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AUDI A4 DIESEL ALLROAD ESTATE

40 TDI 204 Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic [C+S]

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Audi's refreshed A4 allroad model continues in its aim to go where no A4 Avant has gone before. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Audi has been churning out four-wheel-drive estate cars for quite a while but there's a distinction between the basic quattro Avants, as Audi nomenclature refers to them, and the allroad line. An allroad goes further in making Audi's impressive quattro 4x4 system appropriate for off-road use. We're not talking about rock-strewn mountainsides or extreme wilderness river crossings here but the kind of unmade roads and muddy tracks that owners might encounter. A standard A4 quattro could tackle such terrain but there would be a greater chance of it sustaining damage. The A4 allroad has a raised ride height and body-protection measures to help it come through this kind of use unscathed. The original version came out in 2009, then a second generation version arrived in 2015, which was then lightly facelifted in mid-2019 to create the car we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

The engine range is loaded with familiar Audi units. Most allroad buyers select the 190PS 40 TDI diesel, but there's also a 286PS 50 TDI six cylinder TDI diesel engine available on request. Or the 245PS 45 TFSI petrol unit. From a standing start, the 190PS 40 TDI variant gets to 62mph in 7.8 seconds and the top speed is 136 mph. Naturally, quattro all-wheel drive is standard on all models. The quattro drive set-up is partnered with the updated wheel-selective torque control system, which is active on any surface. Depending on the engine, there is a choice of a manual six-speed transmission, the seven-speed S tronic auto or an eight-speed tiptronic auto. This A4 allroad is a little better off piste than before. Ride height has been increased by 23mm and larger wheels compared with the Audi A4 Avant provide an additional 34mm of ground clearance. As an alternative to the standard suspension, this model is available with optional suspension with damper control. Sensors measure the movements of all four wheels plus lateral and longitudinal acceleration. The damper characteristic adapts accordingly to the surface conditions and the driving situation. The results are enhanced handling with even greater comfort and impressive off-road capability. Furthermore, the driver can push a button to choose the default setting of the suspension in Audi drive select and call up the desired handling characteristics at any time.

Design and Build

The A4 allroad's updates mainly centre around its revised 'R8'-style front grille and smarter profile body panels. As before, it certainly looks quite SUV-like, powerfully flared wheel arches and a re-styled rear bumper attracting attention. These are finished in matt structure grey or painted in the body colour. The robust underbody guard and the rear diffuser are finished in selenite silver. The distinctive front end with jagged headlights, unique bumper and model-specific air intakes underscores this car's quite extrovert character. Vertical chrome slats adorn the sculpted Singleframe grille, while allroad badges decorate the front wings and the tailgate. The higher roof rails round out the typical allroad look. Plus there's the option of Audi's clever Matrix LED headlights. At the wheel, there aren't many changes over any ordinary A4 Avant - but that's no bad thing. That means a classy fascia with its distinctive continuous air vent strip. Out back, the luggage compartment offers 505-litres of storage space in the standard configuration. Total capacity with the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof is 1,510-litres. An optional rail and load-securing kit makes it easier to transport individual objects. A power luggage compartment cover and the electric drive for the tailgate are standard. With the optional sensor control, the driver can open and close the lid via a foot gesture.

Market and Model

Prices are pitched at about £1,000 above what you'd pay for an equivalently-engined standard model A4 Avant with quattro 4WD. A 45 TFSI quattro, for instance, costs just over £44,000. There are two trim levels - 'Sport' and 'Vorsprung'. Standard equipment is pretty complete across the line-up. All trim levels include alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size, Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, the 'Audi smartphone' interface, the 'Audi drive select' driving dynamics system, three-zone climate control and a 7-inch colour MMI infotainment monitor. We'd want to look at a couple of key options. The 'Audi phone box' connects smartphones to the on-board antenna and charges them. Meanwhile, for discerning hi-fi fans, a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System with innovative 3D sound is available. As for safety, well along with the usual airbags and electronic safety nets such as ABS and stability control, there's optional active lane assist, a rear cross traffic alert, collision avoidance assist plus a cruise control system that assists with tiresome traffic-jams.

Cost of Ownership

Running costs are of course a vital consideration in this segment and this A4 allroad offers some decent numbers that aren't very different from those of any ordinary A4 Avant estate with quattro 4WD. Like one of those, an allroad model features Audi's latest MHEWV mild hybrid engine technology, based around a 12-volt set-up for the 40 TDI diesel and the 45 TFSI petrol and a 48-volt system for the 50 TDI diesel. The 40 TDI diesel varaiant manages 48.7mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 130g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For a 45 TFSI petrol model, you're looking at 36.2mpg and 153g/km. The 50 TDI manages 38.2mpg and 194g/km of CO2 in 'Sport' form. We'll brief you on what Audi's definition of 'Mild Hybrid' tech actually means. In the two four cylinder models, a 'BAS' belt alternator starter-generator powers a 12-Volt main electrical set-up in which a compact lithium-ion battery in the boot stores energy harvested via a 'KERS' kinetic energy recovery system. During braking, the 'BAS' package can recover up to 5kW of power and feed it back into the battery. If the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at speeds between 34 and 99mph, the mild hybrid system will recuperate energy, while the car rolls in idle or coasts with its engine automatically switched off. The belt alternator starter-generator restarts the engine the next time the accelerator is depressed, and does so faster and more gently than a conventional starter.

Summary

In theory, this A4 allroad is little more than a jacked-up A4 Avant quattro. In practice though, it feels so much more than that. Why? Well the cosmetic upgrades certainly play their part. And on the move, the improved ride quality further helps to give this model its own more unique feel. It all means that if you were going to buy a plusher A4 Avant anyway and your dealer pointed out that for very little more, you could have one of these, we think you'd find the proposition hard to resist. If you want the occasional benefits of better ground clearance and off road traction without the usual clunky dynamic downsides. If you can do without the image, expense and bulk of a fully-fledged SUV. And if, in summary, you want to make a sensible lifestyle statement, then here's a solution that's very thorough. Very sophisticated. And very Audi.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions151.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed144mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Electromechanical power steering
  • MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch includes 10.1" high resolution colour MMI display, 3D map
  • Power operated tailgate
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB charging ports
  • CD Drive
  • DAB digital radio reception

Exterior Features

  • Allroad radiator grille with vertical chrome slats
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Chrome plated exhaust trims
  • Door sill trims in aluminium inlay with allroad logo
  • Electrically folding auto dimming/adjustable/heated door mirrors with LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Extended side sills in selenite silver
  • Front acoustic glazing
  • Front and rear bumpers and extended wheel arches in contrasting finish
  • High beam assistant
  • LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic rear indicators + headlight adjustment and high beam, turning light + LED daytime running lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Underbody protection
  • Windscreen with acoustic glazing

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with paddle shift and height and reach adjustable
  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • 40/20/40 split folding 3 rear seat bench in 3 parts with rear centre armrest
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
  • Electric load area cover
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment
  • Stainless steel loading sill protector
  • Tool kit
  • Twin leather upholstery + front sports seats

Packs

  • Comfort and sound pack - A4
  • Exterior off road aluminium package - A4 Allroad
  • High gloss package - A4
  • LED Interior light pack - A4/S4
  • Storage and luggage compartment pack - A4

Safety

  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
  • Off road detection system
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go

Technical

  • 58 Litre fuel tank
  • Comfort dynamic suspension
  • Quattro all wheel drive

Trim

  • Aluminium ellipse silver inlays

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    151

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    48.7

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI 204 Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Sport [C+S]
  • Generation Mark
    5
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    32E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    144

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    245/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 V SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1493
  • Length
    4762
  • Wheelbase
    2818
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2022

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    58
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2250
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1495
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    495
  • Max. Loading Weight
    605
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1645
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.7
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"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"4 months ago"

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"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

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"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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