Review: Audi A4 Avant (2015)
High quality family estate. Good choice of economical engines. Classy interior with lots of tech.
Nondescript exterior styling. Hard ride on larger wheels. Optional extras can easily add £10k to the price.
Audi A4 Avant (2015): At A Glance
- New prices start from £35,745, brokers can source from £23,262
- Contract hire deals from £226.34 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 19–36
- On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure
The Audi A4 Avant of 2019 might look like every other Audi estate on the road, but look beyond the nondescript styling and you’ll find that this A4 is bigger, better and fitted with more high tech than any other Avant before it. The big booted Audi is well-equipped and cheap to run too, making it a great car for families or company car drivers alike.
There is a broad choice of engines, although most are focused on fuel economy, with the highlight being the 150PS 2.0 TDI. Officially, it will return 70.6mpg and 104g/km of CO2 and it's a perfect match for the A4 Avant. There's also a 190PS version which provides more power and fun, with a fractional increase in economy.
However, even in its sportiest of set-ups, the A4 Avant rarely feels anywhere near as sharp or as fun to drive as a BMW 3-Series Touring.
That said, the Audi is far more comfortable and refined than its BMW rival, which means it is extremely good for long distance driving, with a high quality interior that rivals the A8 for refinement and technology.
All are good to drive, with direct steering that increase its feedback levels with each turn. The ride quality is superb too, with minimal body roll and suspension jarring. However, things do get quite bumpy with the optional larger wheels and sports suspension.
The A4 Avant's boot is larger than both the C-Class Estate and 3 Series Touring, with 505 litres that can be expanded to 1510 litres with the seats down. The large opening and low load lip makes it easy to move heavy items in and out, while the powered tailgate and load cover make the A4 an easy car to live with on a daily basis.
Standard equipment is high and entry-level models get all of the essentials, with roof rails, xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and three-zone climate control. Base models also come with a supportive and adjustable set of cloth seats, while Sport models feature part leather sport seats that provided added comfort.
Good to drive, cheap to run and giving the impression of impeccable build, the Audi A4 Avant has everything in its locker to please the most ardent of families, although some drivers might be disappointed with the lack of cutting edge when it comes to B road handling. However, if you value refinement and low running costs over pedal to the metal performance, then you'll find the A4 Avant extremely hard to fault.
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Audi A4 Avant (2015): What's It Like Inside?
Audi claims it used the A8 as the benchmark when it came to designing the interior of the A4 Avant. And it shows. The interior is upmarket, modern and superbly finished with high quality materials throughout.
There's lots of space too, with the high roof line providing plenty of head room for two large adults in the back. There is also a three-zone climate control system - fitted as standard - which lets the rear occupants set their own temperature too.
Up front there is a sleek dashboard, with a minimalist design that limits the button count to single figures. All of the controls are clearly laid out and within easy reach, while the switch gear operates with reassuring click that gives the impression that everything had been screwed together with a sense of purpose.
The centre stack is dominated by a large and colourful seven-inch colour display, operated by a large dial next to the gearstick. All of the menus are easy to navigate, making it easy to access the DAB radio or adjust the in-car settings while on the move.
We'd recommend spending extra on Audi's virtual cockpit system, which replaces the traditional instrument dials with a customisable digital screen to display everything from navigation directions to the latest fuel prices.
In base SE trim the A4 Avant gets cloth seats, which are comfortable and adjustable. There is lots of padding for lower back support too, while the reach and rack steering column makes it easy to find a good driving position. Sports seats are added to - you've guessed it - Sport trim and S Line models get part leather/cloth seats as standard. We found the basic cloth seats to be more than sufficient for long distance driving.
Accessing the boot space is simple, with a powered tailgate fitted as standard. This means you can open the boot hands free, with a push of a button in the cabin or on the key fob. The boot opening is wide too, while the low boot sill makes it easy to load heavy items, with a chrome strip protecting the bodywork on the boot entry floor. All A4 Avants boast 505 litres of space that can be expanded to 1510 litres. This should be more than enough for families and fleets who need to carry occasional large, bulky items.
SE is the entry-level trim and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select, MMI with seven-inch display, DAB radio, USB input, AUX input, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, three-zone climate control, steering wheel mounted controls, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric boot lid release, LED running lights, rear parking sensors, keyless go, electric parking brake, pre-sense city, light and rain sensor and Isofix points.
Sport trim adds alternate 17-inch alloy wheel design, MMI with navigation, a three month Audi Connect trial, upgraded sound system, Sport front seats, LED lighting pack and a Sport styling pack.
S Line trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, cloth/leather front seats with electric lumbar support plus S line interior and exterior details.
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What's the Audi A4 Avant (2015) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.4 TFSI S tronic to S4 3.0 TFSI 354 quattro Tiptronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 24–67 mpg
The A4 Avant is offered with petrols and diesels, but it’s the latter that provides the best balance between performance and economy. The highlight is the 2.0 TDI Ultra with 150PS. Not only will it emit 104g/km of CO2, but also provides an official 70.6mpg.
The more powerful 190PS version of the 2.0 TDI Ultra is impressive too, with more torque and better 0-62mph acceleration. There is a marginal price to pay when it comes to economy - 106g/km and 68.9mpg - but the 190PS is great all-rounder and much more composed when it comes to overtaking slower traffic.
Both the 2.0 TDI models can be ordered without the efficiency-focused Ultra treatment, which provides slight improvements in outright performance but slightly less economy. There is also a potent 3.0 V6 diesel, with either 218PS or 272PS.
Fuel economy for the powerful 3.0-litre TDI dips to an official 55.3mpg, while CO2 emissions climb to 114g/km or 139g/km for the more powerful model. However, with 0-62mph taking just 5.3 seconds and four-wheel drive fitted as standard, we doubt many V6 buyers will care too much about fuel sipping economy.
If your weekly mileage doesn't warrant a diesel then there two petrol options. The first is a 1.4 TFSI with 150PS, which is the most economical of the petrol engines. Fuel economy is decent, with 51.4mpg, but the four-cylinder engine has to be revved quite hard to pull away from junctions or joining a busy motorway. Given the choice, we'd spend more on the 190PS 2.0 TFSI. It provides more zip through the gears and is quieter under acceleration. Official economy is reasonable too, with 46.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2.
Six speed manuals and seven-speed automatics are available across the range and there's no penalty for the autos when it comes to fuel economy and CO2. However, due to the jerky nature of the S tronic 'box at lower speeds, we'd choose the slick manual over the dual-clutch automatic.
On the road the A4 Avant is comfortable to drive over long distances, with exceptional motorway manners on 17-inch wheels. Indeed, barely any wind or road noise reaches the cabin and the diesels will hum along silently at 1500rpm. If you choose larger wheels and sports suspension then the ride quality suffers somewhat, with lots more road noise and lots of suspension jarring over potholes.
All A4 Avants get a drive mode selector system as standard, allowing the driver to sharpen or soften the steering and throttle response, depending on how comfortable or dynamic they want to experience to be. But none of the settings have any notable impact on the overall handling.
Things are impressive on twisting road though, with lots of grip and little body roll, but the Audi is no match for the 3 Series Touring. That said, the steering is firm and direct, with lots of feedback, which lets you push it along with decent gusto.
|1.4 TFSI||49–51 mpg||9.0 s||131–139 g/km|
|1.4 TFSI S tronic||50–51 mpg||8.9 s||126–131 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||66–67 mpg||9.2–9.5 s||104–124 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 S tronic||64–66 mpg||9.0–9.5 s||104–129 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 Ultra||71 mpg||9.2 s||104 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 Ultra S tronic||71 mpg||9.0 s||104 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190||61–63 mpg||7.9 s||106–128 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic||61–63 mpg||7.4 s||116 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 S tronic||60–66 mpg||7.4–7.9 s||106–123 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 Ultra||67–69 mpg||7.9 s||106 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 Ultra S tronic||66–69 mpg||7.9 s||106 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 190||48–49 mpg||7.5 s||129 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 190 S tronic||50–53 mpg||7.5 s||121–128 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 252 quattro S tronic||43–46 mpg||6.0 s||139–150 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 218 quattro S tronic||58–61 mpg||6.4–6.7 s||119–129 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 218 S tronic||63–64 mpg||6.7 s||114 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 272 quattro Tiptronic||52–53 mpg||5.4 s||139–142 g/km|
|35 TDI S tronic||64–69 mpg||9.0 s||115–121 g/km|
|35 TFSI||-||-||133–137 g/km|
|35 TFSI S tronic||47–50 mpg||9.2 s||131–137 g/km|
|40 TDI quattro S tronic||-||-||138–140 g/km|
|40 TDI S tronic||66 mpg||7.9 s||120–121 g/km|
|40 TFSI S tronic||47 mpg||7.5 s||137 g/km|
|45 TFSI quattro S tronic||42 mpg||6.0 s||157 g/km|
|S4 3.0 TFSI 354 quattro Tiptronic||38–45 mpg||4.9 s||171–175 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Audi A4 Avant (2015)
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