Does an Audi A4 Hold Its Value?

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 06/19/22 •  3 min read

You can expect an Audi A4 to depreciate approximately a little over 50% within five years of use. This is subsequently followed by a resale value of slightly under $21,000 after those five years. This is assuming that it costs somewhere around $42,000 to buy it brand new.

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If you buy a new Audi A4, you will lose almost half of the money you paid in five years. Some people can find some good deals on models that are only two or three years old, because many of them are on lease. The Audi A4 is a reliable car, so allow someone else to buy it new so you can get it for about 35% off or more when it is already three years old. That way, it is possible that it will still be under warranty.

Which one is better: new Audi A4 or used?

It would be a good idea to purchase a used Audi A4 that is at least two years old. By buying used, you would save a little over $10,000 compared to buying it brand new. And you still have a very new model with lots of miles left. Logically, two years of usage shouldn’t be enough to do considerable damage to a used Audi A4.

If you plan to keep this particular vehicle for three years, you will end up with a depreciation cost down the road of somewhere above $11,000. What lengths of use or car models are you looking at? Try to find the spot in which the cost of depreciation is at its lowest. You will be able to find one that is the best bang for your buck then.

What are the Best Models to buy an Audi A4?

We have picked the 2018 Audi A4. It is the best model year-round value for money. By purchasing a car from the 2018 model, you will only pay on average a little above 60% of the cost for a new one. By doing so, you will also still have 75% of the car’s usability. The 2020 and 2015 model years are other good choices for the Audi A4.

How to Extend the Lifespan of an Audi A4

If you take care of your Audi A4 and maintain it, it should last for anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 miles. If you drive an average of 13,000 or so miles on an annual basis, a new Audi A4 can be expected to last for almost 1five years. Even then, some people have reported that an Audi A4 can last much longer than that.

So, how do you optimize their longevity? Well, while keeping an eye out for depreciation numbers may help, it is only half of the work. Arguably, one of the stronger contributors would be how an Audi A4 owner takes care of the specific car as a whole. This means not only maintaining the car’s mechanical parts, but also its cosmetic appearance. For example, if you are someone who wants to keep your Audi A4 as pristine as possible, then washing it every week will be the best thing for you.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.