Wagon Week Avant End Of An Era: ’08 S4, A4 and A6 Avants

At the risk of sounding a bit like a grumpy old man, I really miss the days of Audi yore. Audi did things differently for such a long time that it’s a bit disappointing to see more designs that mimic their contemporaries. I realize part of that has resulted from a realization that the market dictates what is popular, and Audi’s huge sales successes in recent years are no doubt the product of producing more mainstream vehicles that sell. But the result of that is that Audi has stepped away from part of what made them such a fan favorite; starting in 1986, Audi began offering fast wagons. At the time, that was unique to the market – BMW didn’t even offer a wagon stateside until the E34 Touring, and most of the Mercedes-Benz models didn’t really fit in with the fast motorsport enthusiast crowd. Audi furthered its reputation in the early 1990s, expanding the fast wagon lineup from just the large wagons with the introduction of the 20V Turbo version of the B4, the S2 and later RS2. Refining the 200 20V into the S4 Avant in C4 form, Audi broadened the engine range to V8 and turbo 5 offerings – continued in the C4 S6 Avant. There was a brief lull in sport between the death of the C4 and the introduction of the B5 S4, but Audi rebounded in style; the B5 A4 was a popular sporty small wagon and the S4 Avant turned that package up a notch. Then Audi simulatenously offered 4 versions of the C5 platform wagon; regular A6, A6 Allroad (with both twin-turbo and V8 options), S6 and RS6 Avant. The RS package revisited the small wagon in the RS4, and suddenly Audi had no less than 8 different sporting versions of wagons in the early 2000s – the height of their power, they were the undeniable fast wagon kings. While we didn’t get all of those cars, we still got a respectably large amount of fast 5-doors; but slowly, over time, Audi killed off its offerings one by one. First to go was the S6 Avant – slow on sales and not as much of a favorite as the C4 had been, that made sense – the similar sized B6 S4 4.2 Avant was, after all, available with a 6-speed and it was silly to offer both. So we soldiered on with a new C6 platform, and I was glad to see the Avant continue on. The C6 was larger and sleeker and certainly a looker; but no S6 Avant made it to the U.S. any more. Audi also killed off the Allroad soon after; a huge sales success, it nevertheless decided to pursue the SUV market instead of bringing the larger C6 Allroad over here. But we still had three different engine choices in the B6 and B7 platform Avants, right? Well, then Audi started killing them off – with the end of the B7, the S4 Avant was pulled from these shores, along with the larger engine A4 Avant. That left us with only the 2.0T A4 and 3.0T A6 Avants – Audi added the A4 Allroad recently, but in exchange we lost both of the last normal Avant holdouts, too. Drive down to your local Audi dealer, and you can no longer buy a normal wagon. They’ve got 15 different “SUV” options, but wagon fans are limited just to the 2.0T automatic Allroad. It’s a shame.

So, for the swan song to Wagon Week, I’ve selected not the best year or best models for our sendoff – but it’s the last stand of when we were offered three sporting options; 2009 would see that number down to two and then one shortly thereafter. Don’t shed a tear, but remember the good times:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi S4 Avant on eBay


Year: 2008
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 57,699 mi
Price: $29,000 Buy It Now

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Adult owned and driven 2008 Audi S4 Avant.
White
Back Silk Nappa Leather Interior
4.2L 340hp DOHC Aluminum Alloy V8 Engine
6 Speed Automatic Tiptronic Transmission with DSP
Audi Rear Parking System
Carbon Fiber Beltline Trim
Audi Navigation System
Convinence Package
– 18inch Double Spoke Rims
– Summer Performance Tire
– Bose Premium Sound with Auto pilot
– Homelink
– Auto Dimming Interior Mirror WIth Compass
– Auto Dimming Exterior Mirrors
– Memory for Driver Side Seat Adjustment
– Memory For Outside Mirrors
– Rain and Light Sensor
– Adaptive Front Lighting

Slotted and Vented rotors in great condition
Neuspeed 25mm Rear Sway Bar
Hubcentric Spacer set
Tires have less than 5k on them and in great condition

All books and window stickers

Please refer to pictures for dings and scratches on the car

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On paper, the B7 S4 is a great fast wagon. It’s relatively compact but spacious inside with great seats. The engine sounds incredible and propels the S4 at sport-car pace no matter what the conditions are. Outside it’s both understated and aggressive – a perfect combination. I even like this shade of white, a rarity amongst the more recent S cars. But then, as the with downfall of Audi, there are drawbacks – the tiptronic isn’t a great match for the character of either the car or the engine. It’s a shame that the DCT didn’t make an appearance here, as it would have at least been sporty to match the car. Then there’s the not-stellar reputation of the V8 – placement of the large engine in the small A4 necessitated the move of the timing belt in front to a chain in the back of the motor. Great, no timing belt change, right? Well, not really – they’re noted for wear to the guides and replacement necessitates dropping the motor. This model, the last of the B7, is probably a few years from that occurring, but you’re paying a serious premium for that option too – B6 versions of nearly the same car can be had with not many more miles for about half the price. Like the rest of the market, I’ll pass by this one this time.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi A6 3.2 Avant on eBay


Year: 2008
Model: A6 3.2 quattro Avant
Engine: 3.2 liter V6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 82,370 mi
Price: $19,490 Buy It Now

2008 Audi A6 Avant 3.2 Wagon

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To me, the C6 A6 was a serious improvement in looks over the C5. It managed to look elegant and expensive in a way that the C5 didn’t manage to particularly well. Engines were upgraded to the 3.2 FSi V6 motor; more than enough grunt to have fun with, this motor appeared in nearly all Audi products of this age. But stepping inside the C6 is the real treat – a major upgrade in the fit and finish of the interior along with new color combinations not only revolutionized the A6’s placement in the market, but forced the hand of the competition as well. It’s gorgeous inside, and this Amaretto interior looks great. This car has the S-Line package which included mostly better looking wheels so it looks sharp outside too. But there are drawbacks to the C6 as well – the FSi motors are noted for carbon buildup; a lengthy and expensive repair if you pay someone else. At nearly $20,000 with 80,000 miles, I’m afraid I’ll pass on this one too – even if it does look great.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Audi A4 Avant on eBay


Year: 2008
Model: A4 Avant
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,924 mi
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Probably the best choice if you’re looking for a more recent quick Audi Avant is the 2.0 turbocharged S-Line model. This one looks nice but typically conservative in one of the many grey/black color combinations offered by Audi. The B7 is a great looking wagon here too – most of the looks of the S4 without the bills of the V8. Especially if you opt to chip and upgrade the engine, they’re easily capable of S4-like power, too. But as with the others, there are some drawbacks to this one. First, it’s a tiptronic – again, it really dulls the sport of the 2.0T package. It’s also got 100,000 miles on the clock – nearly double that of the S4. That’ll keep the price down, but honestly were I looking for one of these I’d be much more compelled to hold out for a 6-Speed Titanium Package car with the even more awesome 18″ wheels and, of course, manual gearbox. So, this one doesn’t get my vote, either.

It turns out that Audi shut down the market segment it effectively created – ironically, at a time when we saw two of the fastest wagons ever produced available stateside in the CTS-V and E63 AMG. Of course, head to Europe and you can still get the fast Audi wagons – and if you’re willing to compromise on space, the A7 represents probably the prettiest Audi design since the D2 and original Quattro. But it’s not really a wagon – a reminder of what Audi has lost.

-Carter

9 thoughts on “Wagon Week Avant End Of An Era: ’08 S4, A4 and A6 Avants

  1. Yes, it’s sad to see the Audi wagons disappear in NA, especially the manual versions. After being in Paris this summer and seeing nothing but manual cars and many of them cool wagons that we can’t get here, I was bummed when I came home to the land of SUVs and flappy paddles. Finding a manual Avant with lower mileage and a reasonable price is quite an accomplishment these days (at least in Canada) as most were leased so they end up being resold at the Audi dealers for inflated prices.

  2. Owning most Audi’s, especially an S version, is obnoxious as one is always worried about the costly repairs, especially for cars that are terribly pushy in the corners.

  3. @cdnpaul: “…Land of SUVS and floppy paddles…” Lol! Ditto for the U.S. – especially here in Colorado.
    @Carter: Nice write up! Next “Wagon Week” it would be great to hear a top three-plus listing of fast Audi wagons you WOULD buy and the rationale behind those.

  4. @Justin, I’ve owned 3 A4’s and have never had any costly repairs; in fact, maintenance costs were average. Having said that, they were 1.8T and 2.0T cars so not S versions which I understand can be a mixed bag. My only complaint was the lack of room for my right knee as I felt the centre console always got in the way.

  5. Nice write up Carter but so so sad it is. My B7 S4 Avant 6MT went on eBay tonight after holding on to it much longer than planned because there is no replacement for us in North America. I am slightly worried that I am selling the best all around car I will ever own. Before this I had a B5 S4 Avant , and before that I had two other Audis. But my Audi days are done for now.

    AJ

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