The Avant is only slightly more expensive than the saloon, just as talented and inevitably more spacious. What's not to like?

Our Verdict

Audi RS4 Avant

Audi’s rapid estate returns. We know it’s fast, but can it engage us?

  • First Drive

    Audi RS4 Avant review

    The Audi RS4 Avant gets better the faster you drive, and as such makes an excellent RS model
  • First Drive

    Audi RS4 Cabriolet

    The RS4 Cabriolet does not have the structural rigidity of the saloon, but you can listen more easily to that V8.
17 May 2006

What's new? Family man and high street poser now get the opportunity to revel in the aural and dynamic marvels of Audi’s high revving, spine tingeling 4.2V8 RS4. The Avant continues a long line of super fast Audi estates and is practically identical to the Saloon save the additional luggage space.What's it like? We’ve been blown away by the saloon bodied RS4, so expectations are high for its new sibling. The Avant follows closely the pattern set by the saloon, mixing the intoxicating pleasures of a V8 whose tone can be sent from bassy warble to high tech scream at the prod of the throttle.There's also a chassis that finally delivers on Audi’s Quattro promise – secure, entertaining and for the first time in a long time not ludicrously uncomfortable. Weighing a little more than the saloon, and likely to be more fully loaded, the Avant runs slightly stiffer spring rates to compensate.Unloaded the ride is marginally firmer than the saloon, but only slightly so, and remains the best riding RS for some time.Should I buy one? As close as makes no difference the Avant matches the saloon for driving thrills, offers greater practicality and subjectively looks the more appealing. Don’t believe me? Just wait until you see one in blue and the connection with the original ‘fast estate’ Audi’s RS2 hits you and you’ll understand. So, yes, buy one now and buy it in blue.Jamie Corstorphine

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18 February 2008

[quote Kee Law]

methinks that someone has clicked on the "start a discussion" button but then decided not to post anything...

i would normally say this is annoying, but no matter because I love this car and want to have its babies.

[/quote]

Mmmmmm!!!!!

Always thought you were a little weird.

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