Audi Australia today confirmed it will initially offer four variants of the all-new, B9-generation A4 sedan: the 1.4 TSFI at $55,500, the 2.0 TFSI at $60,900, the 2.0 TDI quattro at $66,900 and the 2.0 TFSI quattro at $69,900 (all prices exclude on-road costs).
Leading the equipment charge are adaptive LED headlights, which will be standard across the 2016 Audi A4 line-up. Matrix beam LED headlights will also be available as an option.
Standard inside will be the MMI Navigation plus infotainment system, incorporating an 8.3-inch centre screen, MMI touchpad, DVD player, 10GB music storage, live traffic updates, and a new smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Higher model grades will gain DAB+ digital radio and a premium sound system.
Additionally, the Technik package will add Audi’s virtual cockpit instrument cluster display screen and a head-up display, while a new rear entertainment system with removable tablets will also be offered in the A4 for the first time.
Standard advanced driver assistance systems in the all-new A4 include pre-sense city autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, exit warning system (interior ambient LEDs illuminate if a vehicle or cyclist is detected approaching from behind), rear cross traffic assist and side assist. Additionally, the pre-sense basic and pre-sense rear systems warn of a potential collision and prepare the cabin and occupants for an impact.
On top of this, customers can order the optional Assistance package, which adds active lane assist, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist (follows preceding vehicles with auto throttle, brake and steering inputs), turn assist, collision avoidance assist, pre-sense front warning system, predictive efficiency assistant and high beam assist.
The 2016 Audi A4 has been awarded a five-star safety rating by EuroNCAP and is awaiting a local rating by ANCAP.
On the powertrain front, there are three four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines and one four-cylinder turbo diesel. All are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which channels drive to the front wheels of the two low-power petrols and to all four wheels of the diesel and high-power petrol.
The entry 1.4 TFSI’s 1.4-litre engine produces 110kW of power between 5000-6000rpm and 250Nm of torque from 1500-3500rpm. It claims to sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.5 seconds, and uses 4.9-5.6 litres per 100 kilometres according to European combined cycle testing standards (fuel use dependent on wheel and tyre size).
Next in line is the 2.0 TFSI, which makes 140kW at 4200-6000rpm and 320Nm between 1450-4200rpm from its 2.0-litre engine. It’s more than a second quicker from 0-100km/h than the base model (7.3sec), and may be even more frugal, with European combined cycle figures of 4.8-4.9L/100km.
The sole diesel in the local line-up, the 2.0 TDI quattro, matches it for engine capacity and power (140kW produced between 3800-4200rpm), but boasts an extra 80Nm for 400Nm in total (made from 1750-3000rpm). The all-paw diesel is a fraction quicker to triple figures at 7.2sec, while it also promises to be the most frugal of the bunch with combined fuel figures of 4.4-4.6L/100km.
The flagship of the A4 range – until the late-2016 arrival of the S4, and the anticipated addition of the RS4 in 2017 – is the 2.0 TFSI quattro. It produces a meaty 185kW at 5000-6000rpm and 370Nm between 1600-4500rpm from its 2.0-litre motor, helping it accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds. Combined fuel use has been measured at 5.9-6.3L/100km.
The 2016 Audi A4 sedan will be joined by the A4 Avant wagon in Australia in March, renewing the brand’s contender in the hugely competitive premium mid-size segment battle with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Jaguar XE, Volvo S60/V60 and the Infiniti Q50.
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