2013 Audi A4 Avant review | Full guide to the A4 Avant | carwow.co.uk

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Audi A4 Avant

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Great looks

Large boot space

Lots of room in the back seats

Rear seats don’t fold down flat

Relatively high running costs

Little kit as standard

Reviews for the Audi A4 Avant neatly mirror those of the regular A4 saloon. That is to say, it’s a high-quality, nicely-styled car (prettier than the saloon, in fact) with one of the best interiors on the market. but still not the most exciting, nor most economical car in the class.

Interior

One expert said that Audi does cabins better than anyone else, which pretty much sums up the A4 Avant’s interior. It’s a lovely place to be, exuding a “sober, effortless cool”, with everything being beautifully designed and impeccably installed. The seats are comfortable and supportive and there’s more rear legroom than A4s of days gone by.

It isn’t perfect though, and one glaring issue that several testers picked up on is the fact that the rear seat doesn’t fold flat, leaving a sloping floor and a boot that isn’t as big as it could be. Consider this an estate which places style a little over substance.

Driving

Opinions on the A4’s handling are mixed. It’s more dynamic than it used to be and few find much wrong with the way that it drives, but most say that the new BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are still a bit sharper to drive and more entertaining for keen drivers.

Both of those rivals also ride a little better than the A4 Avant, which has never quite gelled with crumbly British tarmac. The sporty ‘S Line’ models are even firmer, but better than they used to be and all Avants handle neatly. More pertinently, it’s a comfortable and refined motorway cruiser – but overall, if you want entertainment or comfort, you’re probably better looking elsewhere.

Engines

If you like choice, you’ve got it – a wide range of diesel engines is available in the A4 Avant, and there are a few petrols thrown in for good measure – including the potent 330 horsepower S4. It’s an estate car of the proverbial dog-upsetting variety, with 60 mph arriving in 5.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.

The other engines are a little more sensible, particularly the 65 mpg 2.0 TDIe. TDI models are available in a range of power outputs, and the range is topped by a 3.0 TDI with a 245 bhp V6 diesel engine. 1.8 and 2.0 turbocharged petrol engines are also available.

All engines are smooth, refined and punchy, with just the four-cylinder diesels accused of a faintly clattery idle.

Value for money

Audi A4 Avant

The Audi A4 Avant is expensive, and while some will pay Audi’s healthy prices for the quality and looks, you’ll find better economy and performance from some rivals.

Standard equipment levels are poor too (not unusual in this class) and many potential owners will find themselves scanning the options list, which will bump the price up even further (also not unusual). On the other hand, it’s less expensive than buying an A4 Allroad or the larger Q5, and equally talented.

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Worth noting

Many of the experts who drove the A4 Avant felt that it handles and drove more sweetly than the saloon upon which it is based – and it’ll carry and awful lot more too, adding to its charm and practicality. All of which is worth noting if you’re considering buying an Audi A4…

Conclusion

The Audi A4 Avant is much improved these days, and if you’re looking at a BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class then you should take a look here too. It’s a beautifully finished car, great to look at, and drives better than it used to. Best of all, the bottom-of-the-range models on smaller wheels and tyres are the nicest to drive, so you needn’t spend a fortune getting the best A4.

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