Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Safety

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Driver Convenience

  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Cruise control system with speed limiter
  • Hill hold assist
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Rear view camera
  • Voice control system
  • Multi collision brake assist

Entertainment

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • 8 passive loudspeakers
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour side sill trim
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • LED headlights and rear lights with LED daytime running lights
  • Matt aluminium silver tailpipe trim
  • New design rear diffuser
  • Radiator grille and air inlets in titanium black with matt aluminium silver inserts
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear diffuser in matt titanium black with trim strip in matt aluminium silver
  • Sport front and rear bumpers with side skirts
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather sports steering wheel with paddle shift
  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Electric load area cover
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Tool kit
  • Twin leather upholstery + front sports seats

Packs

  • High gloss pack - A4
  • LED Interior light pack - A4/S4

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • Comfort dynamic suspension

Trim

  • Aluminium ellipse silver inlays

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

105

HC

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1968

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

7 SPEED

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

TDI

Coin Series

Sport

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.8

Engine Power - BHP

136

Engine Power - KW

100

Engine Power - RPM

3000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

236

Engine Torque - MKG

32.6

Engine Torque - NM

320

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

131

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

245/40 R18

Tyre Size Rear

245/40 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

10 SPOKE V DESIGN

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

Height (including roof rails)

1460

Length

4762

Wheelbase

2820

Width

Width (including mirrors)

2022

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

40

Gross Vehicle Weight

2160

Max. Loading Weight

625

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1700

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1535

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.6

On The Road

Exterior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Only very rarely does an excellent product fail. When this happens, it is usually down to poor promotion, but that's certainly not going to be the case with Audi's marketing machine at work. The truth is that this MK5 model A4 Avant is a very tough car to fault. It's superbly built, it's big enough to make a decent first of being a properly practical estate car, it rides on the exemplary A4 chassis so is a strong proposition for enthusiastic drivers and, when whole life costs are examined, it's surprisingly cost effective to run. No car is perfect though and the A4 Avant does raise a few questions. It could be even bigger at the back. And putting the power tailgate and telescopic load bar on the options list also looks a little mean. Other than that, it's hard to see this one continuing to sell strongly amongst the best compact executive load luggers.

Background

Every now and then, the car industry seizes upon a concept and rival manufacturers will indulge in a feeding frenzy to saturate the market. With hindsight, some of these concepts aren't at all clever. In the late Eighties, virtually every manufacturer rushed a four-wheel drive saloon car, hatchback or coupe to market. The Nineties saw a sudden spike in sales of small SUVs that fell over when pointed at a corner, while in the early Noughties, premium manufacturers fell over themselves to launch estate versions of their compact executive models that often actually held less luggage than the saloon cars they were based on. Every one of them an evolutionary dead end. In contrast, the latest smartly-styled and more efficient Audi A4 Avant demonstrates that in the battle between fashion and functionality, there's only ever one long term victor.

Driving Experience

The A4 has always struck an appealing balance between handling and comfort and with this MK5 Avant model, the Ingolstadt engineers have sought to improve its credentials still further by developing a new five-link suspension system. Optional adjustable shock absorbers with 'sports' and 'comfort' modes will enable owners to get the most from this and a dynamic steering system is another extra cost feature that'll reward those you like their driving. Both features can be controlled through the standard Audi drive select driving-dynamics system, which alters throttle response and auto gearshift timings in its most basic form. Talking of auto gearshifts, the old CVT automatic gearbox has gone, replaced by a seven speed dual clutch 'S tronic' unit that claims to be able to improve both performance and fuel consumption. As before, the A4 differs from its BMW 3 Series rival in its use of front wheel drive for most models. Also as before though, quattro 4WD is optional - and standard on the top V6 variants. The most powerful of these models even has the option of a sports differential for the rear axle to maximise traction. Refreshingly in a segment dominated by cars fueling themselves from the black pump, TFSI petrol models are still very much part of the mainstream A4 range, a 150PS 1.4-litre unit offered alongside a pokey 2.0-litre powerplant offering either 190PS or 252PS. There's also a 354PS 3.0-litre TFSI sporting S4 model at the top of the range. Most A4 buyers though, will continue to want a diesel, probably the 2.0 TDI 150PS variant, which gets to 62mph from rest in a brisk 8.6s. If you want more diesel power, then a 190PS version of this unit is also available, plus there's a 218PS 3.0 TDI V6 model further up the range.

Design and Build

Styling is a subjective matter, and it's probably not our place to tell you what looks good but let's just say that this MK5 model A4 Avant has dodged the ugly stick by quite some margin. The stylists have been very clever in that they have retained a fairly high roofline at the back for load volume purposes but have artfully used chrome finishing to draw the eye to the sleek window lines instead. This time round, the A4 is lighter - significantly so in fact. A hi-tech 'MLB' platform uses high strength steel and aluminium to reduce weight by up to 120kg compared to the old model, despite this MK5 design growing in all areas except height. As for styling, well here there's a clear evolution on what went before, with all features sharpened and defined. Special attention has been paid to aerodynamics, this A4 boasting the lowest drag coefficient in its class. The interior is typically Audi and a very classy place to be. Everything is well laid out with high grade materials in all areas you'll interact with regularly. There's the option of getting an 8.3"" touchscreen mounted on top of the dashboard but even if you stick with the standard centre dash infotainment screen, you'll get an up-to-the-minute set-up able to support the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. As for practicality, well this estate variant offers a class-leading 505-litre boot, extendable to 1,510-litres if you wish.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £27,000, which means a premium of around £1,400 over the saloon model. That means this A4 Avant is competitively priced against its premium rivals when trim levels and power outputs are taken into account. There's a choice of three transmission options, a six-speed manual gearbox, plus two auto set-ups, a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic and an older-tech eight-speed tiptronic. Buyers are also offered a range of 'allroad' models with SUV-style looks and a higher ride height. At least standard equipment is pretty complete across the line-up, though you have to pay extra for a power-operated tailgate and a telescopic load-organiser for the boot. All trim levels include alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the 'Audi smartphone' interface, the 'Audi drive select' driving dynamics system, three-zone climate control and a 7-inch colour MMI infotainment monitor. We'd want to look at a couple of key options. The 'Audi phone box' connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them. Meanwhile, for discerning hi-fi fans, a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available. As for safety, well along with the usual airbags and electronic safety nets such as ABS and stability control, there's optional active lane assist, a rear cross traffic alert, collision avoidance assist plus a cruise control system that assists with tiresome traffic-jams.

Cost of Ownership

If you don't care about the bonnet badge, it's tempting to think that you could save £4,000 or so on a mechanically very similar Volkswagen Passat Estate but before you do, make sure to take residual values into account. Add all the figures up at the end of the day and you may well find that there's less in it than you thought. Running costs are of course a vital consideration in this segment and this A4 offers some impressive numbers thanks to this generation model's weight reductions and that sleeker shape. The volume 2.0 TDI 150PS ultra diesel Avant variant should return over 70mpg on the combined cycle and manages CO2 emissions of 104g/km. Opt for the pokier 2.0 TDI 190PS Avant variant and the fuel figure will be similar, while the CO2 reading is still 106g/km, so there's no huge penalty for the extra performance. The particularly cultured V6 TDI engines also show impressive restraint. The 218PS version with seven-speed S tronic transmission registers a 114g/km output when combined with Sport specification and front-wheel-drive. Also deserving of a special mention is the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine with 190PS. It slashes CO2 output to as little as 121g/km in S tronic auto form through the use of a completely new combustion process developed using the familiar Miller cycle as its basis, and will be notable for its ability to deliver optimal response across the entire engine speed range. All A4s come with a three year 60,000 mile warranty which can be extended to four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles for a fee. Audi residuals are some of the best in the business, assuming you pick a desirable engine and trim combination. Some restraint on the all too tempting options list will help too.