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Every Audi vehicle has problems, some just have more than others.

PainRank combines owner data, recall frequency, vehicle age, and other factors to give you a guide about which vehicles are a pain-in-the-butt to own. We’ve also ranked Audi generations, so you can get a better sense of which vehicles and model years you should avoid like the plague.

A3

Score 7.66

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 31
  • Investigations 13
  • TSBs 847

A4

Score 7.19

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 51
  • Investigations 26
  • TSBs 1760

A5

Score 2.03

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 4
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 825

A6

Score 2.63

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 64
  • Investigations 74
  • TSBs 1816

A7

Score 1.59

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 6
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 552

A8

Score 0.77

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 27
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 1401

allroad

Score 2.8

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 17
  • Investigations 20
  • TSBs 170

Q3

Score 2.19

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 7
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 17

Q5

Score 3.77

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 13
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 966

Q7

Score 3.35

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 17
  • Investigations 8
  • TSBs 1141

R8

Score N/A

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 294

S3

Score 0.35

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 0

S4

Score 2.86

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 13
  • Investigations 6
  • TSBs 609

S5

Score 0.26

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 497

S6

Score 0.05

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 7
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 228

S7

Score N/A

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 71

S8

Score 0.02

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 5
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 158

SQ5

Score N/A

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 2
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 8

TT

Score 2.91

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 23
  • Investigations 2
  • TSBs 707

TTS

Score N/A

Generations

NHTSA Data

  • Recalls 0
  • Investigations 0
  • TSBs 12

Answers to the most frequently asked questions

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).

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.

What is NHTSA Data?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government agency dedicated to keeping the roads safer by conducting investigations into potential problems, recalling safety issues, and tracking technical service bulletins issued by automakers.