What Car? says...
If you fancy an estate car with a swanky premium badge, the Audi A4 Avant really should be on your shortlist. It shares all the positive attributes of the Audi A4 Saloon but adds an even bigger, cleverer boot, to combine proven driving prowess with practical daily living.
The A4 Avant is Audi's smallest estate model, directly rivalling the Mercedes C-Class Estate and Volvo V60. Cars like these are plenty big enough to swallow a few suitcases, but, if you want something truly vast that wears a premium badge, you'll want to look at the larger Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate.
It’s worth pondering, though, if you aren't overly fussed about a posh badge, whether the class-leading Skoda Superb Estate might be right for you: not only is it cheaper than the A4 Avant but it's also considerably more practical. There’s also the V6 diesel-powered Audi S4 Avant, for those who need to haul around life’s paraphernalia at considerable speed.
So how does the A4 Avant compare against its direct rivals? And which engines and trims make the most sense? Read on over the next few pages and we'll tell you everything you need to know.
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