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Audi RS4 Quattro Avant (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2013

You aren’t supposed to be able to have your cake and eat it too.

But the latest generation RS4 Avant resoundingly proves that old saying wrong.

Rip-roaring V8 performance and sports car dynamics sure to please enthusiast drivers are on offer. Then there’s easy-to-live-with everyday practicality and a load-lugging wagon body, all topped off with Audi’s impeccable finish throughout.

While it’s more affordable than its predecessor, its attractions don’t come cheap, and nor do the plentiful options.

Our test car’s options included the dynamic sports package ($7200) with 20” alloys shod with 30-series rubber, sports exhaust, and dynamic ride control. Dynamic steering ($2300) was also fitted.

The RS4’s V8 is a true delight, pulling with gusto right through the rev range to its redline. Maximum torque develops between 4000 and 6000 rpm. The note from the sports exhaust sounds the business too, especially with Audi Drive Select in dynamic mode. The seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox delivers quick positive shifts.

RS4 carves up corners feeling well-hunkered down, nicely balanced and lively. There’s plenty of grip too. Steering is responsive and nicely linear, but lacks for sufficient road feel despite having plenty of ‘weight’ in it (almost too much in dynamic mode). The enormous discs and eight-piston front callipers provide excellent stopping power. A ceramic front brake option can be had for $13,500.



Audi RS4 Quattro Avant 2013

For

Performance, tenacious grip, dynamics, wagon practicality

Against

Lacks steering feel, mobility kit instead of spare, price

Key features

Three-zone climate-control, 19” alloys, keyless entry/start, RS sports suspension, active sports differential, power tailgate, bluetooth with audio streaming, navigation, Audi 180W sound system, reversing camera and park sensors, leather trim, power front sports seats.

Safety

Dual front/front and rear outer side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, tyre pressure monitoring.

Car Details

Vehicle make Audi
Vehicle model RS4 Quattro Avant
Vehicle type Luxury Sports
Year 2013
Price when new $149,400 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 4.2-litre, FSI direct-injection, petrol V8
Max power 331kW @ 8250rpm
Max torque 430Nm @ 4000-6000rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 4.7 sec (claimed)
Economy ADR 10.7 litres/100km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.