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The interior of the A4 models has also been refined. Audi offers a wide
selection of 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 elaborate finish makes operation even simpler and more intuitive. The MMI
navigation plus system now features four instead of eight buttons, with a script
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.
The high level of workmanship is as much a matter of course for Audi as a sure
touch in the range of colors. All interior colors - 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 color to the interior, while the inlays are available in Aluminum
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, refined with
high-quality applications. 18-inch wheels or the optional 19-inch wheels and an
S line sport suspension that lowers the body by 30 millimeters (1.18 in)
complete the package. Audi exclusive and Audi exclusive line offer further
The A4 Sedan's luggage compartment still has its 16.95 cubic feet (480-liter)
capacity - 33.97 cubic ft (962 liters) with the rear seats folded down. The A4
Avant and the A4 allroad quattro have 17.30 (490) and 50.50 cubic ft (1,430
liters), respectively, with Audi offering an optional electrically operated
tailgate for both models.
The new A4's drive system sets new standards. The consumption levels have
dropped by 11 percent on average, despite the increased power and torque of many
of the engines. In the Sedan and the Avant each, Audi offers any of six TDI and
four gasoline engines, with 23 possible engine-transmission combinations. All
engines are supercharged direct-injection systems; the start-stop system and the
recuperation system are standard throughout.
The TDI engines combine pulling power with pioneering efficiency, with the
four-cylinder versions presenting extensive modifications. A new centrifugal
pendulum-type absorber (in the 2.0 TDI with quattro drive) in the dual-mass
flywheel makes engine running even more refined and quieter at low revs, for
even earlier upshifting and savings of up to 0.2 liters per 100 km.
The most economical variant in the model family is the Audi A4 2.0 TDI with 136
hp. In the Sedan, this engine needs only 4.2 liters of fuel per 100 km (56.0 US
mpg) on average - a CO2 equivalent of just 112 grams per km (180.25 g/mile). The
new A4 2.0 TDI with 163 hp, also optimized for maximum efficiency, manages with
4.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (53.46 US mpg). This equates to 115 grams CO2
per km (185.07 g/mile). Both engines are available for the Sedan and the Avant.
In addition, three other four-cylinder diesel engines are available - with 120
hp, 143 hp and 177 hp. 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 204 hp (not for the allroad quattro) is the most efficient six-cylinder
engine in its class worldwide; in the A4 Sedan it consumes an average of just
4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (48.0 US mpg). The second variant, the 3.0 TDI,
generates 245 hp, with an especially clean diesel version.
The A4 series also presents the latest state of the art in gasoline engine
technology. A new highlight of the TFSI family is the new 1.8-liter engine,
available for the Sedan and the Avant. The four-cylinder engine delivers sporty
thrust, with a power output of 170 hp and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. The
average consumption in the A4 Sedan is limited to 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.0 US
mpg), or 134 grams CO2 per km (215.65 g/mile). That is a decrease in consumption
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 7.72 lb (3.5 kilograms) less and its
internal friction has sharply decreased.
The entry-level gasoline engine is the 1.8 TFSI with 120 hp. The 2.0 TFSI - as
the only spark-ignition engine also available in the A4 allroad quattro -
delivers 211 hp. At the top of the line is the 3.0 TFSI in two variants. In the
A4 the V6, to follow a bit later, affords 272 hp. In the sporty S4 top model its
power is an impressive 333 hp.
The wide range of drivetrains is typical of Audi. A six-speed manual
transmission is standard on the Sedan and Avant models with front-wheel drive;
most variants offer continuously variable multitronic as an option. The quattro
versions have either the manual transmission or (as of the 2.0 TDI with 177 hp) the seven-speed S tronic on board. The A4 allroad quattro employs a
manual transmission or S tronic with all engine versions.
The innovative thermal management system shortens the warm-up phase of the
manual transmission, among other things, and thereby reduces friction loss. All
transmissions are distinguished by convenient and precise operation, high
efficiency and a wide spread of gear ratios - the long ratios in the higher
gears reduces fuel consumption, while the short ratios in the lower gears
benefit the dynamics.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive is standard on the A4 allroad quattro, and
available in the Sedan and Avant from the 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp). The A4
family uses the self-locking center differential here. In regular driving
operation it primarily transmits the engine torque to the rear wheels in the
ratio of 40 to 60. If necessary, redistribution occurs within the shortest
possible time. The torque vectoring function supplements the work of the center
differential with finely incremented brake applications, to make handling even
more precise and safer.
In the V6 quattro variants Audi offers the sport differential as a supplement,
lending maximum precision and high traction to the A4 when cornering at the
handling limits. The high-end component actively distributes the power between
the rear wheels as required.
The chassis of the A4 is striking with its sporty precision, high ride comfort
and superior safety. The mounts of the rear suspension control arms and the
characteristics of the shock absorbers have been even more finely tuned. Most of
the components of the five-link front suspension and the trapezoidal-link rear
suspension are made of aluminum.
The electromechanical power steering is new in all models of the series. The
direct gear ratios convey precise road contact; slight brake applications
counteract pulling to the side on unevenly slippery surfaces. The
electromechanical power steering requires no energy for straight-ahead motion,
thereby reducing fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 km. This is
equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 7 g/km (11.27 g/mile).
Another high-end feature that gives the A4 a special status in its class is Audi
drive select. In the basic package, the driver can switch the characteristic of
the accelerator, the shift points of the automatic transmission, the power
steering and the automatic air conditioning between the four modes "comfort,"
"auto," "dynamic" and "efficiency." If there is an onboard navigation system,
the additional "individual" mode is also included.
Further modules are optional - adaptive cruise control or the cruise control
system, the sport differential, the suspension with damper control and dynamic
steering. By means of a superposition gear, the gear ratio is adjusted in a
continuously variable manner depending on the driven speed; at the handling
limits small interventions compensate for understeering and oversteering.
All front-wheel-drive versions of the A4 feature the electronic stabilization
program (ESP) with electronic limited slip differential. In dynamic driving the
system further improves handling and safety by initiating minimum brake
interventions at the front wheel that is subject to a reduced load on the inside
of the curve. The large wheel brakes - with ventilated front and rear disks in
many variants - offer excellent stopping power and can be precisely modulated.
All A4 variants roll off the assembly line on elegant aluminum wheels. Depending
on the engine version, they are 16 or 17 inches in size; tires with optimized
rolling resistance belong to the 205/60 and 225/50 series. The A4 3.0 TFSI has
18-inch wheels with 245/40 series tires. The line of options ranges to 19 inches
with 255/35 series tires. Four of the 18 available wheels are new designs. The
A4 allroad quattro offers four independent designs.
Audi offers highly developed assistance systems for the A4 family, for making
driving even more relaxed. Standard on all variants is the new driver
information system with break recommendation - it detects and draws the driver's
attention to deviations from typical driving behavior on the basis of steering
motions and other parameters.
The adaptive cruise control assistance system keeps the A4 at a constant
distance from the preceding vehicle at speeds between zero and 200 km/h (124.27
mph). If the threat of a rear-end collision becomes imminent at speeds below 30
km/h (18.64 mph), the system will execute a full brake application. Audi active
lane assist supports the driver in keeping to his lane. A camera detects the
lane markings and the system makes slight corrections to the steering if
necessary. Audi side assist monitors the space behind the A4 by radar and
detects any vehicles in the blind spot, for example.
Infotainment systemsAudi offers a whole kit of state-of-the-art infotainment
systems for its A4 series. The chorus CD radio with eight speakers is standard,
while the MMI navigation plus system with large hard disk, color monitor, 3D
graphics and DVD player forms the top of the line. Voice control and the
optional digital audio broadcasting are further improvements to the system.
The high-end supplement to the MMI navigation plus system is the Bluetooth
online car phone. Via Audi connect the system provides special services in the
car, such as voice-controlled Google searches for points of interest and
navigation with Google Earth pictures, along with Google Street View. Audi
online traffic information, another such service, gives the driver the latest
news on congestion along the selected route. The WLAN hotspot, another feature
of the Bluetooth online car phone, allows passengers in the A4 to surf the
internet and send e-mails as they please with their mobile devices.
Audi A4 Sedan 1.8 TFSI: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications