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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The driving position is highly adjustable, making it comfortable for most drivers. The seat moves in a number of ways and the steering wheel adjusts for height and reach. All the controls are easy to use on the move, though some owners may find that Audi's MMI system - which brings the sat nav, ventilation and telephone controls (among others) under the control of one dial on the centre console - takes time to get used to.

All-round visibility is good and overtaking can be assisted by specifying 'Side Assist' - a flashing orange LED on the wing mirror alerts you when there's a car in your blind spot. All cars have an electronic button-operated (rather than a pull-up) handbrake.

There's plenty of room in the back for two, or three at a pinch, with decent legroom and good head and shoulder room. On the move it's quiet, with engine noise barely noticeable, even under heavy acceleration. The air conditioning cools quickly, while in the back there are reading lights, a power supply and a double cupholder that pops-out from the pull-down centre armrest.

The ride quality is excellent, absorbing potholes with ease and giving the A4 Avant a cosseting feel on the motorway.