Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 20 - 20 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The RS4 isn’t a car you buy if you have one eye on running costs. As well as high fuel bills, insurance, servicing and any parts will all be expensive. When new it was competitively priced alongside the M3 with a price tag of more than £50,000. But it does come loaded with kit and of course, mind-blowing performance.

The RS4’s 4.2-litre petrol engine returns just 20mpg on average, so it’s no surprise that the model performs poorly on the eco front. It emits 329g/km CO2 which is very high compared to an average family car, but fairly standard compared to similar performance models. The only saving grace is that owners of these sorts of cars tend to do fewer miles per year than those that own average family cars.

The Audi A4 is generally a very reliable car. This one has a highly stressed engine (the rev limiter cuts in at 8250rpm) and must be maintained according to schedule to ensure it continues to perform as it should. The FSI engine is chain driven so won’t need cambelts.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £360 - £630
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Insurance group 42
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