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Audi A4 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Featuring a decent sized boot and generous passenger space, the A4 is more practical than you might think

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

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£38,285 to £52,595
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​Compared to its rivals the Audi A4 feels very spacious inside. The current A4 is the same height as the last model but headroom has been improved because the seats are thinner and mounted lower. The additional wheelbase length of 23mm doesn't sound like much but it means taller passengers will feel comfortable in the back seats. The car also benefits from a wider body, which means more shoulder room.

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The wide opening and low floor of the boot make it easy to use. The Avant plays an ace though, with boot space of 505 litres – or 1,510 litres with the rear seats folded.

Size

Being based on the MLB Evo platform doesn't only make the A4 up to 120kg lighter than before, but it's longer and wider, too. The A4 measures in at 25mm longer and 16mm wider than the previous model, while the height remains the same. The Avant version of the A4 is actually shorter than the saloon – only by 1mm, though – and 7mm taller. 

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The increased proportions unsurprisingly mean there is a lot more space inside the A4 than there was before – we’d also say the Audi is one of the most spacious cars in its class. The chunky transmission tunnel in the back means things get a little awkward when trying to seat three adults comfortably. Having said that, there is a generous amount of shoulder room and head room. 

Boot 

The A4 fares no better or worse when it comes to boot capacity against its closest rivals. With the rear seats in place capacity is measured at 480 litres, while folding them flat increases space to 965 litres. Naturally, the Avant is the one to go for if space is a priority, with a boot capacity that increases to as much as 1,510 litres. 

Towing

The Audi A4’s range of towing capacities is relatively close-knit. Starting at a respectable 1,700kg and rising to 2,000kg, the A4 will more than cover the towing needs of the average motorist.

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