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The Audi A4 is a line of produced since 1994 by the German car manufacturer , a subsidiary of the .

The A4 has been built in five generations and is based on the . The first generation A4 succeeded the . The automaker's internal numbering treats the A4 as a continuation of the Audi 80 lineage, with the initial A4 designated as the B5-series, followed by the B6, B7, B8 and the B9. The B8 and B9 versions of the A4 are built on the shared with many other Audi models and potentially one Porsche model within Volkswagen Group.

The Audi A4 consists of a , with -type mounted at the rear of the engine. The cars are , or on some models, "" .

The A4 is available as a and . The second (B6) and third generations (B7) of the A4 also had a version, but the B8 version of the convertible became a variant of the instead as Audi got back into the compact executive coupé segment.

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B5 (Typ 8D; 1994–2001)[]

The first generation Audi A4 (known internally as the Typ 8D) debuted in October 1994, with production starting November 1994 and European sales commencing in January 1995 for the 1995 model year. North American sales later began in September 1995 for the 1996 model year. It was built on the , which it shared with the fourth generation . It had a and . Many variations of the A4 were also available with Audi's system. The A4 was initially introduced as a four-door ; the Avant () was introduced in November 1995 and went on sale in February 1996.

Development began in 1988, with the first design sketches being created later that year. By 1991, an exterior design by Imre Hasanic was chosen and frozen for November 1994 production by 1992. The interior design was later finalized in 1992, with pilot production commencing in the first half of 1994. Development concluded in the third quarter of 1994, preceding November 1994 start of production.

A wide range of engines were available in European markets, between 1.6 and 2.8 litres for ; and a 1.9-litre available with 's VE technology, capable of achieving a 90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp) or 110 PS (81 kW; 108 bhp). The 2.6 and 2.8-litre which had been carried over from the old proved popular, although in North America, the 2.8-litre engine was the only V6 that was available there until 1997.

The Audi A4 was the first model in the Volkswagen Group to feature the new 1.8-litre 20v engine with , based on the unit had developed for their race car. A 1.8T version produced 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) and 210 (155 ) torque. Moreover, a special edition of the B5 1.8T was later available in Germany and Europe, for which the engine's power output was raised to 178 PS (131 kW; 176 bhp) and 235 newton metres (173 lb⋅ft). Five-valve technology was also added to a reengineered V6 family of engines in 1997, starting with the 2.8-litre V6 30v, which now produced 193 PS (142 kW; 190 bhp), followed by a 2.4-litre V6 which was a downsize from the previous 2.6 litre, 150 hp engine, but with a power increase to 165 PS (121 kW; 163 bhp).

Audi also debuted their new Tiptronic automatic transmission on the B5 platform, based on the unit developed for their -generation . The transmission is a conventional gearbox with a torque converter offering the driver fully automatic operation or manual selection of the gear ratios.

The B5 marked Audi's continued move into the midsize luxury car segment, having started this trajectory notably with later model years of the preceding . Despite initial mechanical problems, overall build and assembly quality were lauded both by the automotive press and within Audi and Volkswagen, and at the time, parent company Volkswagen declared the B5 the company-wide build quality benchmark for all its other models.

Facelift (1999.5–2001.5)[]

The Audi A4 B5 saw nearly constant minor changes and alterations throughout its seven-year run. Moreover, a significant was introduced for the 1998 B5 model year at the 1997 , with sales beginning in Europe in early 1998. The 2.8-litre 30-valve replaced the 2.8-litre 12-valve. A 2.5-litre V6 (TDI) with 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) was standard on the quattro. A six-speed manual gearbox was available, as well as the new high-performance , now part of the A4 lineup (the previous S4 had been an ). Cosmetic updates included new rear lights, headlights, door handles, and other minor exterior/interior changes.

In mid-1998, the 1.8 20vT engine available outside Europe had its power output raised to 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp). The previous KKK K03 , although fundamentally unchanged, received revisions on the turbine side to prevent cracking due to heat.[] The 12-valve V6 was replaced by the 30-valve unit which had been available in Europe for two years.

A further facelift took place across the A4 and S4 platform in February 1999 as a 1999.5 model; changes were largely cosmetic, but affected many components, such as both front and rear bumpers, the front and rear lights, the center console, and door handles. This facelift was known at Audi as a Grosse Produktaufwertung (Major Product Upgrade), as was also signified by facelift cars now carrying the denomination "8D2".

In 1999 Audi also debuted an even higher performance RennSport model (rennsport literally translates as racing sport), the , like its predecessor , available only in the Avant bodystyle.

Engines[]

The following were available:

type max. power max. torque top speed
(saloon) 0–100 km/h (62 mph)
(saloon) (manual) years
all 1.6 8v 101 PS (74 kW; 100 bhp) 140 N⋅m (103 lbf⋅ft) 191 km/h (118.7 mph) 11.9 sec 1994–2001 174 g/km 1.6 I4 8v SOHC 102 PS (75 kW; 101 bhp) 148 N⋅m (109 lbf⋅ft) 11.9 sec 2000–2001 192 g/km 1.8 I4 125 PS (92 kW; 123 bhp) 173 N⋅m (128 lbf⋅ft) 205 km/h (127.4 mph) 10.5 sec 1994–2001 182 g/km 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) 222 km/h (137.9 mph) 8.3 sec 1994–2001 182 g/km 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp) 235 N⋅m (173 lbf⋅ft) 233 km/h (144.8 mph) 7.9 sec 1997–2001 194 g/km 2.4 V6 12v SOHC 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 207 N⋅m (153 lbf⋅ft) 220 km/h (136.7 mph) 9.1 sec 1996–1997 (Only in Thailand, for tax reasons) 2.4 30v DOHC 165 PS (121 kW; 163 bhp) 230 N⋅m (170 lbf⋅ft) 225 km/h (139.8 mph) 8.4 sec 1997–2001 226 g/km 2.6 V6 12v SOHC 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 225 N⋅m (166 lbf⋅ft) 220 km/h (136.7 mph) 9.1 sec 1994–1997, 1997–2000 (Indonesia) S4 2.7 V6 30v Biturbo 265 PS (195 kW; 261 bhp) 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) 250 km/h (155.3 mph) 5.7 sec 1997–2001 RS4 2.7 V6 30v Biturbo 381 PS (280 kW; 376 bhp) 440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft) 262 km/h (162.8 mph) 4.9 sec 1999–2001 2.8 V6 12v SOHC 174 PS (128 kW; 172 bhp) 245 N⋅m (181 lbf⋅ft) 230 km/h (142.9 mph) 8.2 sec 1994–1997 2.8 V6 30v DOHC 193 PS (142 kW; 190 bhp) 280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft) 240 km/h (149.1 mph) 7.4 sec 1997–2001
all (DI) 1.9 DI 8v 75 PS (55 kW; 74 bhp) 150 N⋅m (111 lbf⋅ft) 158 km/h (98.2 mph) 1996–2001 1.9 I4 8v SOHC 90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp) 202 N⋅m (149 lbf⋅ft) 168 km/h (104.4 mph) 13.3 sec 1994–1997 125 g/km 90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp) 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) 168 km/h (104.4 mph) 13.3 sec 1997–2001 143 g/km 110 PS (81 kW; 108 bhp) 225 N⋅m (166 lbf⋅ft) 183 km/h (113.7 mph) 11.3 sec 1994–1997 114 g/km 110 PS (81 kW; 108 bhp) 235 N⋅m (173 lbf⋅ft) 183 km/h (113.7 mph) 11.3 sec 1997–2000 114 g/km 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) 285 N⋅m (210 lbf⋅ft) 185 km/h (115.0 mph) 10.5 sec 2000–2001 123 g/km 2.5 TDI 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 310 N⋅m (229 lbf⋅ft) 210 km/h (130.5 mph) 9.0 sec 1997–2001 184 g/km

Safety[]

In the safety and crash tests, the Audi B5 A4 received 3 stars for front- and side-impact protection, but the last star is flagged to indicate that the driver may be subjected to a high risk of chest injury in the side impact.

  • Adult occupant = 3/5 stars
  • Pedestrian = 2/4 stars (pre 2002 rating)

Derived hybrid version[]

In 1997, Audi was the first European car manufacturer to put a into , the third generation Audi duo, then based on the A4 Avant.

B6 (Typ 8E/8H; 2000–2006)[]

The next A4, internally designated Typ 8E, debuted on 10 October 2000, now riding on the . The car's new styling was developed under Peter Schreyer between 1996–1998, inspired by the Bauhaus design language of the C5 (second-generation) introduced in 1997. The 1.6-litre base model powerplant remained unchanged, but most other received either displacement increases, or power upgrades. The 1.8-litre 20-valve was now available in two additional versions, with 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) or 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp), this one with a standard six-speed , while the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre and 2.8-litre were replaced by 2.0-litre, and all- 3.0-litre units, still with five valves per cylinder, the most powerful of which was capable of 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) and 300 newton metres (221 lb⋅ft) of torque. The 1.9 (TDI) engine was upgraded to 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp), with (PD) technology, and was now available with permanent , while the 2.5 TDI high-end model was introduced with 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp) and standard quattro. This generation of quattro consisted of default of 50:50 front to rear dynamic torque distribution. A ESP 5.7 (ESP) system, with (ABS), , and (EBD) were standard across the range.

The Avant was introduced in June 2001 and arrived in European showrooms in September 2001.[]

For 2002, Audi increased power in the 1.8 Turbo engines to 183 PS (135 kW; 180 bhp) and 190 PS (140 kW; 187 bhp) – the 190 PS variant designated by a red 'T' on the boot lid. Available with four wheel drive and in the 2.5 TDI intermediate version to 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp). A 2.0 engine with (FSI) was also available. A year later, Audi reintroduced the S4, now powered by a 344 PS (253 kW; 339 bhp) 4.2 L , as well as an A4 Cabriolet variant (Typ 8H), finally replacing the -based Audi Cabriolet which had been discontinued in 2000. It included an electro-hydraulic operated roof, which lowered in under 30 seconds and incorporated some styling changes, such as body-coloured lower bumper and sill panels, which later found their way to the saloon version.

Audi introduced a developed by , named , which replaced the dated conventional automatic transmission on models. The transmission won considerable praise from the automotive press, and is generally regarded[] as being the best of its type in the world, due to its light weight and promptness in response.[] This high strength chain driven CVT was made from highly durable metals and used a very high grade, purpose-designed fully synthetic lubricant. However, there have been widespread complaints from consumers around the world that the transmission box is prone to electronic glitches as well as mechanical problems.

Borrowing from the , the boot was redesigned to remove the extension of the top edge with a smoother fold line. The rear light assemblies now formed part of the top line, these styling cues were eventually borrowed by other European as well as Asian manufacturers.

A sport package named 'Ultra Sport' was introduced in the North American market shortly before the B6 was replaced by the B7. It included aluminium interior trim and door sills, steering wheel, front and rear spoilers, side skirts, and designed 18-inch RS4 alloy wheels.

Engines[]

The following engines were available:

type cyl. max. power
all 1.6 102  (75 ; 101 ) 1.8 Turbo 20v I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 1.8 Turbo 20v I4 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) 1.8 Turbo 20v 'S line' I4 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) 1.8 Turbo 20v 'S line' I4 190 PS (140 kW; 187 bhp) 2.0 20v l4 136 PS (100 kW; 134 bhp) 2.0 FSI l4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 2.4 30v 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) 3.0 30v V6 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) S4 4.2 40v 344 PS (253 kW; 339 bhp)
all (TDI) 1.9 TDI I4 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) 1.9 TDI l4 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) 1.9 TDI l4 133 PS (96 kW; 131 bhp) 2.5 V6 TDI 24v V6 155 PS (114 kW; 153 bhp) 2.5 V6 TDI 24v V6 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) 2.5 V6 TDI 24v V6 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp)

Safety[]

The Audi A4 (B6 & B7) passed the safety and crash tests, and was awarded the following car safety ratings:

  • Adult occupant = 4/5 stars
  • Pedestrian = 1/4 stars (pre 2002 rating)

The (IIHS) awarded both the B6 & B7 a "Good" rating in the frontal crash test; the B7 was not retested since the front portion is structurally the same.

B7 (Typ 8E/8H; 2004–2009)[]

Audi introduced a revised A4 in late 2004, with the internal designation of . Although given a new platform designation, the B7 was essentially a heavily facelifted and revised version of the B6, with revised steering settings, suspension geometry,[] new ranges, navigation systems and chassis electronics (including a new advanced ESP 8.0 (ESP) system). The front grille assembly changed to a tall trapezoidal shape in the same manner as the C6 (third-generation) ; however, the dashboard and interior were virtually unchanged from the B6 aside from minor detailing.

Audi's internal platform nomenclature uses PL46 (passenger car longitudinal platform, size 4, generation 6) for both B6 and B7 chassis. The Typ 8E and Typ 8H internal designations are also carried over from the B6 A4 range, but now have an additional identifying suffix – 8EC for the saloon, 8ED for the Avant, and 8HE for the Cabriolet.

The engine lineup received many additions. The 2005 introduction of (FSI) on the 2.0 TFSI and 3.2 FSI , as well as other refinements, increased power output to 200 PS (147 kW; 197 bhp) and 255 PS (188 kW; 252 bhp), respectively. These engines both use a four-valve per cylinder configuration. The prior 5-valve design was incompatible with the FSI direct injection system (due to the siting of the fuel injector, now discharging directly into the combustion chamber). The 2.0 (TDI) now combined (PD) technology with 16 valves, while the larger 2.5 TDI V6 diesel was superseded by a 3.0 V6 TDI, offering a 204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) model during the year 2005 which was upgraded to a 233 PS (171 kW; 230 bhp) model in 2006. A 2.7 V6 TDI was added later.

T-2 based permanent remained as an option on most A4 models. Audi retired its 5-speed in favour of a new 6-speed. As before, (CVT), now with selectable 'seven-speeds', was an option on front-wheel drive models, whilst a conventional was an option on the quattro models.

In addition to the , which carried over the from the B6 S4 – Audi reintroduced the developed (RS for RennSport) to the lineup, for the first time on the and body, and with a naturally aspirated, but high-revving 4.2-litre FSI engine. Another notable[] inclusion on the RS4 is the latest generation T-3 quattro 4wd system, which uses a 'default' asymmetric 40:60 front-rear dynamic torque distribution bias. This new asymmetric centre differential was initially only available on the RS4, but was added a year later on the S4. The remainder of the B7 A4 range still used the T-2 50:50 default dynamic split centre diff.

Audi A4 DTM Edition

A variant, developed by , was first introduced in May 2005, named "Audi A4 DTM ". It was inspired from Audi's race cars of the 2004 , and was reintroduced in 2006 as a regular option. The 2.0T FSI engine received revised software mapping to the ECU, which increased the output to 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) and 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) of torque. It was available with front-wheel drive, or quattro four-wheel drive.

The B7 Cabriolet model arrived later than the other two body variants, with sales beginning in February 2006. New on the Cabriolet was an entry-level 2.0 TDI version, but to date, this is not being offered with the multitronic CVT gearbox.

In 2007 Audi introduced a version of the B7 named the 'Special Edition', which built on the S-Line specification and also included the black optics pack, the RS4 style 8J X 18 '7-arm double spoke' design alloy wheels, Two-tone Graphite/Black Volterra leather, 3-spoke sports leather/Alcantara multi-function steering wheel with gear knob and hand brake handle in Alcantara with silver stitching, ventilated cross-drilled front disc-brakes, black tailpipes and black roof rails (avant model only). It also had a power increase of 20PS, giving an output of 220PS on the 2.0T model.

According to 2007 Swedish vehicle inspection data, the Audi A4 Avant with is the most reliable vehicle available on the market, with vehicle inspection rejection rate of 0.0% in three-year-old category.

SEAT Exeo[]

Main article:

When the successor B8 A4 range was introduced, the B7 series A4 was restyled and as the in 2008 with changes to the front and rear plus interior trim from the A4 Cabriolet. The entire Audi B7 A4 production line from Audi's was dismantled and sent to 's related factory in , Spain.

Engines[]

The following engines were available:

engine type
/ drive max. power 0-100 km/h (62 mph)
(saloon / manual transmission) top speed
(saloon / manual transmission)
all 1.6 102 PS (75 kW; 101 bhp) ✓ ✓ 12.6 sec 118.1 mph (190 km/h) 1.8 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 8.6 sec 141.7 mph (228 km/h) 1.8 T 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) ✓ ✓ 8.7 sec 140.5 mph (226 km/h) 2.0 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp) ✓ ✓ 9.9 sec 131.8 mph (212 km/h) 2.0 TFSI 200 PS (147 kW; 197 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 7.1 sec 149.8 mph (241 km/h) 2.0 TFSI quattro 200 PS (147 kW; 197 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 7.2 sec 147.9 mph (238 km/h) 2.0 TFSI 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) ✓ ✓ 7.0 sec 153.5 mph (247 km/h) 2.0 TFSI quattro 220 PS (162 kW; 217 bhp) ✓ ✓ 6.9 sec 151.7 mph (244 km/h) 3.2 FSI 256 PS (188 kW; 252 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 6.8 sec 155.4 mph (250 km/h) (elec. limited) 3.2 V6 FSI quattro 256 PS (188 kW; 252 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 6.4 sec 155.4 mph (250 km/h) (elec. limited) 4.2 V8 S4 344 PS (253 kW; 339 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 5.6 sec 155.4 mph (250 km/h) (elec. limited) 4.2 V8 RS4 420 PS (309 kW; 414 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 4.8 sec 155.4 mph (250 km/h) (elec. limited)
all (TDI) 1.9 TDI 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) ✓ ✓ 11.2 sec 124.9 mph (201 km/h) 2.0 TDI 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 9.7 sec 131.8 mph (212 km/h) 2.0 TDI 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 9.7 sec 128.7 mph (207 km/h) 2.0 TDI 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) ✓ ✓ 8.6 sec 141.7 mph (228 km/h) 2.0 TDI quattro 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) ✓ ✓ 8.5 sec 139.2 mph (224 km/h) 2.5 TDI 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp) ✓ ✓ 8.8 sec 141.1 mph (227 km/h) 2.7 V6 TDI 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 8.4 sec 142 mph (229 km/h) 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 204 PS (150 kW; 201 bhp) ✓ ✓ 7.2 sec 146 mph (235 km/h) 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 233 PS (171 kW; 230 bhp) ✓ ✓ ✓ 6.8 sec 152.25 mph (245 km/h)
  1. ^ TFSI combines and . The badge simply states 2.0 T though.
  2. ^ In 2005 only available as DTM Edition. From summer 2006 on available for all saloon and Avant.
  3. There were two different versions – one had an 8 valve cylinder head the other had 16 valves. They had the same power and torque output and performed equally. Customers could not choose directly between those two engines. They got the 16-valve version when they ordered the otherwise they got the 8-valve version. In many countries the DPF became standard equipment for all B7 diesel engines from model year 2006 on and the 8-valve engine was no more.
  4. Only available for model year 2005. No available for this engine. In 2006 replaced by the 2.7 V6 TDI engine.
  5. ^ Not available before model year 2006.
  6. Only available for model year 2005. In 2006 replaced by a stronger version of the same engine.

Safety[]

The Audi A4 offers many standard safety features, including ESP 8.0 (ESP) with (ABS), side in the seats, 'sideguard' curtain airbags, and its optional four-wheel drive system. It also received the (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick For 2007". EuroNCAP crash test results from the B6 apply to the B7 model.

B8 (Typ 8K; 2008–2016)[]

Interior

Audi released the first official pictures of the series A4 in August 2007, and unveiled the car to the public at the September 2007 . and Avant () models are offered. The Avant was unveiled to the public at the March 2008 . For North America destined models, the B8 continued in production for the 2016 model year, while Europe began deliveries on the 2016 B9 model.

The B8 A4 is built on a variant of the , a platform which is also used in the . Whilst prior A4 chassis were limited in due to the relationship between the engine, transmission and front axle, the MLP allows for a reduced front overhang, resulting in a greater wheelbase length without the same increase in overall length. This effectively redistributes the centre of gravity slightly rearwards, improving handling by better balancing vehicle mass between the front and rear axles. The estimated static front:rear weight ratio of the B8 A4 is approximately 55:45, depending on body style and engine. The relocation of the steering rack in front of the axle also improves handling over previous A4 platforms.[] Key to the implementation of MLB is the novel mounting of the in front of the clutch. This is achieved by driving the flywheel/clutch remotely by means of a 'top hat' shaped drive plate, between which the differential lay shaft passes, whilst power transmission to the final drive is via an inclined transfer shaft which runs the length of the transmission unit. Whilst the platform retains Audi's "overhung" engine mounting position, the front axle is now 152mm further forward than the previous B6/B7 generation platform. The transfer shaft, however, has the effect of creating a large "bulge" on one side of the transmission tunnel, which on right-hand drive versions forces the pedals to be badly offset, which has attracted criticism from the British motoring press in particular.

The B8 A4 has increased in wheelbase by 160 millimetres (6.3 in) and in length by 117 millimetres (4.6 in) over the prior B7, which has allowed for increased rear seating legroom. Although the overall dimensions have increased, the kerb weight has dropped some 10%. The boot (trunk) has also increased to 480 litres (17.0 cu ft) for the saloon (sedan) version. The A4 Avant will have a maximum capacity of 1,430 L (50.5 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down.

Reception has been mixed, with praise for the Audi A4's increased size, giving it best-in-class rear legroom and trunk space in the compact executive car segment. Its inline-4 2.0 TFSI engine, while efficient providing plenty of torque, was considered lacking and less refined compared to 6-cylinder engines of lighter rivals who posted faster acceleration times. However, the has been well-received for its V6 3.0 TFSI engine's power and efficiency.

The B8 A4 was facelifted in early 2012.

During a model cycle changes are made to integrate new technologies and to keep the model competitive. These changes are referenced based on the model year (MY) of the car. In Australia, the B8 has undergone 2 revisions leading to three variants, the B8, B8 MY10 and B8 MY11.

Body types[]

Sedan[]

Audi released the first official pictures of the series A4 in August 2007, and unveiled the car to the public at the September 2007 . and Avant () models are offered.

Avant[]

The Avant station wagon was presented at the March 2008 .

A4L[]

The A4L is a long-wheelbase version for the Chinese market, with a 60 mm (2.4 in) longer wheelbase and length. The vehicle was presented at the 2008 Guangzhou Motor Show. The production version then went on sale in January 2009. Launch models included a 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) and the 3.2 FSI with 195 kW (265 hp).

A4 allroad quattro[]

The A4 allroad quattro features a wider track, increased ground clearance, quattro permanent , a distinctive radiator grille, stainless steel underbody guards and roof rails.

The A4 allroad quattro was made available in early summer 2009. The car was unveiled in 2009 .

Specifications[]

Body styles[]

Body Sedan Avant A4L allroad quattro Year 2011– 2010– 2009 Luggage capacity 480 litres (17.0 cu ft) with the rear seats in the upright position, and 962 L (34.0 cu ft) with the seats folded 490 L (17.3 cu ft) with the rear seats upright, and 1,430 L (50.5 cu ft) with the seats folded ? Curb weight 1,410 kg (3,109 lb) to 1,690 kg (3,726 lb) 1,470 kg (3,241 lb) to 1,695 kg (3,737 lb) ?

The A4-based convertible models were replaced by the Cabriolet.

Powertrain[]

The B8 powertrain options are the following: engines, transmissions and drivelines:(All United Kingdom specification unless stated otherwise).(for South Africa specification).(for Australia specification).(for New Zealand specification).

Model Engine code Years displacement / type [email protected] [email protected] 1.8 TFSI CABA/CDHA 2008–2015 1,798 cc (110 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @4500–6200 230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft) @1500–3650 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro CABB/CDHB 2007–2011 1,798 cc (110 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) @4500–6200 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) @1500–4500 1.8 TFSI, 1.8 TFSI quattro CJEB 2011–2015 1,798 cc (110 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @3800–6200 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @1400–3700 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro CDNB/CAEA/CFKA 2008–2015 1,984 cc (121.1 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @4000–6000 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @1500–3900 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro CDNC 2008–2013 1,984 cc (121 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) @4300–6000 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) @1500–4200 2.0 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI quattro CNCD 2013–2016 1,984 cc (121 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 225 PS (165 kW; 222 hp) @4500–6250 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) @1500–4500 3.0 TFSI quattro CMUA 2012–2015 2,995 cc (183 cu in) 24v supercharged 272 PS (200 kW; 268 hp) @4780-6500 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) @2150–4780 CAKA 2008–2015 2,995 cc (183 cu in) 24v supercharged 333 PS (245 kW; 328 hp) @5500–7000 440 N·m (325 lb·ft) @2900–5300 3.2 FSI, 3.2 FSI quattro CALA 2007–2011 3,197 cc (195 cu in) 24v 265 PS (195 kW; 261 hp) @6500 @5500–7000 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) @3000–5000 CFSA 2012–2015 4,163 cc (254 cu in) 32v 450 PS (331 kW; 444 hp) @8250 430 N⋅m (317 lb⋅ft) @4000–6000 Diesel engines 2.0 TDI CAGC 2008– 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @4200 290 N⋅m (214 lb⋅ft) @1750–2500 2.0 TDI e CAGB 2009– 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 16v I4 turbo 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @4200 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @1750–2500 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro CAGA 2007– 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 16v I4 variable geometry turbo 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) @4200 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @1750–2500 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDI quattro CAHA 2008– 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 16v I4 variable geometry turbo 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4200 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) @1750–2500 2.7 TDI CAMA/CGKA 2007– 2,698 cc (165 cu in) 24v V6 turbo 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @3500–4400 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) @1400–3250 3.0 TDI quattro CAPA/CCWA 2007– 2,967 cc (181 cu in) 24v V6 turbo 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) @4000–4400 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) @1500–3000

The permanent system uses the latest T-3 centre , with a default 40:60 front to rear asymmetric torque distribution ratio (used first on the ) as standard. (Previous A4 quattro models split torque with a default front:rear 50:50). The additional torque bias applied to the rear wheels helps mimic the driving dynamics of rear wheel drive cars.

Audi was reported to stop offering 3.2L V6 models in 2010 model year, but still offers them as of August 2011 (Germany).

All use (FSI), and all use the fuel delivery (with a pressure of 1,600 bars (23,000 psi)), with of their engines.

Transmissions[]

In 2009, Audi announced the seven-speed transmission as option for A4 in UK and European markets.

All A4L models include Speed 8 /, except for A4L 3.2 FSI quattro, which includes Tiptronic .

Volkswagen settled a class-action lawsuit in 2013 involving the failures of the CVT transmission in its Audi A4 and A6 automobiles for model years 2002–2006

Performance[]

Vehicle model, transmission Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62 mph) (s)
(saloon) top speed (saloon) (g/km) (saloon)
(Directive
80/1268/EEC) notes 2.0 TFSI, 6-speed 6.9 250 km/h (155 mph)
(elec. limited) 149 1.8 TFSI, 6-speed 8.6 225 km/h (140 mph) 164 1.8 TFSI, 8-speed 8.6 250 km/h (155 mph) 169 2.0 TFSI, 8-speed 8.2 236 km/h (147 mph) 167 Aus/NZ/ZA
only 2.0 TFSI, 8-speed 6.9 241 km/h (150 mph) 167 2.0 TFSI ,
6-speed 6.6 246 km/h (153 mph) 169 2.0 TFSI ,
7-speed 6.5 241 km/h (150 mph) 172 3.2 FSI, 6.5 250 km/h (155 mph)
(elec. limited) 194 3.2 FSI quattro, 6-speed 6.0 250 km/h (155 mph) (elec. limited) 213 3.2 FSI quattro, 6-speed 6.1 250 km/h (155 mph) (elec. limited) 215 (all (CR) (TDI)) 2.0 TDI, 6-speed 10.7 205 km/h (127 mph) 129 2.0 TDI, 6-speed 9.4 215 km/h (134 mph) 134 2.0 TDI, 8-speed 9.4 215 km/h (134 mph) 149 2.0 TDI 6-speed 8.3 230 km/h (143 mph) 134 2.0 TDI , 6-speed 8.3 226 km/h (140 mph) 149 2.7 TDI, 8-speed 7.7 226 km/h (140 mph) 167 3.0 TDI quattro,
6-speed 6.1 250 km/h (155 mph) (elec. limited) 172 3.0 TDI quattro, 6-speed 6.3 250 km/h (155 mph) (elec. limited) 182

Equipment[]

Standard equipment on the B8 A4 includes:

  • (on some models);
  • MMI system () (multi-mode interface of driver information and entertainment systems); (3rd generation MMI expected in vehicles produced from week 22 of 2009)
  • Electronic hand brake
  • Speed sensitive ('' – on some models)

Options:

Safety[]

Euro NCAP[]

The Audi A4 (B8) crash tests ratings (pre-2009 testing):

  • Adult occupant = 5/5 stars
  • Child occupant = 4/5 stars
  • Pedestrian = 2/4 stars

Euro NCAP (2009 testing):

  • Overall = 5/5 stars
  • Adult occupant = 93%
  • Child occupant = 84%
  • Pedestrian = 39%

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)[]

IIHS scores: Moderate overlap frontal offset Good Small overlap frontal offset Good (2017 models) Side impact Good Roof strength Good

Head and seat restraints Good

NHTSA[]

2012 A4 saloon FWD: Overall: 4/5 stars Frontal Driver: 3/5 stars Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars Side Driver: 4/5 stars Side Passenger: 5/5 stars Side Pole Driver: 5/5 stars Rollover: 5/5 stars

A4 TDI concept e (2008)[]

It includes a 1,968 cc (120 cu in) TDI diesel engine rated at 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) and 290 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft), a and . It can achieve a fuel consumption of 3.99L/100 km (58.95 mpg) and CO2 output of 105 g/km. It can accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.7 seconds, with top speed of 206 km/h (128 mph).

Other features include -based power steering, revised , low-rolling resistance 225/45R17 tyres, and electric actuation of the rear brakes.

The car was unveiled in .

Facelift (2012–2015)[]

The facelift model Audi A4 came in 2011. It features redesigned LED headlamps and tail lights, front air dam with fog lamps, and closely set twin exhausts. Interior changes include a three-spoke steering wheel and a redesigned ignition key. Controls for air-conditioning, infotainment, and power windows gain chrome clasps. Other detail interior changes include larger steering column stalk switches first seen in the D4-series and a simplified layout for the HVAC control panel – for example the temperature setting for the heated seats is now directly set by a single button and is no longer controlled using the MMI dial. The A4 includes radio with eight speakers as standard, while MMI navigation system with voice dialogue is optional. A new "Drive Select System" allows drivers to choose comfort, dynamic, individual, or efficiency modes for fuel efficiency. Power output of the 1.8 TFSI engine is 170 BHP and 320 Nm of torque – up 10 BHP and 70 Nm from the previous versions. Electro-mechanical power steering is standard.

In Europe, the wide range of Audi A4 saloon and Avant estate are available with the 1.8 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI gasoline engine, as well as 2.0 TDI, 2.0 TDIe, and 3.0 TDI diesel motor. Trim levels are Attraction, Ambition, and Ambiente. In the UK, the A4 range is offered in SE, SE Technik, S line, and Black Edition model grades. All wheel drive quattro are offered in most engine and grade combinations.

For North America, the facelift model Audi A4 sedan is only offered with 2.0 TFSI gasoline engine. Model grades are Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The Avant was discontinued, leaving the Allroad quattro as the only station wagon body style. For the 2016 model year, the A4 and S4 continued in B8 production. The B9 A4 would not reach the North American market until the 2017 model year, while the S4 variant would not be available until the 2018 model year.

B9 (Typ 8W; 2016–present)[]

The next-generation B9 version of the A4 was revealed in June 2015 – the fifth model to carry the A4 badge, and the ninth generation of the Audi 80/A4 series overall. Pre-production versions were released to the motoring press, whilst the official launch occurred at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. The B9 is slightly larger than the outgoing B8, but Audi claims the new A4 is around 120 kg (260 lb) lighter than its predecessor.

  • Sedan / Saloon

  • A4L

  • Avant

  • Allroad quattro

  • Allroad quattro

  • Interior


Engines[]

Seven engines are available from launch, three petrols and four diesels. All are available in both the A4 Saloon and A4 Avant. The figures below are for the saloon only.

engine type max. power max. torque 0–100 km/h (62 mph) top speed fuel consumption (combined) 1.4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) @ 1500-3500 rpm 8.7 sec 210 km/h (130 mph) 131 g/km 5.5 L/100 km (51 mpg‑imp; 43 mpg‑US) 2.0 TFSI ultra 190 PS (140 kW; 187 bhp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @ 1450-4200 rpm 7.2 sec 240 km/h (149 mph) 124 g/km 5.5 L/100 km (51 mpg‑imp; 43 mpg‑US) 2.0 TFSI 252 PS (185 kW; 249 bhp) 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) @ 1600-4500 rpm 5.8 sec 250 km/h (155 mph) 137 g/km 5.9 L/100 km (48 mpg‑imp; 40 mpg‑US) 3.0 V6 TFSI (S4) 354 PS (260 kW; 349 bhp) 500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft) @ 1370-4500 rpm 4.4 sec 250 km/h (155 mph) 170 g/km 7.5 L/100 km (38 mpg‑imp; 31 mpg‑US) 2.0 TDI 122 PS (90 kW; 120 bhp) 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) @ 1500-3000 rpm 10.5 sec 205 km/h (127 mph) 110 g/km 4.2 L/100 km (67 mpg‑imp; 56 mpg‑US) 2.0 TDI 136 PS (100 kW; 134 bhp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @ 1500-3000 rpm 9.2 sec 210 km/h (130 mph) 111 g/km
98 g/km 4.2 L/100 km (67 mpg‑imp; 56 mpg‑US)
3.8 L/100 km (74 mpg‑imp; 62 mpg‑US) 2.0 TDI
2.0 TDI ultra 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) @ 1500-3250 rpm 8.9 sec 221 km/h (137 mph)
210 km/h (130 mph) 111 g/km
99 g/km 4.2 L/100 km (67 mpg‑imp; 56 mpg‑US)
3.8 L/100 km (74 mpg‑imp; 62 mpg‑US) 2.0 TDI
2.0 TDI ultra 190 PS (140 kW; 187 bhp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-3000 rpm 7.7 sec 240 km/h (149 mph)
210 km/h (130 mph) 118 g/km
102 g/km 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg‑imp; 52 mpg‑US)
3.9 L/100 km (72 mpg‑imp; 60 mpg‑US) 3.0 TDI V6 218 PS (160 kW; 215 bhp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) @ 1250-3750 rpm 6.6 sec 250 km/h (155 mph) 117 g/km 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg‑imp; 52 mpg‑US) 3.0 TDI V6 quattro 272 PS (200 kW; 268 bhp) 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) @ 1500-3000 rpm 5.3 sec 250 km/h (155 mph) 137 g/km 5.2 L/100 km (54 mpg‑imp; 45 mpg‑US)

Motorsport[]

A4 DTM[]

Main article:

re-entered the (DTM) series in 2004 (after having privateer teams run the ) with a resembling the A4 saloon, known as the Audi A4 DTM. A4 DTM cars are identified by Audi Sport "R"-prefix designations.

Australian Super Touring Championship[]

won the in both and driving an A4.

BTCC[]

won the 1996 British Touring Car Championship driving an A4

The A4 was used in the 1996–1998 and 2011-2015 seasons.

ETCC[]

The A4 was used in the 2000–.

Italian touring cars[]

A4 drivers won the in 1995 and 1996.

STCC[]

Drivers in an A4 won the 2001, 2002, 2003 and .

STW[]

The A4 was entered into the .

RTCC[]

The car was used in the 2006 .

SCCA[]

The A4 was used in the for several years.

See also[]

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External links[]

  • at Audi International website



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