What is it?
This is the all-new A4 Avant, the best-selling compact luxury estate. The A4 Avant shares its underpinnings and key dimensions with the saloon, which means a much-longer wheelbase than the outgoing A4 and a footprint that’s grown to be close to the old A6. In fact at 490 litres the boot, with seats up, is a touch bigger than the old A6.
What’s it like?
Inside the A4 Avant are a bigger, roomier cabin and load bay. Audi claims the luggage bay (490/1430litres) as the biggest in class, outpointing even the commodious new C-Class estate by 5 litres with the seats up. But the Merc fights back with an outright capacity of 1500 litres, 70 litres bigger than the Avant.
Key details are a boot floor positioned as low as possible to maximize carrying volume, which means a bit of boot-lip to lug over. Some rivals offer a level load bay from the bumper top, but the downside is a shallow and unusable space under the load floor.
There’s also a cut-out behind the right-hand suspension tower that means a couple of golf bags can fit across the bay, according to Audi. And like most rivals, the seats don’t fold perfectly flat.
Otherwise the Avant drives pretty much like the saloon. Our 1.8T test car was in SE spec with the standard chassis and 17ins alloys. This offers a typical, long-travel Audi suspension that lopes over longer undulations, but patters over shorter bumps.