For The Audi A4 Avant has a good-size boot, it handles securely and has a wide range of powerful engines. Thanks to reasonable list prices and strong resale values, the ownership costs are competitive, too.

Against The firm ride and the 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.

Audi A4 Avant
33 5stars

The Audi A4 Avant is a classy compact 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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There are 33 Audi A4 versions available

Avant 1.8 TFSI 120 SE 5dr £25,685
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 120 SE Technik 5dr £26,985
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 170 SE 5dr £27,315
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 120 S line 5dr £28,540
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 170 SE Technik 5dr £28,735
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDIe 136 SE 5dr £28,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 120 Black Edition 5dr £29,315
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 163 Ultra SE 5dr £29,620
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDIe 136 SE Technik 5dr £29,900
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £30,155
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 170 S line 5dr £30,170
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 SE Technik 5dr £30,920
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 1.8 TFSI 170 Black Edition 5dr £30,945
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 163 Ultra SE Technik 5dr £31,040
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 quattro SE 5dr £31,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 150 S line 5dr £31,530
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technik 5dr £31,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 150 Black Edition 5dr £32,305
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 S line 5dr £32,475
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 quattro SE Technik 5dr £32,480
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE 5dr £32,945
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 Black Edition 5dr £33,250
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 quattro S line 5dr £34,035
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro SE Techni 5dr £34,245
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TDI 177 quattro Black Edit 5dr £34,810
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S line 5dr £35,800
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 2.0 TFSI 225 quattro Black Edi 5dr £36,575
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 3.0 TDI 245 quattro SE 5dr £36,695
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 3.0 TDI 245 quattro S line 5dr £39,550
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 3.0 TDI 245 quattro Black Edit 5dr £40,325
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S4 5dr £40,910
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 3.0 TFSI 333 quattro S4 Blk Ed 5dr £41,985
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Avant 4.2 V8 RS4 5dr £56,595
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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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