For The fastest Audi A4 comes only in practical Avant bodystyle, so pace isn’t at the expense of space. It sounds great, the semi-auto gearbox is superb and it’s a pretty good cruiser.

Against You have to really push the RS4 to get any sort of entertainment and you won’t go far before having to stop for fuel. The ride is abrupt over sharp bumps.

Audi A4 Avant

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

The diesels will be a far more sensible choice for many buyers, but the RS4 Avant still has an impressive breadth of abilities: it’s practical and can be a relatively comfortable cruiser or a high-revving sports estate, depending on your mood.

What Car? readers say

3.444444


Key facts

0–60mph
4.7 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
26.4
Tank range
378 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

You can get a surprisingly large discount on an Audi A4 Avant, and the better news is that the A4's resale values are among the strongest in the class, especially on the smaller-engined diesel versions.

Audi is rightly renowned for its diesel models, and these certainly have the best engines in the range. They make the most sense for company car drivers, but private owners should do their sums carefully before buying one; you’ll need to do a high annual mileage to recoup the difference in list prices (compared with the cheaper petrol models) through the lower fuel bills.

Similarly, we don’t think it’s worth paying for the most expensive petrol or 3.0-litre TDI diesel models, because they have the least impressive fuel economy and the lowest resale values. However, given that this Avant model may have to carry heavy loads, or even tow, those versions' four-wheel-drive systems make more sense than on other A4s.

Reader test team says:

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 143 SE 5dr

I've owned an Audi A4 Avant for just over a year now. The car is very refined and, in SE trim at least, has excellent ride quality. The 143bhp…

Ben Packer

3 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 177 Black Edition 5dr

I have has this car 12 months now and driven just short of 35,000 miles. It is a leased vehicle so running costs don't really apply, and though fuel…

Craig Walker

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S/S 170 Black Edition 5dr

Been driving this car from new since early may,On average I clock up 800 miles a week in this car,lot of motorway miles which it eats up. Slightly…

Vernon Leadbetter

4 out of 5 stars

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 143 SE 5dr

I have owned this car from new, for 18 months and covered 50,000 miles. Tomorrow is my last day in it. Hoorray! The seat has caused my serious back…

Douglas Green

1 out of 5 stars
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