Used Audi Cars Consumer Reports Says to Skip Buying

Buying a used Audi is a seemingly great way to save money on a good car. With a lineup of sports cars, sedans, coupes, and SUVs, the brand has created options that successfully cover the needs and wants of most consumers. New Audi cars can get pretty expensive, ranging upwards of over $100,000 depending on the model and trim, but as a luxury car brand, the value of the cars decrease drastically over the years. That’s part of why buying a used Audi is so appealing. But, buying a used car doesn’t always mean it’s going to be reliable, and if you don’t want to regret your purchase, you should probably avoid these used Audis.

2017 Audi A3

According to Consumer Reports, the 2017 Audi A3 is one of the brand’s smaller sedan options that you should opt to avoid if you can. Perhaps it is the excessive number of concerning recalls, or perhaps the abysmal ratings that the vehicle has for reliability and owner satisfaction. If you can get over the car’s bad reputation, it does still offer an enjoyable driving experience.

A close up of the four rings of the Audi badge on a front grille
An Audi radiator badge is displayed during the London Motor and Tech Show at ExCel | John Keeble/Getty Images

A few years of the A4

There were a few years of the Audi A4 that made it onto the Consumer Reports list of vehicles to avoid. As an entry-level variation of the brand’s sedan lineup, the A4 has been one of the most affordable vehicle options you can find, and buying an older used model can bring those prices down to impressively low rates. But, if you buy an unreliable year, you can end up making up all of those savings in expensive repairs and replacements, and if you’re looking at buying a 2011 or 2014 Audi A4, that might be your misfortune.

A closeup of the 2011 Audi A4 front end in white
German luxury car manufacturer Audi’s A4 is seen on the display during the launch in Mumbai | PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/GettyImages

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The A5 and A6

The mid-level models for the Audi lineup don’t escape scrutiny either, with the Audi A5 and A6 making the list just like the more affordable models. For the A5, avoid the 2013 model year if you’re on the market for one used, and for the A6 it’s best to pass on the 2015 model year. Like the other Audi options on this list, these cars aren’t the most reliable options, and while they may be affordable to purchase initially, they can break the bank with repairs and maintenance along the way.

A black audi a6 driving between a line of cones
An Audi A6 diesel automobile, produced by Volkswagen AG (VW), passes drives between road traffic cones during an automated driving exercise on a test track at the new Robert Bosch GmbH research and development center in Renningen, Germany | Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg, Getty Images

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Buying a used Audi can be an affordable way to get into a great car, but if you aren’t careful, then you could end up in a car that costs you more than what it’s worth. According to Consumer Reports, it’s safer to just pass on these options and opt for more reliable model years instead.