What CarGurus' Experts are Saying About the Audi A4 Avant

Consider the Audi A4 Avant the A4 built for road trips, grocery runs, and any other luggage-intensive tasks. The Audi A4 Avant was sold new in the United States between 1998 and 2012. Since then, Audi shoppers in the market for extra cargo capacity have had to resort to crossovers and SUVs like the Q3, Q5, and Q7. For those who want a sporty sedan-like ride, however, used A4 Avants still offer a compelling formula. The turbocharged 4-cylinder under the hood feels peppy, if not blisteringly powerful. Audi also offered the A4 Avant with a range of transmission options over the years, ranging from a 6-speed manual to an 8-speed automatic. The long-roof design affords upwards of 50 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seat is folded. And the relatively light weight and small-displacement engine in this 5-seater combine to provide better fuel economy than is typically returned by a crossover or SUV. Drivers who want more power than the 4-cylinder can muster will have to stretch their search criteria to include years older than 2009. A 3.2-liter V6 with upwards of 255 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque was discontinued after 2008. However, this engine didn't deliver the compelling fuel economy of the 4-cylinder. Another compelling selling point for the A4 Avant was Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system. This advanced powertrain, paired with stability and traction control, has been touted by the German brand since its introduction in the 1980s. Capable of modulating power between all four of the vehicle's wheels, it provides secure footing, even in slippery driving conditions.