What used Audi A4 saloon will I get for my budget?
You can buy an A4 of this generation for below £10,000, but it'll be a high mileage affair. Prices for this generation of A4 start at around £12,000 for a good one, this for a 2015 car with an average mileage for the year, bought from an independent dealer. Up the ante to between £14,000 and £16,000 and you'll find a good choice of 2016 and 2017 cars with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, while £17,000 to £19,000 brings you your choice of 2018 cars, some from franchised dealers. Look at £20,000 to £26,000 for a 2019 model.
How much does it cost to run a Audi A4 saloon?
The A4 has impressive on-paper economy figures, but it can’t live up to these in normal driving. Under those circumstances, the 1.4 TFSI will achieve nigh on 40mpg, according to the older NEDC tests, while the lower-powered 2.0 (badged 190) returns 37mpg. The 2.0 TFSI 250 is thirstier, recording 30mpg on average. The last of the petrols, the S4, will struggle to break 25mpg, but the trade-off is that it is agreeably powerful.
The diesel engines fare better, with the 148bhp 2.0 TDI averaging 50mpg under the NEDC tests, while the 187bhp version will return an mpg of mid-40s. The lesser of the 3.0 TDI engines will approach the 45mpg mark but the most powerful diesel, the 264bhp 3.0 TDI with an automatic gearbox and quattro four-wheel drive, will average 30mpg.
Under the later WLTP tests, the 35 TFSI petrol claims an official 42.2mpg, the 40 TFSI 42.2mpg, the 45 TFSI with quattro four-wheel drive 36.7mpg, the 30 TDI 55.4mpg, the 35 TDI 54.3mpg and the 40 TDI 45.6mpg.
VED rates vary quite considerably, from £0 for the manual 2.0 TDI Ultra to £235 for the S4. None of the 2.0 TDI models will cost more than £30 to tax, with the majority of the 1.4 and 2.0 TFSI models costing between £125 and £160, even when coupled with an automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive.
Cars registered after April 2017 will pay a flat rate currently £145 a year - those whose new price was over £40,000 will pay an additional luxury car tax currently £320 a year.
Audis do tend to be expensive to service at franchised dealers, but once these models are three years old they will qualify for Audi’s fixed-price servicing deal, which costs from £167 for a minor service and £329 for a major one (based on cars with engines no larger than 2.0-litres).