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46 Test Drive Audi A4 Avant 3.0 TDI quattro 218PS by Tim Barnes-Clay Fitted with a 3.0 litre V6 engine, the latest Audi This A4 doesn’t dissatisfy; it has upscale materials A4 Avant becomes almost too powerful for everywhere and a straightforward, intelligible its own good. dashboard arrangement. Technology is plentiful, Don’t get me wrong; the diesel lump is a real pearl, too. It includes: a reversing camera, parking sensors, but there’s no way it returns the claimed 57.6mpg three-zone climate control, heated electric seats, when riding on 19-inch wheels. I found the car and a powered, hands-free boot. thirsty, and mid-30s was more realistic for me The A4 Avant is among the best-looking estates on when driving two-up, with no luggage, on a mix of the market in Britain. It’s undeniably classy, and the motorways, A and B-roads. large 3.0 litre diesel engine is so smooth that it feels The A4 estate model that Audi sent me came in more like a hard-hitting petrol unit. top S line trim, and starts at £38,895, but with a few What’s more, indiscernible wind and road noise thousand pounds of options thrown at it, my test make the A4 the quietest cruiser in its class – by a car was waving a £46,395 price-tag. long chalk. The ride is wonderful, and easily a match You get a lot of kit for the cash, though and Audi is for BMW’s 3-series. The same goes for the car’s bobon handling. well-known for its upmarket, understated interiors that are both perfectly finished and intuitive. This practical five-up estate comes with Audi’s
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