In-depth reviews

Audi RS4 Avant review – performance and 0-60 time

Acceleration is faster than rivals only due to Quattro, and it is out-gunned by most direct rivals

Evo rating
Price
from £61,625

While the RS4 might lack the outright grunt of its closest rivals, it’s also (for now) the only model in its class with all-wheel drive. Aside from the obvious benefit of improved wet-weather traction, it also means the RS4 is just as quick from a standstill, reaching 62mph in 4.1sec – near-identical figures to both the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate and Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Unfortunately this parity doesn’t last, as the Audi then will quickly lose ground to almost all of its direct rivals in the mid-range. In-gear response isn’t prohibitively worse, but compared to the hypersonic responses that both the AMG and Alfa are able to muster, the Audi can feel a tad more cumbersome. When on boost, the V6’s willingness to rev right through to its red line is also less apparent than in its rivals.

The powertrain makes the RS4 feel like an extremely well executed executive car that’s been given some aggressive mapping rather than an inherently performance car package, unsurprising when you remember this engine is found in two Porsche SUVs and a mid-level Panamera.

The transmission makes good use of its torque-converter with flawless mannerisms when just pootling around, yet impressively quick changes when the correct mode is selected. Gears change cleanly and smoothly, but select manual mode from the transmission’s Sport setting (the selected gear will turn red on the virtual cockpit) and the RS4’s more assertive side arises with ignition cuts, fuel dumps into the exhaust and short, sharp downshifts.

Engine noise in the cabin is underwhelming, but drive with the windows down and the turbochargers make themselves known with plenty of wooshy noises and pops coming from both in front and behind of you. At least some induction noise would be greatly appreciated though.

Most Popular

Aston Martin V12 Vantage officially coming in 2022
V12 Vantage teaser
Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage officially coming in 2022

Aston Martin’s dreamy small body/big engine combo is back, a new V12 Vantage is coming next year
1 Dec 2021
Morgan shows off new 3 Wheeler in designer sketches
Morgan 3 Wheeler prototype 1
Morgan 3 Wheeler

Morgan shows off new 3 Wheeler in designer sketches

Morgan's given us a look ahead at its new 3 Wheeler
2 Dec 2021
Audi RS3 2021 review - Audi Sport set to take on AMG’s A45S
Audi RS3 review 2021
Audi RS3

Audi RS3 2021 review - Audi Sport set to take on AMG’s A45S

Audi’s new RS3 hyper hatch finally gets the technology to take on AMG’s range-topper
22 Nov 2021