There’s no shortage of room inside the Audi A4 Avant and it’ll happily take four six-foot adults and their luggage, but the load lip and fixed-height floor can make life a little difficult sometimes
There’s loads of adjustment in the Audi A4 Avant’s front seats to help you find your ideal driving position and enough head and leg room to stretch out – even if you’re very tall. Unfortunately, only S Line cars and above come with adjustable lumbar support to help reduce back ache on long drives – it’s a £250 option on SE and Sport cars.
Fancy electric seat adjustment? It’s a reasonable £200 extra on S Line models but will set you back a rather eye-watering £900 on entry-level SE versions. It does come with a handy memory function however, which is useful if you regularly lend your car to someone significantly taller or shorter than you.
Even with a six-foot-tall driver up front there’s enough space in the back for an equally tall passenger and you get even more headroom in the Audi A4 Avant than in the standard A4 saloon. The seats are nice and supportive and there’s enough space under the front seats for your passengers to slide their feet forwards.
You get slightly more shoulder room in the Audi than in the Mercedes or BMW which makes it better for carrying three adults abreast. The central seat isn’t quite as comfortable as the other two but it’s still fine for shorter journeys and there’s more space for your middle passenger’s feet than you get in a BMW 3 Series.
It’s just as easy to fit a child seat in the Audi as in the BMW or Mercedes thanks to its wide door openings and clearly marked Isofix anchor points. Unfortunately, they come with easy-to-lose removable plastic covers instead of the BMW’s simpler folding caps.
The Audi A4 Avant comes with loads of handy storage bins to help keep its cabin looking neat and tidy. Both front door bins can hold a 1.5-litre bottle each and the cupholders in the centre console are big enough to hold two one-litre bottles. There’s even space under the front armrest and in the generous glovebox to hide away a couple of cameras.
Pay an extra £175 for the optional Storage Pack and you get armrests for the back seats, a lockable glovebox, a sunglasses-sized cubby hole beside the steering wheel and some storage nets behind the front seats.
Who said sleek looks and space couldn't come in the same package? Clearly not Audi, because the A4 Avant is as practical as it is sleek
The Audi A4 Avant’s 505-litre boot is 10 litres larger than the 3 Series Touring’s and 15 litres bigger than in C-Class Estate. You probably won’t notice this difference unless you regularly fill your boot to the brim but the Audi’s slightly wider boot opening makes it a touch easier to load bulky items than in the BMW or Mercedes.
Unfortunately, there’s a slight lip in the boot and you can’t raise the Audi A4 Avant’s floor which can make loading very heavy items slightly tricky but you get plenty of handy tethering points, shopping hooks and storage nets to stop smaller items rolling around.
Annoyingly there’s nowhere to store the load cover when you’re not using it and the remote seat latches don’t actually drop the back seats down – you’ll have to lean in and give them a shove yourself.
On the subject of folding seats, the Audi A4 Avant’s back row flips down in a three-way (40:20:40) split as standard so you can carry up to three passengers and some very long luggage at once. If you need to carry even more you can fold all three back seats out of the way to open up a 1,510-litre boot. That’s identical to the C-Class Estate’s and 10 litres more than the 3 Series Touring can manage.
With the seats folded there’s no annoying step in the boot floor and it only ramps up slightly behind the front seats so it’s pretty easy to slide in a few heavy boxes. There’s even enough space to carry a large bike with both its wheels attached.