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Audi A4 AVANT 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]

Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
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Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI S Line 5dr [Tech Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG46.30
  • 0-62mph8.9 secs
  • Top Speed136 mph
  • C02139 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque199 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

The Audi S4 moves to diesel power - and very potent diesel power at that. The 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel puts out 347PS and a thumping 700Nm of pulling power, making it certain that in real world terms, it'll be quicker from point to point than the previous petrol model. There's life in diesel power yet.

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The fifth generation Audi A4 offers potent performance in S4 TDI diesel guise. As with all previous versions, this is a saloon (or estate) that doesn't shout about its speed, despite it being faster than ever. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

The S4 has been a fixture in Audi's range since 1991 and has largely followed the same formula. Sure, engine-wise, it might have been offered with (in order of appearance) a turbocharged in-line five, a V8, a twin turbo V6, another V8 and a supercharged V6, but all have been mounted up front with power sent to all four wheels. All have also been available as a saloon or Avant (estate) guise too. The big change here is the switch to diesel power. We'll get to that. The other main thing that all previous S4 models have shared is discreetness. Unlike some rivals, this Audi has never shouted about the level of performance it offers. There might be extra exhaust pipes, subtle badging and some attractive alloy wheels but Audi have always avoided bulging arches, vents and in your face body kits - there's the RS4 for that. And so we come to this current S4 TDI model. How does it stack up to its predecessors?

Driving Experience

Where once the S4 was powered by a normally aspirated 4.2-litre V8, then a turbo 3.0-litre V6, these days, it's pulled along by a mild hybrid 3.0-litre TDI diesel unit that produces 347PS and 700Nm of pulling power, good enough to get this car from rest to 62mph in just 4.8s, which is only a tenth slower than the previous 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol unit could manage. Top speed, as before, is artificially pegged at 155mph. The engine utilises a large turbo, which is partly driven by a little electric compressor, as well as exhaust gases. Audi claims that this set-up minimises the effects of turbo lag, with the system being automatically activated whenever the requested engine load exceeds the capabilities of the turbocharger. To go with this change of engine, Audi has upgraded this car in a number of other areas, adding in Progressive steering, refining the sports suspension and incorporating a revised chassis platform, which controls the car's quattro 4WD system. The transmission remains an 8-speed Tiptronic auto unit, but this set-up's impressively quick-reacting and smooth. Not so good is the lowered 'S' Sports suspension, which will be rather over-firm for some, though you can improve it by paying extra for a 'CDC' 'Continuous Damper Control' system that can be tweaked via the settings of the standard 'drive select' driving dynamics system. As well as also altering steering weight, throttle response and stability control thresholds, the 'drive select' modes can also influence the optional 'Quattro Sport differential' system, which constantly varies the amount of drive to each of the rear wheels for extra cornering traction.

Design and Build

Like the regular A4, the S4 is based on Audi's 'MLB' platform that uses a combination of high strength steels and aluminium to reduce weight. The S4 has sports suspension that makes it 23mm closer to the ground than a normal A4. To look at this model externally, you'd be hard pushed to know how potent the S4 is. There are the now traditional aluminium-look mirror housings, four exhaust tips, a subtle lip on the boot lid, plus S4 specific front and rear bumpers. Unlike the exterior which is very much an evolution of previous generation S4 models, the interior is a lot more avant garde. There's a flat bottomed S4 badged steering wheel, matt brushed aluminium inlays for various trim pieces and predominantly black fabrics and trim everywhere else. There are 'S' sports seats in Nappa leather and Alcantara that not only hold the driver tighter than a regular seat, they also have a massage function too. There is of course plenty of room for five passengers inside, while the 480-litre boot (505-litre in the Avant) should take a fair amount of luggage too.

Market and Model

You'll need a budget of around £50,000 for your S4. That prices the car in direct competition with cars like BMW's M340i xDrive and the Mercedes-AMG C 43. If it's the Audi you want and the asking price is agreeable, the first question you need to ask yourself is whether you prefer your Teutonic express as either a saloon or estate. While the saloon may be a little lighter, if you're going for subtle speed, an estate seems the obvious choice. For your money, you get S sport suspension, 18" wheels, S-specific styling cues inside and out including model specific bumpers, plus leather and Alcantara sports seats inside. As with any Audi, it's all too easy to bump the price up by a five figure sum if you option stuff like the 19" wheels, sports rear differential, head up display and the Audi virtual cockpit. At least you shouldn't have to pay out for additional safety features. On top of everything we've come to expect, there's adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist so the car almost drives itself up to 40mph. For when you are in full control, there's park assist, a cross traffic warning, plus autonomous braking.

Cost of Ownership

This S4's new mild-hybrid diesel engine uses a 48-volt belt-driven alternator starter, a 0.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an energy recuperation system. Audi claims exemplary fuel economy, thanks to a revised engine control unit which shuts off the combustion engine when coasting at speeds between 34mph and 99mph. The engine management system decides in every situation whether coasting, freewheeling or recuperation (the recovery of kinetic energy), is most efficient. It does this using information from the navigation system and the onboard sensors. The energy recovered by the water-cooled belt alternator starter during coasting and braking flows into the 48-volt storage unit or directly to the electrical consumers. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal again after a coasting phase or a stop, the water-cooled belt alternator starter restarts the combustion engine. The system does this as required by the driver's wishes and the situation, from very smoothly to very quickly. Start-stop operation begins at 13mph. When stopped, the engine restarts as soon as the car in front starts to move, even if the brake is depressed. We'll finish by covering the warranty. Most cars in this class get three years of cover, but whereas rival brands BMW and Mercedes don't limit your mileage in this period, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years.

Summary

The Audi S4 is a car that makes sense in such a wet country as ours, particularly in its latest TDI diesel form. With all wheel-drive traction and a whole raft of electronic safety measures, it's effortlessly secure, offering less of the heart in mouth moments that often accompany a combination of big power, damp roads and an enthusiastic approach. That's not to say the S4 is a fuddy duddy that's forgotten how to entertain. Learn to drive the car properly and you'll be able to use more of that power more of the time than you ever thought possible. It's so addictive that only the realisation of quite how much fuel you've burnt per session could possibly quell the temptation to repeat ad infinitum. All of this will appeal to many people out there. As will the switch made here to diesel power. As sensible yet quick and capable transport for five people, the S4 reamins tough to beat.

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Driver Convenience
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Cruise control + speed limiter
7" Colour driver information system
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi phone box with wireless charging
Audi Pre sense collision avoidance
Bluetooth interface
Electromechanical power steering
MMI SD card Navigation
Power opening/closing tailgate
Service interval indicator
Stop/start button
Voice control system
Entertainment
Audi sound system
2 USB interfaces and Aux-In jack
DAB digital radio module
Exterior Features
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Acoustic windscreen
Air inlets in titan black with two horizontal inlays in chrome
Aluminium roof rails
Aluminium window trim
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
Black grained rear grille
Blue tinted glass
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Chrome rolled exhaust
Chrome tailpipe finisher
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Headlight range control
High beam assistant
High gloss black triangular aperture at rear door
LED daytime running lights
LED indicators in door mirrors
Rain and light sensors
Rear diffuser in Twilight grey matt
Rear wiper
Roof spoiler
S Line badges on the front wings
S line Front and rear bumpers with side skirts
S Line roof edge spoiler
Twilight grey matt radiator grille with chrome inlay
Interior Features
3 spoke S Line high multi-function sports leather steering wheel
Alcantara/Leather upholstery with front sports seats
Heated front seats
Manual seat adjustment
Rear centre armrest
3 zone climate control
4 way electric lumbar support
40/20/40 split folding rear seats with rear centre armrest
Black cloth headlining
Contrast stitching on seats, steering wheel and gear lever gaiter
Electric load area cover
Front centre armrest
Front headrests
Front/rear floor mats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel with full size airbag
Illuminated door sill finishers
Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger/outer rear seats inc passenger airbag deactivation
Jack and tool kit
Luggage compartment carpet
Perforated leather gearknob
Rear headrests
Retractable load area cover
Stainless steel foot rest
Stainless steel pedals
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
Packs
LED Interior light pack - A4/S4
Non Smokers pack
S line exterior styling pack - A4 Avant
Safety
Hill hold control
3 point rear seatbelts x3
Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Front head airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
Front side airbags
Multi-Collision braking
Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
Seatbelt warning
Traction control
Tyre pressure warning
Variable restraint system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Technical
Sports suspension
54 Litre Fuel Tank
Trim
Matt brushed aluminium inlays
MMI radio plus with smartphone interface
Wheels
19" 10 spoke V design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Keyless Start
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 139
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 46.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 55.4
EC Urban (mpg) 36.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 38.2
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series S Line [Tech]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 24E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
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) 8.9
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 3900
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 199
Engine Torque - MKG 27.5
Engine Torque - NM 270
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 136
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear 245/40 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 10 V SPOKE DESIGN
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1435
Length 4738
Wheelbase 2820
Width (including mirrors) 2022
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 54
Gross Vehicle Weight 2065
Max. Loading Weight 600
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1465
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £326.99 p/m £24.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £391.99 p/m £55.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £426.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £314.99 p/m £24.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £359.99 p/m £57.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £391.99 p/m £101.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £299.99 p/m £35.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £333.99 p/m £69.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £360.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £391.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £469.99 p/m £66.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £512.99 p/m £91.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £377.99 p/m £29.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £431.99 p/m £68.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £470.99 p/m £121.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £359.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £399.99 p/m £83.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £432.99 p/m £142.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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* This deal is subject to a £199 inc vat£165.83+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Audi side assist + pre sense rear £775.00
Head up Display £900.00
Rear view camera £450.00
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Audi matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators £650.00
Deletion of engine designation at rear FOC
Deletion of model + engine designation at rear FOC
Electric folding auto dimming door mirrors with memory £125.00
Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof £1,250.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Pearlescent paint £675.00
Privacy glass with front acoustic glazing £450.00
Towing equipment - swivelling, manual £900.00
Interior Features
3 spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheel £100.00
Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory £800.00
Fine Nappa leather upholstery £800.00
Heated front and outer rear seats £300.00
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - A4 £1,295.00
Driver assistance pack - A4/S4 £1,250.00
Extended LED Interior multi coloured light pack - A4/S4 £100.00
Parking assistance advanced pack - A4/S4 £1,350.00
Storage pack - A4/S4 Avant £175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Floret silver £675.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £675.00
Metallic - Matador red £675.00
Metallic - Monsoon grey £675.00
Metallic - Mythos black £675.00
Metallic - Navarra blue £675.00
Metallic - Tango red £675.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £675.00
Solid - Brilliant black FOC
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Safety
Rear side airbags £350.00
Technical
Adaptive sport suspension with damping control £600.00
Comfort dynamic suspension FOC
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with rock grey stitching + front sports seats FOC
Alcantara/leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching + front sports seats FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with Rock Grey stitching £800.00
Fine Nappa leather - Rotor grey with anthracite stitching £800.00
Piano black finish inlay £200.00
Wheels
19" 5 spoke V design alloy wheel diamond cut titanium matt finish £300.00
* option prices shown are estimated