Used Audi A4 Avant 2000 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

Section: What is it like?

2000 - 2005 review
Audi A4 Avant (00 - 05)
  • Audi A4 Avant (00 - 05)
  • Audi A4 Avant (00 - 05)
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What's the used Audi A4 estate like?

Climb inside the Audi A4 Avant, and everything you see and touch looks great and feels rock-solid. The driver has plenty of space and the seat and wheel fine-tune perfectly for fit.

Rear space is good, too, although sitting three adults abreast is tight. The boot isn't huge, but dropping the rear seats to free up extra space is neat and easy.

The A4 Avant handles tidily, despite the steering feeling numb, while the manual gearbox is smooth and well weighted. Auto gearboxes are first-rate.

The ride is supple, although the suspension can't smother the nastiest road scars. It's worse still with the optional alloys and ultra-shallow tyres, which look sharp but transmit every bump to the car.

The Avant is hushed at speed, with wind and road roar kept to a minimum, although the engines, particularly the diesels, are audible.

A four-star occupant safety rating from Euro NCAP is acceptable but not class-leading. However, just one star for pedestrian protection is poor.