Audi RS 4 Avant review - Interior, design and technology
RS 4’s pumped-up exterior looks good, while cabin is as slick and solidly built as any Audi
One thing that you're paying for when buying an Audi RS 4 Avant is a far more muscular look than the rest of the A4 Avant range. Line it up next to the understated S4 Avant (which could easily be confused with a top-spec S line diesel Avant), and the differences are clear, with the RS 4 getting 30mm wider wheelarches, lowered suspension, deeper bumpers with larger air intakes and plenty of gloss black and satin silver bodywork trim.
Overall, the RS 4 Avant has an aggressive look, but it's still on the subtle side of aggressive. That sensible estate car body means there's no space for big wings at the back, just a pair of large oval exhaust tips through either side of the diffuser set into the rear bumper.
You can make your RS 4 Avant more bold or subtle by choosing from a variety of colours. Nardo Grey is the standard colour option, but Misano Red metallic makes a bold statement, while Sonoma Green has been added to the palette, too. Both of these are around £650 extra, but for around £2,500 you can have the RS 4 in any Audi Exclusive colour you like, including Nogaro Blue, the colour of the original Audi RS2 Avant.
Inside, the standard A4’s high-quality interior is given an even sportier appearance. It’s a neat and clean design that's feature-packed and feels very upmarket. This includes red stitching, part-Alcantara trim and figure-hugging sports seats. It’s tasteful and not overdone.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit comes as standard in the RS 4 Avant, and the digital instrument display is a great addition. It clearly shows sat-nav and any other info right in front of you, and it's easy to operate via the standard multifunction steering wheel. There’s a special RS mode that shows a prominent tachometer and other performance-related info, too.
Elsewhere, you get Audi's MMI control system, which adds a control wheel and shortcut buttons ahead of the gear selector that you use to navigate through the main 8.3-inch infotainment screen on top of the dash. It's an easy system to use, and you tend to use the stubby gearlever as a wrist rest when using the control wheel.
In this review
- 1Audi RS 4 Avant reviewThe fourth generation RS 4 replaces V8 with turbocharged V6, but its all-weather pace and ability are better than ever
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe RS 4 is very fast in any conditions, but it's comfortable and refined when you want it to be. It just lacks a bit of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsGiven the performance on offer, the RS 4 is remarkably fuel efficient. It’ll be pricey to insure, however
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingRS 4’s pumped-up exterior looks good, while cabin is as slick and solidly built as any Audi
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe RS 4 retains the impressive roominess of the A4 Avant, while it’s almost as comfortable despite the performance
- 6Reliability and SafetyA wide spread of assists and safety features are reassuring, but Audi’s recent Driver Power performances left something to be desired