Why should I want it?
This is about as good as it gets for the merging of family wagon practicality and supercar-taunting performance. The RS4 is incredibly, brutally rapid, and has that four-wheel-drive sure-footedness when delivering that mammoth power. It’s also a car that’s had just enough work inside and out to feel special, with big sports seats, more muscular wheelarches and hefty exhaust pipes giving away the RS4’s immense sporting prowess.
Why can’t I have it?
Nearly 200g/km is a lot for a upper-medium Audi estate, as is a price tag that can climb to more than £70,000 for the higher-spec Carbon Edition model. And those photocopier toner cartridges will get thrown around quite a bit in the back when you’re making ‘progress’.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
It’s a practical and sensible Audi estate. Honest. And is surprisingly comfortable and refined at higher speeds. No luxo-barge obviously, but given there is so much power on tap from the 2.9-litre bi-turbo powerplant, it’s not too hardcore when slotted into the comfort setting.
A More sensible alternative
Save £20,000 and cut the emissions below 130g/km and you can still have a sharp-looking A4 Avant capable of dispatching the 0-62mph dash in 6.3 seconds. The A4 Black Edition fitted with the 218hp 3.0-litre TDI engine is no RS4, but is more likely to get past the FD.
|Audi RS4 Avant|
|Performance:||4.1 seconds/155mph (limited)|