The Best Audi A4 Avant To Lease Is:
The 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack
The Best Alternative Audi A4 Avant Is:
35 TFSI S Line 5dr
35 TFSI S Line 5dr / with Comfort and Sound Pack
Or the 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack
Audi Brand – Market position and perception, competitive pricing and strong residual values – Audi has some of the strongest residual values (RV’s) in the business based on its brand perception.
The ‘S Line’ model has a lot of meaningful specification over and above lower models in the range such as the ‘Sport’ and ‘Technik’. What Audi has done is find a nice sweet spot on the S Line where the interior and exterior specification provides a strong RV that is reflected in the 2nd hand market, thus making lease or ownership cost-effective over the course of its lifecycle.
We gave the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack a 9.6 / 10 in terms of value for money compared with other models in the range. This number is a pure mathematical equation, not our personal opinion.
So if you are searching for Audi A4 Avant car leasing deals, cheap car leasing, or just general car leasing comparison, the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack is the best one to go for in terms of overall value for money.
We’ve only selected the models that we would actually recommend in this analysis, hence the limited number of options we’ve provided you. There are many more Audi A4 Avant models to pick from.
See below for a detailed breakdown:
Car Leasing Guru Score
At Car Leasing Guru, We do not review vehicles, we look objectively in terms of value for money.
The Car Leasing Guru scoring system is based on the overall value a particular vehicle offers.
We do not single out specific terms and mileages, instead, we concentrate on the entirety of a lease over multiple terms and mileages to create an overall score.
This score is converted into a meaningful number between 0 and 10 so that you can better understand which vehicle offers the best value. I’ve included the definition for the category the Audi A4 sits in, as it got a 9.6 overall.
9.0 to 10:
Unbelievable – Incredible value for money. Often high spec, high list price, small monthly payments. Insane, you should definitely look into leasing one of these! Any vehicle with a 9.0 and above should be added to your shortlist.
- Audi A4 Avant – 40 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic (Score: 9.1)
- BMW 3 Series Touring – 320i M Sport Shadow Edition 5dr (Score: 9.8)
- Kia Sportage Diesel Estate – 1.6CRDi ISG GT-Line 5dr (Score: 9.0)
- Volvo XC60 Diesel Estate – 2.0 D4 Momentum 5dr AWD Geartronic (Score: 9.1)
See other scores here: https://www.carleasing.guru/car-leasing-guru-score/
Audi A4 Avant:
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Engine & Gearbox
The current Audi A4 petrol range comes with a 2.0 engine that produces 150PS on the ’35 TFSI’, 190PS on the ’40 TFSI’ and 245PS on the ’45 TFSI’ models.
You have the option of a 6-speed manual or the S Tronic automatic gearbox on most models.
There are five specifications to choose from in the A4 range. The base model ‘Technik’ up to the ‘Vorsprung’. The mid-spec ‘S Line’ easily offers the best value for money when looking at the entire Audi A4 Avant range.
The basic ‘Technik‘ model gets:
- 17″ Alloys
- LED front and rear lights
- parking system plus with rear camera
- MMI navigation plus with Audi virtual cockpit
- smartphone interface
The ‘Sport‘ model gets:
- 18″ alloys
- LED interior lighting pack
- sports exterior styling
- front sports seats in leather
The ‘S Line‘ model gets:
- 19″ alloys
- LED front and rear headlights with dynamic rear indicators
- S Line exterior styling pack
- front seats in Alcantara/leather
The ‘Black Edition‘ gets:
- 19″ alloys (different style to the S Line)
- titanium black exterior styling pack
- inlays in piano black
- flat bottomed steering wheel
The ‘Vorsprung‘ gets:
- 19″ alloys (different style to the Black Edition)
- panoramic sunroof
- driver assistance pack
- B&O 3D sound system
- LED exterior lighting pack
Looking For The Cheapest Lease
Generally, we will always look for the smallest amount you would pay over the course of the lease, at the same time I will also look at how much value the cheapest lease actually offers you.
There is no point in Car Leasing Guru suggesting the cheapest possible lease if all you get is a steering wheel and a windscreen, especially when you might be able to pay £10 per month extra and get a significant increase in the specification, exterior design, engine performance or economy. In this instance that’s why we’ve picked the S Line model. It offers the most ‘value for money’ in our opinion.
On The Road (OTR) Price
There are a lot of different On The Road (OTR) prices that cover every spectrum of the Audi A4 Avant lineup, but we are only looking for the absolute cream of the crop, which is why we have concentrated on the best models in the range in terms of value for money. We’ve also added in an Audi A4 with the ’45’ engine just to give those people an understanding of how that sits in terms of “value” against other models in the range.
You can see the OTR prices for the models below.
Value For Money
Remember, at Car Leasing Guru we do not review vehicles, we look at value for money.
The cheapest of the five models we’ve selected costs; £35,175. This is the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr. Really good specification as standard, but only a manual gearbox.
Let’s see where we can get more for our money, and not spend an obscene amount more for the privilege.
The car we personally endorse is the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack; which costs £38,120.
Pretty easy to spot the difference between the two. The one we endorse comes with an automatic S Tronic gearbox and the comfort and sound pack. The comfort and sound pack comes with keyless drive (including hands-free boot opener), Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, 360-degree camera and LED Interior Lighting Pack.
There is a £2,495 difference between the two vehicles from the manufacturer’s list price.
Ok, well what does that mean?
It means that you may be looking at the vehicle we’ve recommended and thought that you will have to pay £2,495 over the course of a lease in order to get that vehicle.
You pay a proportion of that value. The more desirable the items in the vehicle, the more value is assigned to those items in the 2nd hand market.
The S Tronic and the comfort and sound pack combined hold (proportionally) a lot more value than you would otherwise think they do.
The point here is that you may think that you’ll be paying more overall because the vehicle is more expensive to buy, but I will prove that is not the case, and you can actually get a vehicle that’s more expensive with more specification for a small proportion of the actual cost of the vehicle.
FYI: Mileage is calculated per annum. 24 m 20k2 = 24 months @ 40,000 miles.
The Maths Bit
Let’s look at this in a different way. I’m going to select the same two like-for-like vehicles as above and you’ll be able to see how proportional “value’ is assigned to that vehicle.
On The Road
35 TFSI S Line 5dr | £35,175
35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack | £38,120
The difference in the On The Road Price = £2,945
Next, we’ll look at how much you would pay over a 2 year lease, doing 10,000 miles a year.
Total Lease Costs
35 TFSI S Line 5dr | £7,849
35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack | £8,583
The difference in the Total Lease Cost (over 2 years) = £734
Monthly payment: £734 / 24 months = £30.58
Lots of different numbers going on there, so let me explain.
What this tells us is that there is an OTR price difference of £2,945 between the two vehicles, but you would actually only be spending an additional £734 over the course of the lease.
This is because the S Tronic gearbox with the comfort and sound pack combined adds value to the vehicle. £2,211 worth of value to be specific. (£2,945 – £734). This means that all those little bits such as the Bang & Olufsen 3D stereo, 360 camera, keyless entry etc, they are “worth” £2,211 at the end of a 2 year lease.
The key is to pick a vehicle that has lots of meaningful specification.
Percentage Of List
The ‘percentage of list’ is the difference between the capital cost (OTR price) and the Residual Value (RV). This shows, at a glance, exactly where value is attributed as a percentage. The lower the number, the better the percentage of list. This is usually a good indication of “value for money”.
Looking at the percentages within the graph below, you can see that they run at around 22% or so for a 2 year lease, up to 31% on a more realistic 3 year lease. This means you will be paying between 22% to 31% of the total value of that vehicle before you hand it back. You can pay substantially more depending on which model you pick.
Leasing companies normally don’t read the percentage of list in this way, they actually read it in the opposite way. They would say that the vehicle has 65% of its value left, not that someone would spend 35% of the vehicle’s value. This is because they want to know what the value of the vehicle is at the end of its lease and make any adjustments where necessary from a financial risk perspective. Just makes the calculation easier on their end.
The percentage can give you a good indication of “value” but it also needs to be double-checked against the ‘On The Road’ price. Otherwise, a Ferrari would look like good value for money if we didn’t double-check the overall price and only looked at the percentage of list…
*miles per annum (e.g. 24m / 20k = 40,000 miles)
Hopefully, the process outlined above gives you some indication on why we picked the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack over the other models.
It has one of the lowest percentage of lists at 2 years (22.5%), and it also has one of the lowest overall costs over the course of a lease. If you pick a longer-term, the monthly payments would be less, because you are spreading the cost, but if you want to get the most value for money, then it is best to get the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack model.
Why The Difference In Price?
This is all to do with something called the Residual Value, or RV for short. This is a price that’s assigned to a vehicle at the end of its useable life. So from a leasing perspective, the end of its useable life is at the end of its term, because the leasing company is simply going to sell that vehicle, and it’s going to have another life with another customer. So the end of the useable life from a leasing perspective is essentially however long you lease that vehicle for, and they’re trying to understand the value at the end of the lease.
You will have to make the judgment on whether the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack model is worth it over the course of a 2 year lease compared with the rest of the line-up. For us, it is, but the decision rests with you.
This is just some basic analysis that will hopefully help you understand the value of an Audi A4 Avant lease a little better. Remember to use our custom leasing system on the homepage to find out what you should be paying to lease this car, or send us an enquiry and we will answer any questions you have.
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