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Ranking 52 Audi Generations by Reliability

Sorting models by their generation gives us a clearer picture of common problems across a group of similar vehicles. From there, we can assign scores to each generation to give you a basic picture of which to consider and those to avoid. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Rank Model Gen Years PainRank (?)
52nd A4 Gen 3 2005–2007 8.74
51st A4 Gen 2 2001–2004 7.71
50th A4 Gen 4 2008–2015 5.23
49th A3 Gen 3 2013–2018 3.37
48th Q5 Gen 1 2009–2018 3.09
47th Q7 Gen 2 2017–2017 2.2
46th A6 Gen 4 2012–2017 2.1
45th A6 Gen 2 1998–2004 1.95
44th S4 Gen 5 2009–2016 1.95
43rd Q3 Gen 1 2015–2017 1.84
42nd A4 Gen 1 1996–2000 1.79
41st Q7 Gen 1 2006–2016 1.78
40th allroad Gen 2 2001–2004 1.67
39th TT Gen 1 2000–2006 1.6
38th A6 Gen 3 2005–2011 1.41
37th S4 Gen 3 2003–2005 1.37
36th A7 Gen 1 2012–2017 1.02
35th A8 Gen 3 2011–2016 0.99
34th A4 Gen 5 2016–2018 0.95
33rd A3 Gen 2 2006–2012 0.82
32nd A5 Gen 1 2008–2017 0.81
31st A3 Gen 1 0.51
30th TT Gen 2 2007–2017 0.48
29th S3 Gen 3 2015–2017 0.35
28th S4 Gen 4 2006–2008 0.35
27th S5 Gen 1 2008–2016 0.24
26th 100 Gen 4 0.15
25th S6 Gen 4 2011–2016 0.13
24th S8 Gen 3 2010–2016 0.09
23rd A6 Gen 1 1995–1997 0.09
22nd 200 Gen 1 0.08
21st A8 Gen 1 1997–2002 0.03
20th A8 Gen 2 2003–2010 0.02
19th A5 Gen 2 2018–2018 0.0
18th allroad Gen 4 2013–2016 0.0
17th S4 Gen 2 2000–2002 0.0
16th RS 4 Gen 3 0.0
15th R8 Gen 2 2016–2017 0.0
14th RS 7 Gen 1 0.0
13th allroad Gen 3 2005–2005 0.0
12th S8 Gen 2 2003–2009 0.0
11th S6 Gen 2 2002–2004 0.0
10th S4 Gen 1 1992–1994 0.0
9th R8 Gen 1 2008–2015 0.0
8th SQ5 Gen 2 2017–2017 0.0
7th RS 5 Gen 1 0.0
6th S8 Gen 1 2001–2002 0.0
5th SQ5 Gen 1 2014–2016 0.0
4th S7 Gen 1 2013–2016 0.0
3rd TTS Gen 2 2009–2016 0.0
2nd S6 Gen 3 2005–2010 0.0
1st RS 6 Gen 2 0.0

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

What Are Vehicle Generations?

Generations are groups of model years where the vehicles are continuously produced, use similar engineering, and share features. Generational data is not always cut-and-dry – manufacturers might not always release generation information, some generations might last longer in different countries, and various trim levels and model variants can make the whole thing confusing. We do our best but make no guarantees about our generation data. When in doubt, we stick with data about US models.

Why Are Some Vehicles Missing a 1st / 2nd / 3rd Generation?

You might notice that some of our data starts at generation 5, 6, etc. So what happened to the older generations? One of two things. 1. some models have been around a long time and we don’t have any complaint or NHTSA data about them. 2. some new models share the same platform as existing models, so we typically tie them together. For instance, a new hybrid vehicle might be introduced during the 5th generation of its non-hybrid counterpart. We’ll typically start the hybrid’s generation at 5, unless it’s otherwise noted.

What is PainRank™? Where Does it Come From?

PainRank™ is a CarComplaints.com algorithm that uses complaint data from owners (the average mileage of failures, the cost to make repairs, etc), relative complaints analysis, sales numbers, NHTSA data, & owners’ own vehicle rankings to come up with a number representing how much pain a car inflicts on its owners. The higher the PainRank™ score, the more painful a car is to own (typically).