5th Generation (2009—2016) S4 Problems

This generations ranks 47th out of 54 Audi generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (17%), engine (14%), and the steering (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Premature Brake Wear 1 complaints at an average of 16,000 miles in the 2014 Audi S4.
  2. Bucking 2 complaints at an average of 5,050 miles in the 2014 Audi S4.
  3. Excessive Brake Noise/squeaking 1 complaints at an average of 29,700 miles in the 2012 Audi S4.

What S4 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 2014 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2016 0 0 137 0.0
2015 0 1 212 0.0
2014 8 1 260 7.2
2013 2 1 356 0.38
2012 13 1 315 4.87
2011 4 1 316 2.43
2010 1 0 272 0.21
2009 0 2 67 0.0

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