Unlike the Passat wagon, Avant styling
is sublime, it's performance striking.
It's in the details. VW settled on
aluminum roof racks, A4 goes steel. VW
goes for a painfully boring interior,
Audi goes tight & classic. Avant is
designed with just enough room for
hauling, but it handles like a cool,
little sportscar. Drawbacks: no
backseat space. A4 performance at low
speeds is annoyingly sluggish. It zips
confidently on the highway, but the
neighborhood runs is a crawl from 1st
to 2nd gear. This for a V6? The red
dash is cool, but tough on the eyes.