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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Classy and refined compact executive estate

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

At a glance

New price £32,150 - £67,585
Lease from new From £298 per month
Used price £10,355 - £65,450
Fuel economy 32 - 70 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £465
Insurance group 19 - 45 How much is it to insure?

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

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 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 to a powerful 347hp V6 TDI in the latest S4.

All models come with an automatic gearbox – called S Tronic – while the least powerful options get a manual gearbox as standard.

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.

2019 Audi A4 Avant interior

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 tops the line-up as a standalone model. 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.

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 at 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.

Audi A4 Avant rivals

Other Audi A4 models: