Used Audi A5 (Mk1, 2007-2016) review - What should you look out for?

Excellent build quality means a used Audi A5 should feel as classy as a new model, but there are problems to look out for

The Audi A5 looks and feels like a quality product, but it’s not without its problems. Build quality is excellent, which is especially evident on the inside, but the A5 is no less prone to issues than a more mainstream – and cheaper – coupe.

Common used Audi A5 problems

Windows

Regulators for electric windows can break. It’s a DIY fix, with new ones costing £120 from Audi.

Fuel cap

Fuel filler flap mechanism can fail. There’s an override behind the boot trim to open the flap.

Bearings

Wheel bearings are a weak spot, especially the fronts, so listen for groaning when cornering.

Doors

Make sure the door locks work properly because the mechanisms can fail; replacement is the only cure.

Recalls

The A5 has been recalled five times. Three recalls between October 2014 and February 2017 covered brake servo problems, fuel leaks and airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Coolant pump overheating caused a May 2017 recall, then in January some A5s were recalled for air-con overheating. Some models were included in the VW diesel emissions scandal.

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