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Audi A4 AVANT 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]

Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
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Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]
Audi A4 35 TFSI Black Edition 5dr S Tronic [Tech Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG47.10
  • 0-62mph9.2 secs
  • Top Speed137 mph
  • C02137 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque199 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

Review

The fifth generation Audi A4 Avant now features a sharper look and still claims to be class-leadingly efficient, hi-tech and, yes, practical. There's a 510-litre boot that's bigger than you might expect from a car in the compact executive market segment and the usual cool, classy Audi ambience. You'd like one.

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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 aims to seriously dent the sales of rival models in the compact executive 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

The A4 has always struck an appealing balance between handling and comfort and with this MK5 Avant model, the Ingolstadt engineers have sought to improve its credentials still further by developing a new 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 you 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, the old CVT automatic gearbox has gone, replaced by a seven speed dual clutch 'S tronic' unit that claims to be able to improve both performance and fuel consumption. 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 most powerful of these models even has the option of a sports differential for the rear axle to maximise traction. Refreshingly in a segment dominated by cars fueling themselves from the black pump, TFSI petrol models are still very much part of the mainstream A4 range, a 150PS 1.4-litre '35 TFSI' unit offered alongside a pokey '40 TFSI' 2.0-litre powerplant offering either 190PS or 245PS. There's also a 354PS 3.0-litre TFSI sporting S4 model near the top of the range. And a 450PS 2.9-litre V6 RS 4 Avant model beyond that. Most A4 buyers though, will continue to want a diesel, probably the 2.0 TDI 150PS '35 TDI' variant, which gets to 62mph from rest in a brisk 8.6s. If you want more diesel power, then a 190PS '40 TDI' version of this unit is also available, plus there's a 286PS 3.0 TDI V6 '50 TDI' model further up the range.

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 volume 'SE' and 'Sport' versions get a revised front and rear bumper design, more pronounced side skirts, a special finish for the Singleframe and side air inlet grilles, a roof edge spoiler and a rear diffuser flanked by new look trapezoidal tailpipes. The 'SE' versions retain wheels of the same 17-inch diameter as before but in a new design, while 'Sport' models upgrade to a smarter, larger 18-inch wheel. The top 'S line' and 'Black Edition' models get a more striking 3D-look finish for the Singleframe front grille, plus 'S line' variants get new 19-inch wheels and a re-designed rear diffuser The interior is typically Audi and a very classy place to be. Everything is well laid out with high grade materials in all areas you'll interact with regularly. There's the option of getting an 8.3" touchscreen mounted on top of the dashboard but even if you stick with the standard centre dash infotainment screen, you'll get an up-to-the-minute set-up able to support the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 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 £30,000, 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 - 'SE', '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 1.4-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 putting the power tailgate and telescopic load bar on the options list also looks a little mean. Other than that, it's hard to see this one continuing to sell strongly amongst the best compact executive load luggers.

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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
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 titanium black
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Chrome rolled exhaust
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Headlight range control
High beam assistant
High gloss black door mirrors
High gloss black triangular aperture at rear door
LED daytime running lights
LED indicators in door mirrors
Privacy glass with front acoustic glazing
Radiator grille and frame in Titanium Black
Rain and light sensors
Rear diffuser in Twilight grey matt
S Style rear spoiler
Titanium black front and rear air intakes
Titanium black window surround
Interior Features
Alcantara/Leather upholstery with front sports seats
Heated front seats
Manual seat adjustment
Rear centre armrest
3 spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheel
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
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 Saloon
Safety
Hill hold control
3 point rear seatbelts x3
Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags
Electromechanical parking brake
Electromechanical power steering
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
Wheels
19" 5 arm rotor alloy wheels in diamond cut titanium matt finish
Tyre repair kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Keyless Start
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Thatcham category 1 alarm+immobiliser
Trim
MMI radio plus with smartphone interface
Piano black finish inlay
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 137
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 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 55.4
EC Urban (mpg) 37.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series Black Edition [Tech]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
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) 9.2
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 137
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
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 ARM ROTOR
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1435
Length 4738
Wheelbase 2820
Width (including mirrors) 1842
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 54
Gross Vehicle Weight 2100
Max. Loading Weight 605
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1495
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 £525.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £598.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £650.99 p/m £83.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £458.99 p/m £22.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £504.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £539.99 p/m £108.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £403.99 p/m £35.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £449.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £481.99 p/m £109.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £630.99 p/m £30.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £718.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £779.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £550.99 p/m £26.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £604.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £646.99 p/m £130.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £484.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £539.99 p/m £90.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £577.99 p/m £131.99 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
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
Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators £650.00
Metallic paint £675.00
Pearlescent paint £675.00
Special solid paint £675.00
Towing equipment - swivelling, manual £900.00
Interior Features
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 - Ascari blue £675.00
Metallic - Glacier white £675.00
Metallic - Manhattan grey £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
Special solid - Quantum grey £675.00
Special solid - Turbo blue £675.00
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
Wheels
18" 10 spoke Y design gloss black alloy wheels with diamond cut finish FOC
19" 5 spoke V design alloy wheel diamond cut titanium matt finish £300.00
* option prices shown are estimated