The Audi A4 Avant may not turn heads like a chiseled Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and, at least in this test car's configuration, won't win any races against a grocery-toting BMW 3-series. But make no mistake, this is a handsome, pleasant-to-drive vehicle.
From afar, the A4 might be best described as an extremely scaled down Q7. Stand a little closer, however, and there's no mistaking it for anything but a station wagon, with a large, perfectly rectangular storage area that can easily carry a weekend's worth of luggage. Not surprisingly, the car's true beauty is inside, where Audi's trademark teardrop-shaped gauges and engaging, finely assembled dash help the A4 Avant to clearly outshine the well-appointed but conventional interiors in the CTS and the 3-series.
The price you pay for the Audi's interior beauty is ergonomics. There's a needlessly complex HVAC system, which calls for you to use two separate controls to adjust the fan, and the MMI interface can still be awkward to use. This particular A4 also seemed to have trouble syncing with an iPod, even though it comes with special cables for the task.... Read full article