What used Audi A4 estate will I get for my budget?
You’ll need at least £15,000, at the time of writing, to get on this latest generation of A4 Avant bandwagon. For that you’ll get a good 2016 car with an average mileage for the year, a full history and purchased from an independent dealer. You can pick one up for just £12,000, but expect a high mileage or a Cat D rating. Up the ante to between £16,000 and £18,000 and you’ll find good 2016 or 2017 cars with a low mileage and full history available at franchised dealers.
Not surprisingly it’s the diesel-engined versions that are the bigger sellers, and the most economical. The 2.0 TDI Ultra versions have a claimed average fuel consumption figure of 70.6mpg, while some versions of the more powerful 2.0 TDI 190 diesel can return a claimed 62.8mpg. The most economical petrol version is the 1.4 TFSI with a claimed figure as high as 51.4mpg in some trims.
Audis do tend to be expensive to service at franchised dealers, but once these models are three years old they will qualify for Audi’s fixed-price servicing deal, which costs from £164 for a minor service and £319 for a major one (based on a 2.0 diesel model).