The Audi A4 Avant is an estate that offers a roomy cabin and a well-shaped spacious boot in a stylish package.
It is decent to drive while ownership costs are competitive. It offers something different to its rivals in the shape of cutting edge technology. The main attraction is Audi Drive Select which allows the driver to control how the car behaves by adjusting the throttle response, the steering and the suspension.
In addition there is also the option of adaptive headlights that swivel to throw light around corners and Adaptive Cruise Control – a clever system capable of adjusting the car’s speed to keep it a set distance behind a car in front
Audi has a well deserved reputation for quality and the A4 Avant does nothing to let the side down.
Not only is it built from the finest quality materials, they’re all beautifully assembled.
The Audi A4 Avant is a driver’s car with a wide range of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel – while the pedals are offset to the right.
The dashboard has a busy layout that can initially be a bit confusing but you soon get used to where everything is as the controls are logically arranged and Audi’s MMI central control system is fairly intuitive to use. Visibility is fine, thanks to a large glass area.
The Audi A4 Avant caters for four passengers and their luggage better than most of the cars in its class. It offers a decent amount of headroom both front and rear while legroom in the back is generous. In fact it is positively palatial in its dimensions.
Even with the rear seats in place, the well-shaped boot is cave-like
The manual gearbox provides slick, easy shifts while the six well-spaced ratios ensure the car’s performance is easily accessed.
Audi also offers the DSG twin-clutch manual, which further improves fuel economy and delivers rapid, fuss-free changes via the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Whether it’s a front-wheel-drive or the Quattro four-wheel drive model, the A4 Avant blends relaxing motorway cruising with sharp responses when the mood takes you.
The Audi A4 Avant has a long, low profile with all the style and understated elegance that’s come to be expected from the Germans.
It’s the little details that really make it such as the the line of daytime running lights under the headlights which catch the eye and look gorgeous.
The smart lines cannot hide the sheer size of the A4 Avant and you’d be forgiven at first glance for thinking you were looking at one of Audi’s larger models.
Step inside and it immediately becomes clear that the A4’s cabin is one of the classiest around.
It is beautifully finished and is also comfortable with Audi’s usual attention to detail apparent in the boot where the luggage cover slides up conveniently to aid access to the load space, while the floor has a reversible liner with a wipe-clean surface. Bag hooks should mean your shopping stays in place on the way home.
These neat solutions are the icing on the cake for a smart all-rounder that’s more than a match for the competition.
The A4 Avant offers finely honed handling characteristics and good grip. The ride on the motorway is particularly comfortable although larger bumps in the road can be felt at lower speeds.
The engines used in the Audi A4 Avant are mostly quiet with the wind and road noise also mostly kept at bay.
Security and Safety
The usual extensive security features, including deadlocks and an alarm, are fitted as standard to guard against theft while the A4 Avant also ticks all the boxes for safety kit with six airbags and stability control fitted to all models.
Rear side airbags are available as an option, as are lane-departure and blind spot-warning systems.
There are also optional Side Assist and Lane Assist packages. The first uses sensors to warn the driver if there is anything in the blind spot behind the car, while the second uses a camera at the top of the windscreen to scan the road ahead and warn the driver if the car is about to wander out of its lane.
The Finishing Touches
The Audi A4 Avant SE version is likely to sell best as it is fitted with a decent amount of kit including a CD player – the Audi Concert system with 10 speakers and a colour display -, alloy wheels and four electric windows. Also on the menu is a multifunction steering wheel plus automatic lights and wipers. Upgrading to the sporty S line trim brings larger alloys, a body kit, sports suspension, part-leather seats and Xenon headlamps.
Audi’s new A4 Avant is aimed at drivers who want more practicality from their premium estate cars – and it is a strong package.
As well as providing up to 1,430 litres of luggage space, the A4 Avant is distinctive to look at and competitively priced.
A long wheelbase is the secret of the A4 Avant’s roominess as is now offers one of the largest cabins and boots in its class.
There are also lots of useful touches in the Avant’s boot while the extra space of the estate has done nothing to detract from the A4 saloon’s dynamics. There’s still an excellent balance between ride comfort, body control and agility, while the steering is precise.
The A4 Avant is available with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. The most popular, with company car tax in mind, are likely to be the 2.0-litre diesels, but with the price of diesel accelerating beyond that of petrol, the 1.8 turbo is a fine alternative.
Power delivery is smooth with both the petrol and diesel engines giving a punchy performance with strong straight-line acceleration making them feel much quicker than their 0-60mph times suggest.