1st Generation (2008—2017) A5 Problems

This generations ranks 35th out of 54 Audi generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (75%), interior (12%), and the brakes (6%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Turbo Charger Faulty 1 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 2011 Audi A5.
  2. Hydraulic Timing Chain Tensioner Failed 1 complaints at an average of 89,272 miles in the 2014 Audi A5.
  3. Oil Light On 3 complaints at an average of 44,503 miles in the 2011 Audi A5.

What A5 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 2011 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2017 0 2 182 0.0
2016 0 3 252 0.0
2015 0 3 375 0.0
2014 1 3 492 0.99
2013 2 3 698 1.11
2012 1 0 468 0.89
2011 9 0 439 4.25
2010 1 0 409 0.44
2009 2 1 348 0.34
2008 0 1 258 0.0

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