Audi A4 Avant Review

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Audi A4 Avant
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The Audi A4 Avant is a modern estate car with a high-grade interior and plenty of standard kit. It's thoroughly enjoyable to drive and comes with the added bonus of being extremely comfortable.

Pros

  • Trademark Audi interior

  • Quiet and comfortable drive

Cons

  • More practical estates available

  • Minimal standard safety kit

Exterior

4/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

5/5

Practicality

3/5

Running Costs

4/5

Our Rating:


Overall Verdict

A modern family estate car with a magnificent interior to match its refined engines. Forget your retro ‘90s Volvo estates and welcome the new breed of premium estate cars. It echoes the Audi A4 Saloon, with the added practicality of a roomier boot for those trips to the golf range or school drop-offs. 

There are more practical estate cars at a cheaper price tag, but we’re sure the kids will thank you one day for dropping them off at school in a trendy Audi A4 as opposed to a less appealing Skoda Superb or a Volkswagen Passat - not quite got the same va-va-voom. 

The running costs on the Audi A4 Avant diesel engines are pretty impressive, while the low-ish Co2 emissions are an added bonus. The entry level 2.0L diesel can return a whopping 72.4 mpg and emits only 100g/km of CO2.

Boot space is big enough (505 litres) to have the edge over its nearest rivals. There's also a considerable amount of headroom and legroom to ensure you receive no complaints from any picky passengers.

With Audi you know you're going to get a bunch of nifty kit as standard. All models come equipped with three-zone climate control, cruise control, parking sensors, heated front seats, Audi's Virtual Cockpit system and a 10.1-inch media display with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.


Available Trims

Technik 

It may be the entry-level A4, but there’s no sign of an inferiority complex. The 17” ‘10-spoke crystal’ design alloy wheels are as captivating as they sound. The LED headlights are a welcome addition to the redesigned exterior, while Audi’s instinctive parking system and sharp rear-view camera make squeezing into those tight supermarket spots a piece of cake. Audi’s impressive MMI infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit also come as standard alongside the integrated smartphone interface.

Sport 

The Sport models have a couple of one-ups on the Technik trim including ultra-grippy 18” ‘10-spoke V’ design alloy wheels. Not to mention the futuristic LED interior lighting pack as well as the sporty exterior styling pack that offers a choice of two solid finishes and 7 metallic paint finishes for an additional £675. The front seats are also designed with high-quality twin leather, providing an extra dose of flair to an already classy cabin.

S Line 

The S line trim ups the ante by adding 19” ‘5-arm torsio’ alloy wheels to the party. The Turbo blue solid finish option indicates the S Line means business, while the sporty front seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara are all about pleasure. The stainless steel pedals and footrest are a touch of class alongside the illuminated door sill trims that come branded with the ‘S’ logo.

Black Edition

The Black Edition trim adds styling upgrades both inside and out. The 19” ‘5-arm rotor’ matte-titanium alloy wheels are an instant selling point, whereas the flat-bottomed 3-spoke leather high multifunction sport steering wheel and luscious sports seats will make you feel right at home aboard the A4. The titanium black styling pack allows the intimidating radiator frame to take centre stage, while the tinted windows offer a degree of privacy.

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Exterior

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Audi’s recent makeover on the A4 Avant has caught the attention of motorists thanks to its sharp, dynamic exterior. The sportier front-end is home to trendy new LED headlights, front bumpers, a distinct single-frame grille and bigger air intakes.

Upgrade to the S Line and the A4 Avant is hardly recognisable in comparison to the previous model. In fact, only the roof, bonnet and boot lid remain untouched. Despite the revamp, the A4 Avant still remains a more conservative looking car compared to your more outlandish BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. 


Driving Experience

Our Rating:

The Audi A4 Avant is a satisfying driving experience, but we’d be pushing it if we said it was the most enthralling in class.


Engine

With the Audi A4 Avant you’ve got the simple choice of picking between seven turbocharged engines - three petrol and four diesel outputs.

The three petrol engines come with a 2.0-litre capacity. The entry-level 148bhp 35 TFSI is a winner if you’re planning to dart around town. It has enough power to effortlessly cart 5 bodies whilst generating next to no noise. You’ve also got the 187bhp 40 TFSI, which offers a crowd-pleasing performance boost, as well as, the 245bhp 45 TFSI quattro four-wheel drive which comes equipped with an automatic gearbox. You’d be forgiven for mistaking the engine for a jetpack with the speed it takes off at.

Despite the stick that diesel engines get, if you’re looking to buy the A4 Avant to travel long distances on the motorway, you’re probably better off buying a diesel in terms of fuel efficiency. 

The 161 bhp 2.0L 35 TDI is our front-runner - it feels in control at low speed and accelerates like a horse out the starting gates at traffic lights. The more powerful 187 bhp 2.0L 40 TDI is not for the faint hearted - you’ll notice more pull from lower revs making your journeys relaxing yet thrilling at the same time.

For the adrenaline junkies with a spare wad of cash lying about, there’s also the powerhouse 3.0L V6 diesel engine belonging to the high-performance Audi S4 Avant.


Performance

Audi offers the option of six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic or eight-speed tiptronic gearboxes that come with front wheel drive or quattro all-wheel drive options depending on what trim you go for.

The entry-level 148bhp 2.0L 35 TFSI petrol engine completes 0-62mph in a modest 8.9 seconds and musters up a top speed of 136mph. Whereas the 161bhp 2.0L 35 TDI diesel equivalent does the same distance in 8.5 seconds with a top speed of 139mph.

In contrast, the mid-range 187bhp 40 TFSI will do 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and records a top speed of 148mph, whereas the 187bhp diesel 40 TDI only manages 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 143mph.

For speed merchants, the idea of driving a car that goes from 0-62mph in 6 seconds flat is enticing. If so, the 245bhp 45 TFSI petrol engine is a mighty option that reaches a top speed of 155mph. Alternatively, the ‘45 TDI’ 3.0L cylinder six cylinder diesel engine shares these impressive traits. 

If you’re not shy a bob or two, you’ve also got the S4 TDI that does 0-62mph in a terrifyingly quick 4.9 seconds - how tempting.


Driving Position

You'll get a generous range of steering wheel and seat adjustment on all models of the Audi A4 Avant.

All but the entry-level Technik trim come with well bolstered seats that help support you when you're whipping round tight bends. The Technik does, however, come with four-way lumbar adjustment as standard.


Handling

The Audi A4 Avant handles with unassuming comfort thanks to the secure and commanding grip the tyres have on the road. However, front-wheel drive models have the tendency to lose a little traction through slow corners on a slippery road. Opt for one of the all-wheel-drive quattro models and this issue swiftly becomes non-existent. 

Steering is accomplished and balanced through bends, but it doesn’t compare to the likes of the lively rear-wheel-drive BMW 3 Series Touring when you get on the open road. One of the main things you’ll notice while taking corners is the lack of feedback you feel through the wheel. 

If we’re being brutally honest, there are estates with better handling for a similar price tag - you’re really paying for the premium Audi brand and everything that goes with that.

Lo and behold, the premium brand thing is pretty inviting. To make those journeys that little bit more peaceful, you can add Audi’s Driver Assistance Tour Pack which integrates a system that accelerates, brakes and steers to keep your car in your lane as long as both of your hands are touching the wheel.


Suspension

With the Avant, you get the choice of three suspension options depending on the trim you go for. 

Technik and Sport trims come with the in-demand Comfort Dynamic Suspension. Although you may feel a little added body lean, the conventional springs and dampers provide a pleasant and smoother balance between ride and handling to ensure you and your passengers enjoy a comfortable driving experience.

Climb up the trim ladder to the pricier S Line and Black Edition, and the Avant comes with Sport suspension as standard. As a result of its lower setup, the Sport suspension is noticeably more rigid to accommodate the sharper, improved body control. This has come back to bite Audi as they have exchanged comfort for a sporty suspension with a tendency to jolt at low speeds.

Audi’s third alternative is the Adaptive Suspension System which is only available to those contemplating the range-topping Vorsprung models. This allows your suspension to be stiffened or softened to your taste to combat those dominant 19” wheels.

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