Perhaps you’re looking to buy a new car, or you’re curious about which car is more expensive to maintain. After all, knowing the average costs of maintenance should be a factor to consider before you make a decision. 

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t all that straightforward and simple but let’s have a look at some points for consideration.

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Which Is Less Expensive to Maintain: Audis or BMWs?

First off, it’s important to understand that it’s hard to compare the brands in general. It makes more sense to compare specific models made in specific years, as they affect the available features and potential common issues.

Both Audis and BMWs are German brands, and generally, German cars tend to be slightly more costly to repair and maintain. They both feature many advanced electronic features that are in and of themselves costly repairs. 

Audi and BMW use performance tires which do cost more than standard tires. BMW models do tend to need oil changes more frequently, but this also depends on how you drive the car. 

When it comes to suspension and steering, Audi tends to be cheaper. However, Audi tends to be more costly for repairs to your gearbox.

In general, Audi and BMW cars are somewhat more expensive cars to maintain. There may be a slight difference in costs overall, but it won’t be so much that it should make or break your decision between the both of them. Different factors influence the maintenance costs such as how fast you drive, how often you drive, and how much city driving you do on the regular.

Some maintenance costs are directly impacted by your driving such as tires, breaks, and oil. If you’re willing to adjust your driving habits a bit, you may be able to reduce the maintenance costs, but this is possible to do no matter which brand you choose.


Ultimately, it depends a lot on your driving. If you tend to drive aggressively or do a lot of road travel, you’ll end up paying more on maintenance whether you have a BMW or an Audi. You can expect to wear out your tires and brakes much faster and require oil changes earlier. Some parts may cost more depending on the brand, but in the end, they do have rather similar electrical issues long term.

If you really want a more specific number, it’s interesting to note that the UK website,, analyzed more than 180,000 quotes and data on the brands. They concluded that Audi is generally 10% more costly than BMW to repair in their 2018 analysis. However, note that that analysis was conducted in the UK.

In summary, it does seem that Audis and BMWs don’t have too significant a difference in their maintenance costs so it would make sense to pick your favorite brand or most desired features or model. After all, maintenance cost is not the only point to consider.