Of all the generations of Audi A4, the B8-generation (2008 – 2012) is probably the least favorite among Audi enthusiasts. It just wasn’t very loved and fans would prefer most other generations. However, with age, its charms are starting to come to the surface a bit more, allowing us to overlook some of its faults. One of those charms is the fact that it was the last generation of A4 to be offered in Avant form in the US.
That’s right, the B8 Audi A4 Avant is the last A4 Avant to be sold ‘Stateside and that fact sort of tints our glasses rose. The reasons for the B8’s relative lack of love are many, though its wagon body style can alleviate some of them. The first issue was its looks. The B8 Audi A4 was never the best looking car. It was never ugly, just a bit dull. The B8 was a pretty big jump forward in design for the A4 model line, but it wasn’t necessarily a better one. Its rather slab-sided and bland design was just less attractive than the upscale-looking B7-generation. However, with a long-roof body style, the B8 Audi A4 Avant becomes a real charmer. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t many A4 Avants in America, but its wagon body style really helps.
On the inside, the B8-gen A4 was also knocked by Audi fans. While the B6 and B7 generations had really robust feeling interiors with superb build quality, the B8 felt sort of cheap in places. You could feel some of the VW Group influence a bit more so than in previous generations. Obviously, the wagon body style can’t help with that. Though, the extra space and more utilitarian nature can sort of make you forget. The ability to load up its massive trunk with so much gear makes the cabin’s cheapness seem like a minor speedbump, rather than a roadblock to buying it.
But the best part is that it’s becoming quite cheap nowadays. Cheap really helps people forget issues. At the moment, using Cars.com, I found 104 B8-gen Audi A4 Avants in the US for under $15,000. For that relatively low price, you get a genuine Audi Avant with a 2.0 liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic and Quattro all-wheel drive. That’s not a bad deal for such a complete car.
Sure, the B8-gen Audi A4 was never the best-driving A4, especially considering the fact that it never came with a manual in the ‘States. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Its 2.0 liter engine makes 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which isn’t bad at all. Even better still is that it can easily be tuned by a company like APR for very cheap and can easily make closer to 300 hp. There are also a lot of great coilover options of it that can make it look awesome. Oh, and it’s a wagon.
Personally, I’d still spend less money and get an older B6 or B7-gen Audi A4 Avant. But that’s because I can live without modern tech not found in those cars. If you want bluetooth, halfway decent navigation and a very early MMI infotainment system, the B8 Audi A4 Avant has become a very good deal. Also, it’s the most modern A4 Avant us ‘Mericans can buy.