009 Audi A3, followed by the 2013 Audi A4 at No. 2, and the 2015 Audi A4 and 2012 Audi A4 tied at No. 7. Let’s look at what qualified them to make the list.

1. 2009 Audi A3

According to a U.S. News review of the best used small luxury cars under $20K for 2023, the 2009 Audi A3 impressed reviewers the most. The vehicle earned a J.D. Power Reliability Score of 92(out of 100), with high marks for performance, quality interior, and practicality. 

What makes the Audi A3 a perfect entry-level luxury car is its dual-zone climate control, versatile cargo space, and comfortable front seat, thanks to its hatchback body style. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates 200 horsepower, while the 3.2-liter V6 engine gives 250 hp.

However, the review notes that the car falls short of a comfortable, practical, and capable daily drive with a poor back seat that will squeeze most passengers.

2. 2013 Audi A4

While a used luxury car may fall into the “money pit” category, the 2013 Audi A4 offers a spacious upscale cabin, robust engine, and agile yet comfortable drive to deliver the reliability people can count on. U.S. News says the 2013 Audi A4 snags a Reliability score of 87, citing fewer owner-reported complaints about flaws and defects.

Although it claims the No. 2 position on the U.S. News list, the 2013 Audi A4 doesn’t go without flaws. For instance, the car loses points for its cramped back seats and confusing infotainment system. According to CarComplaints, owners also cited powertrain problems, stating that the vehicle requires a new engine after hitting 91,000 miles.

3. 2015 Audi A4

A red 2015 Audi A4 luxury compact executive car model driving on snow in Northampton, Massachusetts
2015 Audi A4 | Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

The 2015 Audi A4 comes standard with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine, generating 211 hp. Ranking at No. 7 on the list of the best luxury used cars, the 2015 Audi A4 has excellent reliability ratings and features a spacious interior, superior engine performance, and refined handling.

U.S. News tied the 2015 Audi A4 with nine other competitors. While people don’t use luxury wagons as overloading vehicles, the 2015 Audi A4’s benefit is more ride height to overcome rough terrains easily. 

4. 2012 Audi A4

The 2012 Audi A4 hasn’t found its way into the heart of many luxury car enthusiasts, but there is no denying: it sets the standard for longevity in luxury used cars. While it’s not the most powerful Audi on the list, it has a great list of standard features — an outstanding interior, a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a sunroof, automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seat, and an infotainment system.

The Audi brand reeks of sophistication, luxury, and style, which often comes at a high price. The new Audi lineup may be well worth the money, but not everyone wants to pay for a new Audi price. According to owners’ reviews on U.S. News, the four Audi models are among the best affordable used luxury cars.

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