Audi A4 Avant review


What is?

Audi’s smallest estate car and its family car of the heart until all those crossovers came along and stole its spotlight. The A4 Avant is Audi’s answer to the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and the Volvo V60. It is based on the VW Group’s MLB platform.

But the state, or “Before,” is the one you want because it’s much more practical and, we think, more attractive. It also wants it over the Q5 SUV, because it’s cheaper, more compact but just as practical, cheaper and more fun to drive. Just as every camp is opposed to SUVs/crossovers, everyone seems to be buying instead. If you can’t do without a slightly raised ride height, the A4 Allroad goes as far as you probably need.

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The engine range consists mainly of 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The lukewarm S4 has a six-cylinder diesel (yes, diesel), while the RS4 (Audi’s unique answer to the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63) uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 444 hp. There is no plug-in hybrid or all-electric version yet, but many versions have mild hybrid technology.

Of the ‘normal’ A4 Avants, our choice is the mid-range ’40 TFSI’ which has front-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and just under 200bhp.

This generation of A4 was launched in 2015, but has been completely updated for 2019. Although it looks similar, much of the bodywork is actually new. Inside, meanwhile, Audi ditched its excellent click-wheel infotainment system for one with a touchscreen. It’s still not as good to drive as a 3 Series, but that’s by design. The A4 is supposed to be quieter, higher quality and more refined. Sure, it’s quiet, feels very well made, and hums nicely along a highway.

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Our choice of the range.

40 TFSI 204 Sport Edition 5 doors S Tronic

What’s the verdict?

It may not have the hustle and bustle of a BMW 3 Series Touring, but it has high quality and refinement on its side.

The A4 Avant may not have the hustle and bustle of a BMW 3 Series Touring, but it does have high quality and refinement on its side. Like people who like to drive, our money would go with the BMW, but the A4 is still a very well-rounded car and fairly easy to recommend. It’s roomy, has a great interior (apart from the infotainment), and it drives more capably than you might think.

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