It's vaguely pointless to try to assess the value proposition of the RS 4 because it effectively competes in a class of one. Yes, you can buy rapid estate cars from other manufacturers but the RS 4 has a very specific appeal, four wheel drive and commands a loyal customer base. Needless to say, Audi will have a queue for every car it imports, even at an asking price of just under £62,000. That's £15,000 more than Audi's alternative 354PS S4 Avant model.
The pearl effect exterior colour 'Nogaro blue', available optionally from Audi, recalls the first generation of the high-performance Avant from 1999. Smart 19-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard but you can also spend extra on 20-inch wheels and Matrix headlamps that dip themselves in the face of oncoming traffic. Options for the luggage compartment, which offers up to 1,510 litres of cargo space, include a rail system with load securing set and a power-operated tailgate. As you've probably figured out, it's possible to go quite large with options on this car. At least you shouldn't have to pay out for additional safety features. On top of everything we've come to expect, there's adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist so the car almost drives itself up to 40mph. For when you are in full control, there's park assist, a cross traffic warning, plus autonomous braking.