Audi A4 Avant Review

The new Audi A4 Avant comes with a new infotainment system, significantly sportier looks and a wide range of engines to help make it cheaper to run than the outgoing model.

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The new Audi A4 Avant is a practical estate car that comes with a plush interior, many high-tech features and a roomy boot. This new car looks sportier than ever and comes with a wider range of engines to help it compete with the likes of the Mercedes C-Class Estate and the upcoming BMW 3 Series Touring.

To help you tell it apart from the old model, this new Audi A4 Avant comes with completely redesigned bumpers, headlights and doors with new A6 Avant-style creases that hark back to the original Quattro rally car.

The changes are a little trickier to spot inside the new A4 Avant, but the biggest difference is a new, larger, touchscreen infotainment system on the dashboard. It can also share information with other Audis to help you find a parking space and avoid traffic jams.

You get the same smartphone mirroring features as the outgoing A4 Avant, but this new model also lets you lock, unlock and even start your car using your phone.

Besides these high-tech features, it’s business as usual in the new Audi A4 Avant’s cabin. Everything looks suitably posh, feels super-solid and there’s enough space for four adults to get comfortable. There’s just as much space in the boot as you get in the outgoing model, too, so even loading up for a long camping holiday won’t give you any headaches.

The new Audi A4 Avant takes the old car’s rather staid looks and gives them a seriously sporty going-over.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

So, Audi hasn’t messed with the new Audi A4 Avant’s practicality, but it has been busy putting together a range of new engines. There are three 2.0-litre diesel engines available producing 136hp, 163hp and 190hp, or you can get a bigger 3.0-litre V6 with 231hp – ideal if you do lots of long journeys.

If you’d prefer a petrol engine, there are two 150hp and 190hp 2.0-litre units to choose from. They’ll be more suited to driving in town, thanks to their fuel-saving 12V mild-hybrid systems.

You can also get a speedier S4 Avant model powered by a 347hp 3.0-litre diesel engine. These cars also get lowered suspension, a more powerful 48V hybrid system and a grippy quattro four-wheel-drive system.

If occasional off-roading is more your thing, the Audi A4 Avant is also available as a rugged Allroad model. These get jacked-up air suspension and chunkier plastic protection on their bumpers and wheel arches to protect against bumps and scrapes.

For more information on the upcoming Audi A4, read our detailed price, specs and release date article.