Auto Express: Audi S4 Avant review

When we think Audi Avants, we think fast, fun, all-weather capable cars that are about blending performance with capability, rather than being the downright most dynamic car in the world. For instance, the Audi S4 Avant is a car that’s very fast, fun to drive and stylish but it’s also comfortable and capable of handling almost any sort of weather. Is it as dynamically capable as a BMW 340i Touring or as fun as a Jaguar XE Estate? Probably not, but neither of those other two cars blend all things together as well as the S4 Avant, as Auto Express found out.

While being a jack-of-all-trades might not be the sexiest quality in the world, it’s admirable. The Audi S4 Avant is just that. It’s a Swiss Army Knife. And it’s brutally effective at a variety of disciplines.

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Packing a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine, the Audi S4 Avant makes 349 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. When mated to its seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, the S4 Avant can get from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. That’s pretty rapid for a wagon that can seat five adults comfortably. It can also handle any sort of corner in almost any sort of weather with ease. Its steering is sharp and accurate, if a bit numb, with incredible front-end bite, followed by tremendous Quattro grip.

Then there’s the ride, which is actually quite good for such a sporty car. It’s quiet and comfortable with minimal intrusions. Which is good, because the cabin is so nice and the technology so easy to use, you don’t want any intrusions. Add the extra practicality of its wagon body style and you’ve got yourself an all-around performance package that’s hard to ignore.

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If there’s any complaints, they’re with the feel from the car, or lack thereof. While the Audi S4 Avant is extremely impressive, it lacks a bit of the drama that its competitors from BMW and Jaguar provide. However, it more than makes up for that with its near-unflappability in poor weather and better cabin. So while the BMW or Jag might stir the soul a bit more, the Audi S4 Avant is probably the best overall car to actually own in the segment, for its sheer breadth of abilities.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.