The Audi S4 Avant is a very cool looking wagon, especially in this battleship grey. If like me, you enjoy driving then you will love the way it goes too. It's very fast and clings to the road, which makes the rest of your journey after school drop off a lot more fun and the powerful engine sounds awesome!
So let’s find out if it’s a heart-over-head decision to choose the Audi S4 Avant, and whether this sporty wagon can be a practical BabyDrive and family car too?
Of course it can! The great thing about wagons is you don’t have to compromise on boot space, they have heaps of it! The S4 is no exception, we could easily fit a twin stroller or double pram in the boot with plenty of room for shopping too.
Fourteen shopping bags fit in the boot of the Audi S4 Avant. Although I haven't reviewed any other wagons of equivalent price and performance we can compare it to the ones I have, which are all of half the price but almost all are equal in capacity.
The Subaru Levorg also fits fourteen shopping bags, whereas the Skoda Superb, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Wagon and Mazda6 Atenza Wagon all fit fifteen shopping bags and the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Wagon fits sixteen shopping bags. Although as I said, these are all around half the price or (or less) of the Audi S4 Avant!
A medium-size dog will fit in the boot of the Audi S4 Avant too.
Where we always have to compromise with wagons and sedans is the low roofline. For the first couple of days we’d say to each other ’Wow this is low’ and then we found by day three we were used to it and didn’t notice it anymore.
We didn’t have any bumped heads getting ourselves or the kids in and out even posting bub in and out of her rear-facing child seat was okay and reaching in to do up the child restraints was okay for me at 162cm tall and Hubby who is 184cm.
Two child seats fit really nicely in the back seats, though it was a little fiddly posting the top tether anchorages through to the boot to connect them because you’re working in a tight space but once they’re in and connected the child seats fit nicely.
The top tether anchorages for the outer seats are on the backrests and for the central seats is just behind the headrest.
We couldn’t fit a third child seat in the middle but I found I could just squeeze in there, shoulders cramped, and I’m 162cm. The three top tether anchorage points give you flexibility for positioning of the child seats, which is good.
Legroom is really good in the Audi S4 Avant. We found with a rear-facing child seat behind the driver, a 182cm or taller passenger can sit in front of them. If it’s on the passenger side then a taller passenger would fit.
Storage is good throughout the Audi S4 Avant, with door bins that will hold refillable water bottles…
…as well as two cup holders in the front and back, wireless phone charging dock and front and rear USB sockets.
There are front and rear aircon vents which are great for keeping the rear passengers cool too.
The media system is slick, modern and easy to use in the Audi S4 Avant, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access Spotify and ABCKids Listen apps etc for family journeys.
The sat-nav in the Audi S4 Avant has Google Maps so you can get a great visual on the media screen, which I found easy to follow.
The front camera is very helpful when parking and the image is crystal clear…
…and the reversing camera images are equally clear and you have different angles to view from too.
You can turn the parking sensors off on the screen as well as with a button on the dashboard, which is alongside the auto engine cut-out that you may wish to turn off too so that it doesn't disturb your little ones every time you stop at the lights.
The joy of the Audi S4 Avant is the drive for me, in the same way as the Audi Q8. The drive cocoons you from the usual outside road and wind noise while driving, which adds to the pleasurable drive. I love that it can be a comfortable and practical family car and then cling to the road and be a lot of fun to drive when it's just the adults in the car!
Not forgetting to mention the very comfortable and massaging front seats which you control through the media screen.
The interior of the Audi S4 Avant is beautiful, in the model I tested it had red leather upholstery with red stitch detail along the central console and dash.
The Audi S4 Avant has not been through the ANCAP safety crash testing but comes with eight airbags as standard. (The regular Audi A4 got five stars in 2015).