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.