Audi A4 Avant (2008–2015)
- 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.