Space & practicality

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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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Audi A4 estate front space

Getting in and out of the A4 Avant is easy, thanks to a wide door aperture and low sill. There are bigger cars such as the Volkswagen Passat Estate but, in all honesty, with plenty of head, leg and elbow room, you’ll be unlikely to find the A4 Avant cramped.

The driver’s seat is broad with supportive cushioning, while the sports seats fitted to Sport and S line models offer even more side and shoulder support to hold you tighter in turns, but do push your shoulders forward a little.

You get plenty of storage options that include a tray under the adjustable armrest, two cupholders in front of the gearlever and a sizeable door bin with a recess big enough to hold a 1.0-litre bottle of water.

Audi A4 estate rear space

The A4 Avant might not be able to match the voluminous space you’ll find in the back of a Passat Estate, but it compares pretty well with rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate by offering a wider interior than both. Access is pretty decent, too, thanks to wide opening doors and low sills.

There’s enough rear leg and head room to suit those of above average height, but if you are taller than six feet, you may feel the top of your head brushing the rooflining. This is more of an issue if you’re the third passenger in the middle seat, in which case you’ll also need to contend with the raised central tunnel that limits foot space.

The A4 Avant is practical in other respects, with Isofix fittings on the outer two seats for a child seat and rear climate control fitted as standard to all models.

Storage options are a little thin on the ground, but you do get a couple of cupholders contained in the fold-down rear armrest and the door bins will each take a 1.0-litre bottle of water.

Audi A4 Avant

Audi A4 estate seating flexibility

All A4 Avants have a manual passenger seat-height adjustment, reclining backrest and adjustable headrest. You can also add upgrades that include a lumbar adjustment (standard on S line trim) and an electrically adjustable seat with memory function.

Folding the rear seats is easy in the A4 Avant: it’s just a case of pulling the release levers positioned conveniently by the tailgate opening and the backrests fold in one simple action. Once down, they leave a flat extended load deck.

The seats fold in a 40/20/40 arrangement, giving you more options when you need to carry long loads but still need to fit people in the rear seats.

Audi A4 estate boot space

The A4 Avant has more outright space than its nearest rivals – with the exception of the cavernous Passat Estate – and it’s also practical. For example, there’s a wide aperture and a low load lip to take the strain out of loading heavy items. Unlike some of its rivals, the load area is relatively unencumbered by wheel-arch intrusion and it’s a useful 1.0-metre across at its narrowest point, which could prove a boon if you’re on an Ikea run.

It also comes with helpful features. These include a standard powered tailgate with an optional sensor that lets you open the boot when you have your hands full by waving your foot under the rear of the car. There’s also a standard electric load cover that retracts and extends automatically as the tailgate opens and closes. If you’ve got muddy boots, you can simply flip the boot floor over, which leaves you with a wipe-down rubberised surface.

There’s also a netted storage cubby on either side to securely hold loose items.

 

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