True “sport” utility

I have found what I believe to be is the perfect blend of sports and utility. And no, it’s not a sport utility vehicle. It’s the Audi S4 Avant. For those of you not aware, Avant is Audi’s term for station wagon. Not exactly sure what it means, but it was introduced several years ago when the term ‘station wagon’ was a bad thing.

Audis seem to keep popping up on my “I wish I owned one of these” list. The last one was the amazing RS4, and now this one.

Basically, Audi has taken a 340-horsepower all-wheel drive sport sedan and put an enclosed cargo space on the back.

The V8 has a powerful growl that sounds good at any RPM. The 6-speed manual can be shifted incredibly quickly. And the Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system combined with a very stiff chassis makes this wagon handle as well as, if not better than, many sports cars.

And the best part is you don’t have to make any sacrifices in utility. You can carry two adults in the back seat in relative comfort, and there’s plenty of cargo space in the back.

Price is around $50k, but for that you get two cars – a very impressive sports car as well as a versatile station wagon.
Perry Stern