Used Audi A4 Avant (2001 - 2004) Safety & Reliability

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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.
4 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    4 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    1 out of 5

Thanks to a good four-star Euro NCAP crash rating and an abundance of safety equipment fitted as standard, the A4 is a reassuringly safe vehicle. All models get ESP and ABS while security is taken care of by the anti-theft alarm and VIN-etched windows. Rear side airbags are also options on top of the six fitted as standard.

4 out of 5


Like the rest of the Audi range, the A4 looks like an excellent bet for reliability. As ever, read the service history before buying and make sure it gets serviced on time when you own it.

Car check problem points


No major problems reported.


Check the gearbox on automatic models.


Display panel.