Audi A4: Used buyer’s guide

5 Dec, 2013 9:45am

From £7,000 classy compact executive saloon makes a solid second-hand buy

Audi has been one of the fastest-growing makers in the UK in recent years, and cars like the A4 are a big part of this success. It offers something for everyone, with a wide choice of bodystyles, trims, engines and transmissions.

Audi A4 in-depth review 

Launched in 2008, the A4 still looks fresh and although it’s never been the most involving car to drive, this compact exec is very hard to beat as an all-rounder. You can now pick one up for less than £7,000 – here’s what to look for.

History

The latest A4 saloon arrived in February 2008, with four-cylinder 1.8 TFSI or 3.2-litre V6 FSI petrol engines. Diesel fans could choose from a four-cylinder 2.0-litre or 2.7 and 3.0 V6 TDIs. In June 2008, the Avant was launched, along with a 2.0 TFSI, plus a low-power (120bhp) 2.0 TDI. A rugged Allroad appeared in May 2009, with 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TDI or 3.0 TDI power. By October 2009, the 134bhp 2.0 TDIe had arrived, with 120g/km of CO2. A facelift in January 2012 brought new colours, styling tweaks, stop-start and revised suspension and steering. Audi’s quattro 4WD is an option on all models bar the 1.8-litre petrols and lower-powered diesels.

Alternatives

Premium German car makers have this class sewn up, with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class being the A4’s toughest adversaries. The BMW is the driving enthusiast’s choice, but both offer excellent build quality, a wide choice of engines, plus saloon or estate options. If you want four-wheel drive, you’ll need one of the latest examples of the 3 Series. The recently replaced Lexus IS comes in saloon form only, and isn’t that involving to drive, but reliability is outstanding and the dealers’ service tends to be superb, while standard equipment is generous.

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Horrible offset pedals in a manual

Having owned a 2010 S Line A4, I loved it. It never let me down and I do miss it. The A4 is a great all rounder and I much preferred it to the Mercedes C Class in everyway. I had a manual and did not notice the offset pedals. I did enjoy driving the car though. It had Great road manners and the Tdi had an abundance of torque yet it was very refined, untypical of diesels. The interior was a class act with black leather and silver stitching. The standard Audi sound system was excellent and would suit most peoples needs, and I love my music. Generally speaking I understand the appeal of Rear wheel drive cars which is mostly for fun, but the Audi Front wheel drive and quattro systems are both very good. The chassis is well balanced and if it were rear wheel drive it would be just as fun as the best out there. Audi made a great chassis with the MLB which is still restricted to Audi cars only. The ride at times was firm over potholes and lumps , but it stuck to the road when it needed to most and the interior did not even rattle at all in those conditions. On smooth surfaces it rode beautifully. What more could I ask for.

Excellent buyer's guide, I do like the Audi A4 although I've never drove one. What would be the difference with having rear drive? - James, The Car Loan Warehouse

No thanks, Audi is largely for people who think they know about cars, however the fact that they chose Audi suggests otherwise.

I agree with you somewhat when you mentioned Audi as an all-rounder provided you are measuring its performance equivalent to the price offered e.g. leaving the internal consumer purchasing power, Audi tries to manage the performance meeting the competitive price in automotive market.

I have been using it for 5 years in two different models; the Audi A4 2.0 and Audi A4 1.8. Purchased both of them from the same dealer CarWorld Car Supermarket in Peterborough and experienced that my investment was worth the performance.

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