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Classy and refined compact executive estate

Audi A4 Avant (15 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £32,160 - £82,770
Lease from new From £488 p/m View lease deals
Used price £9,640 - £68,530
Fuel Economy 28.2 - 54.3 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £475
Insurance group 19 - 47 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Broad range of engine and gearbox options
  • Superb quality throughout the interior
  • Long list of equipment as standard

CONS

  • Evolutionary style will be dull for some
  • Top-spec models are expensive
  • Boot space trails some rivals

Audi A4 Avant rivals

Written by Keith WR Jones on

Audi adopts an evolutionary approach to styling its cars, which some may describe as a bit too safe. But when you’ve got a car like the A4 – the firm’s bestselling model – there’s little reason to really rock the boat. That’s why it’s instantly recognisable as the company’s smallest estate car, and in 2019 was given a bit of a restyle to keep it fresh.

It needs to be as up to date as possible too, as rivals in the form of the BMW 3 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and Volvo V60 are more competitive than ever. And when high-spec versions of the Peugeot 508 SW and Volkswagen Passat Estate are also impressive, Audi needs to be on top of its game.

Broad range of petrol and diesel engines

Like the A4 saloon, the Avant comes with a choice of several engine options – be it petrol or diesel. For the petrol range there’s a selection of four-cylinder turbo units ranging in power from 150hp to 245hp, while a grand total of four diesels are available, ranging from an efficient 136hp unit, via a powerful 347hp V6 TDI in the latest S4, all the way up to the mighty 450hp twin-turbo V6 petrol in the RS 4 Avant.

All models, barring the RS 4, come with an automatic gearbox – called S Tronic – while the least powerful options get a manual gearbox as standard. With an eight-speed automtic gearbox called Tiptronic, the RS 4 stands alone. It needs a different kind of automatic transmission to cope with the engine's immense pulling power.

As with many other Audi models, the A4 comes with the option of Quattro all-wheel drive on several models, and is standard-fit on the most powerful engines.

2020 Audi RS 4 Avant dashboard

High levels of standard equipment

Audi has lavished equipment on the A4 – especially from its 2019 update – meaning the entry-level Technik comes packed with kit that you would have had to pay extra for in older models. The line-up consists of Technik, Sport, S Line and Black Edition as part of the regular range, while the S4 TDI and RS 4 top the line-up as standalone performance-focused models. The only difference between the 2019 facelift car and the pre-facelift model in terms of trim levels is that Technik has replaced the old SE.

All models come with alloy wheels, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system, a 10.1-inch media display with navigation, three-zone climate control, cruise control, heated front seats, parking sensors all-round and a reversing camera.

Impeccable interior quality

All of that equipment is wrapped up in a superbly built interior. Even before it was updated, the A4’s interior was hard to beat in terms of build quality, and it’s no different now. The materials used are plush and pleasant, while everything works with a pleasing solidity that you wouldn’t get in something like an Alfa Romeo Giulia or Jaguar XE - not that either of those are available as estates.

It doesn’t look quite as glitzy as the BMW 3 Series inside, but it’s a more friendly environment with clearer heating controls and a touchscreen that falls easier to hand. However, Audi has banished the rotary controller for the car’s MMI media system to the history books, so BMW scores some points back with a couple of operation methods.

High-end S4 TDI option  

Sitting one rung from the top of the revised range is a V6 diesel-powered S4 TDI. It comes with 347hp and a huge 700Nm of torque, mated to an automatic gearbox with Quattro all-wheel drive. Audi’s making a statement with this updated S4, replacing the old V6 petrol with a diesel unit to prove it isn’t totally out of favour just yet.

Flagship RS 4 Avant

For almost three decades Audi has sold compact estates with supercar-baiting performance and the RS 4 Avant is the latest in that line. Revised in early 2020 to mirror the other facelifted A4s, the latest RS 4 has no increase in power, but it's slightly lighter and easier to drive more smoothly when you don't want to maximise its performance potential.

Red 2020 Audi RS 4 Avant side elevation driving

Read on to find out if the Audi A4 Avant is the upmarket compact estate car to suit your family's lifestyle

Audi A4 Avant rivals

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