Review

Audi A4 Avant estate

Price  £27,300 - £40,350

Audi A4 Avant estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Class-leading interior
  • Frugal engines
  • Big boot
Cons
  • Adaptive dampers not standard
  • Sluggish entry-level model
  • Pricey options

At a glance

The greenest
SE 2.0 TDI 150PS Ultra 5dr £30,550
The cheapest
SE 1.4 TFSI 150PS 5dr £27,300
The fastest
S line 2.0 TFSI 252PS quattro S tronic 5dr £38,430
Top of the range
S line 3.0 TDI 272PS quattro Tiptronic 5dr £40,350

“The Audi A4 Avant is a comfortable, refined and high-quality estate car.”

The Audi A4 Avant is a very impressive car. It's quiet, comfortable and hugely refined, while the interior is a beautiful place to spend time. It's not quite as much fun as the BMW 3 Series Touring, but it more than makes up for this with its comfortable, quiet driving experience.

Crucially for an estate, it's also more practical than either of its key rivals. The boot is both bigger and better shaped than either the Mercedes C-Class Estate or the BMW 3 Series Touring's. It's not quite as large as the boots of its VW Group sister models the VW Passat and Skoda Superb estates, but it competes in a slightly different class to those two.

The interior is top-class, too, being beautifully built using materials of the highest quality. All the switches and controls are easy to understand and there's plenty of space for four adults to sit inside.

Under the bonnet, the diesel engines – especially the 2.0-litres – are smooth, powerful and refined, while they should be pretty cheap to run thanks to their impressively low CO2 figures. In fact, it's the 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel that we'd choose, despite the fact that more powerful engines are available. The petrols will be less popular, but for private buyers not doing too many miles a year, they still make sense.

Three trim levels are available: SE, Sport and S line. All models are fitted with a digital radio, climate control and cruise control. Sport models add sat-nav, sports seats and an upgraded stereo. At the top of the range sits the S line model which gives a sporty look and firmer suspension.

Add to this a decent amount of safety equipment and a respectable reliability record, and the Audi A4 Avant should make a very good family car for those who want more boot space than the A4 saloon. It's quite pricey to buy in the first place, but that beautiful interior makes it worth every penny in our opinion.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.8 / 5

A great range of petrol and diesel engines means the Audi A4 Avant is pretty cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

4.7 / 5

Although it prioritises comfort over sporty handling, the Audi A4 Avant is still good to drive

Interior & comfort

4.8 / 5

Inside, the Audi A4 Avant looks and feels like a very high-quality machine

Practicality & boot space

4.8 / 5

The Audi A4 Avant beats its closest rivals for practicality

Reliability & safety

4.1 / 5

With a good amount of standard safety equipment, the Audi A4 Avant doesn’t disappoint in this area

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
“The new Audi A4 Avant is right up there with the class best. It's stylish, spacious and good to drive.”
4 / 5
“Audi's interiors have become synonymous with elegance and quality and the German manufacturer's ramped up the ante with the A4's cabin.”
Last updated 
23 Oct 2015
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