Audi A4 Avant (2016-present)

The Audi A4 Avant family estate is spacious and efficient with an upmarket interior

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Best interior in its class
Very efficient diesel engines
Large, practical boot

Weaknesses 

Confusing suspension choices
New A4s have distracting touchscreen media system
Options are expensive
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Audi A4 Avant 45 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [c+s]

Total RRP £45,945

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Back when an estate car meant a boxy old Volvo, Audi's stylish and curvy models stood out a mile. So it didn't give its cars estate badges. It named them Avant.

They became hugely popular among young families who needed more luggage space but didn't want to settle for a dreary car. That meant everyone else started copying the recipe. Now, instead of the latest Audi A4 Avant, you could choose the sporty-looking BMW 3 Series Touring or the stylish Mercedes C-Class estate. Volvo has introduced curves to its V60 estate, and even the Ford Mondeo Estate now looks handsome.

So it's lucky that there's more to the A4 Avant than a few curves. It is practical, with a bigger boot (505 litres) than the BMW, Mercedes and Ford with the seats up, and a useful 1510-litres available with the seats down. Just as importantly, there's a wide load area, making it less likely that you'll be stranded at Ikea with a flat pack wardrobe that gets stuck in the boot opening. The seats fold in three stages (known as 40:20:40) so you can fit long loads into the car and keep up to two spaces for passengers in the back.

The bootlid is powered - a love it or hate it feature - so you can open and close it at the touch of a button. Select the hands-free opening option, and you'll just need to poke your foot underneath the rear bumper - with the key in your pocket or bag - to open the boot. There are secure Isofix mounting points for child seats in the back, and the current Audi A4 saloon received a full five stars when crash tested. A basic automatic braking system that can potentially help you to avoid crashes also comes as standard.

Inside, the high-tech dashboard might not be as stylish as the one in the Mercedes C Class estate but feels so well-built that even a Rolls-Royce owner would be impressed. It's uncluttered and well-laid out, with most functions accessed through the dashboard screen. This uses the same software as on many other Audis, controlled by a dial near the gearstick. It's easy to learn, so it doesn't take long before you're carrying out basic tasks without taking your eyes off the road.

Beware, though, that models sold from mid-2019 onwards ditch the rotary controller, meaning you have to jab the touchscreen to change settings while driving - a substantial distraction. So you may be better off going for a pre-update car that still has the rotary controller next to the gearstick.

There's a lot more technology on offer, including a 'virtual cockpit' - a fully digital, customisable display in place of traditional dials behind the steering wheel. That's an option, as is equipment that some might expect to be standard on more expensive models, such as electrically adjustable seats and full leather upholstery.

But even the standard cloth seats on the A4 Avant are supportive and the car is whisper-quiet up to motorway speeds. Audi doesn't make life easy by offering four types of suspension, but if you choose one of the two with comfort in their name, you should have a car that soaks up bumps better than the competition. Efficient ‘ultra’ diesel engines, meanwhile, help to keep fuel costs low and make sense for those who cover high mileages.

There's also a sporty Audi S4 Avant, which uses much more fuel but can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds: faster than a Porsche 718 Boxster sports car.

Unless you are desperate for the driving excitement offered by the BMW 3 Series Touring, you may well find the Audi A4 Avant top of your list. But do pause for thought before clicking the order button: you’ll get even more luggage space in a Volkswagen Passat or Skoda Superb. They may not feel quite so special inside, or be quite as smooth to drive, but you could save several thousand pounds, even bearing in mind the impressive Audi A4 Avant deals to be had.

Last Updated 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
505 litres
Width: 
1,842mm
Length: 
4,725mm
Height: 
1,434mm
Tax (min to max): 
£20 to £145

Best Audi A4 for... 

Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra SE S Tronic
The 'ultra' diesel engines are the most efficient available on the Audi A4 Avant. Fuel economy with the S Tronic automatic gearbox is little different to the manual on paper but it will probably help you use less fuel in the real-world, as it changes gears at the optimum time.
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra SE
You might be dismayed at the amount of equipment that's optional - and the prices that Audi charges for it - but most owners will be able to live with the basic specification, which includes three-zone climate control and the dashboard screen.
Audi S4 Avant
Audi gives the ‘S’ prefix to the fastest regular versions of its cars. The S4 Avant will be on sale soon with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that’ll get the car from 0-62mph in just under five seconds, as well as Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system for surefooted handling in all conditions.
Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 252 Quattro S Line S Tronic
This well-equipped petrol four-wheel-drive A4 is great to drive but a high purchase price and steep running costs mean it makes poor financial sense compared to the more efficient diesels.

Audi A4 History 

February 2016 Audi A4 Avant range goes on sale in Britain.

Understanding Audi A4 car names 

  • A4
  • Engine
    2.0 TFSI 252
  • Driven wheels
    Quattro
  • Trim
    S Line
  • Gearbox
    S Tronic
  • Engine
    The engine size is given in litres (2.0 in this case). Small engines are generally more economical than larger ones. Petrol engines are badged TFSI and diesel ones TDI. The most efficient of these also have the 'ultra' label. The other figure (252) is the engine's horsepower, which is the European way of measuring power. Confusingly we use a slightly different measure in Britain: brake horsepower (bhp).
  • Driven wheels
    Quattro is Audi's name for four wheel drive
  • Trim
    The trim level you choose affects the amount of standard equipment fitted to the car. The A4 comes in three regular levels called SE, Sport and S line. The sporty Audi S4 is currently top of the Audi A4 Avant range.
  • Gearbox
    A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, with Audi’s seven-speed ‘S tronic’ automatic transmission also available with certain engines (quattro four-wheel drive cars are only available with the automatic gearbox).

Audi A4 Engines 

1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI, 3.0 TFSI (petrol); 2.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI (diesel)

The A4 Avant offers an extensive choice of petrol and diesel engines, so should find an option that suits your needs and budget.

Starting things off is a 1.4-litre petrol engine with almost 148bhp. It moves you from a to b but doesn't feel powerful enough for a relatively luxurious estate, especially when the Audi A4 Avant is loaded up with passengers and luggage.

The 2.0-litre petrol engines - one with 187bhp and one with 249bhp -  are better suited to the A4. More power means that they don't have to work as hard, making driving feel smoother. Both arer quick too, but but fuel economy hovers around the 50mpg mark depending on what size wheels you pick, so they’re far from the cheapest Audi A4 Avant models to run.

The diesels will probably be a better choice for most buyers – particularly those covering more than about 10,000 miles a year. The entry-level ‘ultra’ version can just scrape 70mpg on the smallest wheels, which is very impressive for a big estate car like this. Again, though, a more powerful engine could be advisable if you intend to make the most of the Avant’s luggage capacity or use it for towing. The 187bhp diesel in particular is a nice middle ground, returning over 60mpg but still managing to accelerate from 0-62mph in under eight seconds.

Topping the diesel range are two very powerful 3.0-litre units, which feel more suited to the sections of German Autobahn without speed limits than the congested roads of the UK. The most powerful 267bhp one isn’t far off the performance of the sporty S4 Avant, which gets its own 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and does 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds.

Fuel

Mpg

Bhp

0 - 62mph

top speed

1.4 TFSI

Petrol

50.4 - 51.4mpg

148bhp

9.0s

130mph

2.0 TFSI

Petrol

47.1 - 53.3mpg

187bhp

7.5s

146 - 148mph

2.0 TFSI

Petrol

44.1 - 46.3mpg

249bhp

6.0s

155mph

3.0 TFSI

Petrol

37.4mpg

349bhp

4.9s

155mph

2.0 TDI

Diesel

64.2 - 70.6mpg

148bhp

9.0 - 9.2s

130 - 133mph

2.0 TDI

Diesel

60.1 - 68.9mpg

187bhp

7.4 - 7.9s

130 - 143mph

3.0 TDI

Diesel

57.6 - 64.2mpg

215bhp

6.4 - 6.7s

152mph

3.0 TDI

Diesel

52.3 - 53.3mpg

267bhp

5.4s

155mph

Audi A4 Trims 

SE, Sport, S line, S4

The cheapest specification of Audi A4 Avant  - the A4 Avant SE - comes with a good level of standard equipment, including 17in alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, 7in colour screen, DAB digital radio, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Practical luggage features, including 40:20:20 split folding rear seats and a powered bootlid are also standard but four-wheel drive and the 3.0-litre TDI diesel engines aren’t available with this trim.

The next level up is the Audi A4 Avant Sport, for a little under £1,000 more. Most importantly, this includes sat-nav as standard, along with a different design of alloy wheels, sports seats and a ten-speaker stereo. It also has a wider choice of engines including quattro four-wheel drive and powerful 3.0-litre diesels.

Topping the regular A4 Avant range is the smart-looking A4 Avant S line. The most obvious difference compared to the lesser models is a sporty bodykit. It also gets larger 18in alloy wheels, full LED headlights, part-leather upholstery and the full range of engines.

Sports suspension (20mm lower than standard) is included, but this does make the ride firmer and less smooth over bumps. Because of this, Audi will replace it with standard suspension (known as comfort) for no extra charge unless you have one of the 'ultra' diesel models. Ultra models can only be fitted with sport suspension.

The choice of suspension is made even more confusing because Audi offers two more options for additional cost. These are more sophisticated adaptive systems that can adjust to the road and also offer pre-set modes - to make the car feel sportier or more comfortable. The first, 'adaptive comfort', is a slight improvement over standard comfort suspension. The second, 'adaptive sport', has a mode that's more comfortable than the standard sport suspension.

The Audi S4 Avant serves as its own trim level, with a single choice of engine: the powerful 3.0-litre V6 petrol. It has more powerful brakes and further upgraded suspension, with full leather sports seats and aluminium trim inside.

In addition to the standard equipment, the Audi A4 option list is lengthy (and expensive), allowing you to personalise the car to how you use it. Regular motorway users may want to opt for adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front. It comes with traffic jam assist, allowing the car to drive itself - accelerating, braking and steering automatically - in congested traffic at speeds of up to 37mph.

Audi's virtual cockpit replaces the dials behind the steering wheel with a digital screen that can be customised. For example, you can make the speedometer smaller to leave space for a giant map, giving you clearer directions right under your nose. There's also a self-parking system and head-up display, which projects your speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen. A heated steering wheel for cold mornings and fan-equipped seats that cool your back on warm days are available too.

Audi A4 Reliability and warranty 

This recently introduced version of the Audi A4 is too new to have featured in Auto Express magazine’s 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Its predecessor didn’t do brilliantly, being ranked 158th for 200 cars for reliability and 65th for build quality. Audi as an overall brand did better, finishing a mid-table 13th out of 32 carmakers looked at in the same survey. Warranty coverage is only average, too, lasting for three years or 60,000 miles. That’s the equal of what Mercedes offers, but not as good as BMW’s cover, which also lasts for three years but has no mileage limit.

Used Audi A4 

Most second-hand Audi A4 Avant deals are for the previous model: there are few used examples of the current model, as it was only introduced in early 2016. Previous versions of the car have tended to hold their value well thanks to their upmarket badge, practical body style and efficient diesel engines.

Cars like this tend to be driven a lot so, in a few years' time, you may struggle to find a low-priced Audi A4 Avant still within its 60,000-mile warranty limit. You may also want to watch out for A4 Avants that have been subjected to the rigours of family life or been used to transport pets, and therefore suffered more wear and tear to the boot and back seats than usual.

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Audi A4 Prices

Audi A4 Black Edition

30 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,754

You could save up to: £8686

30 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,953

You could save up to: £8882

35 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,316

You could save up to: £8784

35 tdi black edition 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,515

You could save up to: £8980

35 tfsi black edition 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £33,536

You could save up to: £3154

35 tfsi black edition 5dr [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £34,931

You could save up to: £3154

35 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,086

You could save up to: £3154

35 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,481

You could save up to: £3154

40 tdi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,662

You could save up to: £9108

40 tdi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,862

You could save up to: £9303

40 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,656

You could save up to: £3154

40 tfsi black edition 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £38,051

You could save up to: £3154

45 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,646

You could save up to: £3154

45 tfsi quattro black edition 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £44,041

You could save up to: £3154

Audi A4 S Line

30 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,679

You could save up to: £8511

30 tdi s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,878

You could save up to: £8707

35 tdi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,240

You could save up to: £8610

35 tdi s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,440

You could save up to: £8805

35 tfsi s line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,454

You could save up to: £7986

35 tfsi s line 5dr [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,653

You could save up to: £8182

35 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,787

You could save up to: £8203

35 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,986

You could save up to: £8399

40 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,587

You could save up to: £8933

40 tdi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 53.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,787

You could save up to: £9128

40 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,137

You could save up to: £8423

40 tfsi s line 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 46.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,336

You could save up to: £8619

45 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,333

You could save up to: £9217

45 tfsi quattro s line 5dr s tronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £36,533

You could save up to: £9412

Audi A4 S4

s4 tdi quattro 5dr tiptronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £40,800

You could save up to: £8600

s4 tdi quattro 5dr tiptronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £41,999

You could save up to: £8796

Audi A4 S4 Black Edition

s4 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tiptronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £42,090

You could save up to: £8810

s4 tdi quattro black edition 5dr tiptronic [c+s]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £43,289

You could save up to: £9006

Audi A4 Sport

30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,284

You could save up to: £8291

30 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,484

You could save up to: £8486

35 tdi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,886

You could save up to: £8389

35 tdi sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,086

You could save up to: £8584

35 tfsi sport 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,059

You could save up to: £7766

35 tfsi sport 5dr [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,259

You could save up to: £7961

35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,392

You could save up to: £7983

35 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,592

You could save up to: £8178

40 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,233

You could save up to: £8712

40 tdi quattro sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,432

You could save up to: £8908

40 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,782

You could save up to: £8203

40 tfsi sport 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 47.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,982

You could save up to: £8398

Audi A4 Technik

30 tdi technik 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,844

You could save up to: £8056

30 tdi technik 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,043

You could save up to: £8252

35 tdi technik 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,446

You could save up to: £8154

35 tdi technik 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,645

You could save up to: £8350

35 tfsi technik 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,619

You could save up to: £7531

35 tfsi technik 5dr [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,818

You could save up to: £7727

35 tfsi technik 5dr s tronic

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,951

You could save up to: £7749

35 tfsi technik 5dr s tronic [comfort+sound]

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 49.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,151

You could save up to: £7944

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