Sophisticated, light, spacious – in its interior, the new A4 allroad quattro* surpasses the previous model significantly in nearly all of its dimensions. Shoulder width and headroom are now 11 and 24 millimeters (0.4 and 0.9 in) larger for the driver and front passenger, respectively. The interior length has grown by 17 millimeters (0.7 in), and knee room at the rear by a full 23 millimeters (0.9 in).
The feeling of space is just as generous at all seats. The interior design reinforces this impression; its clear architecture focuses strictly on horizontal lines. This principle is best illustrated by the low-built instrument panel and continuous air vent strip. High-quality materials and top craftsmanship quality convey a sophisticated overall impression. This is also underscored by the optional deluxe automatic air conditioner with capacitive controls and high-resolution display instruments.
The steering wheel selections have been redesigned – the driver’s airbag is a compact micromodule, and it enables an even clearer view of the instrument cluster. A three-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with an impact absorber in the shape of the Singleframe grille and a chrome trim piece on the lower spoke forms the basis. This steering wheel is also available in an optional multifunction plus version and with a leather-trimmed heated rim.
For a sportier look, the three-spoke leather steering wheel is available with a flattened bottom and multifunction plus. In models with an automatic transmission, the steering wheels have shift paddles.
Audi offers an optional interior lighting package with ambient lighting in 30 different shades. The comprehensive ranges of colors and high-grade materials for the seats and inlays match those of the A4 model series.
Audi virtual cockpit and MMI system
The focal points of the cockpit are the new MMI operating concept with a rotary/push-button control including MMI touch, the MMI display that is up to 8.3 inches in size and the optional all-digital, 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit.
The high-end Audi virtual cockpit option assumes that MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is on-board. Its TFT screen with a 12.3-inch diagonal and a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels replaces the round analog instruments in the driver’s visual field by digital graphics that are rich in detail. The tachometer is recomputed 60 times per second, so that the virtual needle has smooth movement and runs highly precisely. Scrolling operations in lists are based on a physical model that considers such factors as inertia, elasticity and damping.
The driver operates the Audi virtual cockpit from the multifunction steering wheel plus. The driver can switch between two user interfaces by pressing the “View” button. In infotainment mode, a central window dominates the view, providing a large stage for the navigation map or for lists in the phone, radio and audio areas. In this case, the tachometer and speedometer are displayed as small dial instruments. In the classic view, the instruments are approximately as large as analog instruments, and the center display window is therefore smaller.
Another new technical highlight in the Audi A4 allroad quattro* is the MMI system, especially in the full version as MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The menu structure, which has been redesigned from the ground up, is based on that of today’s smartphones. An intelligent logic, which enables quick operation, replaces static menu trees, and frequently used functions can be accessed with just a few clicks.
The new voice control system can recognize inputs made using everyday language, such as: “I want to call Peter Müller.” A head-up display extends the list of features. The information appears to hover around two meters (6.6 ft) in front of the driver within a projection area measuring 200 x 80 mm (7.9 x 3.1 in). The human eye registers the information extremely quickly – there’s no need to switch from the accustomed long-range vision. The driver can use the MMI to specify which information should be shown on the screen; the height and brightness of the displayed information can also be adjusted.
Audi connect brings tailored online services into the new Audi A4 allroad quattro* via the fast LTE standard. The flat rate data plan required for this is included thanks to the Audi connect SIM card (embedded SIM) that is permanently installed in the car. It also permits roaming in most European countries.
The Audi connect SIM is based on a collaboration between Audi and Cubic Telecom, a leading provider of global, seamless connectivity solutions. The Audi connect SIM is enabled for three years from the date of purchase of the new car. After this period has elapsed, an Audi service partner can reactivate the SIM for a fee. It lets drivers use the customized services of Audi connect – such as traffic information online, Google Earth and Google Street View, information on parking places, fuel prices and city events.
Regardless of which Audi connect services are integrated, data packages can be ordered flexibly for the Wi-Fi hotspot via a special web portal or right from the car – quickly and conveniently – using the MMI system. As an alternative, customers can use their own SIM card in the car and establish the Wi-Fi internet access through their own individual cell phone providers. In this case, the data volume of Audi connect services is billed via the customer’s own SIM card, and the Audi connect SIM is temporarily deactivated.
Audi is offering other new services in Europe, and soon in the USA as well. They include emergency call after an accident that automatically alerts the Audi Emergency Call Center, online roadside assistance that is handled by the Audi Service Center and Audi service request which customers can use to arrange for service appointments.
The free Audi MMI connect app brings other services like “web radio” and “media library” into the car. This lets the user receive more than 3,000 Internet radio stations. The app also provides access to the media library stored on the user’s smartphone. Another product is online media streaming, e.g. via the subscription music portal Napster or Rhapsody and the radio service Aupeo!. This gives Audi customers access to nearly 20 million music titles and several thousand audio books in MP3 format via MMI navigation plus.
The app also offers vehicle-related remote services. Customers can use a smartphone, smartwatch or Apple TV (fourth generation) to lock or unlock the doors, operate the optional auxiliary heater or view the car’s current status report. They can also have the car’s parking location and parking duration displayed as well as the level of the fuel tank. The new Calendar service transfers a smartphone’s calendar into the car – meeting places can be copied directly from the calendar to the navigation system as destinations, and the user can select a person’s phone number directly to call them and save them as a contact in the car. In addition, users can have the system speak the place, time and subject matter of the meeting.
The Audi phone box with wireless charging connects mobile phones to the vehicle’s antenna and charges them inductively based on the Qi standard The Audi smartphone interface integrates iOS and Android mobile phones in an environment specially developed for them in the Audi MMI.
For discerning hi-fi fans, the Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System is available, which taps into the spatial dimension of height. It uses four additional loudspeakers to achieve this. The 3D sound creates a new type of sound experience. The music sounds like it is being played in a concert hall. The centerpiece of the Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System is a 16-channel amplifier with 755 watts of power that drives 19 loudspeakers. Another option offered by Audi is the flexible Rear Seat Entertainment. It consists of the Audi tablet, which can be used both inside and outside the car.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.