Audi A4 Avant Review |CarAdvice

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Audi A4

Avant Review

Torquey, efficient diesel refined CVT; firm, ride; cabin material intuitive cabin tech; ability and versatility

The Audi A4 has arguably one of the toughest gigs in the industry.

The premium German is charged with the unenviable of taking on two of the best known and respected cars on the market, also happen to be its compatriots: the BMW 3 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class .

The arrival of the 3 Series Touring early in is set to make life even for the Audi A4 Avant. which has around in its current third-generation form for more than years, making it just a fresher than the Mercedes.

the A4 a much-needed shot in the arm was a significant in June that introduced styling, more equipment, prices and new and upgraded powertrains higher outputs and improved efficiency.

One of those was the 3.0-litre TDI V6 diesel, which replaced the 2.7 TDI V6 as the engine in the four-model A4 Avant The versatile powerplant is applied in states of tune in Audi’s expensive model lines, A5 to A8 and Q5 to Q7.

In the A4 Avant, it produces 150kW of between 3750-4500rpm and 400Nm of across a tremendously usable range – all of which represents a advantage over the old model and a rev band for the same peak level.

Significantly, the new Audi A4 3.0 TDI is also 22 per cent more efficient than its predecessor, an official combined cycle figure of 5.1 litres per 100km. (We 6.7L/100km in a week comprising suburban and city driving.)

from 0-100km/h has also trimmed six-tenths to 7.3 seconds, for comparison’s sake, leaves the oil-burning Audi family less than half a adrift of the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the stakes.

It feels quick, and effortless, as you need only halfway onto the throttle to an enthusiastic surge of power comes on after minimal lag and to pull with encouraging into triple figures.

The that the engine is paired a continuously variable transmission calls it ‘multitronic’) may come as a to some drivers given are few tell-tale signs of the oft-maligned The engine’s high torque means it’s happy at around 1000rpm while at which speed the transmission is not to exert itself. And its rapid means you’re never to floor the pedal for too long, away with the usually CVT drone.

Powertrain sounds are well inside the cabin, with the emitting a rumble rather a clatter, and the reasonably refined system means it’s silent at idle.

The brake has that signature Audi and the response from the stoppers is and reassuring.

Audi has integrated a power assistance function the electromechanical steering, with the to make the steering light and to manipulate at low speeds and meatier as you up the pace. The result is a wheel feels a bit too light in the city and one demands input corrections as the speed changes through Its weight, responsiveness and level of are at their best at higher speeds.

The ride is firm, Audi placing emphasis on a feel rather than comfort. It’s far from a however, absorbing ruts and big quickly without becoming or sending shocks through the The A4 Avant also sits flatter through corners its SUV rivals.

Road noise was not an issue our test car’s low-profile Pirelli P Zero tyres, wind noise off the A-pillars and the top of the is more offensive than it be in a premium car.

Other options in the Audi A4 Avant include the entry-level 125kW/320Nm 1.8 petrol ($58,500), the frugal 2.0 TDI four-cylinder diesel ($60,900), and the 2.0 TFSI ($67,500), which is the one to feature a seven-speed dual-clutch and Audi’s quattro all-wheel system.

The two cheaper models are specified, while the more duo likewise shares its own high-grade package. Standard across all are front and rear fog lights, roof rails, an electric cruise control, leather and floor mats.

Included in the pair is a set of 18-inch alloy (up from 17s), front and parking sensors, keyless and engine start, xenon and LED daytime driving lights, an rear-view mirror, three-zone control, aluminium-look interior steering wheel paddles, front seats with adjust, a 10-speaker audio with subwoofer and Audi’s MMI plus system with display, 20GB music two SD card readers, DVD player and control.

As is unfortunately the way with German cars, however, there are a of features you might expect to be that sit on the options list. Our car was fitted with almost of extras, including the S line package ($5800), metallic ($1650), electric tailgate rear-view camera ($900), package with adaptive control and active lane ($900), and heated front ($700).

Despite its age, the A4’s cabin maintains its high-tech and appeal. The combination of leather, metal and soft-feel plastics the A4 Avant a tactile delight, the contrast of dark greys and metal with the striking and red interior lights creates a contemporary cockpit.

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Our car’s S sports seats were (the extendable under-thigh are a highlight) and exceptionally adjustable, there’s no footrest. Visibility the driver’s seat is compromised by the thickish A-pillar bases, but windows – particularly between the C- and – mean head-checks can be performed relative clarity.

Where the cabin does its age is in its overcomplicated array of controls before the driver. We counted 28 across the dashboard and centre four joystick-style dials, the start button and the electric release, not to mention three buttons on the steering wheel and two wheels that can also be three stalks behind the (again with more and two gearshift paddles.

It’s all a bit and excessive when compared the all-new Audi A3 (due in 2013), which offers at as much functionality, but is cleaner and technologically advanced.

Fortunately, the systems are all reasonably intuitive, with more than one way of the same end. Effortless pairing and an excellent navigation that – unlike the inferior/infuriating found in some of its rivals – can be on the go are among the highlights.

Two 6ft adults can in comfort in the back, although foot space beneath the seats may force their to float around. The centre is firm due to its broad armrest, and being a wagon you have to pay for a ski port..

The boot itself, at 490 litres, is 10 larger than the sedan’s, and to 1430 litres with the seats folded forwards. An cargo area cover, a mesh partition safety a reversible boot floor side carpeted, one side and a series of eyelets, hooks and compartments confirm practicality and remain top priorities for the A4 Avant.

The A4 Avant may be getting on in years, but show its age in terms of powertrain and efficiency, dynamic ability or quality. It’s not cheap, once you through in some (some of which, like the camera, should be standard), but as a family car that rides than an SUV and is more versatile a sedan, it scores well.

A4 Avant manufacturer’s list

1.8 TFSI multitronic – $58,500

2.0 TDI – $60,900

2.0 TFSI quattro S – $67,500

3.0 TDI multitronic – $71,900

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