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 VW Passat Estate, but, in all honesty, with plenty of head, leg and elbow room, you’ll be unlikely to find the Audi 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 cup holders 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 Avant rear space
The A4 Avant might not be able to match the voluminous space you’ll find in the back of a VW Passat Estate, but it compares pretty well to rivals such as the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate by offering a wider cabin 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 well on the plus side of six-feet tall you may feel the top of your head brushing the roof lining. 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.
It 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.
Your storage options are a little thin on the ground, but you do get a couple of cup holders contained in the fold-down rear armrest, and the door bins will each take a 1.0-litre bottle of water.
Audi A4 Avant seating flexibility
All A4 Avant’s have a manual passenger seat-height adjustment, reclining backrest and adjustable headrest. If you want you can also add upgrades that include a lumbar adjustment 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, which gives you more options when you need to carrying long loads but still need to fit people in the rear seats as well.
Audi A4 Avant boot space
The A4 Avant has more outright space than its nearest rivals - with the exception of the cavernous VW Passat - but 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 underneath the rear bumper to open it when you have your hands full, simply 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.