New Audi A4 saloon and Avant: pictures, specs and price list

Article Stuart Milne Jake Groves
Sep 15, 2015

2016 Audi A4 gets efficient new engines, high-tech interior and S4 performance model

The new Audi A4 range is here and we've got full details of the all-new compact executive saloon and Avant. We've even driven both of these cars, so if you want to know more about what it's like on the road, click here. Carry on reading if you want to know more about specifications and details.

The new A4 has a lot to live up to, as the ever-improving BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class have kept the competition in this class fierce. The launch of the Jaguar XE and the eagerly anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia saloons mean the new A4 has plenty of rivals to contend with.

The exterior design is an evolution of the previous car, with some sharper creases in the bodywork and a wider radiator grille. The interior has been subjected to a heavier redesign and the efficient engine range has been fully updated, too. A lighter body and new technology also help keep the A4 fresh.

The new Audi A4 is on sale now in the UK, priced from under £26,000. The S4 models will launch in spring 2016.

New Audi A4 2016 engines

Diesel engines are set to be the most popular with UK buyers and the new A4 will use 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels that are either brand-new or heavily revamped for the new car.

One of the four diesel models on offer is the new 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI Ultra, which is capable of 74.3mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometre, making it free to tax. On average, the fuel economy of the new A4 engine range is up 21%, despite power gains of around 25%.

The Audi A4 is available with three petrol engines, one of which will be a new 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI that can return 57.6mpg and has CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

A 3.0-litre TDI V6 engine is also available with either 215 or 268bhp. All new A4s are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new seven-speed S tronic automatic.

The S4 performance model features a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 349bhp. 0-62mph is dealt with in just 4.7 seconds, with the S4 hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Audi's quattro four-wheel drive helps put the power on the road and the S4 is equipped with an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox that allows you to change gears using steering-wheel-mounted paddles. The S4 also comes with lowered sports suspension.

There have been rumours of two hybrid versions of the new A4, but so far there hasn't been any official word on this. However, it's likely that an A4 e-tron will follow later. We expect it to use the same 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and electric motor as the A3 e-tron.

Styling

The 2015 Audi A4 saloon features the same narrow, angular headlights as the Audi TT coupe, as well as sharper lines plus Audi's latest radiator grille design. Frank Rimili, Audi exterior designer, told Carbuyer's sister site Auto Express that the new A4 is “sharp and more masculine”. It's longer than the previous A4, freeing up more head and legroom for passengers.

The S4 model features some very subtle styling tweaks – the most prominent of which are found at the back. Two sets of twin exhaust pipes are finished in chrome and set into a silver splitter, while there's a very small spoiler on the end of the bootlid.

It looks unlikely that this A4 will be offered with Audi's super-bright laser headlights, which so far have only been fitted to concept cars and a limited-edition version of the Audi R8 supercar, but normal LEDs and Audi's ‘Matrix LED’ headlights are available as options.

Price and release date

Both saloon and Avant estate versions of the new Audi A4 are on sale now.

The new Audi A4 is priced from £25,900, with Avant estate models costing around £1,500 more. The S4 saloon and Avant estate models are set for an early 2016 launch, with deliveries arriving in the summer of the same year.

The four-wheel-drive Audi A4 Allroad and high-performance Audi RS4 models are likely to go on sale at a later date. A new Audi A5 coupe will follow the launch of the new A4 range, too.

For the full saloon and Avant estate price list, read on…

Interior and specs

The Mercedes C-Class and Jaguar XE have brought new levels of luxury to this type of car, so Audi is keen to reassert itself as the brand that offers the best interiors in the car business. To that end, Audi has succeeded because the new A4 features a totally redesigned centre console and dashboard and Audi is offering the car with the excellent 12.3-inch ‘virtual cockpit’ first introduced in the Audi TT. 

The virtual cockpit can display speed, a rev counter and trip computer, along with sat-nav information and stereo settings. The system can show a navigation map across the whole of its 12.3-inch screen, providing clear information in your line of sight. 

Another feature of the A4 borrowed from the TT is air vents with their own individual controls and temperature readouts. This allows each passenger to customise the air-conditioning setting for his or her area of the cabin.

The car also comes with a revamped version of Audi's MMI infotainment system, which uses a touchpad and voice commands to control the car's various functions. This cuts down on the number of buttons needed and combines with high-quality plastics and classy metal trim to make the new A4's cabin an even nicer place to sit than before.

The top-end infotainment system is the MMI Navigation plus, which comes with MMI touch and a large 8.3-inch monitor. 

The new Audi A4 is available in SE, Sport or S line specification. Standard equipment across the range includes 17-inch alloy wheels, bright xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the Audi smartphone interface, keyless go, Bluetooth connectivity, the Audi drive select system with a choice of driving modes, a seven-inch colour display and three-zone climate control.

The S4 model will have LED headlights and rear lights as standard, along with adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot and a Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

Technology

Low running costs are a top priority for the new A4, with Audi's head of technical project management telling our sister magazine Auto Express that this A4 "will move the game on. The jump from today's car in terms of design and efficiency will be really big”.

New lightweight construction is an important part of this. The 2015 Audi A4 is all-new underneath, using a larger version of the latest Volkswagen Golf platform, which helps to make it up to 120kg lighter, depending on the engine. Super-strong hot-formed steels make for lighter components, too.

The new A4 comes with plenty of safety and driver-assistance systems, including a new traffic-jam assistance system that’ll guide the car through slow-moving traffic at speeds of up to 40mph. There's also an advanced cruise control system that can alter the car's speed for optimal fuel economy.

Full price list

SE:

Model Gearbox BHP CO2 OTR Price
A4 1.4 TFSI 6-speed manual 148 126 £25,900
A4 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 127 £27,700
A4 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 116 £29,230
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 148 99 £29,150
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 148 101 £30,680
         
A4 Avant 1.4 TFSI 6-speed manual 148 TBC* £27,300
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 TBC^ £29,100
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 121 £30,630
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 148 104 £30,550
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 148 104 £32,080

* Launching April 2016
^ Launching February 2016

Sport:

Model Gearbox BHP CO2 OTR Price
A4 1.4 TFSI 6-speed manual 148 126 £26,850
A4 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 127 £28,650
A4 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 116 £30,180
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro 7-speed S tronic 248 136 £35,530
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 148 99 £30,100
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 148 101 £31,630
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 187 102 £31,000
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 187 103 £32,530
A4 2.0 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 187 114 £33,960
A4 3.0 V6 TDI 7-speed S tronic 215 109 £34,250
A4 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 215 115  £35,680
         
A4 Avant 1.4 TFSI 6-speed manual 148 TBC* £28,250
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 TBC^ £30,050
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 121 £31,580
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI quattro 7-speed S tronic 248 139 £36,930
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 148 104 £31,500
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 148 104 £33,030
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 187 106 £32,400
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 187 106 £33,930
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 187 116 £35,360
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI 7-speed S tronic 215 114 £35,650
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 215 119 £37,080

* Launching April 2016
^ Launching February 2016

S line:

Model Gearbox BHP CO2 OTR Price
A4 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 130 £30,150
A4 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 119 £31,680
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro 7-speed S tronic 248 141 £37,030
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 148 106 £31,600
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 148 109 £33,130
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 6-speed manual 187 113 £32,500
A4 2.0 TDI ultra 7-speed S tronic 187 111 £34,030
A4 2.0 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 187 118 £35,460
A4 3.0 V6 TDI 7-speed S tronic 215 114 £35,750
A4 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 215 119 £37,180
A4 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 8-speed tiptronic 268 134 £38,950
         
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 6-speed manual 187 TBC^ £31,550
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI 7-speed S tronic 187 124 £33,080
A4 Avant 2.0 TFSI quattro 7-speed S tronic 248 144 £38,430
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 6-speed manual 148 111 £33,000
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 7-speed S tronic 148 112 £34,530
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 6-speed manual 187 TBC* £33,900
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 7-speed S tronic 187 113 £35,430
A4 Avant 2.0 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 187 120 £36,860
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI 7-speed S tronic 215 117 £37,150
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 7-speed S tronic 215 122 £38,580
A4 Avant 3.0 V6 TDI quattro 8-speed tiptronic 268 139 £40,350