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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Audi's top-drawer cabin delivers benchmark levels of quality and comfort

Against The A4 Avant is more about looking good than carrying any serious loads

Verdict The A4's rivals may drive more sharply, but none are as classy as this

Go for… 2.0 TDI SE

Avoid…

Audi A4 Avant
  • 1. The boot isn't huge, but dropping the rear seats to free extra space is easy
  • 2. Faults with the cooling system and electrics top the list of troubles exposed by the What Car? Reliability Index
  • 3. Multitronic transmission systems can play up – you should worry if gearchanges aren't smooth
  • 4. 1.8T engines had a history of ignition coil problems, so check these have been sorted on any possible buy
  • 5. Rear space is good, and you can - just - fit three across the rear seat
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