Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015) Review
Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015) At A Glance
Solid build quality throughout. Huge range of engines and specifications. Available with quattro four-wheel drive. Frugal diesels. Well designed and user-friendly boot.
Poor ride quality with earlier S line models. Doesn’t handle as well as rear-wheel drive competition. Dashboard design a little fussy.
The Audi A4 B8 Avant is a ‘lifestyle’ estate, meaning it’s less about outright practicality and more about being a cargo-hauler that looks a bit rakish and drives with panache. It does indeed look the part too, not quite the generic oblong block that some estate cars end up being.
That said, with Audi retaining longitudinal front-wheel drive as the standard layout for the A4 (four-wheel drive quattro is available too), the A4 Avant is inherently less engaging than its rear-wheel drive alternatives – namely the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring.
That’s not to say it doesn’t handle well. It does, with a predictable turn-in and - if you specify quattro - a uniquely thrilling blend of grip and composure, especially in wet weather. The problem is that prior to 2010, when Audi launched the A6 and showed everyone that it was able to make a car ride comfortably, the company generally conflated 'sporty handling' with firm suspension.
As such, an early A4 Avant S line on big wheels is a pretty juddering estate car and no friend to potholes, although after the model’s 2012 facelift things became altogether smoother for an A4 Avant driver.
One thing that has never been lacking with this A4 Avant, though, is choice. Every base is covered, from the frugal 120PS four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI diesel version, through the fine 3.0-litre V6 diesels, a couple of smooth TFSI turbo petrols, a rapid supercharged six-cylinder S4 model. And finally the brain scrambling RS4, with its 450PS 4.2-litre V8.
Over its seven-year lifespan Audi constantly tried to keep the car fresh with trim, engine and specification updates, though there have been some mainstays throughout. Base model SE cars feature continuously, as do sporty S line versions, while post-2012 Black Edition models are catnip to a certain demographic, coming with huge-looking 19-inch alloy wheels and gloss black trim inside and out.
The innate feeling of quality is something that all A4 models come with. Aside from some of the trim surrounding the instrument binnacle, which is a little flimsy, the A4 Avant feels as solid as can be – rarely will you encounter one with any squeaks or rattles, which is a huge part of the A4 Avant’s enduring popularity.
Real MPG average for a Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015)
Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.
Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.
Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.
We need your help with our latest Satisfaction Index, so that we can help others make a smarter car buying decision. What's it like to live with your car? Love it? Loath it? We want to know. Let us know about your car - it will only take a few minutes and you could be helping thousands of others.Help us with the Honest John Satisfaction Index now
Reviews for Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015)'s top 3 rivals
Ask Honest John
On the inside of an Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015)
- Boot space is 490–1430 litres
The build quality of the A4 Avant is genuinely superlative generating, in the most part. Audi has near enough perfected the art of dashboard plastic here, giving the majority of upper level surfaces a softness of touch yet underlying solidity that nothing can match in this price bracket. The grey plastic that surrounds the instrument binnacle and sat nav screen seems flimsy, but context probably makes it worse.
Even the buttons and dials are impressive in terms of the way they click or rotate. It’s as hefty as can be, although as the A4 has aged its cabin has looked progressively fussier.
Software updates made the Audi MMI infotainment system more manageable later on in the A4 Avant’s production run, although it remains one of the more fiddly systems, with a slightly confusing rotary dial system, a small screen and some low resolution graphics.
The A4 Avant is a spacious car for all occupants though, with the seats set quite low throughout meaning headroom is generous. There’s lots of rear legroom too, although S line versions with darker headlining feel less airy than those versions with lighter upper fabric.
While this is about as non-boxy as estates come, the price for that is a smaller boot than some - 490 litres stretching to 1403 litres with the split-folding rear bench down. That compares okay to the 495-1500 litres of space that the 2011 BMW 3 Series Touring provides, although there are some estates in the class below, even, that offer a lot more space. The Peugeot 308 SW, for example, packs 660-1775 litres of luggage capacity.
It’s a well thought out boot in the A4 Avant though, including a parcel shelf that can slide up the pillars for better access to the load space, rails on the floors and bag hooks. However, although the rear bench splits 60/40 as standard, it doesn’t drop entirely flat which can make loading longer items that little bit trickier.
Car seat chooser
Child seats that fit a Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015)Our unique Car Seat Chooser shows you which child car seats will fit this car and which seat positions that they will fit, so that you don't have to check every car seat manufacturer's website for compatibility.
Driving Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015)
In a market whose norm is rear-wheel drive, the Audi A4 Avant provides not one but two rarer alternatives - front-wheel drive and quattro four-wheel drive. And while it’s easy to be a bit sniffy about the lack of rear-drive, if you’re so inclined, the fact is that 98 per cent of the time it makes not a jot of difference – who is regularly powersliding their diesel estate car?
More likely, the executive estate driver is sitting on motorway on a drizzly Tuesday tea-time, eager to get home. No matter what a BMW 3 Series Touring driver tells you, an A4 Avant handles just fine. What’s more, Audi’s four-wheel drive system might have been developed initially for rally success, but today an A4 equipped with quattro is more useful as a safety net in wet or wintry weather.
All A4 Avant models steer with sharpness, although Audi has tinkered with the electro-mechanical steering rack throughout the car’s production, giving later versions speed-dependent settings. It’s a nice idea, meaning the steering is lighter during low speed manoeuvres and weightier when pressing on, but in practice it feels artificial – and a bit odd, at times.
But more important than the finer points of steering feel is the fact that the A4 Avant’s ergonomics are first rate. The driver’s seat is set low, there’s a huge amount of x- and y-axis steering wheel adjustment, and the pedals are spaced out well. Combine that with wide, well designed chairs plus a high-set centre elbow rest and the A4 is a car that any driver can sink into in unhindered comfort.
A huge engine range has been available in the A4 Avant spanning its seven years in production, most of them tried and tested across myriad Audi and other Volkswagen Group brand products. The vast majority sold are 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder diesels, although there’s a wide span of outputs and, indeed, characteristics between them. Early (pre-2012) 2.0-litre diesels are gruffer and slightly less efficient, while post-2012 improvements saw noise and vibration reduced.
The 2.0-litre TDIe engine with 136PS and a six-speed manual offers very impressive 112g/km CO2 and 65.7mpg, but really it’s the 170PS version that offers the best balance of pace, efficiency and refinement. It will hit 62mph in 8.1 seconds, and is available with a six-speed s tronic automatic gearbox.
The 2.7-litre and later 3.0-litre V6 TDI engines are hugely impressive on account of their huge torque reserves which means they’re great for overtaking at all speeds – 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds in the case of the most powerful 3.0-litre 245PS option. But also, they’re just much nicer to listen to than the four-cylinder diesels.
The TFSI petrol engine choice is wide too, and while they’re not as frugal or as punchy at low revs, they’re generally more enjoyable – free-to-rev and tuneful. The 211PS 2.0-litre unit replaced the 3.2-litre V6 with the 2012 facelift, and though not as exotic, nor quite as quick, it’s much more efficient – a good 10mpg so.
While a six-speed manual gearbox is generally standard fit (and very solid it feels too), there are two automatic gearboxes, optional with mid-powered models and standard on some higher-powered versions.
The twin-clutch S tronic gearbox is, frankly, phenomenal in terms of the quick, shudder-free changes it’s capable of, while not degrading fuel economy at all. The Multitronic CVT, on the other hand, is an acquired taste: fine with gentle driving, but prone to whine if tasked with anything more than that.
|1.8 TFSI||39–46 mpg||8.3–10.8 s||141–169 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 120||39–43 mpg||10.5–10.8 s||154–169 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 170||44–46 mpg||8.3 s||141–148 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI 170 multitronic||44–47 mpg||8.4 s||139–149 g/km|
|1.8 TFSI multitronic||38–47 mpg||8.4–8.9 s||139–174 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 120||55 mpg||11.2 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 136||59 mpg||9.8 s||125 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 136 Ultra||66 mpg||9.6 s||113 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 143||48–60 mpg||9.5–9.7 s||124–155 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 143 multitronic||48–58 mpg||9.5–9.7 s||129–155 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||58–60 mpg||9.5 s||124–125 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 multitronic||55–58 mpg||9.5 s||129–135 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 163 Ultra||64 mpg||8.6 s||114 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170||51 mpg||8.6–8.7 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 170 quattro||49–50 mpg||8.6 s||149–154 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177||59 mpg||8.4 s||126 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 multitronic||58 mpg||8.1 s||129 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro||53 mpg||7.9 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 177 quattro S tronic||51 mpg||8.0 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190||57 mpg||7.9 s||131–136 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 multitronic||55–57 mpg||8.3 s||131–136 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro||51–53 mpg||7.6 s||139–144 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 190 quattro S tronic||50–51 mpg||7.4 s||145–149 g/km|
|2.0 TDI Ultra||64 mpg||8.6 s||114 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe 136||61–64 mpg||9.6–9.8 s||116–120 g/km|
|2.0 TDIe 163||63 mpg||8.7 s||120 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI||43 mpg||6.9–7.1 s||154 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI 225 quattro S tronic||38 mpg||6.5 s||169 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI multitronic||46 mpg||7.2 s||144 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro||38–40 mpg||6.6–6.7 s||162–174 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||36–41 mpg||6.5–7.4 s||159–179 g/km|
|2.0 TFSI S tronic||40 mpg||6.6 s||159 g/km|
|2.7 TDI||44 mpg||7.9 s||169 g/km|
|3.0 TDI||55 mpg||7.3 s||135 g/km|
|3.0 TDI 245 quattro S tronic||44 mpg||6.1 s||170 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro||42–48 mpg||6.3 s||154–176 g/km|
|3.0 TDI quattro S tronic||42–48 mpg||6.1–6.3 s||154–179 g/km|
|3.2 FSI multitronic||34 mpg||6.6 s||197 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro||30–31 mpg||6.2–6.4 s||216–219 g/km|
|3.2 FSI quattro tiptronic||30 mpg||6.6 s||219 g/km|
|S4 3.0 TFSI quattro||28 mpg||5.2 s||239 g/km|
|S4 3.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||29–36 mpg||5.1–5.4 s||180–224 g/km|
Audi A4 Avant (2008 – 2015) Models and Specs
|Kerb Weight||1470–1750 kg|
|Boot Space||490–1430 L|
|Standard||Space-saving spare wheel / Tyre-repair kit|
|Road Tax Bands||C–L|
|Official MPG||27.7–65.6 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
On sale until October 2015
On sale until April 2015
On sale until November 2014
|1.8 TFSI SE 120 5dr||£25,985||42.8 mpg||10.8 s|
|1.8 TFSI SE 170 5dr||£27,615||46.3 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.8 TFSI SE 170 multitronic 5dr Auto||£29,080||47.1 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI SE 150 multitronic 5dr Auto||£30,455||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI SE quattro 177 5dr||£31,480||53.3 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.0 TDI SE quattro 177 S tronic 5dr Auto||£32,975||51.4 mpg||8.0 s|
|2.0 TDI Ultra SE 163 5dr||£29,920||64.2 mpg||8.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE 225 S tronic 5dr Auto||£33,245||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE 245 S tronic 5dr Auto||£36,695||47.9 mpg||6.1 s|
On sale until September 2014
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 120 5dr||£29,615||42.8 mpg||10.8 s|
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 5dr||£31,245||46.3 mpg||8.3 s|
|1.8 TFSI Black Edition 170 multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,710||47.1 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 150 5dr||£32,605||60.1 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 150 multitronic 5dr Auto||£34,085||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 5dr||£33,550||58.9 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition 177 multitronic 5dr Auto||£35,030||57.6 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition quattro 177 5dr||£35,110||53.3 mpg||7.9 s|
|2.0 TDI Black Edition quattro 177 S tronic 5dr Auto||£36,605||51.4 mpg||8.0 s|
|2.0 TFSI Black Edition quattro 225 S tronic 5dr Auto||£36,875||40.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|3.0 TDI Black Edition quattro 245 S tronic 5dr Auto||£40,625||47.9 mpg||6.1 s|
On sale until July 2013
|2.0 TDIe (163ps) SE 5dr||£29,200||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
|2.0 TDIe (163ps) SE Technik 5dr||£30,550||62.8 mpg||8.7 s|
On sale until June 2013
|2.0 TDI (143ps) Black Edition 5dr||£31,885||60.1 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) Black Edition multitronic 5dr Auto||£33,365||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) S line 5dr||£30,810||60.1 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) S line multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,290||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE multitronic 5dr Auto||£29,735||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE Technik multitronic 5dr Auto||£31,085||57.6 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro Black Line S tronic 5dr Auto||£36,150||39.8 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line S tronic 5dr Auto||£35,075||39.8 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE S tronic 5dr Auto||£32,520||39.8 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE Technik S tronic 5dr Auto||£33,870||39.8 mpg||6.6 s|
On sale until November 2012
|2.0 TDI (177ps) SE Technik 5dr||£29,875||58.9 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI (177ps) SE Technik multitronic 5dr Auto||£31,355||57.6 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE 5dr||£27,755||60.1 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE Technik 5dr||£28,855||60.1 mpg||9.5 s|
|2.0 TDI (177ps) S line multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,810||57.6 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TDI (177ps) SE 5dr||£28,775||58.9 mpg||8.4 s|
|2.0 TDI (177ps) SE multitronic 5dr Auto||£30,255||57.6 mpg||8.1 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S line 5dr||£32,930||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI quattro SE 5dr||£30,375||40.4 mpg||6.6 s|
|2.0 TFSI S line multitronic 5dr Auto||£32,945||45.6 mpg||7.2 s|
|2.0 TFSI SE multitronic 5dr Auto||£30,390||45.6 mpg||7.2 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro S line 5dr||£36,915||47.9 mpg||6.3 s|
|3.0 TDI quattro SE 5dr||£34,360||47.9 mpg||6.3 s|
|3.0 TDI S line 5dr Auto||£34,365||55.4 mpg||7.3 s|
|3.0 TDI SE 5dr Auto||£31,810||55.4 mpg||7.3 s|
On sale until October 2011
On sale until June 2010
|2.0 TDI (120 ps) S line||£28,895||55.4 mpg||11.2 s|
|2.0 TDI (120 ps) SE||£26,395||55.4 mpg||11.2 s|
|2.0 TDI (120ps)||£25,195||55.4 mpg||11.2 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps)||£25,895||54.3 mpg||9.7 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) Auto||£25,895||47.9 mpg||9.7 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) S line||£29,595||54.3 mpg||9.7 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) S line Auto||£29,595||47.9 mpg||9.7 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE||£27,095||54.3 mpg||9.7 s|
|2.0 TDI (143ps) SE Auto||£27,095||47.9 mpg||9.7 s|
On sale until October 2009
- Excellent build quality.
- Vast range of engines and trims.
- Majority of 2.0-litre TDI diesels combine pace with 50mpg efficiency.
- 3.0-litre V6 diesels are rapid and still quite frugal.
- Range of TFSI petrol engines are very smooth and quick.
- Well thought out load space, though not the biggest on the market.
- Desirability and quality means residual values are high.
- Quattro four-wheel drive makes for very stable handling, especially in the rain.
- Boot isn’t the biggest in terms of outright load space.
- Lower powered 2.0-litre diesels a little gruff, especially earlier (pre-2012) ones.
- Front-wheel drive handling doesn’t have composure of German competition.
- Cabin design a little fussy, and some plastic trim slightly subpar.
- MMI multimedia system is a little clunky.
- Ride quality of S line cars can be rough, particularly pre-2012 models on bigger wheels.
What to watch out for
This only covers faults specifically reported on the Audi A4 B8 avant. For all Audi A4 B8 reported faults see Audi A4 B8 good/bad.
Multitronic models built before third week of March 2008 may not have the correct chips fitted to the transmission, cooling and charging system, so that the ECU cannot accept recoding when a towbar is retro-fitted (meaning that trailer stability control, etc cannot be engaged and potentially breaking warranty if used to tow). Audi UK is aware of this problem (but does not appear to have told its dealers) and offered one reader £1,500 towards the £3,000 cost of replacements (took three days to fit) as long as the towbar was fitted by an Audi dealer. The reader's dealer met a proportion of the remainder as the car was sold to him as suitable for towing. Can be a serious problem if having towbar retro-fitted outside dealer network.
14-03-2011: 3.0 TDI V6 quattro prone to water pump failure and also prone to losing coolant from the water cooled EGR valve.
11-05-2011: Apparent "design fault" with 2.0 litre TFSI engines that leads to excessive oil consumption. One reader's 6 month old, 4000 mile A5 2.0 petrol taken in for "modification". New Audi 2.0 petrol engines already have this "modification".
28-3-2012: DMF problems starting to emerge on manual 2.0 TDI 170 where clutches are lifted at idle revs.
20-7-2012: Sporadic reports of high oil consumption of chain cam 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI engines. Apparently Audi considers 1,000 miles a litre to be "normal" oil consumption for these engines. The reason is probably filling the engines with synthetic oil on the production line and owners not revving the engines sufficiently to bed in the oil rings.
25-8-2012: On the 2.0 TDI Multitronic, a combination of Multitronic and slow running torque engine plus the complex drive train route leaves the power steering pump at low pressure at some times and can cause a vibration. Best not to use too much steering lock at low speeds.
8-2-2013: Multitronic transmission failed at 2 years 10 months. Replaced under warranty.
21-2-2013: Failure reported of the Emission Control System of a TDI S line which was repaired by Audi Assist through the correct alignment of the exhaust gas pipe where it enters the pipe from the intercooler - a known problem according to the fitter covered by an Audi repair sheet on a number of A4 S-line vehicles. This did seriously and adversely affect the performance of the car as the electrically-controlled valve became heavily blocked with emission gas residue.
16-5-2013: Seems to be a problem with turbo oil seals on 2.0 TDI 143 which, in extreme cases, can send so much lube oil into the combustion chamber that the pistons can hydraulic. So the warning is to idle those turbos before switching off from hot. This came from an Audi dealer who also reported frequent 1.8 and 2.0 TFSI engine failures, but gave no detail.
23-8-2013: Excessive oil consumption reported on 58k mile 2008/58 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TSFI Quattro bought and serviced by same dealer: Audi, Poole. 1 litre used in 800 miles. Engine rebuild needed costing £3,500, but Audi paying for parts so paying 20 hours labour at £2,200. Had just spent £650 replacing clutch master cylinder, faulty sensor resulted in various electrical issues, now resolved.
30-8-2013: Turbo failure on 21 month old 25k mile 2.0 TDI. Turbo, exhaust and DPF replaced under warranty. Stop/start system thought to be the culprit.
1-9-2013: £250 waterpump failure on chain cam 95k mile 2009 A4 2.7 TDI Multitronic, closely followed by failure of EGR cooler at £1,200, but Audi offered 70% of parts price.
21-10-2013: Water leaks onto the driver's and front passenger's feet may be due to faulty bulkhead cable seals. Can affect the ECU. Audi dealers will normally fix this under warranty or goodwill.
5-12-2013: Clutch/DMF failed on 2011 Audi A4 at 20,000 kilometres.
16-12-2013: Another clutch failure reported, this on a 35k mile 2011 A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 170 S Line, first felt as judder, diagnosed as "clutch wear", DMF and clutch both replaced at cost of £1,500.
22-1-2014: Flywheel of 52k mile 2011 A4 1.8 TSI Avant lost three teeth, making it difficult to start.
5-6-2014: Recurrent slippage problems with clutch and DMF of 2009 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 170.
9-1-2015: Judder reported from manual 2011 Audi A4 Avant at 76,000 miles.
10-4-2015: Used Approved 16k mile 2013 Audi S4 Avant bought in January 2015 suffering loss of oil pressure as soon as engine gets hot. Dealer has replaced various sensors, oil pump, oil filter but this has not solved the problem. Suspect piston oil rings. Previous owners had suffered same problem. Recommended rejection of the car.
12-6-2015: Audi A4 2.0TFSI did not get the updated EA888 manifold in head engines.
21-9-2015: Input shaft failed on 58k mile 2012 A4 2.0 TDI CVT Multitronic. Needed transmission to be rebuilt with new input shaft.
22-1-2016: Clutch and DMF problem reported on 2011 Audi A4 2.0 TDI 136PS at 42k miles.
26-9-2016: Severe oil consumption reported of 91k mile 2009 Audi A4 2.0TFSI avant quattro. Garage replaced the PCV valve (engine breather) and updated the ECU with the latest software. Badly corroded sump and front crank seal also replaced, but still needs oil wvery 300 miles. More liklely to be piston oil rings than valve stem oil seals.
14-8-2017: Report of Audi A4 B8 2.0TDI 170 manual avant requiring four replacement clutches and DMFs because of juddering. One at 20,000 when owner's father had the car. One at 35,000, one at 35,500 (replaced at the cost of Audi) and now Audi is again advising the gearbox is removed and the clutch checked. I know full well they are going to come back with it requiring a new clutch.
23-1-2018: Audi has ordered by German Federal Motor Transport Agency (KBA) to recall 127,000 cars following the alleged discovery of emissions cheat devices. Affects Audi A4, A5, A6, A7, Q5, SQ5 and Q7 cars fitted with V6TDI diesel engines. According to German newspaper Bild am Sontag (BaS), KBA ordered these vehicles be recalled after detecting “unacceptable shut-off decides” on several new V6 diesel engines which meet current EU6 emissions standards.
17-12-2018: Report of very high oil consumption of 2010 Audi A4 B8 avantwith EA888 2.0TSI engine.
15-6-2019: Report of catalogue of disaster with 2013/62 Audi A4 Avant S-Lone 1.8TFSI, engine code CJE030161. On 21st May 2018 car would not start. AA called and got it going. 22nd May again car would not start again, at 39,900 miles. AA towed to Audi dealer. Audi dealer did an analysis and discovered that the N488 coolant regulator had failed and had tracked to the V50 coolant pump, back up the wiring loom and to the engine ECU. Owner quoted £4,085.58 to effect a repair but was warned that further damage may be found once they were able to start the vehicle. This proved to be the case because it was then discovered that the parking brake control unit needed to be replaced. The total job cost me £4,588.24. Owner thens discovered that failure of the N488 on the A8, had been the reason for a safety recall for that model in the USA and Canada (Safety Recall Code 80B9.). Despite this, Audi UK refused any goodwill.
4-11-2015: EA288 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI engines recalled in USA because the rear camshaft lobe is prone to unexpectedly shear off from the shaft. The failure causes reduced engine power and loss of vacuum pump power, cutting vacuum supply to the brake booster and eventually resulting in increased braking effort."A reduction in engine power and/or increased need for braking effort after vacuum reserve has been depleted while driving can increase the risk of a crash," a statement cautions. The campaign affects approximately 92,000 vehicles including the 2015-2016 Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf SportWagen, Jetta and Passat. In notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, VAG stated that the root cause of the camshaft failures has not been fully understood. The company is still continuing an in-depth failure analysis and development of a repair solution, however a fix may not be ready until the end of the first quarter of 2016.
01-05-2017: R/2017/115: Audi A4, A5, A6 and Q5 (with EA888 2.0 TFSI engine): COOLANT PUMP MAY OVERHEAT. Foreign particles in the engine coolant can lead to a blockage in the additional coolant pump and cause the pump to overheat.Foreign particles in the coolant can lead to a blockage in the additional coolant pump and cause the pump to overheat. Fix: Recall the machines that are likely to be affected and update the software, which will deactivate the additional coolant pump in the event of malfunction. If there has been a malfunction of the additional water pump, it will be replaced. VINS: WAUZZZ8D0CN002863 to WAUZZZ8FXDN018070; WAUZZZ8T0CA007557 to WAUZZZ8TXDA078749; WAUZZZ8K0DA002920 to WAUZZZ8KZDA250141; WA1CFAFP2DA094219 to WA1LFBFPXFA065950; WAUFFBFC9EN010054 to WAUFFBFC9EN01005. Build dates: 1-5-2011 to 31-10-2016.
- February 2008: Audi A4 Avant goes on sale
- July 2008
- October 2008: All-new S4 and S4 Avant models debut
- February 2009
- October 2011: A4 facelift announced
- March 2014: Audi A4 TDI Ultra launched
Audi A4 Avant goes on sale
First UK deliveries June 2008. UK OTR prices £23,790 to £31,490. Five engines at launch: 1.8 Turbo FSI petrol (160PS), 3.2 V6 FSI petrol (265PS), 2.0 TDI (143PS), 2.7 TDI (190PS), 3.0 TDI (240PS).
490 litres luggage space with standard split/folding rear seat in place, 1,430 litres with rear seat folded. Long wheelbase achieved through repositioning of front axle enables enhanced passenger space, particularly in the rear, and optimizes weight distribution.
Optional powered tailgate. Loads can be secured using standard luggage net and tie-down straps, or with optional telescopic bar and securing belt system first seen in the A6 Avant. First UK cars with choice of either SE or S line specification options, and with five state-of-the-art FSI direct petrol injection and common rail piezo TDI engines. Launch range engines: 160PS 1.8 Turbo FSI four-cylinder, 265PS 3.2-litre V6 FSI, 143PS 2.0-litre TDI, 190PS 2.7-litre TDI and 240PS 3.0-litre TDI.
Depending engine, option of six-speed manual gearbox, an extensively revised, faster-shifting six-speed tiptronic automatic transmission or an updated and even smoother version of the ultra-efficient multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Body more rigid than predecessor, yet around 10 per cent lighter, despite being 120mm longer. Completely new suspension and steering configuration already proven in A5 and A4 B6 saloon.
Optional Audi Drive Select enables the driver to fine-tune the dynamic characteristics of the car, including suspension settings, steering behaviour, throttle response and transmission shift points, via dashboard-mounted controls to suit personal preferences or prevailing road conditions. Driver assistance options will also include Audi Side Assist, which uses sensors to warn of vehicles approaching in mirror blind spots, and Audi Lane Assist, which guards against unintentional lane changes by activating steering wheel vibrations to alert the driver.
Latest seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission available with longitudinal engines from late 2008. Where existing six-speed S tronic was limited to the transversely mounted units in TT and A3, the latest transmission with 550Nm torque threshold can technically be fitted to new A4, A5, Q5 and more models in the future.
New 170PS version of 2.0-litre piezo injected common rail TDI engine joins 120PS and 143PS versions in A4 Saloon and Avant models. Front-wheel-drive and quattro all-wheel-drive, and in conjunction with SE or S line specification priced from £24,600 OTR to £27,175 OTR
All-new S4 and S4 Avant models debut
Available to order in UK from late November priced from approximately £36,000 for first deliveries in April 2009. Supercharged V6 TFSI with 333PS and 440Nm from 2,500-4,850rpm replaces naturally aspirated V8.
Six-speed manual or optional seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission that actually further improves fuel economy. Evolution of quattro system with active sport differential capable of varying torque not only between front and rear axles but also between each rear wheel. Optional Audi drive select adaptable dynamics system enables fine-tuning of throttle response, shock absorber settings and steering feel. S4 Saloon 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds (outgoing S4 5.6 seconds), top speed limited to 155mph (outgoing S4 155mph), combined mpg 29.1 (outgoing S4 21.2mpg), while emitting 225g of CO2 – 30 per cent less than its predecessor (old S4 V8
New S tronic twin-clutch transmission configured for longitudinal engine installations first used in Q5 SUV and S4 Saloon and Avant – now available in 2.0-litre TFSI quattro versions of the A4 and A5. Premium of £1,420 over manual transmission. A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic £27,170 OTR, A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic £28,295 OTR, A5 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic £31,065 OTR.
S tronic twin-clutch transmission delivers exceptionally rapid gearchanges with no interruption to power flow, reducing acceleration time yet retaining fuel economy and CO2 at the level of manual equivalents
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds (manual 6.6), top speed 150mph (manual 153mph), combined mpg 38.2 (manual 38.2), CO2 172g/km (manual 172g/km). A4 also now available with new Executive SE and Executive S line specification options.
A4 facelift announced
The new look accentuates the horizontal lines at the front end. The engine hood is more arched, the upper corners of the single frame grille are tapered, and the cross ribs and the Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The grille is painted grey, with high-gloss black on the six-cylinder models or in combination with the S line exterior package. The redesigned bumpers have angular air inlets, revised grilles and flat front fog lights. The A4 allroad quattro has horizontal chrome applications to the grille and round fog lights.
The headlights now have a slight wave at the bottom edges, and a re-arranged interior. Xenon plus headlights are available as optional equipment or standard on S line models. The LED daytime running lights form a narrow, optically continuous band that remains open in the vicinity of the xenon lens. The adaptive light, together with dynamic and static cornering lights, are available as an option.
The A4 Saloon and the Avant each have a length of 4.70 metres(15.42 ft), while the A4 allroad quattro and the S4 are 4.72 metres(15.49 ft)long. The wheelbases for all models are 2.81 metres(9.22 ft), and the width is 1.83 and 1.84 metres, respectively(6.0 and 6.04 ft). The height varies between 1.41 and 1.50 metres(4.63 and 4.92 ft)depending on the body version.
Interiors have also been refined. New steering wheels with chrome and high-gloss inlays, with the leather sport steering wheel also featuring a flattened lower rim. The steering arm and the ignition key have been modified. High-gloss applications and the slender chrome trim at the controls add elegance to the interior.
The MMI navigation plus system now features four instead of eight buttons, with a shift function integrated in the volume control dial. Other improvements concern operation of the automatic transmission, the efficient air conditioning systems, Audi drive select and the multifunction steering wheel. The seat heating and air conditioning are now directly operated at the respective buttons.
All interior colours – except black – have been re-coordinated. The upholstery range has also been revised, with Fine Nappa leather replacing Valcona leather. The new, single-part cluster trim has been adapted in colour to the interior, while the inlays are available in Aluminium Trigon, walnut dark brown and fine grain ash natural. Especially eye-catching is the Beaufort oak plywood inlay.
The interior of the S line sport package comes in black. 18-inch wheels or the optional 19-inch wheels and Sport suspension that lowers the body by 20 millimetres complete the package. S line sport suspension, which lowers the body by a further 10 millimetres, is also available as a no-cost option on S line models. Audi exclusive and Audi exclusive line offer further individualised options.
The most economical variant in the model family is the Audi A4 2.0 TDI with 136PS. In the Saloon, this engine helps the car achieve 67.3mpg on the combined cycle – a CO2equivalent of just 112 grams per km. The new A4 2.0 TDI with 163PS, also optimised for maximum efficiency, achieves 64.2mpg. This equates to 115 grams CO2per km. Both engines are available for the Saloon and the Avant.
In addition, two other four-cylinder diesel engines are available – with 143PS and 177PS. They can also be ordered for the allroad quattro, apart from the entry-level version. Three V6 TDI units complete the line. The 3.0 TDI with 204PS (not for the allroad quattro) is the most efficient six-cylinder engine in its class worldwide; in the A4 Saloon it helps the car achieve 57.6mpg on the combined cycle. The second variant, the 3.0 TDI, generates 245PS.
The A4 series also presents the latest state of the art in petrol engine technology. A new highlight of the TFSI family is the new 1.8-litre engine, available for the Saloon and the Avant. The four-cylinder engine delivers sporty thrust, with a power output of 170PS and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft)of torque, and impressive economy figures of 50.4mpg and 134 grams CO2per km. That is an efficiency improvement of 19 percent compared with the predecessor engine.
The new 1.8 TFSI engine features many innovations: in the control of its valves and their lift, in the novel thermal management system, in the fuel injection system, in the turbocharger and in the integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head. The engine weighs 3.5 kilograms less and its internal friction has sharply decreased.
The entry-level petrol engine is the 1.8 TFSI with 120PS. The 2.0 TFSI – as the only spark-ignition engine also available in the A4 allroad quattro – delivers 211PS. At the top of the line is the 3.0 TFSI in the sporty S4, which develops an impressive 333PS.
Audi A4 TDI Ultra launched
Although it shares its 163PS output with the more powerful of the two TDIe engines, which until now was reserved for the A5 Coupe, the unit powering the latest ultra models is a completely new development engineered for even leaner burning with no impact on performance.
Peak power arrives 1,200rpm earlier at 3,000rpm in the new ultra engine, and maximum torque increases from 380Nm to 400Nm and is available over a wider spread from 1,750rpm to 2,750rpm. Acceleration from rest to 62mph in the exclusively six-speed manual-equipped A4 TDI Ultra is very slightly improved at 8.6 seconds and top speed holds firm at 134mph. Economy is 55.4mpg with a CO2output of 114g/km.
A4 SE equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an Audi Concert CD audio system incorporating DAB digital radio and linked to a 6.5-inch colour monitor, light and rain sensors, rear parking sensors and electronic climate control. A5 SE models also feature Milano leather upholstery.
SE Technik specification for the A4 adds Milano leather upholstery, along with additional features such as hard disk-based MMI Navigation plus, Audi Music Interface (AMI) iPod connection and the Audi Parking System Plus with front and rear sensors.
All A4 ultra models are equipped as standard with lowered sports suspension to reduce drag and maximise economy, and for the same reason the 18-inch alloy wheels normally included as part of the SE Technik upgrade for A4 models are omitted.