Audi RS 4 Avant long term update


As if to invoke the spirit of the upcoming Eurovision song contest, we decided to let you, the viewing public, decide exactly how to spec our long-term Audi RS 4 Avant test car. Thankfully, we didn’t end up with a bearded Austrian lady, instead, we’ve got our grubby mitts on a rather tasteful high-performance estate car.

First up, the paint. Well, truth be told, we were rather hoping you’d go for the left-field Sonoma Green option – after all, when was the last time you saw a seriously rapid German performance estate dressed in (something similar to) British Racing Green? What you actually picked was Nardo Grey – a safe bet that, in fairness, highlights the RS 4’s bulging arches and black air vents very nicely indeed.

Next up, interior trim. The RS 4’s super smart cabin looks fabulous no matter what colour upholstery you choose, but ours looks especially fancy with its Luna Silver (read cream) leather seats.

Sadly, it looks like these will be a real pain to keep clean – just check out the muck on them already! It looks like we’ll have to make the RS 4 a blue-jeans-free zone.

Unfortunately, the carbon fibre trims you voted for are suspiciously absent, instead, our car comes with some brushed aluminium. You can thank Mat for this – he forgot to tell Audi what we wanted…

It’s no good having a seriously fast car if it sounds like a hairdryer when you hit the accelerator – just ask anyone who’s played Gran Turismo recently. Thankfully, you helped us avoid any such disappointment by voting to fit our car with the RS Sports Exhaust system. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for future videos where we’ll find out just how good it sounds. Also fitted is the adaptive suspension that does a fantastic job of softening the unpleasant thud from monster potholes.

Less comfort-focussed, however, are the huge 20-inch alloy wheels you picked. These two-tone five-spoke items won out over smaller 19-inch wheels and less bold silver and grey designs. Looks like we’ll have to be extra careful parking near high kerbs, then.

The other cherries you chose to top our already rather tasty RS 4 cake are a set of Matrix LED headlights and a panoramic glass roof. Naturally, we went ahead and fitted the Comfort and Sound pack too, just to get our hands on a hands-free bootlid, a reversing camera and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.

Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to find out what the RS 4’s like to drive yet – not properly anyway. That’s because it’s a brand-new car, and has to be carefully run-in for at least 1,000 miles before it’s engine can be revved hard. Looks like it’ll be a frustrating couple of weeks, then…

Audi RS 4 Avant

A practical estate that’s hugely quick in all weathers
8/10
£62,215
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