Best used Audis

Regardless of your budget, a good-quality used Audi is within reach. Don’t believe us? Here are our top picks in every price range from £2000 to £25,000 to prove it...

Best used Audis

Best used Audis

These days, an Audi badge on the nose of your car is often seen as a sign that you’ve made it. And with their beautifully built interiors, efficient engines and smart, understated looks, it’s no wonder an Audi is an object of desire for many used car buyers.

No surprise, then, that a used Audi will often set you back slightly more to buy than a comparable model from a rival manufacturer. But don’t imagine a used Audi has to cost the earth. In fact, they’re so ubiquitous that there’s a sound, usable and reliable Audi with sensible mileage and a good history out there no matter how much or little you might have to spend. You just have to be a bit canny about the model you choose – and to help you with that, we’ve put together our guide to the best used Audis for every budget.

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Best used Audis for £25,000

Audi RS4

3. Audi RS4 (2005-2008)

Widely lauded as the best of its breed, this generation of the muscle-bound RS4 performance saloon is powered by a 4.2-litre V8, giving it enough power to rocket to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds. It isn’t just fast, though – it’s fun in the corners, too, with a wonderfully responsive chassis that delivers more innate agility than most Audi RS performance models.

We found: 2007 RS4 Avant, 45,000 miles, £23,995

What's more, its place at the top of the RS tree in enthusiasts’ minds means the 2005 RS4 looks set to hold its value, and could even appreciate in a few years’ time.

Find a used Audi RS4 in the PistonHeads Classifieds

Best used Audis for £25,000

Audi TT

2. Audi TT (2014-present)

Bagging a nearly-new Audi TT gives you all the benefits of one fresh from the factory, but with a significant discount on the price. In other words, you still get the same nimble handling, the same wonderful interior, and the same sporty styling – just for even less cash.

We found: 2017 2.0 TFSI S Line, 6,000 miles, £25,000

Best used Audis for £25,000

Audi TT

The best part is that there are plenty of low-mileage examples around for this budget, too, so finding one will be relatively easy; that means, too, that you can afford to be picky.

Read the full Audi TT review

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Best used Audis for £25,000

Audi A4

1. Audi A4 (2015-present)

The Audi A4 won our Car of the Year award back in 2015, and as a used buy it makes just as much sense. There’s a choice of excellent, efficient engines, and a gorgeous interior; there’s plenty of space both for passengers and in the boot, too, and as long as you avoid the S-line version, the A4 rides comfortably and handles tidily.

We found: 2017 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport S Tronic, 4,000 miles, £24,840

Best used Audis for £25,000

Audi A4

For this budget, too, you've got your choice of one-owner, low-mileage cars that are all but new. All in all, the latest A4 is a class act, and makes an incredibly tempting used executive saloon.

Read the used Audi A4 review

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Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi A1

3. Audi A1 (2010-present)

It’s small, but the Audi A1 is perfectly formed, bringing Audi’s high-quality interiors to the small car class. Under the skin, it’s the same as the Volkswagen Polo, meaning it gets proven mechanicals, but the A1 is a classier beast than its sibling, and gives you a more upmarket feel and slicker handling.

We found: 2013 1.4 TFSI Sport, 29,000 miles, £10,000

Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi A1 interior

Check carefully for electrical gremlins; they’re an A1 bugbear. Find a good one, though, and an A1 should provide you with solid service, and be a delight to own from day to day.

Read the used Audi A1 review

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Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi TT

2. Audi TT (2006-2014)

The second-generation Audi TT manages that neat trick of combining excellent handling with a ride that’s comfortable enough for all but the pickiest of drivers. This was the first TT available with a diesel engine, too, giving high-mileage drivers an economical option, but it’s the turbocharged petrol engines that deliver the best thrills of all.

We found: 2010 2.0T FSI, 58,000 miles, £9500

Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi TT

Wear on the bolsters of the leather seats can be a problem and suggests less-than-exemplary care. Look out for thrashed, crashed, loose-feeling cars, and avoid anything that's been modified. And if you're buying a four-wheel-drive car, listen out for strange whining or graunching noises.

Read the used Audi TT review

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Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi A3

1. Audi A3 (2012-present)

It has one of the finest interiors of any family car, which is one reason we think the Audi A3 is one of the best used family cars going. But there are others, too; namely its brilliant blend of handling and ride comfort – though S-line models are best avoided, as they’re quite firm.

We found: 2013 Sportback 2.0 TDI Sport 3dr, 47,000 miles, £9,980

Best used Audis for £10,000

Audi A3 interior

Diesel models are plentiful, but petrol models deliver a smooth and punchy drive, too, and all are efficient, meaning there’s plenty of choice. Plus, of course, you get plenty of room for both passengers and luggage.

Read the full Audi A3 review

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Best used Audis for £5000

Audi Cabriolet

3. Audi Cabriolet (1990-2000)

Simply called the Audi Cabriolet, and based on the 80 saloon, this square-jawed drop-top will be forever known for its connection with Diana, Princess of Wales, who used one as her personal transport in 1994.

We found: 2000 2.6, 66,000 miles, £4490

Best used Audis for £5000

Audi Cabriolet

The Cabriolet’s effortless class, fabulous build quality and creamy smooth engines mean it’s a popular choice even today, and now that numbers have thinned, it looks like a good investment buy too, as values will be on the rise before long.

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Best used Audis for £5000

Audi A6 Avant

2. Audi A6 Avant (2004-2011)

Its enormous boot lies behind the appeal of the Audi A6 Avant – even with the seats up, there’s a huge amount of space, and with them down the luggage room on offer is simply vast. Throw in the fact the A6 is a comfortable cruiser with an interior so lovely it still feels modern even today, and you have a very appealing used car.

We found: 2007 2.0 TDI SE, 101,000 miles, £4490

Best used Audis for £5000

Audi A6 Avant

The A6 Avant isn't exactly the most exciting car in the world to drive, mind you, but what it lacks in involvement it makes up for with class. Oil pump failures on early 2.0-litre diesels are common, though, so look for a 2006 model or later.

Read the used Audi A6 Avant review

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Best used Audis for £5000

Audi TT

1. Audi TT (1999-2006)

Even if you’re not all that interested in cars, there’s a good chance you’ll have heard of the Audi TT. This first-generation model was a revelation when it was first released, thanks to its super-clean design, which won it many fans and made it instantly deeply fashionable.

We found: 2002 1.8T 225, 56,000 miles, £4750

Best used Audis for £5000

Audi TT

The downside was that the TT wasn’t quite as good to drive as some rivals, and a design flaw with early cars resulted in tricky handling and a safety recall to rectify the problems. But once it was fixed, the TT became incredibly popular, and remains so today, thanks to its head-turning looks, four-wheel-drive traction, and gutsy engines – of which the 1.8T 225 is the one to have.

Read the used Audi TT review

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Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A3

3. Audi A3 (1996-2003)

It’s a largely forgotten fact that the original Audi A3 started the popular trend today for upmarket family-sized hatchbacks. Today, while there are plenty of tired examples, there are still diamonds in the rough to be found, and a good one should offer years of faithful service.

We found: 1999 1.9 TDI SE, 95,000 miles, £1500

Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A3

What’s more, you can buy a nice first-generation A3 for relatively little cash, making them a great bargain buy. For this sort of money, very little else offers the same sense of unburstable solidity.

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Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A4

2. Audi A4 (2000-2005)

It isn’t quite as sharp as its chief rival, the BMW 3 Series, but the Audi A4 is still a smooth, comfortable cruiser with a crisply styled interior that makes it well worth a look, especially at this price. Diesel versions are obviously the most efficient, though if fuel economy is less of an issue, the 1.8-litre turbo is fast and smooth.

We found: 2004 1.8T Limited Edition, 82,000 miles, £1995

Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A4

All models have a decent reputation for reliability, though watch out for cambelt change intervals and try to buy one with as full a service history as you can get. There will be quite a few tired examples around by now, too, so go for a car that feels like it's been well cared-for.

Read the used Audi A4 review

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Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A2

1. Audi A2

It’s an unusual-looking thing, the Audi A2, but there’s a reason for that. Its height means it offers loads of space inside, yet on the outside it’s compact. It’s also lightweight, being built out of aluminium, which means it’s remarkably efficient. It is, in short, a clever little car, and that’s amassed it a cult following.

We found: 2004 1.4 SE, 89,000 miles, £1994

Best used Audis for £2000

Audi A2

As a result of that growing following and increasing interest, expect values to rise in a few years. That means an A2 isn’t just a neat – and great value – family car; it could turn out to be a great investment, too.

Read the used Audi A2 review

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