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Audi begins deliveries of the new A4 Avant in the UK

22 Feb 2016 / 0

Audi UK has begun deliveries of the all new A4 Avant. It essentially, is the estate version of the new A4 sedan. The company says that one of the car’s biggest USP is its 505-litre boot space with the rear seats in place. That’s humongous! The tailgate can be opened or shut at the push of the button and Audi also provides an electrically retracting luggage cover as standard fitment.

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Audi says that the new A4 Avant also promises improved head and shoulder room for the front passengers along with greater knee room at the rear than the predecessor. Standard equipment on the new Audi A4 Avant includes new 17-inch alloys, Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, Audi Drive Select, three zone climate control and a 7-inch touch screen MMI. Audi debuted the intelligent Matrix LED headlamps on the flagship A8. It has steadily trickled the feature down to the lower models and the new A4 is the latest recipient.  However, the headlamps will only be available on the Technology trim. The car also gets Audi’s virtual cockpit as an option.

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The A4 is available with a wide range of 2-litre and 3-litre TDI engines with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 272PS. Audi says that it has reworked the six-speed manual, seven-speed S-Tronic and eight speed tiptronic transmissions. The A4 Avant’s suspension has been tuned for comfort while the sportier S Line cars will get a slightly firmer suspension set up. Customer, however, can specify the S line trims without this suspension set up.

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Audi has also introduced an evolved version of its famed Quattro All Wheel Drive system on the A4 Avants with the 2-litre 190 and 3-litre 218 engine. The car also gets an array of driver aids the most notable of which is predictive efficiency assistant that helps bump up fuel economy by 10 per cent. The system uses the navigation system to forewarn drivers of situations, such as upcoming intersections, and suggests to  lift off the throttle thus saving fuel.

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Although there are no announcements as of now but Audi may consider getting the car to India.

THE ALL-NEW AUDI A4 AVANT – AHEAD IN THE SPACE RACE

First UK deliveries of the best-selling Audi Avant are now underway, bringing more space, more technology and more versatility

New A4 Avant models available to order now priced from £27,300 OTR
UK deliveries began in January - 1.4 TFSI examples expected from April 2016
Class-leading 505 litres of seats-up luggage capacity, with a power operated tailgate and electrically retracting luggage cover as standard on all models
Standard equipment highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, Xenon or LED headlights with LED DRLs, Audi smartphone interface, Audi drive select, three-zone climate control and 7-inch colour MMI monitor
Technology options include the Audi virtual cockpit, Matrix LED headlights and numerous new driver assistance systems
Wide four and six-cylinder engine range with outputs from 150PS to 272PS
Line-up includes new 2.0 TFSI with revolutionary combustion system and 2.0 TDI ultra efficiency champion with CO2 from 104g/km in SE and Sport models
All-new platform and redeveloped six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed tiptronic transmissions
Space may be the final frontier, but for customers exploring the all-new, and newly available, Audi A4 Avant it is likely to be one of the first and foremost considerations. Fortunately the five-door version of What Car? Magazine’s 2016 Car of the Year proves to be a star in this respect, offering the most expansive seats-up luggage capacity in the premium compact executive sector to complement the quality, technological ingenuity and optimal efficiency for which the A4 is already renowned.

The even more versatile A4 can now be ordered at prices ranging from £27,300 OTR to £40,350 OTR, and retention of these original values is likely to be another important consideration for prospective purchasers. Here, too, the A4 Avant doesn’t disappoint, with leading trade guide CAP Monitor predicting that the majority of versions will achieve residual values that are either strongest in the premium compact estate class or unbeaten in the class.

As an example the A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra Sport 190PS – the expected best-seller in the range – is predicted to retain 40 per cent of its value after three years or 60,000 miles, ahead of its key premium sector rivals.

Class-leading luggage capacity

The all-new A4 Avant intelligently integrates a class-leading 505 litres of luggage capacity – extending to 1,510 litres with the seats folded – into a capacious interior that now affords even more head and shoulder room for front seat occupants and offers an increase in overall rear leg room compared to its predecessor.

All this can be enjoyed in remarkably hushed tones thanks to numerous aerodynamic and aeroacoustic advances, and in surroundings that exude a degree of quality and technological sophistication that far exceeds even the outgoing car, which was renowned in its own right for its outstanding fit and finish.

All-digital Audi virtual cockpit

Among the technological highlights are the optional Audi virtual cockpit with its fully digital, absolutely flicker-free display, and optional Matrix LED headlamps capable of establishing and tracking multiple road users and illuminating the appropriate corridors of lights either side of them to maintain maximum visibility without dazzling other drivers.

Highlights of the options list also include a 19-speaker, 755-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 3D sound, Audi Entertainment mobile incorporating two detachable touch-screen tablet computers built into the rear seats, the Audi phone box bringing two separate Bluetooth connections and wireless smartphone charging* and MMI Navigation plus with a larger 8.3-inch monitor complemented by the MMI Touch fingertip-responsive touchpad built into the rotary controller.

These can be added to the three ‘core’ specification levels SE, Sport and S line, each of which offers either Xenon or LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, along with features including three-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and the Audi smartphone interface, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms and displays smartphone contact and information such as navigation mapping on the A4’s seven-inch colour MMI screen.

There are also plenty of premium features that greatly enhance everyday use, particularly in the Avant which offers powered tailgate operation and an electrically operated luggage cover as standard.

Helped by outstanding drag coefficients of as little as 0.26 and a weight advantage of as much as 120kg compared with its predecessor, the all-new A4 Avant is appreciably more refined and up to 21 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

The Avant engine line-up will initially include a wide choice of 2.0 litre and 3.0-litre TDI engines with outputs starting from 150PS and rising to 272PS. The refined and responsive 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine at the entry point to the A4 Saloon range will also become available to Avant customers slightly behind the first phase in April 2016.

Twelve ultra variants

As in the Saloon, two versions of the 2.0-litre TDI engine with 150PS and 190PS power a total of 12 front-wheel-driven ‘ultra’ variants offering up to 70.6mpg with CO2 output of as little as 104g/km – their frugality can be enjoyed in conjunction with both SE and Sport specification incorporating 17-inch alloy wheel designs.

The V6 TDI contingent starts with the 218PS version which played such a key role in securing What Car? Magazine’s Car of the Year Award for the saloon – here it returns up to 64.2mpg with a 114g/km CO2 output when combined with Sport specification and front-wheel-drive.

To fully exploit the economy potential of this absolutely up-to-the minute engine technology, the powertrain and chassis of the A4 Avant have also been completely redeveloped. The six-speed manual transmission, the seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch (now also available for front-wheel drive) and the eight-speed tiptronic have been reworked, and in the process the automatic transmissions have incorporated a fuel-saving freewheeling function.

The inherent agility of the A4 Avant with its completely new platform incorporating sophisticated five-link fully independent front and rear suspension can be amplified further by adding a more intelligent and faster-reacting evolution of quattro all-wheel-drive as an option for 2.0 TDI 190 and 3.0 TDI 218 engines. The purely mechanical system with its self-locking centre differential is also a standard feature of the 2.0 TFSI 252PS and 3.0 TDI 272PS versions.

All models are available with suspension in either a comfort-focused state of tune or with a tauter and more sporting set-up – the latter is standard for S line versions but can be ‘deselected’ in favour of comfort suspension at no extra cost. For even greater emphasis on dynamic ability it is also possible to specify a dynamic steering system which varies its ratio according to speed and steering angle and adaptive damper control with a ‘sport’ bias for all versions. Adaptive damper control with a ‘comfort’ set-up favouring suppleness can also be specified for all versions bar the ultra models, which are exclusively equipped with sports suspension.

Where these options are fitted, their operating characteristics are configurable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which is a standard feature across the range. Its Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual modes also have a bearing on the response of the throttle, the shift points of the automatic transmissions if specified and the weighting of the steering.

Driver aids

The high quota of standard fit onboard technology can also be complemented by an array of the most advanced driver aids which can take the strain out of everything from reversing out of a parking space into fast-moving crossing traffic to enduring stop-start city driving. Drivers looking to maximise economy will also appreciate the predictive efficiency assistant, which helps drivers to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent by using navigation route data to alert them to situations in which it would make sense to reduce speed, such as before bends, towns or speed limit signs that are not yet visible. The system can adapt the preselected speed to the route and the speed limits and also take over predictive control of the free-wheeling function of the automatic transmissions.

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*Subject to phone compatibility

Model Transmission Specification OTR pricing
A4 Avant 1.4 TFSI 150 PS 6-speed manual SE
Sport £27,300
£28,250
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 190 PS 6-speed manual SE
Sport
S line £29,100
£30,050
£31,550
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 190 PS 7-speed S tronic SE
Sport
S line £30,630
£31,580
£33,080
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI quattro 252 PS 7-speed S tronic Sport
S line £36,930
£38,430
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 150 PS 6-speed manual SE
Sport £30,550
£31,500
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7-speed S tronic SE
Sport £32,080
£33,030
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 190 PS 6-speed manual Sport £32,400
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 190 PS 7-speed S tronic Sport £33,930
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 PS 6-speed manual S line £33,900
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 PS 7-speed S tronic S line £35,430
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI 218 PS 7-speed S tronic Sport
S line £35,650
£37,150
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 218 PS 7-speed S tronic Sport
S line £37,080
£38,580
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 272 PS 8-speed tiptronic S line £40,350
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