|March 2, 2000
Audi A4 and A4 Avant
The equipment and data stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. We reserve the right to make changes. Errors and omissions excepted.
The A4's appearance is full of character: a more boldly emphasised radiator grille, ellipsoidal-principle headlights with dramatic clear glass covers and ellipsoidal fog lights integrated into the front apron. Many international design awards testify to the success of the A4 and A4 Avant styling.
The three equipment packages Advance, Ambition and Ambiente offer a total of 38 different combinations of colours, fabrics (or Buffalino leather at extra charge) and wood or aluminium trim strips. Each package has its own distinctive character - and all are available at an identical price.
The automatic air conditioning system, which also takes the angle of the sun into consideration, and ignition-key recognition are standard features.
The Audi A4's passive safety full-size driver and passenger-side airbags, front side airbags and side-impact protection in the doors, three-point automatic seat belt pre-tensioners, belt-force limiters at the front and seat-belt wear detection feature on the outer rear seats continue to set standards in this vehicle class. The SIDEGUARD head-level airbag system developed by Audi is available as an optional extra. It protects the heads of those occupants who might be exposed to a direct side impact by cushioning the main side window area and part of the A-post. This is in addition to the front side airbags that are fitted as standard. SIDEGUARD is mounted out of sight in the car's roof.
When triggered, a curtain about 15 centimetres thick inflates within a fraction of a second and its compartments remain inflated for approximately five seconds, thus maintaining protection even if the car then rolls over.
The suspension convinces all down the line with its optimum comfort and dynamic qualities. Whether it's the steering, with its direct feedback in the central position, the car's precise initial steering response even on tightening bends, or the almost perfect ride, the engineers' outstanding attention to detail can be felt and experienced in any situation, especially on the front-wheel-drive versions of the Audi A4.
The agility with which the best-seller from Ingolstadt can now be driven is among the best to be found in this market segment. A major contribution to this is made by the revised four-link front suspension. The third generation of torsion-crank rear suspension on the front-wheel-drive A4 is based on a rigid axle element and redesigned guide bushings which can be tuned separately along each of the three axes of motion. Separate mounting of the springs and shock absorbers contributes to more effective isolation of road surface irregularities and improved handling. Ride and acoustic comfort have benefited from additional body reinforcements, especially in the front and rear transmission tunnel areas.
The four disc brakes are, of course, controlled effectively by the anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). 2.4 and 2.8-litre models are equipped with the electronic stability program (ESP) as standard; for the other engine versions it is available as an optional extra.
For the engines, Audi has adopted a well-proven approach. There are three four-cylinder and two V6 spark-ignition engines with displacements of 1.6 to 2.8 litres and outputs of 74 kW (101 bhp) for the A4 1.6, 92 kW (125 bhp) for the 1.8, 110 kW (150 bhp) for the 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo and 121 kW (165 bhp) or 142 kW (193 bhp) respectively for the six-cylinder A4 2.4 and 2.8.
The six-cylinder spark-ignition engines with 2.4 or 2.8 litre displacement take top place in the Audi A4 range of models. Their ideal refinement and commanding output are highly persuasive factors. As is the case for the A4 1.8 and 1.8 T models, they can be combined with both front-wheel drive and permanent four-wheel quattro drive. The 5-speed tiptronic transmission is available in the Audi A4 2.8, 2.4 and 1.8 T in conjunction with front-wheel drive; the Audi A4 2.8 can also be ordered as a quattro with tiptronic.
People are aware that the abbreviation TDI stands for engines that combine pulling power with already legendary economy; for this model there is a choice of two 1.9-litre four cylinder units developing 66 and 85 kW (90 and 115 bhp respectively) and a V6 TDI with a displacement of 2.5 litres, 310 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,300 revolutions per minute and a rated power output of 110 kW (150 bhp).
The V6 TDI can be ordered with a manual six-speed gearbox or, at extra charge, with five-speed tiptronic transmission. Both transmission versions can be combined with quattro permanent four-wheel drive. A new addition to the range since January 2000 is the 85 kW four-cylinder, which replaces the 81 kW (110 bhp) version. It is fitted as standard with 5-speed front-wheel drive, and is available at an extra charge with the five-speed tiptronic or in the quattro version with a 6-speed manual transmission. The new high- pump/ injector system has separate injectors for each cylinder. This technology, which currently enables the maximum pressure potential of any diesel-injection system to be realised, achieves a injection pressure of up to 2050 bar - a value equivalent to the weight of a medium-sized passenger car pressing down on one's fingertip.
The injection pressure of up to 2050 bar - compared with 1100 bar from a conventional distributor pump - allows unbeatable torque values to be achieved and further optimises what is already a highly favourable fuel consumption level. Up to 310 Newton metres are mobilised by the most powerful version, the 1.9 TDI, at only 1900 rpm - a value that up till now was the sole domain of six-cylinder engines with distinctly greater displacement.
Those who want to add a more personal touch to their Audi A4 will be interested in the specially tailored optional equipment packages, which include such items as a GPS navigation system with acoustic route guidance and dashboard display or - in the "Plus" version - a five-inch colour monitor in the centre console. Information from the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) enables the navigation "Plus" version to integrate the latest travel news into the planned route; if an obstacle arises the system will work out a detour. A service that is provided at no extra charge and no additional supplementary fees.