• The New RS4 exhibits handsome angular styling
  • Rear diffuser and matt-aluminium detailings keep the design sporty and smart
  • Xenon Plus headlights are standard on all RS4s with clasp-shaped daytime running LED lights
  • These 20-in alloys are part of the Sports Package.
  • Rear wheel arches are flared and resemble the original Quattro's
  • The RS4 is excellently equipped, but does have some expensive options
  • The cabin has a high-quality feel, plus a superb set of sculpted sports seats
  • Rear legroom is respectable for the class and the seats are more sculpted than other, less exciting A4s
  • The RS4 Avant has a boot capacity of 490 litres, or 1430 litres with the seats folded down.
  • Despite weighing 1880kg, the RS4 instills driver-confidence
  • Carbon-ceramic brakes resist fade astoundingly well
  • The RS4's 444bhp V8 engine is powerful enough to sort out any understeer
  • Audi's Driver Select system was fine on the track, but a softer setting offers the best compromise for road use
  • Revisions of weight distribution make the new RS4 pointier
  • The RS4 gets better the faster you go and it's one of our favourite fast estates

Most cars have dynamic depths that are beyond the reach of road driving. But the Audi RS4 has so much more in its locker than most of us imagined, even after taking it for a spirited road drive, that it’s scarcely credible.

It combines the most extraordinary, race-like powertrain with, much of the time, perfectly respectable comfort over long distances.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
All the best traits of an RS Audi and pleasingly few of the worst

When you do want to get everything out of the RS4, it pays not to approach it with smoothness and delicacy, as you might to obtain the best grip and pace of most large cars.

No. Instead, you take it by the scruff and bully the heck out of it, simply applying more throttle when you think grip is running low, whereupon it will find unfathomable reserves of grip and traction. It responds like a plus-size variant of the most aggressive, brutal rally replica.

The latest RS4 will go down as not just one of the fastest RS models, but also one of the finest.

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