Should I buy an Audi?
Audi has carved itself a very successful position as the premium brand in the VW Group portfolio. It's one of the 'big three' German prestige brands, competing with BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
Audi offers an enormous range of cars – from the Audi A1 small hatchback, right up to the Audi Q7 full-size 4x4 and its sporty sibling, the SQ7, and the innovative diesel hybrid, the Q7 e-Tron. In between are big sellers, such as the A3 and larger A4.
To some extent, Audis can be regarded as expensive Volkswagens, since they share much of VW's engineering and underpinnings. But Audi does boast plenty of its own specific innovative technology and superior materials, especially inside the cabin.
Every year, we survey thousands of car owners so we can reveal the most reliable car brands. Keep reading to find out if you can trust Audi cars.
How reliable are Audi cars?
Audi cars are reliable - or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Audi owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.
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We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
How much do Audi cars cost?
Audis are marketed as premium cars, so it's no surprise to find that they are priced very much at the top end of the mainstream market.
It's often the desirable optional extras that really push Audi prices up - just ticking a few boxes will see your bank balance become much lighter.
Audis tend to hold their value well, which can be good news for running costs as it means you lose less money over time. However, as with a new Audi, buying a second-hand one can be quite expensive.
Audi and dieselgate
The sharing of engines with VW means that Audi has been affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal. Certain diesel-powered Audis built between 2009 and 2015 may be more polluting than official figures suggest and may be subject to recall.
Choosing the best Audi car
Most people choosing an Audi put quality high on their shopping list - and there's not a single model in the range where you'll feel short-changed in terms of fit, finish and quality of materials.
It's in the larger car classes that Audi really shines, showing off its innovative technology and opulent fittings. The and are perhaps the true heartland of Audi, with the (including the ) and offering cutting-edge luxury.