Audi A4 Avant estate (2008-2011)

Audi A4 Avant estate (2008-2011)

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Spacious, well shaped estate boot
  • Build quality
  • Brilliant fuel economy from TDIe model
  • Not as fun to drive as a BMW 3 Series
  • S line suspension feels firm on rough roads
  • Rear seats don’t fold completely flat

"The A4 Avant is a spacious and classy rival to the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate."  

The A4 Avant is a practical yet stylish estate. Its boot is the biggest in the compact executive estate class, and the model has a luxurious interior. Like the A4 saloon, the Avant is offered with a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines - from 1.8 to 3.0-litres - and the choice of front or four-wheel drive. The most popular choice is the front-wheel drive 2.0 TDI diesel, which mixes fine performance with wallet-friendly fuel economy.

This generation of A4 has now been replaced. You can read our full review of the latest Audi A4 Avant here.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4 / 5

This Audi holds its value well

You’ll pay more for the A4 Avant than mainstream models, but you’ll get more for it when you come to sell it on, as the Audi holds its value well. Diesel engines deliver the best economy, but the 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI turbo petrol engines provide better performance and inexpensive running costs. The auto-only 2.7 and 3.0 TDI quattro diesels are less economical, and cost more to tax and service, too.

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

Front-wheel-drive cars are enjoyable to drive

The Audi A4 Avant is an easy car to drive. Comfort is good, and there’s little in the way of tyre, wind and engine noise. Diesel engines are a little noisy at idle, but at cruising speed are impressively quiet. Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system comes as standard with the bigger, more powerful engines, yet we’d go for the front-wheel-drive models – they’re no less competent on the road, and no less enjoyable to drive.

Interior & comfort

3.5 / 5

The cabin is very appealing

Thanks to the spacious and beautifully finished interior, the A4 Avant has the most appealing cabin of any compact executive estate. It’s quiet inside, while the seats provide plenty of support and excellent long-distance comfort. Only the firm suspension lets the A4 down.

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

Large, heavy loads can be difficult to slide in.

The A4 Avant’s boot is huge, and to make it even more useful Audi offers a range of optional load retention bars and straps. These stop shopping and luggage from slithering around once you are on the move. The rear seats fold, but they don’t lie completely flat. That means large, heavy loads can be difficult to slide in.

Reliability & safety

3.5 / 5

Audi’s A4 Avant is robustly built

Audi’s A4 Avant is robustly built, as its five-star Euro NCAP safety test result proves. The A4 range ranked 24th out of 100 for build quality in the 2010 Driver Power survey, which is respectable, but behind its key BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rivals. Quattro four-wheel drive offers grip on slippery surfaces, and all models get electronic stability control as standard.

Price, value for money & options

3.5 / 5

Even standard versions get alloy wheels

The Audi A4 is cheaper than its premium BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rivals. Standard equipment across the range is good, too, as even standard versions get alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel and air-conditioning, as well as reassuring levels of safety equipment. Spend a little extra on SE specification, and the A4 Avant comes with the kind of standard kit we’d expect in an executive car.

What the others say

3.6 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
Inside, the A4’s cabin is one of the classiest around – not only is it beautifully finished, it’s also comfortable. And Audi’s usual attention to detail is apparent in the Avant’s boot, too. The luggage cover slides up.
12 / 20
Another great-but-magnolia A4 variant, the Audi A4 Avant does absolutely everything well. Hard to pick fault, but it still feels anonymous.
3 / 5
Thanks to its generous accommodation and decent boot, this is one of the most practical of the so-called ‘lifestyle’ estates. The running costs just make it more attractive.
4.5 / 5
If you can afford the new asking price, then the A4 Avant is one of the best family estates you can buy. It's roomy, comfortable, good to drive, safe, practical, and of course comes with the kudos associated with owning an Audi.
Last updated 
18 Jul 2013
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