£46,000 Price range
The Audi S4 Avant is the quickest version of the company’s small estate until the RS4 joins the range next year. Rivals include the BMW 340i Touring, Mercedes-AMG C 43 Estate and the Volvo V60 Polestar. There’s also an Audi S4 Saloon that has improved running costs and a slightly lower price, albeit with a smaller boot.
Understated performance is what the S4’s all about, but as a bonus it gets the regular A4’s none-too-shabby interior, with extra zing courtesy of some extra sporty touches. It’s arguably the best in class – impeccably built, intuitive to use and decently roomy.
Now turbocharged (rather than supercharged, as in the old model) the S4’s engine produces 349hp – 21 more than before. A combined fuel economy figure of 37mpg means it is also more frugal.
Four-wheel-drive grip and clever adaptive steering make the S4 hugely fast if not necessarily fun. Being lighter and more aerodynamic than its predecessor it gets from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds – the same as the bonkers original Audi RS4.
All S4 Avant models come with LED headlights, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, leather and Alcantara suede upholstery and a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel.