What's the used Audi A4 estate like?
Once upon a time the Audi A4 Avant and its rivals were labelled as ‘lifestyle’ estates, as they seemed to rank style and intent above down-to-earth practicality. Now, though, a few generations on, these cars have all grown in size, and now offer space and flexibility as well as retaining a heap of handsome styling.
The A4 Avant is based on the Audi A4 executive saloon, one of our very favourite cars, both new and used, and adds a larger and more practical boot. The boot space is rated at 505 litres, rising to 1510 litres when the standard 40/20/40 split rear seats are folded. The smaller boot volume figure eclipses both the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, its main rivals, while the C-Class Estate is a match for the A4 Avant seats down.
Indeed the engine range of the A4 Avant even mirrors that of the saloon, meaning four-cylinder petrols are offered alongside four and six-cylinder diesels, with front and quattro all-wheel drive and six-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
It’s a sharp-looking car on the outside and is arguably even better inside, with a thoroughly modern design and exquisite, class-leading build quality. The driving position is good, and there’s plenty of space for passengers front and rear. The dash looks classy, and the infotainment system is first-class.
You’ll also find the A4 Avant is a comfortable car, too, with a smooth ride and eager handling. But its main selling feature is its refinement, which is particularly good even with the diesel-engined options.
Add a raft of good-quality safety and security kit and you’ve got a car that shines in this class and looks even more appealing for families on a budget when purchased used.