2018 Audi A5 Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Airbags, structure, and suspension issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

When it comes to owning a luxury vehicle that stands out, owners couldn’t have been happier to get their hands on the 2018 Audi A5. It features unique styling, high-tech features and the company claims that “nothing stands out like distinction,” but research shows this model stands out for all of the wrong reasons. The air bags don’t seem to work, it features a poorly-built structure and there are issues with the suspension.

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2018 Audi A5

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Unknown Or Other
Service Brakes
Air Bags
Exterior Lighting
Visibility:sun/moon Roof Assembly

Problems with the Air Bags

While there aren’t overwhelming reviews about the troubles that the air bags are causing on the 2018 Audi A5, make no mistake about it. This system is exceptionally flawed and has even undergone three separate recalls.

Recall Number 19V547000 expresses how there is oxidation on the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) that causes the software to recognize a malfunction and fails to notice a passenger, thereby disabling the system. Recall Number 17V822000 says that the head curtain air bag might not unfold as it should, leading to an increased chance of injury. Finally, Recall Number 18V836000 illustrates how the passenger air bag module mounting screw might not be tightened completely and could prevent the deployment of the air bag once again. If someone didn’t know better, it could be argued that the company has it out for the passengers. Either that or those specific engineers have no clue how to build cars. In reality, nothing stands out like failure.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

Audi and Volkswagen are part of the same family of vehicles, but it’s expected that the Audi will be made with higher quality materials, yet, many people are struggling with the structure of this luxury car.

One user at Audi World stated, “Many people are having problems with the door buzz or rattle which sounds like a jar of pennies trapped in the door. For me, it happens with the stereo off and I hit a certain frequency of road texture. To mimic this frequency of road without driving around all day, I noticed that the song ‘Pylonesque’ by .christ elicits the door buzz in an extreme way for troubleshooting purposes.At this stage, they are trying a new door panel on one side to see if this will be a fix. However the door panel will take 4-6 weeks. Haven’t enjoyed my new car yet but at some point all the problems may be fixed.”

Again, Audi has issued a recall related to the poorly built structure. Recall Number 17V675000 states that the aluminum trim of all of the doors can come loose around the door speakers. If this happens, occupants can cut themselves on the sharp, knife-like edges. Imagine someone getting cut on the trim and then getting into an accident as a result, where the air bags don’t deploy. What a disaster waiting to happen, and a great way to “stand out.”

Problems with the Suspension

The suspension of a vehicle consists of many parts and works in conjunction with the steering. In a luxury vehicle from Audi, one would expect that the ride and steering would all come together to create a harmonious ride, but that’s not the case.

Just look at this statement left on Car Complaints. “Clicking and vibration in steering column, especially at low speeds”

This isn’t an isolated occurrence. In fact, the internet is riddled with similar complaints. There’s even a suspension-related recall that owners should know about. Recall Number 18V893000 says that the front suspension fasteners might not have been correctly tightened. Is there a theme here? Are the techs afraid of tightening components? Anyway, this results in the front wheel breaking loose. Obviously, if the front wheel comes loose, occupants could be in danger of an accident. Don’t forget that the airbags might also fail to deploy on top of it. As we come to the end of this, it’s clear that the Audi A5 does stand out, but only because it is a massive lemon.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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