The 2.0 TFSI engine in the Audi A4 Allroad proves how a really good petrol engine can make a genuine alternative to diesel power.

Even allowing a little leeway for the difference between laboratory and real-world fuel economy, the official combined figure of 44.1mpg is impressive for a 249bhp four-wheel-drive car.

And in terms of performance with a caravan in tow, the A4 Allroad is exceptionally quick, with a 30-60mph time of just 6.8 seconds. That’s much, much quicker than either the Jaguar XF or Seat Ateca.

That kind of speed is nice to have, but it’s certainly not essential on a typical caravanning journey. What matters more is that the A4 Allroad is extremely stable at speed, certainly in still air.

One or two of our drivers found some movement in windy conditions, but data from the Al-Ko ATC system showed the caravan stayed still when slowing from motorway speeds.

If you really need to stop in a hurry, the A4 Allroad is on your side, with a short stopping distance from 30mph of just 10.6m.

In solo driving the A4 Allroad is comfortable, refined and quick. The Quattro four-wheel-drive system helps make the most of the Audi’s performance even in damp and slippery conditions.

The Allroad isn’t the roomiest estate, and couldn’t quite manage every item from our test load of holiday luggage.

However, there’s no warning in the handbook against using the collapsible spare when towing if you have to, and the towing gear is very neatly installed with easy-to-access electrics.

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