Drive – Audi A4 Avant Review

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Make Model A4 Price $57,800 only) Series 2.0 TDI MULTITRONIC Year 2009 Body sedan What’s it got? airbags, stability control, ABS EBD and BA, dual-zone climate control, control, trip computer, headlights/wipers, CD player, leather-clad steering wheel, 16-inch wheels.

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All the might be of doom and gloom days but Audi is bucking the with record sales in The company’s fortunes have no been aided by its staggering rollout, which shows no of slowing.

The latest Audi to hit shores is the Avant, or wagon, of the new-generation A4 launched here year.



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It might be a wagon but the Avant’s is anything but utilitarian. It’s to argue with Audi’s that it’s the best-looking in its class.

For now, at least, it is with a choice of two engines. The kicks off with the 1.8 TFSI model at $56,400, while the 2.0 TDI tested here costs

Both models share the serve of dual-zone climate cruise control, trip auto headlights-wipers, leather, CD multi-function steering wheel and alloy wheels.


Like the A4 sedan, the Avant eight airbags, anti-lock stability control and a five-star rating.

If you want parking or a reversing camera, however, have to tick some on the typically long options Handy blindspot warning and warning systems are also




The Avant’s load-carrying abilities to be sneezed at. Capacity with the seats up is a handy 490 litres more than BMW’s 3- and Benz’s C-Class wagons and expands to 1430L when the are folded down.

It’s user-friendly, too, thanks to a low lip, luggage tie-downs and reversible floor. Elsewhere, the mirrors that of the A4 sedan, slick and attractive design, a step ahead of the rest, storage and switchgear that’s to use by upmarket Euro standards.

functionally on the ball, too. The area is airy and spacious, the driver enjoys a wide of steering and seating adjustments.


Under the bonnet

With 105kW of power and of torque, the 2.0 TDI engine cedes to 2.0-litre diesel rivals on but the on-road impression is favourable.

A big is the continuously variable transmission, matches beautifully to the strong power and flexibility of the diesel

With no gear changes to get in the way of the performance is not only strong but smooth as well. And because the are held rather than up and down, the usual diesel is kept to a minimum.

It’s too. I couldn’t match claimed 6.0L/100km average in urban-highway running but a 6.9L/100km is undeniably thrifty for a wagon space and toys to spare.


This is the first new A4 sampled without adaptive and steering, and for my money the regular is preferable.

The ride is the first positive. The adaptive A4 I sampled crashed bumps and generally felt even in comfort mode, but Avant soaked up everything I throw at it – even gravel – with absorbency.

Audi A4

There’s no sacrifice in for the Avant, either. It feels as lithe and light on its feet as its siblings and, despite a more road noise, drivers will be hard-pressed to they’re driving the load-lugger of the A4

Mind you, in outright even this non-adaptive road manners are some way of setting new standards. The ride, anything but bad, lacks the of Benz’s C-Class and road is a constant companion when coarse-chip surfaces.



If the Avant’s skills were up to the standards of its cabin packaging, drivetrain and I wouldn’t hesitate to give it a rating.

Still, if the Audi short of being truly it nonetheless is arguably better the sedan because it delivers practicality without any obvious If you’re seeking a compact wagon, add it to your list.

the bonnet

With 105kW of and 320Nm of torque, the 2.0 TDI engine to other 2.0-litre diesel on paper but the on-road impression is

A big contributor is the continuously variable which matches beautifully to the low-rev power and flexibility of the engine.

With no gear to get in the way of the acceleration, performance is not only but deliciously smooth as well. And the revs are held rather rising up and down, the usual clatter is kept to a minimum.

It’s economical, too. I match Audi’s claimed average in combined urban-highway but a 6.9L/100km return is undeniably for a wagon with space and to spare.


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Distinctive looks, value, quiet and comfy, manners a bit lazy, cabin cheap, quality and safety not up to rivals. 3/5. Price $64,990.

Mercedes-Benz C220 CDi Estate

Sharp handling, ride and refinement, strong engine, comfy and practical good safety package, back seat, gloomy lukewarm value. 4/5. From $61,993.

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