Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Getting in and out of the front is easy because the Audi A4 Avant has wide door apertures and low sills. Once inside you’ll find plenty of head, leg and elbow room, so you're unlikely to feel cramped unless you’re remarkably tall. There are bigger estate cars, though, from the cheaper Skoda Superb Estate to the more expensive Volvo V90.
You get plenty of interior storage, too, including a tray under the adjustable armrest, two cupholders in front of the gear lever, and sizeable door bins with recesses big enough to each hold a 1.0-litre bottle of water.
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.
The Audi A4 Avant's boot is slightly bigger than the one in the Mercedes C-Class Estate, about the same as in the BMW 3 Series Touring and a bit smaller than you'll find in the Volvo V60. It has a wide aperture and a low loading lip (to help take the strain out of lifting heavy items in and out), and the load area is relatively unencumbered by wheel-arch intrusion. The minimum width is a metre across, which could prove useful if you’re on an Ikea run.