Just found this nice review on the Audi A4 Avant.
If I had to nitpick, $48K is a lot of cash for a small wagon. Our test vehicle did come with just about every conceivable option but if it is a capable all-weather wagon you are looking for, you could buy two Subaru Outbacks for the same price. We had that discussion as we were cruising down the highway and we came to the conclusion that an Audi A4 Avant delivers much more than just the ability to get from point A to point B in inclement weather. There is the emotional quotient to consider; the solid slam of the door, the gorgeous lines, the sensuous cockpit and the driving pleasure that comes with every Audi. You have to decide if those attributes are worth the extra money and we think for many of you it will be.