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Audi RS4 Avant review – design

This is where Audi Sport is leagues ahead of its rivals. The RS4 looks ace, and feels worth the high price tag with its bespoke body, fantastic proportions and delicate detailing

Evo rating
from £61,625
  • Deftly tuned suspension, linear steering, desirability
  • Powertrain lacks punch and character, rivals sharper, harder and faster

If you’re into fast estates, the RS4 will certainly appeal. As mentioned above, Audi does the incredibly expensive job of designing a bespoke body-in-white for the RS4, sharing only a few exterior panels with lesser A4s. On the road, the RS4’s stance and overall detailing is superbly thought out, and while the basic A4’s facelift last year wasn’t entirely successful, the RS4 has instead gained from its update.

Where standard A4s have lost that superb crisp bodyline across both door panels, the RS4 has maintained its flared version of it, with those geometric arches on both axles. This definition makes the RS4 even more distinct compared to standard models, and the amount of attention it gets on the road is a testament to that.

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The front and rear bumpers are both new too, mimicking the new RS6 and RS7 by ditching the brightwork and complicated intake openings of the previous RS4 model for a cleaner and more confident selection of openings that accentuate the dramatic graphics elsewhere within its design.

While the standard 19-inch wheels fill the arches well, for the full effect the larger 20s have a tad more width and aggression, and the now-trademark dish at all four corners. While it’s hardly a Q-car in the fashion of its predecessors, the RS4’s impeccable detailing and fantastic proportions make for one hell of a desirable package.

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