Audi A4 Avant – the new leader in the premium estate market?

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The latest Audi A4 Avant is now arriving on UK roads, at prices starting from £27,300.

The estate version of the A4 boasts a number of improvements over its predecessor, including a 505-litre luggage bay that Audi claims as best in class.

Fold down the rear seats and the space available extends to 1,510 litres, while occupants also gain more space in the new interior, both front seat head and shoulder room and rear legroom improved.

Visually the car looks similar to the previous A4 Avant though Audi insists there is no carry-over. It is built like the saloon on an all-new platform and claims the best aerodynamic efficiency in the class with a drag factor of 0.26.

The A4 Avant is going on sale with a choice of four and six-cylinder engines ranging from 148 to 268bhp. The entry-level 1.4 TFSI petrol versions will arrive in April, while the petrol line-up also includes a 2.0 TFSI with 187bhp and a front-wheel-drive powertrain, and a 248bhp variant with quattro all-wheel-drive.

Diesel variants start with the 148bhp 2.0 TDI and include a 187bhp version, a 3.0 V6 TDI of 215bhp offered in FWD or quattro format and the range-topping 3.0 V6 TDI quattro of 268bhp.

1602_Audi_A4_Avant_02Depending on model six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic auto gearboxes are supplied while the most efficient ‘ultra’ variants are available across the range, the lowest figures returned by the 2.0 TDI 148bhp ultra with 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/km.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon or LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a smartphone interface, three-zone climate control, a seven-inch colour MMI monitor screen and the Audi Drive Select driver aid.

A host of driver assistance systems feature on the options list, as do the much-praised virtual cockpit display and Matrix LED headlights.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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