The length of the Avant version of the new A4 is 4,725 millimeters (186 in), which is 26 millimeters (1 in) longer than the previous model. Its width has grown by 16 millimeters (0.6 in) to 1,842 millimeters (72.5 in) and its height is at 1,434 millimeters (56.5 in) – the lowest in the premium segment. Its wheelbase has grown by 12 millimeters (0.5 in) to 2,820 millimeters (111 in). The new Sedan is one millimeter (0.0 in) longer and seven millimeters (0.3 in) lower than the Sedan; all other dimensions are identical.
Audi’s designers have given the A4 Sedan and A4 Avant a striking appearance with balanced and harmonious proportions. With a shape that is both technoid and elegantly sporty, the brand with the Four Rings has once again designed an impressive automobile.
At the front, horizontal lines and the wrap-around hood emphasize the car’s width; the dominating element is a broader and lower Singleframe grille with a prominently contoured lattice structure.
Unmistakable graphics: the headlights
The headlights ensure unmistakable lighting graphics with their serrated lower edges. Fiber optics form two sharp angles for the daytime running lights and – at their upper edges – the turn indicators. Xenon plus units are standard equipment and Audi also offers LED headlights as well as matrix LED headlights. With both options, the low beam resembles an eye; its eleven light diodes require only 20 watts of power. The turn indicators and all-weather lights are positioned below.
The full beam of the matrix LED headlights is produced by twelve LEDs with three reflectors. The camera on the interior mirror provides the data, and the control unit switches them on and off individually as required or dims them in 64 stages. In this way, the matrix LED headlights distribute light in several million possible combinations.
No matter how they are set, they illuminate the road with a light quality similar to daylight, but without blinding other road users. Light is directed at those signs with reduced intensity to ensure that the driver is not blinded by the strong reflections of road signs.
The bend lighting of the matrix LED headlights is created by shifting the light’s main focus. In combination with the optional MMI Navigation plus, it comes into action before the steering wheel is turned thanks to the predictive route data. The dynamic indicators use a series of light diodes switched sequentially from inside to outside in the direction of turn, clearly signaling the car’s direction to other road users.
Flowing lines along the sides
Elegant, logical and harmonious – the flowing lines along the sides of the new Audi A4 and A4 Avant give them a sporty, elongated appearance. The hood wraps around the upper edges of the fenders and features four pronounced contours. The shoulder line starts at the corners of the headlights and then curves to and wraps around the rear. Along the sides, its undercut creates an intensive interplay of light and shadow.
The dynamic line flows gently upward above the door sills, and the wheel wells have a pronounced flare. The body below the lower window line is about twice as high as from the window line to the roof – typical for Audi. The low roof line curves quickly downwards; on the Avant it flows into raked D-pillars. The Avant has black roof rails as standard equipment. The exterior mirrors are mounted on the front doors, as they are on a sports car.
The Sedan’s trunk lid ends in a clearly defined edge, while the Avant has a roof spoiler. The exhaust system leads into a diffusor, single or double, depending on the engine. It terminates in a single tailpipe, a double tailpipe (TDI as of 140 kW/190 hp)* or two separate tailpipes (TFSI as of 140 kW/190 hp)*, which have chromed end pieces in combination with the equipment lines and the 3.0 TDI*.
Like the headlamps, the rear lights also feature multi-faceted 3D design. With the sharp recesses in the inner corners, their contours are a continuation of the body design, with minor differences between Sedan and Avant. Each unit has 48 LEDs (on equipment versions with LED headlights). The brake lights are placed in the outer lower part of the lights; the dynamic brake light constitutes a strip along the upper edge. The two rear lights are connected with a narrow trim element illuminated by the taillights.
15 colors: the paintwork
The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant models are available in 15 colors. The two solid paint finishes are brilliant black and ibis white. The metallic and pearl-effect paint finishes are Argus brown, cuvée silver, floret silver, Daytona gray (for the S line sport package), glacier white, Gotland green, Manhattan gray, matador red, moonlight blue, scuba blue, monsoon gray, mythos black and tango red.
With the model change of the A4 family, Audi is introducing new, modular equipment lines, giving customers even more choices and also influencing details of the car’s exterior. In addition to the base models, there will be the sport and design lines, as well as the S line sport package and design selection at the top end.
*The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list on the last page of this basic information.