|The Audi A4 Avant is now available for the U.K. market with prices ranging from 27,300 pounds to 40,350. Some of the attributes of the A4 Avant, available in 12 versions, include class-leading boot capacity, virtual cockpit and a host of driver aids.|
The new A4 Avant intelligently integrates a class-leading 505 liters of luggage capacity, extending to 1,510 liters 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.
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 with two detachable touch-screen tablets, Audi phone box, wireless smartphone charging, and MMI Navigation plus with a larger 8.3-inch monitor, complemented by 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 headlights with LED DRLs, along with features including three-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and the Audi smartphone interface, which supports CarPlay and Android Auto platforms and displays smartphone contact and information such as navigation mapping on the seven-inch colour MMI screen. Furthermore, 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 liter and 3.0-liter TDI engines with outputs starting from 150PS and rising to 272PS. The refined and responsive 1.4-liter TFSI petrol engine at the entry point to the A4 Sedan (Saloon) range will also become available to Avant customers slightly behind the first phase in April 2016.
As in the Saloon, two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI engine with 150PS and 190PS power a total of 12 front-wheel-driven ‘ultra’ versions, with both SE and Sport specification incorporating 17-inch alloy wheel designs. The V6 TDI contingent starts with the 218PS version and is 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 center differential is also a standard feature of the 2.0 TFSI 252PS and 3.0 TDI 272PS versions.
As for driver aids, the A4 Avant comes with 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.