Used Audi A4 Avant (2001 - 2004) Costs

Review by Parkers on
The second generation A4 Avant comes very close to the standards set by the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's a well built and high quality estate that offers good carrying ability and excellent all round comfort.
3.5 out of 5

Running costs

The A4 Avant makes a good used buy but the larger V6 petrol units are thirsty - stick to the 2.0 FSI or the 1.9 TDI if you want fuel economy. Servicing is expensive too, especially at Audi dealers so it's worth finding a decent specialist - there are plenty around. Parts prices can be high so a recently serviced car is ideal while the range-topping S4 isn't cheap in terms of fuel, insurance or tyres.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,266 - £2,341 *


£972 - £1,549 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Petrol - 19,000 miles or 2 yrs, 4 cyl TDI - 30,000 miles or 2 years, V6 TDI - 22,000 miles or 2 years.


Mechanical 3 years; body 6 years.

Road tax (12 months)

£165.00 - £330.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

2.5 out of 5

Green credentials

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • H
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L
  • M

CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

The A4 scores fairly badly on the eco front. With an average of 207g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are a touch high for a medium-sized estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

The range is not particularly economical, averaging 35mpg.

Find the exact engine and CO2