When you’re buying a car, it’s important that you take into account its reliability. Even sports car owners are turning to more reliable vehicles over something flashy but unreliable. Sports cars have become a much more common sight on the road, especially as newer models become more and more reliable.

As Audis are one of the more popular sports car brands, many people wonder about its reliability. When compared to other brands, how do Audis compare, and are they really all that reliable?

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What Makes a Sports Car Reliable?

Before diving into whether an Audi is reliable or not, you should first understand what’s taken into account when considering the reliability of a car. 

For most people, a reliable car will meet the following standards:

  • Good fuel economy and usage
  • Good performance despite high mileage
  • Sturdy structure and body; it’s worth noting that hardtop sports cars tend to last longer than convertibles or roofless sports cars due to their stronger structure.
  • Functional design with either a back seat or a large trunk
  • Powerful engine that doesn’t fade over time
  • Affordable maintenance
  • Good performance over all types of terrain

If a sports car meets all of the points above, it’s widely considered to be a very reliable car. Even cars that meet most of the above points are often considered reliable by owners and fans alike.

With the above points in mind, let’s take a look at Audis specifically.

Are Audis Actually a Reliable Sports Car?

Audis tend to rank as a reasonably reliable sports car, scoring around 68 out of 100 in reliability points. While this score could be higher, it’s worth acknowledging that it is a pretty good score, especially when you consider the reliability rating of some of the first sports cars.

As can be expected, reliability varies from model to model. The Audi Q5 is generally the most reliable while the Audi A3 Saloon is one of the least reliable models that the brand offers. 

Audi sports cars offer more additional functionality than other brands do, which, ironically, can lower the reliability score. This is because there are more aspects to maintain and fix. Simply having more available features means there will be more things that need to be repaired, updated, and replaced over time which is one of the reasons why Audi’s reliability rating has been lowered. 

When it comes to the cost of maintenance, Audi is neither the best nor the worst. The average cost of repairs tends to hover in the middle ground. Average maintenance costs for Maseratis are almost double the average of Audis, though the costs for Audi maintenance are considerably higher than those for Daihatsu sports cars.

What Makes Audis More Reliable?

Providing routine maintenance checks for your Audi sports car can improve reliability. Cars that are well maintained will have a longer life, and you’ll often be able to catch problems before they become too large or expensive. 

When you schedule a maintenance check for your Audi to increase reliability, there are some specific things you should be looking for and at:

  • Changing your oil every 5,000 to 10,000 miles will greatly improve how your car runs and the health of your engine.
  • Brakes should be checked once or twice a year as these are one of the quickest things to wear out on a vehicle.
  • Make sure your tires are in good condition and change them out every few years. 
  • Check on your battery health every now and then to prevent a dead car. While a battery may need to be replaced after 3 years, recharging it can help extend the lifespan.


Overall, Audis are one of the more reliable sports cars available and are worth the investment for many people.