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How Many Miles Can An Audi Last? (10 Popular Models)

How many miles can a particular model of Audi last? When you’re in the market for a new or second-hand Audi, that’s, of course, a very reasonable question to ask. After all, you’re probably looking to get the most bang for your buck. In this blog, we’ll look at the most popular models but first, let’s start with a quick answer:

On average, an Audi lasts between 160,000 – 190,000 miles. The Audi Q5 is the most reliable Audi and can reach a maximum of 240,000 miles. The Audi Q3 is the least reliable Audi with a maximum of 150,000 miles.

Having said that, we’re certainly not done. Below you’ll find an overview of the most popular Audi models. We’ve done extensive research to determine the average and the maximum number of miles the car will go for each model. Furthermore, you’ll find the average life expectancy of the car, the average reliability rating, and how much money you will have to spend annually on maintenance. Read on!

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How Many Miles Can An Audi Last?

To answer the question of how many miles an Audi can last, we needed to do some research. For this, we’ve used the database of Autotrader.com. For each model of car that we’ve researched, we looked at several factors such as:

  • Number of cars that the sample size consists of
  • What the highest mileage was for that model of car
  • How many of these cars had a mileage of more than 150,000 miles
  • What the reliability rating for the car is
  • Average annual spending for maintenance

Do you want to know how these Audis compare to other cars in terms of the expected miles they can last? Read more about that in this article: How Many Miles Can A Car Last? (156 Models Analyzed!)

Audi A3

Sample size: 2,439

An Audi A3 can drive a maximum of 182,000 miles. Audi A3s are reasonably reliable cars with a total of 0.90%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi A3 will last around 160,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 11 years and 10 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi A3 are reasonably reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3.5/5 stars. However, the maintenance cost is slightly above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $741. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 0.48 times per year, with a 9% probability of severe issues.

Audi A4

Sample size: 4,682

An Audi A4 can drive a maximum of 224,000 miles. Audi A4s are reasonably reliable cars with a total of 1.94%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi A4 will last around 190,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 14 years and 1 month with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi A4 are reasonably reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3.5/5 stars. However, the maintenance cost is slightly above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $739. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 0.37 times per year, with a 13% probability of severe issues.

Audi A5

Sample size: 2,580

An Audi A5 can drive a maximum of 183,000 miles. Audi A5s are reasonably reliable cars with a total of 0.93%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi A5 will last around 160,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 11 years and 10 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi A5 are reasonably reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3.5/5 stars. However, the maintenance cost is slightly above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $798.

Audi A6

Sample size: 2,298

An Audi A6 can drive a maximum of 218,000 miles. Audi A6s are reliable cars with a total of 3.18%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi A6 will last around 190,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 14 years and 1 month with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi A6 are reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3.5/5 stars. However, the maintenance cost is above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $913. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 0.28 times per year, with a 12% probability of severe issues.

Audi A7

Sample size: 817

An Audi A7 can drive a maximum of 175,000 miles. Audi A7s are reasonably reliable cars with a total of 1.10%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi A7 will last around 150,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 11 years and 2 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi A7 aren’t reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 2/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is far above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $1,251. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 1.63 times per year, with a 14% probability of severe issues.

Audi Q3

Sample size: 2,251

An Audi Q3 can drive a maximum of 150,000 miles. Audi Q3s aren’t very reliable cars with a total of 0.22%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi Q3 will last around 130,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 9 years and 8 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi Q3 are reasonably reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $951.

Audi Q5

Sample size: 7,065

An Audi Q5 can drive a maximum of 240,000 miles. Audi Q5s are reasonably reliable cars with a total of 0.65%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi Q5 will last around 210,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 15 years and 7 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi Q5 aren’t reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 3/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $928. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 1.19 times per year, with a 9% probability of severe issues.

Audi Q7

Sample size: 3,542

An Audi Q7 can drive a maximum of 229,000 miles. Audi Q7s are reliable cars with a total of 2.06%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi Q7 will last around 200,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 14 years and 10 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi Q7 aren’t reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 2.5/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is far above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $1,185. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 0.9 times per year, with a 13% probability of severe issues.

Audi S4

Sample size: 801

An Audi S4 can drive a maximum of 195,000 miles. Audi S4s are reliable cars with a total of 1.62%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi S4 will last around 165,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 12 years and 3 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi S4 aren’t reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 2/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is far above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $1,171. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 0.89 times per year, with a 17% probability of severe issues.

Audi S5

Sample size: 1,264

An Audi S5 can drive a maximum of 160,000 miles. Audi S5s aren’t very reliable cars with a total of 0.63%, reaching a mileage of more than 150,000 miles. On average, an Audi S5 will last around 140,000 miles, giving it a life expectancy of 10 years and 5 months with an average mileage of 13,500 miles per year.

Looking at data from Repairpal.com, we can see that Audi S5 aren’t reliable cars to own. The car gets a reliability rating of 2/5 stars. Furthermore, the maintenance cost is far above average for a car this size, with average annual spending of $1,164. The car is brought to a mechanic for unexpected maintenance around 1.2 times per year, with a 17% probability of severe issues.

Should You Buy An Audi With A Higher Mileage?

Another important question to ask yourself when you’re in the market for a used Audi is whether or not it’s smart to buy a high mileage one. As you’ve read in the article, Audi’s aren’t typically very reliable cars and they’re also quite expensive to maintain. One of the reasons for this is that these are luxury cars (like BMWs) which are expensive to maintain, especially when they reach higher mileages.

For this reason alone, we wouldn’t advise an Audi that has mileage above the 120,000 miles mark. It’s most likely best to buy an Audi that is around five years old. Using data from Caredge.com we can see that five-year-old Audi’s have depreciated around 50%.

Assuming an average mileage of 13,500 per year, this means a five-year-old Audi has 67.500 miles on the odometer. In most cases, this means the car still has 7 – 10 years left before it really gives out. However, do be prepared to pay above average maintenance cost in the meantime.

Also read: The Complete Cost Of Maintaining An Audi

How To Maintain An Audi So That It Will Reach High Mileages?

For a Audi to reach high mileage, regular maintenance must be carried out according to the maintenance schedule of your Audi. Also, this maintenance schedule gives you a clear overview of what you can expect for maintenance when you’re buying a used Audi.

Below you’ll find the list of the general maintenance points that should be carried out for an Audi. Please keep in mind that every model of Audi is different and that they have different maintenance requirements. 

  • Oil change: Every 10,000 miles
  • Tire rotation: Every 10,000 miles
  • Service battery and cables: Every 20,000 miles
  • Air filter replacement: Every 20,000 miles
  • Cabin air filter replacement: 40,000 miles
  • Lubricate trunks and doors: 40,000 miles
  • Spark plugs replacement: Every 60,000 miles

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