2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 Avant make their debut

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 29, 2015

One of Audi’s most important models, the new-generation A4 and A4 Avant, were revealed today ahead of 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Compared with its predecessor, the Audi A4 is up to 120 kg (264.6 lb) lighter, depending on the engine. According to the German carmaker, the new A4 is lighter thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction.

In Germany, the new models will be launched with seven engines, three TFSI and four TDI. The entry-level petrol engine is the 1.4-liter TFSI, which produces 150 hp (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque. Bolted to a seven-speed S Tronic transmission, the engine pushes the A4 Sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds, while top speed is 210 km/h (130.5 mph). Meanwhile, the A4 Avant hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds and offers a top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).

Fuel consumption of this engine is 4.9 l/100 km (48.0 US mpg) in the A4 Sedan, while CO2 emissions are 114 g/km. The 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine delivers 252 hp (185 kW) and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. Using the seven-speed S Tronic, the A4 Sedan hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.8 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph, while the A4 Avant needs 6.0 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) and offers the same top speed.

The Sedan with front-wheel drive and S Tronic consumes 5.7 liters of fuel per 100 km (41.3 US mpg and emits 129 g of CO2 per km). Audi will offer a second version of the 2.0 TFSI engine on the ultra model, delivering 190 hp (140 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The A4 Sedan ultra will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is 240 km/h (149.1 mph).

The A4 Avant ultra accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed limited at 238 km/h (147.9 mph). The Sedan will be able to consume just 4.8 l/100 km (49 US mpg), while the Avant needs 5.0 liters (47 US mpg).

When it comes to diesel engines, the 2.0-liter TDI is expected to be the bestseller and will arrive in two versions: the first one delivers 150 hp (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque, while the seconds delivers 190 hp (140 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The less powerful version bolted to a seven-speed S Tronic can push the Sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.7 seconds while top speed is 219 km/h (136.1 mph), while the Avant needs 9.0 seconds offers a top speed of 213 km/h (132.4 mph). Using the manual six-speed transmission, the Sedan offers a fuel consumption of just 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 US mpg), while the Avant uses 4.0 liters per 100 km (58.8 US mpg).

The more powerful 2.0-liter TDI with 190 hp (140 kW) offers a fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (57.4 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 107 grams per km. Bolted to the S Tronic automatic transmission which delivers the power to the front wheels, the A4 Sedan hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.7 seconds, while the Avant needs 7.9 seconds.

Top speed is limited at 237 km/h (147.3 mph) for the sedan and 231 km/h (143.5) mph. Audi says that two of the TDI engine will also receive ultra versions. The A4 ultra with manual transmission and 110 kW (150 hp) has NEDC fuel consumption of just 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers (63.6 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of 95 grams per kilometer (152.9 g/mi); the corresponding A4 Avant ultra consumes 3.8 l/100 km (61.9 US mpg) and emits 99 g/km CO2 (159.3 g/mi).

Another 2.0 TDI engine will be added after the market launch with power output of 90 kW (122 hp). A 3.0-liter TDI will produce 218 hp (160 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque or 272 hp (200 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque. The most powerful version pushes the A4 Sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds and to a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), while using just 4.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (48 US mpg).

Press Release

The All-New Audi A4 – A Haven Of Vorsprung Durch Technik

Latest Audi compact executive models feature a wealth of innovation to refine and enhance every aspect of the driving experience 

  • Completely new A4 Saloon and Avant models will be available to order in UK in late summer ahead of first customer deliveries in late 2015 (Saloon)
  • Up to 120kg lighter than outgoing models, up to 21 per cent more fuel efficient
  • 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 with sub-100g/km CO2 output (17-inch standard wheel)
  • All-new platform and redeveloped six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed tiptronic transmissions
  • Lowest-in-class 0.23 drag coefficient (saloon) for exemplary refinement
  • Standard equipment highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with LED DRLs, Audi smartphone interface, Audi drive select, three-zone climate control and 7-inch colour MMI monitor
  • In-car technology options include the Audi virtual cockpit, predictive efficiency assistant, traffic-jam assist, rear cross-traffic assist, collision avoidance assist and turn assist

More powerful, more efficient, more intelligent: the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant feature numerous premium technologies which set higher benchmarks for their class. Elegant design blends with an innovative control concept, and lightweight construction meets new, efficient drivetrain solutions. The A4 and A4 Avant are also ahead of their peers in terms of infotainment and assistance systems. As a result, UK customers who will begin taking delivery of their cars in late 2015 can look forward to a truly high-tech experience ― an innovative synthesis of technology and aesthetics.

When it comes to aerodynamics, the two new models dramatically outpace the competition. The A4 Saloon has the best drag coefficient in its class at 0.23, and the A4 Avant pierces the air almost as cleanly with a 0.26 figure. The new models also have impressively low CO2 emissions which in the 2.0 TDI ultra dip below 100g/km. 

The most powerful engines are two TDI six-cylinder units with up to 272PS. Driver assistance and infotainment systems are of luxury quality. A new generation of four-cylinder TFSI engines with newly developed combustion methods sets benchmarks in terms of fuel consumption, emissions and performance for four-cylinder petrol engines.

At 4.73 metres long and with a wheelbase of 2.82 metres – the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have a confident stance on the road. A prominent horizontal line on the front and rear emphasises the car’s width. The flowing design with concise lines communicates the sporty elegance of the brand. The Singleframe grille is wide and low; the optionally available headlights in LED and Matrix LED technology (including dynamic indicators) make technology a visual trademark.

Up to 120 kilograms lighter

Compared with the previous model, the car’s dimensions have grown but its weight has been reduced significantly – by up to 120 kilograms, depending on the engine. The body of the new Audi models is one of the lightest in its class thanks to an intelligent material mix and lightweight construction.

The Audi A4 is a leader in its class also in terms of noise levels. All occupants enjoy generous space; the smooth lines emphasise the width of the interior. The front of the dashboard features a broad band of air outlets and a large decorative surface. At night, optional discreet contour lighting illuminates the doors and the central console. The quality of workmanship is uncompromisingly high. Colours and materials follow a new line concept allowing customers even more freedom during configuration.

Sensor-controlled opening of luggage compartment: the A4 Avant

The luggage compartment of the new A4 Avant offers storage space of 505 litres, which is the highest value in this class. With the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof, a volume of 1,510 litres is available. The electric luggage compartment cover and electric tailgate are standard equipment. An optional extra is sensor control for opening and closing the tailgate.

The two new models offer an abundance of intelligent technologies, the use of which is even more intuitive with the new Audi MMI display and control concept. Technological highlights of the new A4 include the Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi Matrix LED headlights, the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone box with wireless charging, the head-up display, and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services.

Information and fascination: the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI

The focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital combination instrument, features a 12.3-inch LCD screen that displays the most important information in brilliant high-resolution graphics, with great detail and sophisticated effects.

The MMI control concept in the centre console is also a newly designed feature and acts as the main control element. The top-end infotainment system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor, has a touchpad in the rotary controller to zoom in and out and to enter characters. The entire MMI control logic is similar to that of a smartphone and includes an intelligent free-text search function. The new, more natural, voice-control system also understands input in normal everyday language, such as “I want to call Peter Miller.”

Concentrated computing power

MMI Navigation plus is backed by the computing power of the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which allows Audi to bring consumer electronics innovations into the vehicle quickly.

If customers order a car with MMI Navigation plus, they automatically receive the Audi connect hardware module, which connects the A4 and A4 Avant with the Internet via the high-speed LTE network. Passengers can surf the Internet and send and receive e-mail with their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot while the driver can use the tailored services of Audi connect.

The Audi smartphone interface is a new standard feature. It supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms and displays smartphone contact and information such as navigation mapping on the MMI screen. The Audi phone box connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them inductively according to the Qi standard. For discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available, which introduces the additional dimension of height. The new Audi tablet can also be used as flexible rear seat entertainment.

Powerful six and four-cylinder engines

The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant will launch with seven engines - three TFSI and four TDI. Their power output has increased significantly and ranges from 150PS to 272PS, but fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 21 percent. CO2 dips below 100g/km in the 2.0 TDI ultra Saloon. All engines combine high efficiency with outstanding responsiveness and refinement. This applies in particular to the two 3.0 TDI six-cylinder engines.

The new Audi A4 has a groundbreaking innovation for the petrol engines: The 2.0 TFSI ultra with 190PS uses an absolutely new combustion method that makes it especially efficient. During the model lifecycle, a g-tron version will be launched in markets with the appropriate infrastructure which can use natural gas or the sustainably produced Audi e-gas as fuel.

S tronic, tiptronic and manual transmission

The powertrain and the chassis of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant have been completely redeveloped. The six-speed manual transmission, the seven-speed S tronic (now also available for front-wheel drive) and the eight-speed tiptronic have been redesigned; the automatic transmissions now offer a fuel-saving freewheeling function. Wheel-selective torque control supplements the work of the front-wheel drive and the quattro drive. For the most powerful TDI, Audi will offer the sport differential on the rear axle as an option from 2016.

Driving dynamics

The handling of new A4 makes a great leap forward. The suspension and steering filter out disturbances such as an uneven road surface, but communicate to the driver important information such as increases in lateral forces and tracking. This performance is based on the redeveloped five-link axles and the electromechanical power steering. They lay the foundation for dynamic handling and first-class ride comfort while also reducing fuel consumption. Additional options are dynamic steering, which varies its ratio according to the car’s speed and the steering angle, and suspension with adjustable shock absorbers with which the driver can for the first time select between two settings: sports or comfort. Both of the suspension settings are included in the Audi drive select driving-dynamics system, which is standard equipment in the UK.

Widest range in its class: driver assistance and safety systems

The Audi A4 and A4 Avant set the benchmark in their class with numerous driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant helps drivers to save fuel, Audi active lane assist helps them to stay in lane and the Stop&Go adaptive cruise control including traffic-jam assist eases driving in slow-moving traffic. One special feature of traffic-jam assist is its control strategy. It takes into account a large number of parameters such as road markings and the traffic ahead. Some more innovations that make important contributions to safety are parking assist, rear cross-traffic assist, exit warning, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and the Audi pre-sense systems. Camera-based traffic-sign recognition is also available.

The two new Audi A4 models will be available to order in the UK later this summer - deliveries of the Saloon will begin towards the end of the year and the Avant will follow in early 2016. Their standard equipment is even more comprehensive than that of their predecessors. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the Audi smartphone interface, keyless go, a Bluetooth interface, Audi drive select, a 7-inch MMI colour display and three-zone climate control. 

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