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Mike ASKED THE GUIDE

Suitability of an A5 Sportback as a used buy?

I am looking to buy a used Audi A5 Sportback (4 door hatch) for about $30,000-$35,000 in six to 12 month's time. I like the 2012 model and up as it has had a cosmetic facelift compared to the 2010. 

This model comes in different drive train configurations as follows: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder intercooled turbo-diesel, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder intercooled turbo petrol, 3.0-litre 6-cylinder intercooled supercharged petrol, 3.0-litre 6-cylinder intercooled turbo-diesel. 

I understand that the 6-cylinder versions carry a higher price compared to the 4-cylinder ones. 

I like the look of the car as it looks sporty and it appears to have plenty of room. Your thoughts on this type of car and also are the 4-cylinder versions reliable and spirited? Also, are there any issues to look out for this car?

Graham Smith ANSWERED BY Graham Smith
23 September 2016

In my view buying a used European car is risky, they're expensive to service and repair, and more things tend to go wrong with them as the kilometres climb. 

You're more likely to hit snags with them than you are with less exotic cars from other parts of the world. With Audis you should try to ascertain if they are using oil, and you should thoroughly check the operation of the automatic transmission. 

Once you have chosen a car I would urge you to have it checked by a mechanic experienced in Audis or VWs.

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