Audi A4 allroad quattro Arriving This Year
Audi A4 allroad quattro
16th February, 2009
A vehicle that knows no boundaries: Audi is launching the A4
allroad quattro in Europe in mid-2009 and some months later in Australia. With its permanent all-wheel
drive and increased ground clearance, the A4 allroad can handle many roads and trails; it also offers
driving pleasure – even on unpaved surfaces. Naturally, the Audi A4 allroad quattro features all the
innovative technologies which impart to the A4 model line its superiority: a range of powerful and highly
energy-efficient engines, Audi drive select (intelligent handling technology), the high-tech S tronic
transmission, and innovative communication and assistance systems.
The design of the Audi A4 allroad quattro recalls the A4 Avant: crisp lines enclose tastefully curved
surfaces and the low roof line establishes a stylish silhouette. Striking details re-interpret this model
line’s sporty elegance. The moon-grey single-frame radiator grille bears vertical chrome strips; an
accentuated bumper and large air inlets underscore this vehicle’s unique identity. Chrome rings encircle
the fog lights. And in the option featuring xenon plus headlights, light-emitting diodes comprise the
daytime running lights and taillights. Underneath the front end and tail end, the A4 allroad has a
stainless-steel underbody guard.
Viewed from the side, the vehicle dazzles with flared wheel arches, angular sills (available with
stainless steel insert strips), and large wheels – 17-inch wheels in 7-arm design are standard. The roof
is capped off by an offset rail with two high crosspieces. The width of the A4 allroad quattro is
emphasised by the rear bumper’s distinctive styling and the integrated horizontal reflectors. On the 2.0
TDI, the two exhaust tailpipes appear side by side; on the 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI, they terminate to the
left and to the right.
Body and Luggage Compartment
The Audi A4 allroad quattro is an expressive car. Its measurements include: 4.72 metres (15.49 ft) in
length, a wheelbase of 2.81 metres (9.22 ft), 1.84 metres (6.04 ft) in width, and 1.50 metres (4.92 ft) in
height. It also features greater ground clearance than the Audi A4 Avant: 180 millimetres (7.09 inches)
when the Audi A4 allroad quattro is unloaded.
Audi has provided a vehicle body consisting primarily of high-strength and ultra-strong steel panels –
which, in turn, reduce the car’s weight while enhancing its rigidity, vibrational comfort, and impact
safety. An array of precisely arranged metal sections protects passengers in the event of an accident.
In addition to the two front airbags, which take into consideration the precise positions of the driver
and front-seat passenger, there are side air bags in the front and, optionally, in the rear as well. Last
but not least, a head-protection airbag system also stands at the ready. The integral head-restraint system
in the front diminishes the risk of whiplash in the event of a rear-end collision.
The luggage compartment’s base capacity is 490 litres (17.30 cubic feet). This can be increased, however,
to an impressive 1,430 litres (50.50 cubic feet) and a length of 1.78 metres (5.84 feet) by folding down the
split rear-bench backrest, which optionally features a load-through hatch with removable ski bag. The hatch
is exactly one metre wide (3.28 feet). The luggage compartment boasts an ingenious design which enhances
its use and is lined with high-quality carpet.
Befitting its character, the A4 allroad quattro has a wealth of practical flourishes: the
luggage-compartment cover and the partition safety netting are stored in separate compartments; a mere tap
of the hand triggers the cover to automatically retract upward. Additional standard equipment includes
fastening rings and bag hooks as well as a shelf on one side with an adjustable net.
Every Audi A4 allroad quattro also has a reversible loadliner, the underside of which has been designed
as a dirt-resistant tray. Optional equipment includes a reversible mat, a 12-volt outlet, an
electromechanical assembly for the tailgate, and a load-securing set with a telescopic rod and strap
retainer. The load-securing set’s two rails in the floor allow the luggage compartment to be divided as
Refined touches, uncompromising quality and flawless functionality: the interior of the Audi A4 allroad
quattro embodies all the strengths for which Audi is renowned. The cockpit clearly serves the driver. Among
the control unit’s highlights: the standard electromechanical handbrake – which has replaced the lever on
the centre console with a button – and the central on-board monitor. A colour display complements the
concert or symphony sound system, or the MMI navigation system plus; the MMI’s offset control unit is housed
in the centre console.
Customers can choose one of several different trim materials: an exclusive allroad fabric, two types of
leather, or an Alcantara/leather combination. The fabric designs are available in two colours and the
leather trim in seven colours (two of which feature sporty contrasting stitching). Standard inlays are
micrometallic platinum; options include aluminium trigon, natural fine-grain ash, laurel nutmeg, and walnut
brown. Carpeting is made of velour; the headlining is star silver, linen beige, or black (optional). Many of
the operating controls gleam thanks to their standard aluminium look; the door sill trims bear special
As for seats, Audi offers a seat-heating system, electrical adjustability, a sporty version with
pronounced side sections, and climate-controlled comfort seats. The latter not only can be heated, but also
deliver relief on hot days thanks to an integrated cooling unit with small fans. The long wheelbase of the
A4 allroad quattro ensures plenty of interior space – even on the rear bench seat.
Audi will initially offer three different engines for the A4 allroad quattro: a petrol engine and two
diesel engines. All three are turbocharged direct-fuel-injection engines. They command respect due to
excellent performance, impressive pulling power, smooth running, and high fuel efficiency. The engines
feature pioneering technologies from Audi’s modular efficiency expertise. For example, all three units
boast a standard on-board recuperation system, which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy
The 2-litre TFSI – voted “Engine of the Year” on four consecutive occasions by an international panel of
experts – incorporates three high-end technologies: FSI direct petrol injection, the turbocharger, and the
Audi valvelift system, which boosts pulling power by means of a variable control system. Between 1,500
and 4,200 rpm, the four-cylinder engine delivers 350 Nm of torque to the crankshaft. Peak output is 155 kW.
In addition, the 2-litre TFSI propels the Audi A4 allroad quattro to 100 km/h in just 6.9 seconds, and to
a top speed of 230 km/h (where legal). On average, it consumes a mere 8.1 liters of fuel per 100 km.
As for the 2.0 TDI, the successor to the most successful diesel engine ever, a common-rail system
providing injection pressure of 1,800 bar ensures excellent driving refinement. The two-litre diesel engine
delivers 350 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. A respectable 125 kW provides admirable output, yet requires
just 6.4 litres of fuel per 100 km. The Audi A4 allroad quattro 2.0 TDI reaches 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and
a top speed of 213 km/h.
The very best of the three engines is the 3.0 TDI. This V6 diesel produces 176 kW and transmits 500 Nm
of torque to the crankshaft at 1,500 to 3,000 rpm. The 3.0 TDI in conjunction with S tronic propels the Audi
A4 allroad quattro to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and tops out at 236 km/h (where legal). On average, the
three-litre engine sips only 7.1 litres of fuel per 100 km. Like the other two engines, it already meets
the EU’s Euro 5 emission standard.
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The 2.0 TDI transmits its power to a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI feature the next
generation of Audi’s dynamic and very efficient S tronic. This innovative dual-clutch transmission switches extremely
smoothly among its seven gears within a few hundredths of a second. S tronic also excels thanks to its high efficiency
ratio and a broad spread of the gear ratios. The seven-speed S tronic has a fully automatic mode at the ready: the
driver can shift as required, if necessary, via shift paddles on the steering wheel.
In the Audi A4 allroad quattro drivetrain, the differential is in front of the clutch and immediately behind the
engine. This technical stroke of genius made it possible to reposition the front axle much closer to the vehicle’s
front end, in turn allowing for a long wheelbase and an ideal distribution of the axle loads. The benefits include
steady straight-line stability, superb ride comfort, and excellent driving dynamics.
The Audi A4 allroad quattro features quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard equipment. Its purely mechanical
centre differential favours the rear, distributing power at a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axle. If necessary,
the quattro permanent all-wheel drive can route up to 65 per cent to the front or as much as 85 per cent toward the
The width of the Audi A4 allroad quattro lays the foundation for its driving dynamics. The car’s track is 1,583 mm
at the front and 1,574 mm at the rear – some 20 mm wider, respectively, than the A4 Avant. The body is higher on
account of a new chassis with longer springs, which – like the new shock absorbers – combine sportiness with comfort.
The standard, 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels are fitted with 225/55 tyres. At a diameter of 690 millimetres, even
this standard configuration looks rather imposing. For the time being, Audi is also offering 18-inch wheels.
The chassis in the A4 allroad quattro retains all the advantages which distinguish the A4 model line. Steering is
straightforward and responsive. A steering box beneath the wheel conveys the driver’s input directly to the wheels.
The five-link front suspension and the self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension consist largely of aluminium to
reduce unsprung weight. Sixteen inch brakes with excellent cooling behavior provide for rapid deceleration. It should
come as no surprise that the A4 allroad quattro offers sportiness, comfort, and stability – onroad and offroad. After
all, it is based on the Audi A4.
On rough terrain, the A4 allroad quattro relies on a high-tech feature of its Electronic Stabilisation Programme
(ESP): the Offroad Detection (ORD) technology automatically identifies the type of driving surface and adjusts the
ESP’s control parameters accordingly. When the driver depresses the accelerator pedal, ESP increases propulsive
power by tolerating more wheel spin than otherwise. If necessary, it will override for a time in the interests of
On paved roads, Audi drive select further enhances the joys of driving. This control system automatically and
perfectly adapts the personality of the Audi A4 allroad quattro to the driver’s preferences. Audi drive select namely
evaluates the engine’s throttle response, the Servotronic power steering, and S tronic’s shift points in automatic
mode. The driver can freely switch among three different engine maps: comfortable, standard, and sporty. And MMI
navigation plus provides yet another on-board control option, and is individually programmable.
Audi drive select can be paired with Audi dynamic steering. It consists of a superimposed gear system, and varies
the steering ratio as well as steering assistance in a continuously variable manner. Audi drive select functions
directly at low speeds and indirectly at high speeds. At the vehicle’s cornering limit, the dynamic steering keeps
the A4 allroad quattro on course via split-second corrective actions – subsequently obviating extensive ESP
The Audi A4 allroad quattro is generously equipped with 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, fog lights, a headlight
washer system, roof rails, a convenient luggage-compartment cover, a reversible loadliner, an automatic climate-control
system, an electromechanical handbrake, and a sound system with CD player.
Optional equipment also includes a multitude of attractive features. The high-beam assistant automatically switches
between high beams and low beams. The two-part panoramic glass roof with an electrically operated interior shade
suffuses the interior with sunlight and fresh air. And the electromechanical tailgate, the ingenious three-zone
climate-control system, the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED reverse lights, and the
climate-controlled comfort seats are all luxurious options.
If a customer so desires, they can take delivery of an A4 allroad quattro with innovative assistance systems
straight from the luxury class. Audi lane assist helps the driver to remain in a given lane, while Audi side assist
makes it safer to change lanes. Adaptive cruise control is a radar-assisted cruise-control system which detects
vehicles ahead and maintains the proper following distance by braking and accelerating on its own. Should the rate of
deceleration for some reason not suffice, the system alerts the driver via one of two alarms based on the extent of
Audi also offers top-notch multimedia options. The world-class MMI navigation plus system belongs to Audi’s
cutting-edge generation of new high-tech devices. It integrates a color display with three-dimensional maps, a DVD
player, a voice-activated unit facilitating whole-word commands, and a large hard disc drive which stores data for
navigation, music, and phoning. MMI navigation plus can be rendered even more sophisticated by means of tuner modules
which enable digital TV/radio reception. Last but not least, a Bang & Olufsen sound system indeed constitutes a
luxurious extra: its 14 speakers delivering 505 watts provide surround sound.
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