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Audi A4 Avant review

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Audi A4 Avant
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26 Jan 2016 16:53 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:20

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi A4 estate running costs

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 model 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, with the cover for 40,000 miles or four years. It is more expensive than similar schemes from rivals that 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 opting for.

Audi A4 estate 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 and plenty of other toys. The Mercedes-Benz 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, because you get sat-nav as standard, with the other upgrades mainly centered around sportier interior and exterior trims that include sport seats.

Top-model S line adds even more aggressive-looking styling, LED headlights and four-way electric lumbar adjustment on the front seats. 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 Volkswagen Passat Estate.

Audi A4 Avant

Audi A4 estate reliability

The A4 was just above middle-ranking in our most recent customer satisfaction survey, performing slightly worse than the BMW 3 Series but sitting well above the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Audi as a brand ranks in the top half of our latest reliability survey, managing 12th out of 32 manufacturers.

You do get a three-year, 60,000-mile manufacturer’s warranty, which includes roadside assistance. For a reasonable cost, you can extend this for up to five years or 90,000 miles.

Audi A4 estate safety and security

You get six airbags in the A4 Avant and you can upgrade this to eight with 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 C-Class and Passat Estate.

That said, the A4 Avant still gets an excellent adult protection score in the Euro NCAP crash tests and achieves the maximum five-star rating overall.

You can also add a raft of other features such as blindspot 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 extra on the 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. Like its key rivals, security experts Thatcham Research awarded it the maximum five stars for resisting being stolen, and four stars for withstanding a break-in.

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Verdict

Superb quality, comfort and refinement make the practical A4 Avant one of the best estates you can buy

  • Refined engines
  • Smooth ride on Comfort suspension
  • Superb cabin quality
  • Not as fun to drive as some rivals
  • More practical estates are available
  • Middling real-world economy for 2.0 TDI 190
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