Early examples of the Audi A4 are now very cheap to buy, while last-of-line Y-reg offer serious value.
Engines and transmissions last well and shouldn't hit your finances hard, while servicing is affordable providing you avoid Audi dealers and seek out a good independent garage. However, the car's reliability record isn't great and bills for high-priced spares can easily mount up.
Warranty Direct reports that repairs are typically a third dearer than on a BMW 3 Series. A professional pre-purchase inspection is a smart way to avoid trouble.
Diesels return an easy 40mpg providing you keep a light throttle foot, while petrol 1.8s run to mid-30s. Others do 30mpg or less.
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