Audi A4 Avant (2015) Review

Audi A4 Avant (2015) At A Glance

5/5

+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.

New prices start from £35,745, brokers can source from £23,571
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. 

Real MPG average for a Audi A4 Avant (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

24–67 mpg

MPGs submitted

223

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Am I owed a refund after repeated issues with my new car?
"I picked up a 2019 Audi A4 Avant in January this year. On day one, an oil light flashed up. I took it back to the dealer, got the oil topped up, they were very sorry - blah blah blah. Day 2: a very bad noise and vibration at motorway speeds. I contacted the dealership again, but can’t get looked at for three weeks with no other option given. They replaced a misshaped part and sent me on my way. I got to motorway speeds again and the same noise and vibration persisted. I spend the rest of the day discussing with the dealership what they were going to do. A week later they email me to tell me that the wheel bearing needed replacing and a the taillight, which was picked up by me on the test drive before buying the car. I’m clearly not happy with how the car has been serviced and prepared by the dealership and have lost all faith in the car. I’ve asked for the car to be taken back and a full refund given but they have refused. Instead, I’ve been offered one month payment. I expected top level service from a premium brand and got the equivalent experience you get from a back street chop shop. I have repeatedly asked the sales manager and head of business to refund me. What are my consumer rights?"
This is shoddy service. You should have rejected the car when the vibration and noise started on day two - the 2015 Consumer Rights Act theoretically gives you the statutory right to reject a new or used car (or anything else) within 30 days of purchase if any fault is found. Now that the 30 day timeframe has passed, you legally have to give the dealer the opportunity to fix the problem and put this right. If they are unable to do so then you may have grounds to reject it. But you cannot demand a full refund because you have lost faith in the vehicle. For your consumer rights, see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/how-to-reject-a-car-your-consumer-rights
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a good petrol hybrid estate?
"I currently have a 2-litre diesel Toyota Avensis Estate with 94,000 miles since new in 2010. It's very comfortable and has a big boot with seats that fold down for a golf trolley. I travel about 10,000 miles annually with regular long trips. I'm changing cars soon and would like a little more comfort. I'm thinking an Audi estate, either A4 or A6, probably the A6 with larger boot. Ideally for the future I'd like a petrol hybrid. Any suggestions?"
An Audi A4 or A6 sounds like a good option. Also consider a Skoda Superb if you're looking for value for money - we rate the Superb highly and the 2.0 TSI is a good engine. You can get a plug-in hybrid version, which might suit your needs if you can charge a car at home. If you'd like to go down to the plug-in hybrid route, we'd also recommend a Volvo V60 or V90 T8.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What reasonably priced tracker system can you recommend?
"I want to buy a reasonably priced tracker for my new Audi A4 Avant. Any suggestions?"
A company simply called "Tracker" (www.tracker.co.uk) makes some of the most comprehensive and proven tracker systems in the UK, but they can be expensive. On the plus side, your insurance premium should be lower, which offsets some of that cost. A good quality, trustworthy tracking system will require a subscription. Even if you choose a system without a subscription it's likely to require a SIM card so it can send information about its location, which is obviously only useful if the device has any reception. That's why a company like Tracker costs more - its systems use a more difficult to jam VHF radio system to communicate location (on top of GPS), which links directly to police vehicles for more quickly locating stolen cars. Tracker also has dedicated call centres. That said, you could try rewiresecurity.co.uk for a cost effective tracking system. It requires a SIM card, but their small Nano device is only £40 - so worth trying out if you're worried about paying hundreds.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Should I swap my Audi A6 TDI for a petrol Audi A4 Avant?
"I currently have an Audi A6 TDI 190 and I'm nearly halfway through my PCP. I'm considering swapping for an A4 Avant, but is the TFSI petrol (252 Quattro) a good choice over the 190 diesel? I do 12,000 miles a year with occasional long trips, but on a daily basis 10 miles a day to work."
Very definitely. Not as many mpg but infinitely nicer to drive and far better to keep (if you want to) at the end of the PCP.
Answered by Honest John

What does a Audi A4 Avant (2015) cost?

Buy new from £23,571 (list price from £30,835)