For The Audi A4 Avant has a good size boot, handles securely and has a wide range of powerful engines. Thanks to reasonable list prices and strong residual values, the ownership costs are competitive too.
Against The firm ride and an offset pedals quickly become tiresome. Practicality is slightly compromised by rear seats that don’t fold completely flat. The dashboard is cluttered, and the quality of the some of the cabin materials is disappointing by Audi’s usual high standards.
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The Audi A4 Avant is a classy lifestyle estate car, powered by a fine range of engines. It’s a solid financial prospect, too, but the disappointing ride and poor driving position really let the side down.
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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 residual values are among the strongest in the class, especially on the smaller-engined diesel models.
Audi is rightly renowned for its diesels, and these are certainly the best engines in the range. However, do your sums carefully before buying one, as you’ll need to do a high annual mileage to recoup their higher (than the equivalent petrol models’) list prices through the lower fuel bills.
Similarly, we don’t think it’s worth paying for the most expensive petrol or 3.0-litre TDI models, as they have the least impressive fuel economy and the lowest residuals.
However, given that this Avant model may have to carry heavy loads or, perhaps, tow, those engines’ all-wheel drive makes more sense here than on other A4s.
Reader test team says:
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