Audi A4 Allroad (2016–)
New A4 Allroad unveiled
The allroad variant first appeared in the A4 model range in 2009, and this latest evolution further refines the concept courtesy of the all-new A4’s advanced TDI and TFSI engines, intelligent multi-material construction bringing weight savings of up to 90kg, more intelligent and reactive quattro drive and assistance systems that are some of the most advanced in the current Audi range.
At 4,750 mm long and 1,842 mm wide, the new Audi A4 allroad quattro resembles its technical foundation, the A4 Avant. It measures 1,493 mm in height, while the wheelbase measures 2,818 mm.
Despite the larger dimensions, the new Audi A4 allroad quattro has a kerb weight that is up to 90 kilograms less than that of the previous model. With the 2.0 TFSI engine, it tips the scales (without driver) at just 1,580 kilograms. Geometric lightweight construction and an intelligent mix of materials have trimmed 15 kilograms from the body.
The luggage compartment of the new A4 allroad quattro offers 505 litres of storage space in the standard configuration. Total capacity with the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof is 1,510 litres. An optional rail and load-securing kit makes it easier to transport individual objects. The power luggage compartment cover and the electric drive for the tailgate are standard. With the optional sensor control, the driver can open and close the lid via a foot gesture.
The optional trailer hitch unlocks electronically at the push of a button. The new Audi A4 allroad quattro is certified for towed loads of up to 2,100 kilograms.
The strong-pulling TFSI and TDI engines in the new Audi A4 allroad quattro offer improved performance with better efficiency. The TFSI and TDI units produce between 150PS and 272PS, which is up to 27PS more than in the previous model. At the same time, the engineers have reduced CO2 emissions by up to 21g/km (2.0 TDI 190 PS).
The newly developed 2.0 TFSI produces 252PS and delivers 370Nm of torque between 1600rpm and 4500rpm. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, the new Audi A4 allroad quattro sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 152 mph. NEDC fuel consumption is 44.1 mpg combined, corresponding to 147 grams CO2 per km.
Audi is offering the 1,968 cc 2.0 TDI with 190 PS and 400 Nm between 1750 and 3,000 rpm. With the seven-speed S tronic, the new A4 allroad quattro returns up to 57.7 mpg combined, corresponding to 128 grams CO2 per km. From a standing start, 62 mph takes just 7.8 seconds. Top speed is 136 mph.
The A4 allroad family will grow further following the market launch. One addition will be the 2.0 TDI with an output of 150PS and maximum torque of 320Nm.
Audi also offers the 3.0 TDI in two variants with different outputs, either 218PS or 272PS. The first variant of the 3.0 TDI produces 218PS with its 400 Nmof torque is available between 1,250 and 3,750 rpm.
The top version of the 3.0 TDI delivers 272PS and 600Nm - the latter between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. It accelerates the new A4 allroad quattro to the standard sprint speed in just 5.5 seconds, with a governed top figure of 155 mph. NEDC fuel consumption is just 53.3 mpg combined, corresponding to 139 grams CO 2 per km.
Naturally, quattro all-wheel drive is standard on all models. Depending on the engine, there is a choice of the manual six-speed transmission, the seven-speed S tronic and the eight-speed tiptronic.
Ride height, which has been increased by 23 mm, and larger wheels compared with the Audi A4 Avant provide an additional 34 mm of ground clearance. The new Audi A4 allroad quattro is thus equally at home on the road or in light terrain.
As an alternative to the standard suspension, the A4 allroad quattro is available for the first time with optional suspension with damper control. Sensors measure the movements of all four wheels plus lateral and longitudinal acceleration. The damper characteristic adapts accordingly to the surface conditions and the driving situation. The results are enhanced handling with even greater comfort and impressive off-road capability. Furthermore, the driver can push a button to choose the default setting of the suspension in Audi drive select and call up the desired handling characteristics at any time.
The new Audi A4 allroad quattro features a new version of Audi drive select with an expanded range of functions. In addition to the familiar comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual modes, offroad mode is available for when the driver leaves paved roads behind. It optimally adjusts the engine and transmission control, the steering, the optional adaptive suspension and all relevant driver and assistance systems to operation in light terrain.
A4 Allroad goes on sale
The 2016 A4 Allroad 2.0 TFSI with 252 PS will be the first Audi to adopt quattro with ultra technology. (More manual and S tronic Audi models will benefit in the future.) Permanently available all-wheel drive anticipates optimal power distribution. Three stages of activation ensure no perceptible change from FWD to AWD. quattro drivetrain with ultra technology saves 4 kg in weight.
Designed for Audi models with longitudinally installed engines, the new technology delivers benefits in fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. The system deactivates all-wheel drive when it is not needed, but ensures that it is also permanently and instantaneously available, significantly reducing the potential fuel consumption difference between the two drive configurations.
By using a highly intelligent networked sensor system that communicates with a multi-plate clutch and integrated decoupler on the rear axle, the A4 allroad can switch between front- or all-wheel drive in a split-second depending on the driving conditions.
The all-wheel drive system’s intelligent control works predictively, always looking ahead by means of a comprehensive array of sensors and the continuous analysis of the driving dynamics, road condition and driver behaviour. Consequently, the quattro all-wheel drive system is always ready when needed.
During standard operation at low loads without the risk of wheel slip, the new quattro technology taps into all the advantages of front-wheel-drive. Every ten milliseconds, the system acquires and analyses a wide variety of data, such as steering angle, lateral and longitudinal acceleration and engine torque to name just a few. If it determines that quattro assistance would be beneficial, activation of the all-wheel drive system follows a three-stage strategy: proactive, predictive, i.e. forward-looking, and reactive.
190 PS and the 3.0 TDI with 218 PS or 272 PS, employs the previous generation quattro drivetrain with a self-locking centre differential.