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Specification:
Audi RS4 Avant
Engine:
2894cc, V6 twin-turbo, 4WD, 444bhp, 443lb ft
Claimed MPG:
32.1mpg, 200g/km CO2
Performance:
0–62mph in 4.1secs, 155mph
Weight:
1715kg
Price:
£72,175/£77,145 as tested

Seats are a lot like waiters, really… the really good ones, you don’t even notice they’re there. Having sampled 14 of the finest (and most torturous) over Speed Week, I can confirm the RS4’s are among the very best. Not love-handle pinchers like the Fiesta ST, or with all the pliancy of an ironing board, like the 600LT, they simply fit, look fantastic (integrated headrests for the win), there’s not a scrap of sweat-clogged Alcantara and they massage and toast your tired behind with relish. Bit like the car as a whole, which has slipped so seamlessly into my life that I’m in danger of taking its all-round usability for granted. This is a very fast car, designed specifically for family life, which is why I forgive its bluntness when you up the ante.

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