The Audi A4 Avant is a practical and well-built estate car with a stylish, high-tech cabin and a range of economical engines but it won’t stand out in a crowd and isn’t much fun to drive
The Audi A4 Avant is a great choice if you’re looking for a practical family car that’s roomy enough for five adults, has a big boot and comes with a good range of frugal engines.
Sure, its minimalist interior design might not feel quite as sporty as the one in a BMW 3 Series Touring but everything feels incredibly solid and the optional Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display is leagues ahead of anything you’ll find in the BMW or a Mercedes C-Class Estate.
It’s dead easy to get comfortable in the Audi, too – the front seats are supportive, roomy and come with loads of adjustment as standard and there’s more space in the back for tall adults to stretch out than in either the Mercedes or BMW.
It’s not just adults the A4 Avant caters for – it’s a doddle to fit a child seat and you can flip the back seats down in a three-way split to carry up to three passengers and some long luggage at once.
If you need to carry some very bulky luggage, the Avant’s back seats flip down to open up an almost completely flat load bay. It’s bigger than in the 3 Series Touring and easily large enough to carry a bike with its wheels attached.
The A4 Avant is far from the most exciting car on sale, but then who's looking to be thrilled by a big practical box on wheels?
The Audi isn’t just practical, it’s fairly cheap to run, too. Pick the 1.4-litre petrol if you spend most time driving around town or a 2.0-litre diesel if you do plenty of motorway miles. There’s even a pair of powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesels and two turbocharged V6 petrols if you pick the performance S4 or RS 4 versions.
Avoid these sporty models and the A4 Avant’s comfy, easy to drive and mutes most of the unpleasant wind and tyre noise you normally hear at motorway speeds.
It’s even pretty easy to drive around town. Its large windows give you a good view out and all models come with parking sensors to help take the stress out of squeezing into tight spaces.
Another handy feature you get as standard is the automatic emergency braking. It’ll help stop the car as quickly as possible if it detects an obstacle in the road ahead and makes sure the A4 Avant’s as safe as it is spacious. It’s certainly deserving of a place on your shopping list.
You can read more in-depth info on the Audi A4 Avant in the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, if you want to see what kind of offers are available on the A4 Avant, visit our deals page.