The Audi A4 Avant isn’t the cheapest car in its class to buy outright, but it does have some of the best resale values. This means two things: private buyers will recoup some of that initial outlay when it’s time to trade the car in, and if you are buying on a business lease or PCP finance deal, the monthly payments are pretty competitive.
Although the 2.0 TDI 190 S Line is claimed to offer similar economy to BMW's
320d M Sport Touring auto, our True MPG real-world tests found it significantly poorer, at 42.6mpg against the BMW's 51.5mpg.
You can purchase a service package that’ll help you plan your budgets, paying either a monthly fee or the full outlay up front. The cover is for 40,000 miles or 4 years and it is more expensive than some similar schemes from rivals who will cover you for up to 50,000 miles or five years, but if you buy the A4 Avant we still think it’s worth going for.
Audi A4 Avant equipment
The A4 Avant is quite closely matched with its premium rivals
on equipment, which means even the entry-level SE comes with Bluetooth, a
DAB radio, smartphone integration, 17in alloy wheels, cruise control, rear
parking sensors, a powered tailgate with electric load cover, split-folding rear
seats and Xenon headlights. The Mercedes C-Class, however, includes
(man-made) leather upholstery, electric front seat adjustment (including
lumbar support) and a reversing camera as standard.
We’d go for Sport trim as you get sat-nav as standard, with the other upgrades mainly centered around sportier interior and exterior trims that include sports seats.
Top-model S line adds even more aggressive-looking styling including sill extensions, lowered suspension, 18in alloy wheels, S line decals throughout the car, LED headlights, and four-way electric lumbar adjustment on the front seats. It also brings part-leather upholstery, but full leather is extra on all trims. Don’t forget to deselect the Sports suspension option and go for the no-cost option of Comfort Dynamic suspension if you want the best ride and handling balance.
It’s worth remembering that if toys are your thing, you will get more for your money by going for a more mainstream alternative such as the VW Passat Estate.
Audi A4 Avant reliability
The previous A4 was middle-ranking in our most recent customer satisfaction survey, doing slightly better than the BMW 3 Series, and sitting just below the Mercedes C-Class. That said, this is a brand new model, so we will be hoping for some improvement here.
Audi as a brand doesn’t fair well either, coming near the bottom in our last What Car? Reliability survey.
You do get a three-year, 60,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty, which includes roadside assistance, and for a reasonable cost you can extend this for up to five years or 90,000 miles.
Audi A4 Avant safety & security
You get six airbags in the A4 Avant, and you can upgrade this to eight if you add the two rear-side airbags. You can’t have a driver’s knee airbag though, which does come as standard on some rivals such as the Mercedes C-Class and VW Passat.
That said, the A4 still gets an excellent adult protection score in the Euro NCAP crash tests, and overall achieves the maximum 5 star rating.
You can also add a raft of other features such as blind spot warning, lane assist and turn assist – which monitors traffic when you are pulling out of a side turning and applies the brakes to help avoid a collision.
As standard all A4 Avants come with Isofix child-seat fittings for the outer rear seats, a city collision alert and braking system - something that is an extra on the BMW 3 Series Touring - and a post-collision braking system that stops the car after an accident.
The A4 Avant also compares well against the competition in terms of security. You get a standard alarm and immobliser, and like its key rivals security experts Thatcham awarded it the maximum five stars for resisting being stolen, and four stars for withstanding a break-in.
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The entry-level SE still comes with plenty of premium trimmings such as three-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, 7.0in infotainment screen with smartphone integration, cruise control, rear parking sensors, 40:20:40 spilt-folding rear seats, power tailgate, motorised luggage cover,17in alloy wheels and Xenon headlights.
Our pick Sport
Our favourite model because not only does it come with all the features of the SE, but adds sat-nav, a 10-speaker audio system, sport front seats, and can be had with our choice of engine – the 3.0 V6 TDI 218. Leather upholstery is still a cost option on Sport models, though.
The top model in the A4 Avant range gets sporty S line bumpers and side
skirts, 18in alloy wheels, and S line detailing on the partially leather-
upholstered interior, too. You also get LED headlights and electric motorised
lumbar adjustment for the front seats, while heating and electrical seat
adjustment remain cost options.
This sporting flagship of the range gets everything S line models do plus 'S' sports suspension and brakes, quad exhausts, S4 badging and an infotainment upgrade. The styling is also changed slightly but you'll need a keen eye to spot one.