The brand new Audi A4 Avant 2.0 litre TDIe is out now and will have a starting price of £28,755. The five door Estate car will come with stop start technology as standard, with the highest powered eco version hitting a maximum of 163 BHP. That’s quite a respectable figure considering that the vehicle is more of an economical type of model.

Today we look at the SE trim, which will cost £30,440. If you want more then there is an endless list op optional extras available, with a host of luxurious features being made available.

In terms of looks the car looks like it has been heavily revitalised. The new Audi A4 Avant looks fresher and youthful.

The BMW 3 Series Touring will act as a major rival to the Audi A4 Avant when released. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the standard 3 Series will also naturally act as rivals. When looking away from the luxury car division, the likes of the Mazda 6, the Ford Mondeo, the Skoda Superb, the Seat Exeo ST, the Hyundai i40 and the Peugeot 508 SW all make a claim  to be a cheaper and perhaps better alternative to the A4 Avant.

There are four different variants of engine available for the TDIe 2.0 litre engine. These include two regular modes and two eco modes. Eco modes are naturally less powerful and more economical at the same time.

Both the 163 BHP Eco engine and the non eco 177 BHP engine will both cost £29,000. The less powerful eco engine which will be able to produce 136 BHP and it’s standard counterpart which will produce a maximum of 143 BHP will both cost £28,000. Perhaps the best version to go for is the 163 BHP eco TDIe engine, as it represents the best value for money. There is enough performance to keep most satisfied and the tax bills will be a lot safer.

There are three different driving settings named normal, eco and dynamic. All three modes adjust the vehicles steering and throttle settings, ensuring there is something for all types of driving moods.

One major disadvantage of the Audi A4 Avant is the fact that it is a front wheel drive vehicle. It’s main rivals of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series are ultimately rear wheel drive. In tough weather conditions the car will struggle as it is ultimately less dynamic.