Audi A4 Bolt Pattern (1994 -2009)

The Audi A4 is a high-performance sedan with sport-capable components. The first Audi A4 to be released in the US domestic market was the 2001 Audi A4 based on the Volkswagen B5 platform. The legendary 1.8L turbocharged engine and enhanced Quattro all-wheel drive system made it an instant favorite among car enthusiasts. 

Regardless of how passionate you may be about your A4, there will come a time when you will need to know the Audi bolt pattern. 

All Audi A4 sedans made between 1994 and 2009 use the same 5×4.4 inches (5x112mm) Audi bolt pattern and a 2.25 inches (57.1mm) center bore. All Audi A4s use 5 lug nuts that have a thread size of M15 x 1.5. These lug nuts need to be tightened down to 90 ft-lbs of force. 

While the information above is certainly useful, it doesn’t tell you everything that you need to know. So, we made a table that shows the Audi bolt pattern in more detail for each generation below. We will also include a link for the exact type of lug nuts that you need for your Audi.

We will also go over the torque specifications and the center bore. After that, we will break down each generation’s most common engine options and what tires and rims they come with. 

Audi bolt pattern

Audi Bolt Pattern

As you can see from the table below, all generations of this vehicle use the same Audi bolt pattern. 

Year RangeAudi Bolt PatternCenter BoreLug NutsThread SizeTorque Specification
1994 – 20015×4.4 inches (5x112mm)2.25 inches (57.1mm)5M14 x 1.590 ft lbs
2002 – 20055×4.4 inches (5x112mm)2.25 inches (57.1mm)5M14 x 1.590 ft lbs
2006 – 20095×4.4 inches (5x112mm)2.25 inches (57.1mm)5M14 x 1.590 ft lbs

Wheel Fitment Specifications Per Generation

If you are going to properly fit a wheel on your Audi, then you are going to need to know much more than just the Audi bolt pattern. We made a list of all of the most common tire and rim combinations for the most used engine configurations. 

1994 – 2001 (B5 Platform)

If you have a B5 Audi A4 that is equipped with the legendary 178 HP 1.8L 20V turbocharged engine. Then it uses a tire size of 205/60R15, 205/55R16, 205/50R17, 205/45R18, or 225/40R18. Rim sizes for this Audi are 7Jx15 ET45, 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx17 ET42, 7Jx18 ET42, or 7.5Jx18 ET38.

If you have the Quattro version of the above vehicle, then it uses a tire size of either 205/60R15, 205/55R16, 205/50R17, 205/45R18, or 225/40R18 mounted to either a 7Jx15 ET45, 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx17 ET42, 7Jx18 ET42, or 7.5Jx18 ET38 rim. 

For Audi A4 sedans equipped with the 190 HP 2.8L V6 engine, it uses a tire size of 205/55R16, 225/50R16, 225/45R17, 225/40R18, or 235/40R18, along with a rime size of 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx17 ET40, 7.5Jx18 ET38, or 8Jx18 ET35. 

If you have the Quattro A4 with the 190 HP 2.8L V6 engine, then it uses a tire size of 205/55R16, 225/50R16, 225/45R17, 225/40R18, or 235/40R18. Rim sizes for this version of the A4 are 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx17 ET40, 7.5Jx18 ET38, or 8Jx18 ET35. 

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesAudi Bolt Pattern
1.8L I4 Turbo178 HP205/60R15205/55R16, 205/50R17, 205/45ZR18, 225/40R187Jx15 ET45, 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx17 ET42, 7Jx18 ET42, 7.5Jx18 ET385×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
1.8L I4 Turbo Quattro178 HP205/60R15, 205/55R16, 205/50R17, 205/45ZR18, 225/40R187Jx15 ET45, 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx17 ET42, 7Jx18 ET42, 7.5Jx18 ET385×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
2.8L V6190 HP205/55R16, 225/50R16, 225/45R17, 225/40R18, 235/40R18 7Jx16 ET45, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx17 ET40, 7.5Jx18 ET38, 8Jx18 ET355×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
2.8L V6 Quattro190 HP205/55R16, 225/50R16, 225/45R17, 225/40R18, 235/40R187Jx16 ET45, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx17 ET40, 7.5Jx18 ET38, 8Jx18 ET355×4.4 inches (5x112mm)

2002 – 2005 (B6 Platform)

If you own a B6 Audi A4 with the 197 HP 2.0L I4 turbocharged engine, then it has a tire size of either 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16, 215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR18,or 235/40ZR18. The rim size for this Audi is going to be either a 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET45.

If you have the 2.0T Quattro B6 A4, it uses a tire size of either 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16 ,215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR18,or 235/40ZR18 mounted to either a 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET45 rim. 

If you’ve got an A4 that has the 252 HP 3.2L V6 engine, it uses a tire size of 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16, 215/55ZR16 ,235/45ZR18, or 235/40ZR18. Rim size for this configuration are 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET45

If you have the Quattro version of the 252 HP 3.2L V6 Audi A4, then it uses a tire size of 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16, 215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR17, or 235 /40ZR18. Rim sizes for this version of the A4 are 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or  8Jx18 ET45

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesAudi Bolt Pattern
2.0L I4 Turbo197 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET455×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
2.0L I4 Turbo Quattro197 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET455×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
3.2L V6252 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET455×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
3.2L V6 Quattro252 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET455×4.4 inches (5x112mm)

2006 – 2009 (B7 Platform)

For the B7 platform Audi A4 sedans that are equipped with the 197 HP 2.0L I4 turbocharged engine, a tire size of either 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16, 215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR17,or 235/40ZR18 is used. Rim sizes for this engine configuration are 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET43.

If you have the Quattro version of the 2.0T A4 for this generation, then it a tire size of either 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16 ,215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR17,or 235/40ZR18 and a rim size of 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET43

If you have the 3.2L 252 HP Quattro version of the Audi A4, then it uses a tire size of either 215/55ZR16, 205/55R16, 215/55ZR16, 235/45ZR17, or 235/40ZR18. Rim sizes for this Audi are 7Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, or 8Jx18 ET43. 

Engine SizeHorse PowerTire SizesRim SizesAudi Bolt Pattern
2.0L I4 Turbo197 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET435×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
2.0L I4 Turbo Quattro197 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET435×4.4 inches (5x112mm)
3.2L V6 Quattro252 HP215/55R16, 205/55R16, 215/55R16, 235/45R17, 235/40ZR187Jx16 ET42, 7Jx16 ET42, 7.5Jx16 ET45, 7.5Jx17 ET43, 8Jx18 ET435×4.4 inches (5x112mm

Properly Tightening The Bolts

All Audi models that we cover in this article use 5 lug nuts that must be tightened in a specific criss-cross pattern and to a specific torque level. As you may expect, you can find this information in your Audi user manual, but it’s a lot easier when it’s all here in one place. 

The very first step is to tighten your Audi lug nuts with a hand wrench. Do not tighten down the nuts all the way just yet. If you do, it’s going to be much more difficult to get the nuts all tightened down consistently. Another important thing to consider is the fact that if you tighten them in the wrong order, it could be dangerous and cause serious alignment and vibration issues.

After that, you need to tighten all of the lug nuts down with a torque wrench to the appropriate ft lbs. Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that you tighten the lug nuts in a crisscross pattern. If you don’t, you will end up running into some serious issues later. 

Make sure to do a lug nut loosening test. This is a relatively straightforward procedure. All you have to do is drive your Audi for about 30 miles and then check the torque on all of your lug nuts. If any of them end up coming loose, don’t panic just yet. 

Tighten them back down to the appropriate 90 ft lbs and repeat the test. If any of your lug nuts are loose after the second test, then that means your rim is warped and is no longer safe to drive on. 

Rotating Audi A4 Tires 

In general, car tires last about 75,000 miles. The Audi A4 is a turbocharged, all wheel drive vehicle, so your mileage may vary. If you rotate your tires, however, you will find that they will last a long longer than they would if you had not rotated them. 

When it comes to the Audi A4, it’s best to rotate its tires about every 7,500 miles (5000 miles if you drive like a mad man). Tire rotation is a super easy thing to do. It just comes down to moving the tires from the left side of the car to the right side of the car while also swapping them front to back. 

Milage is not the only thing that can wear out your tires, though. Time is something that wears out tires, too. People often don’t realize that your tires are degrading from the moment they are manufactured. It just so happens to be a very slow process. Eventually, however, air and moisture has its way with it and the tire needs to be replaced. So, if your tires are older than 5 years old, you should replace them regardless of how many miles are on them.

Conclusion

The Audi A4 is fun to drive, a high-performance sedan that has plenty of space in the cabin and power under the hood. Known for their excellent engine performance and superb handling characteristics, the Audi A4 is a favorite among many import enthusiasts. No matter how fast your car is, you are eventually going to need to know the Audi bolt pattern. 

All Audi A4 sedans that were manufactured from 1994 through 2009 use the same 5×4.4 inches (5x112mm) bolt pattern. They also have the same 2.25 inches (57.1mm) center bore and use 5 lug nuts that have a thread size of M15 x 1.5. The lug nuts on the A4 for this range of years needs to be tightened down to 90 ft lbs of force. 

We hope this article helped you learn everything that you needed to know about the Audi bolt pattern. Thanks for reading!

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