Audi A4 Avant (08 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 05 Mar 2012
4.5
If you can afford the 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.

Audi A4 Avant (08 on)
  • Impressive levels of interior space
  • Well built
  • Good to drive
  • Neat styling
  • Incredibly refined
  • Not quite as fuel efficient as a BMW 3 Series
  • Expensive options

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£25,685 - £40,325

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Used price range:

£7,889 - £31,882

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

If you can afford the 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.

Extensive engine range

The A4 Avant is available with a wide choice of engines, including a range of refined and economical diesels. They come in 2.0-litre, 2.7-litre and 3.0-litre versions. The 2.0-litre engines strike an excellent balance between performance and economy. The bigger 3.0-litre versions are best suited to those who really need the additional power, or need to tow trailers or carry lots of equipment. Audi’s petrol engine options utilise technology like direct injection and turbocharging to help boost economy and improve emissions. This doesn’t mean the petrol options are sluggish performers, however. The 2.0-litre TFSI, for example, is claimed to average 40mpg yet it will accelerate the A4 Avant from 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds.

Variety of options

Several trim levels are on offer, ranging from entry-level ‘Standard Trim’ models up to the range-topping ‘Black Edition’. All are well equipped, meaning that even the entry level model is a sensible proposition. It comes with features like climate control, electric windows and alloy wheels. As ever there's a long options list and you should choose carefully. They can quickly become a significant part of your final bill and some will not add any value to your car when you come to sell. Options that are worth looking out for are things like the Parking System Plus and DAB digital radio. These help make the car easier to live with. Buyers can also pick from advanced accessories like Audi Drive Select, which allows you to fine-tune the car’s driving characteristics, and Audi Lane Assist. That warns you if you deviate out of your lane while driving. A host of other modern features are available but do remember to keep an eye on the cost of all the options.

Comprehensive model range

The Audi A4 is interesting in that it is available in a range of different body styles. Besides the Avant version, buyers can also pick from a saloon, convertible, an off-road capable ‘Allroad’ model and numerous high-performance versions. Read the full Parkers review to find out how the Audi A4 Avant compares to rivals like the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

3 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Boot space is great. Driver and passenger comfort is exceptional. Parking sensors great (front and back).  

5 out of 5

Ziad Suleiman ,   20 May 2014    ... read more

 Nothing stands out, just good solid all round car.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   30 Apr 2014    ... read more

 Very comfortable and relatively economical - 50+ MPG at 70 mph on motorway.  

5 out of 5

Charlie May ,   19 Sep 2012    ... read more

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