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AUDI A4 AVANT

40 TFSI 204 Vorsprung 5dr S Tronic

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Estate cars aren't meant to look as good as Audi's latest fifth generation A4 Avant. Jonathan Crouch checks out a car that continues to be a popular choice in the mid-sized executive estate sector.

Background

Every now and then, the car industry seizes upon a concept and rival manufacturers will indulge in a feeding frenzy to saturate the market. With hindsight, some of these concepts aren't at all clever. In the late Eighties, virtually every manufacturer rushed a four-wheel drive saloon car, hatchback or coupe to market. The Nineties saw a sudden spike in sales of small SUVs that fell over when pointed at a corner, while in the early Noughties, premium manufacturers fell over themselves to launch estate versions of their compact executive models that often actually held less luggage than the saloon cars they were based on. Every one of them an evolutionary dead end. In contrast, the latest smartly-styled and more efficient Audi A4 Avant demonstrates that in the battle between fashion and functionality, there's only ever one long term victor.

Driving Experience

Audi is gradually introducing its mild hybrid 48-volt technology across the four and six cylinder petrol and diesel engines in the A4 line-up. Their power outputs range from 150PS to 347PS - from the Audi A4 35 TFSI up to the Audi S4 TDI, that S4 now featuring diesel power. Audi obviously sees more of a future for diesel than some of its rivals; the brand continues to include two TDI units in the line-up, the 35 TDI with 163PS and the 40 TDI with 204PS. As before, the A4 differs from its BMW 3 Series rival in its use of front wheel drive for most models. Also as before though, quattro 4WD is optional - and standard on the top V6 variants. The A4 has always struck an appealing balance between handling and comfort and with this MK5 model, the Ingolstadt engineers sought to improve its credentials still further by developing a sophisticated five-link suspension system. Optional adjustable shock absorbers with 'sports' and 'comfort' modes will enable owners to get the most from this and a dynamic steering system is another extra cost feature that'll reward those who like their driving. Both features can be controlled through the standard Audi drive select driving-dynamics system, which alters throttle response and auto gearshift timings in its most basic form. Talking of auto gearshifts, most variants standardise the seven speed dual clutch 'S tronic' unit that claims to be able to improve both performance and fuel consumption.

Design and Build

Styling is a subjective matter, and it's probably not our place to tell you what looks good but let's just say that this MK5 model A4 Avant has dodged the ugly stick by quite some margin. The stylists have been very clever in that they have retained a fairly high roofline at the back for load volume purposes but have artfully used chrome finishing to draw the eye to the sleek window lines instead. The external changes made to this revised model are relatively slight. The full-LED headlamps have been re-designed and flank a broader, flatter Singeframe grille complemented by re-sculpted bumpers. Otherwise, it's as you were, which - to remind you - sees this MK5 model A4 riding on a light, stiff MLB platform and boasting the lowest drag coefficient in its class. The interior's been updated too and gains the brand's latest classy centre-dash 10.1-inch 'MMI touch' infotainment display, though unfortunately, that means you lose the previous lower-set rotary controller. The voice control system has been improved and, as before, you get access to the full suite of 'Audi connect' media features. They include online traffic sign and hazard information, an on-street parking search function and newly introduced traffic light information functionality. You view another screen through the steering wheel; Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit' TFT 12.3-inch monitor has now been standardised, so you have to have virtual dials. Overall, you wouldn't call the appearance of this A4's cabin exciting but it would certainly be a soothing environment for long journeys. As for practicality, well this estate variant offers a class-leading 505-litre boot, extendable to 1,510-litres if you wish.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £34,000, which means a premium of around £1,400 over the saloon model. That means this A4 Avant is competitively priced against its premium rivals when trim levels and power outputs are taken into account. You get four trim levels - 'Technic', 'Sport', 'S line' and 'Black Edition'. And there's a choice of three transmission options, a six-speed manual gearbox, plus two auto set-ups, a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic and an older-tech eight-speed tiptronic. At least standard equipment is pretty complete across the line-up. All trim levels include alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in size, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the 'Audi smartphone' interface, the 'Audi drive select' driving dynamics system, three-zone climate control and a 7-inch colour MMI infotainment monitor. We'd want to look at a couple of key options. The 'Audi phone box' connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them. Meanwhile, for discerning hi-fi fans, a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available. As for safety, well along with the usual airbags and electronic safety nets such as ABS and stability control, there's optional active lane assist, a rear cross traffic alert, collision avoidance assist plus a cruise control system that assists with tiresome traffic-jams.

Cost of Ownership

If you don't care about the bonnet badge, it's tempting to think that you could save £4,000 or so and get a mechanically very similar Volkswagen Passat Estate but before you do, make sure to take residual values into account. Add all the figures up at the end of the day and you may well find that there's less in it than you thought. Running costs are of course a vital consideration in this segment and this A4 offers some impressive WLTP-rated numbers thanks to this generation model's weight reductions and that sleeker shape. The volume 2.0 TDI 150PS '35 TDI' diesel variant delivers best-in-class readings of up to 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 115g/km. Opt for the pokier 2.0 TDI 190PS '40 TDI' variant and the figures become up to 62.8mpg and 120g/km, so there's no huge penalty for the extra performance. The 1.5-litre 150PS '35 TFSI' petrol engine manages up to 48.7mpg on the combined cycle and up to 133g/km of CO2. Also deserving of a special mention is the 2.0-litre '40 TFSI' petrol engine with 190PS. It manages up to 47.9mpg and slashes CO2 output to as little as 136g/km through the use of a smart combustion process developed using the familiar Miller cycle as its basis, and will be notable for its ability to deliver optimal response across the entire engine speed range. All A4s come with a three year 60,000 mile warranty which can be extended to four years/75,000 miles or five years/90,000 miles for a fee. Audi residuals are some of the best in the business, assuming you pick a desirable engine and trim combination. Some restraint on the all too tempting options list will help too.

Summary

Only very rarely does an excellent product fail. When this happens, it is usually down to poor promotion, but that's certainly not going to be the case with Audi's marketing machine at work. The truth is that this MK5 model A4 Avant is a very tough car to fault. It's superbly built, it's big enough to make a decent first of being a properly practical estate car, it rides on the exemplary A4 chassis so is a strong proposition for enthusiastic drivers and, when whole life costs are examined, it's surprisingly cost effective to run. No car is perfect though and the A4 Avant does raise a few questions. It could be even bigger at the back. And obviously, there are newer designs in the segment like BMW's 3 Series Touring with a bit more tech and showroom appeal. Other than that, it's hard to see this one continuing to sell strongly amongst the best mid-sized executive load luggers.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions162.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi phone box with wireless charging
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • Head up Display
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • Park assist system
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Audi beam uses LEDs to project the audi logo in front and Vorsprung in rear
  • Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front spoiler lip
  • Body colour side sill trim
  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with memory function, LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Grained matt black side air inlets with matt aluminium silver inlay
  • High beam assistant
  • Honeycomb structure radiator grille in grained matt black
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • Matt aluminium silver tailpipe trim
  • New design rear diffuser
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • S Line roof edge spoiler
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke high multi-function sports leather steering wheel grips in perforated leather with S badging including paddle shift
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Black perforated leather gearknob
  • Contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Door sill trims with aluminium inlay
  • Electric load area cover
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function for driver's side
  • Fine Nappa leather upholstery with front sports seats S embossed logo
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front and outer rear seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Pneumatically adjustable lumbar support with massage function
  • Stainless steel pedals and foot rest
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - A4
  • Driver assistance pack - A4/S4
  • Extended leather pack - A4/S4
  • Multi coloured extended LED interior lighting pack - A4
  • Parking assistance advanced pack - A4 Vorsprung
  • Titanium black styling pack - A4 Avant

Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • 54 litre fuel tank
  • Adaptive sport suspension with damping control

Wheels

  • 19" 5 V spoke star design alloy wheel in matt titanium look
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    162

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Code
    8WDCZGWC9
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    7.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    39.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI 204
  • Coin Series
    Vorsprung
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    35E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4475
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    236
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    32.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    320
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1450
  • Top Speed
    146

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 V SPOKE STAR DESIGN
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1460
  • Length
    4762
  • Wheelbase
    2820
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2022

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    54
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2140
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1495
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    495
  • Max. Loading Weight
    605
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1535
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.6
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Lewis Higginson

"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"3 weeks ago"

Karen Elizabeth James

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"I have recently taken delivery of a company vehicle via Silverstone. I was introduced to them by my accountant who said they were very competitive. A major factor for me was that Volkswagen wanted a £3k deposit during the 4 month build period. That is a lot of money sitting in someone else's bank. The deal I got and the service I received from start to finish was excellent. The staff are very friendly and professional. There was not one step of the process where I was not kept informed. I will definitely be using them again and highly recommend them. UPDATE June 22 - I have just taken delivery of another vehicle via Aby at Silverstone FM. The service was excellent yet again. No messing around at multiple dealerships, the admin process was easy and straight forward. Highly recommended yet again."

"a month ago"

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"From start to finish the service has been fantastic, nothing was too much effort, the car arrived on time and the whole process was simple and effective. Would definitely use again."

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