September 7, 2004

The Audi A4: Standard and Optional Equipment
Source: Audi AG

The new Audi A4 is positioned in the midsize top segment. It stands out for a range of standard equipment with quality and comfort attributes that would not be out of place in the luxury class. The scope for every owner to customise his or her own car is equally important. Personal style and the desire for a touch of individuality specifically in the car's interior are playing an increasingly important role when its configuration is defined.

The new Audi A4 is an unmistakable car with a standard specification that already covers virtually every requirement. And it offers the driver a huge range of possibilities for fulfilling his or her very own idea of contemporary, stylish mobility. 

Appearance Made to Measure

There is a choice of 15 body colours for the new Audi A4. The colour spectrum ranges from particularly sporty shades such as Silver, metallic to Brilliant Red, and also includes the elegant colours in the range such as Liquid Blue, metallic and Dakar Beige, metallic.

The high-gloss package available optionally, with drip mouldings and window capping strips, lends the car a highly elegant note.

The interior also satisfies virtually every design requirement. The materials used are without exception of the highest quality - a characteristic that is conveyed not only visually, but also by their feel. 

Audi A4 drivers can choose between a number of material and colour combinations. The equipment concept offers supreme flexibility and individuality. 

All components are colour-coordinated, with the result that every configuration creates a harmonious overall appearance.

In addition to the Mikado (basic version), Mondial and sporty Strato (for the sports seats) cloth upholstery versions, customers can opt for the sporty, elegant and extremely high-quality Volterra and Valcona leather upholstery which have already met with the enthusiastic approval of A8 and A6 drivers. Another option for customers is a combination of Alcantara and leather for the sports seats.

Brushed aluminium inlays on the dashboard and doors and the door sill trims with aluminium inserts are all part of the standard specification. Aluminium Facette finish silver inlays for the centre console or, as an alternative, Walnut brown or fine-grained Birch grey or beige wood inlays are available as options.

The Standard Equipment

The perfect climate can be obtained on both sides of the vehicle - thanks to the deluxe automatic air conditioning in the new Audi A4. The standard version of this system, which also includes a sun sensor, allows the temperature to be adjusted separately for the driver and front-passenger sides. This system, which is equally important to comfort and safety, is part of the standard equipment specification of all new A4 models.

The newly designed four-spoke steering wheel can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. A4 2.0 T FSI, 3.2 FSI and 3.0 TDI models are fitted with servotronic power steering where the degree of assistance provided is dependent on vehicle speed.

The driver's and front passenger's seats have manual fore/aft and height adjustment. A centre armrest at the rear adds an extra touch of comfort when the centre rear seat is not occupied. 

The safety equipment featured as standard in the new-generation A4 is equally impressive. In the event of a collision the car's occupants are effectively protected by the robust structure of the body with predefined deformation and a highly stable passenger cell. And in conjunction with seat belt tensioners and belt-force limiters, the full-size front airbags, front side airbags and the sideguard head airbag system offer the driver and passengers a high level of protection.

The two full-size front airbags are activated in two stages, depending on the severity of the accident. Active front head restraints fitted as standard help to protect the occupants against whiplash injuries in a collision from behind.

Active safety benefits from the latest-generation electronic stabilisation program ESP 8.0 complete with hydraulic brake assist, anti-lock brake system ABS, electronic brake-force distribution EBD, the traction control system ASR and the electronic differential lock EDL. The brake-disc cleaning function is also an integral part of ESP. In wet conditions, this removes the film of water from the discs at predefined intervals, thus helping to reduce the vehicle's braking distance considerably.

The motorway indicator function improves safety when overtaking: if the indicator level is pushed briefly to just before its detent position and then released, the indicators flash three times.

Electric front windows - with anti-pinch protection - and electrically adjusted door mirrors optimise operating convenience.

The central locking is equipped with radio remote control, allowing the car to be locked and unlocked from quite some distance away. The car can easily be identified for example on a large, anonymous car park by unlocking it with the remote control; its indicator lights then flash making it easy to locate.

The windscreen wipers have an adjustable wipe interval, and automatically perform one more cycle after the last wash/wipe operation to make sure that any remaining splashes of water are removed.

The instrument cluster's central display shows for instance the distance remaining on the fuel in the tank, the outside temperature and the distance remaining to the next service.

The standard free-form headlights behind clear-glass covers guarantee good visibility. High-performance halogen fog lights integrated into the bumper are also part of the standard specification.

All Audi A4 models from 96 kW upwards are equipped with sporty 16-inch alloy wheels as a standard: the 1.6 and 1.9 TDI four-cylinder versions have 16-inch steel wheels.

The Optional Equipment

As many as ten alloy wheels of sizes 7x16 to 7.5x17, available from the launch date, give drivers a further means of enhancing the characteristic appearance of their new Audi A4. Tyre sizes up to 235/45 R17 ensure an uncompromisingly sporty character that is manifested in ways other than just visually.

In addition, quattro GmbH offers four other alloy wheel versions of sizes from 7.5x17 to 8x18 inch.

There are also wheel and tyre sets for winter use: for the entry-level 1.6 and 
1.9 TDI models there is a 7x16-inch steel wheel with full-diameter cover. This is best used in conjunction with size 205/55 R16 winter tyres. Two cast aluminium wheels of size 7x16 and 7.5x17 inch, fitted with tyres of up to 225/45 R17, are available for all versions.

The New Audi A4 Provides the Perfect Infotainment Experience. 

Two different navigation systems, which both use GPS satellite navigation, help the driver find the fastest route from A to B. The basic navigation system uses spoken commands and pictograms in the central instrument cluster display to guide the driver. The corresponding controls are located in the centre console.

The new Audi radio-navigation system plus with DVD drive not only enables almost limitless navigation throughout Western Europe, it can also be used to play audio and MP3 CDs. Its operating principle follows the same clear logic as the Audi MMI, familiar from the A8 and A6. The 6.5-inch colour display shows the map and the visual route description, while the driver information system translates the corresponding directions into pictograms and adds information on distances and arrival time. 

The new storage medium of the DVD for the navigation system provides more than ten times the storage capacity of a conventional CD-ROM, coupled with a noticeably faster access time. Almost the entire road network of Western Europe can now be stored on a single data carrier, overcoming the inconvenience of having to change the CD when the driver crosses a national border. A further advantage is that the navigation system calculates the route much more swiftly than on CD-based systems. This is particularly noticeable during map loading and when using the zoom function.

The bird's eye view of the screen, which can also be split if required, facilitates visual orientation on the map.

The audio systems offer the ideal combination of convenience and equipment options for every customer:

- chorus with cassette player, eight loudspeakers and diversity aerial for optimum reception
- concert additionally with CD player (instead of cassette player) 
- symphony with cassette player and a 6-CD changer as well as a diversity aerial

The BOSE sound system (in conjunction with the concert and symphony audio systems) additionally provides a concert hall atmosphere in the A4.

Mobile phone preparations for D/E-network phones offer convenient voice control for entering and dialling up to 50 different numbers. Digital signal processing serves to compensate disturbing noise and guarantees excellent voice quality. The choice of a multifunction steering wheel ensures a particularly high degree of operating convenience. The Bluetooth interface guarantees the system's future compatibility.

Communication in a broader sense likewise takes place while the car is being manoeuvred into a parking space: the acoustic parking system determines the exact distance to the next car - whether to the front or the rear - by means of ultrasonic signals. 

Sensors integrated discreetly into the bumpers measure the distance and prompt acoustic signals which let the driver know how much clearance remains.

Electric adjustment can be ordered as an option for the driver's and front passenger's seats. The seat positions can be stored by a memory function (also available as an optional extra). The position of the door mirrors can also be memorised.

The storage package can accommodate numerous personal items. It includes drawers under both front seats, luggage nets on the front seat backs and two additional cup holders in the rear centre armrest.

On warm days, the optional cooling box in the glove compartment is a welcome feature: the contents are cooled by the automatic air conditioning while the car is on the move and remain at a low temperature for some time after the engine has been switched off.

The utility of the rear seat can likewise be maximised: a rear bench split 1/3 to 2/3 (standard on Avant and quattro models) is available as an option. A load-through facility with ski bag is also available.

A unique attribute for a car in the midsize class is the availability of double glazing for the Audi A4. This equipment item, which is a typical feature of luxury-class vehicles, improves the interior acoustics still further and also optimises protection against break-ins. 

The Audi range of special accessories also offers perfect solutions for when the sun goes down: the best examples are the xenon plus headlights with outstanding dipped and main xenon beams and automatic-dynamic headlight range control. They illuminate the area in front of the car evenly and intensively. A headlight cleaning system in addition comes to the driver's aid if there is a risk of dirt accumulating.

Even better visibility on the road is ensured by adaptive light including xenon plus. Featuring swivel headlight units, this dynamic cornering light system illuminates twists and turns in the road far more effectively from a speed of just 12 km/h. Daytime running lights, which can also be deactivated manually if required, are part of the xenon plus lighting package.

The winter package combines other useful aids for driving in cold or wet conditions: heated door mirrors and windscreen washer jets.

The standard seats in the new Audi A4 provide maximum comfort on long journeys. However, they can be customised to meet your individual requirements even more perfectly, for example with a 4-way electric lumbar support for both front seats. 

The front sports seats in the range of optional extras for the Audi A4 offer an ideal synthesis of excellent lateral support and maximum seating comfort. They can also be combined with electric adjustment and a memory function as an option. 

And while on the subject of sport, even a car as dynamic as the new Audi A4 may arouse the desire for an even more uncompromising concept. This wish, too, can be fulfilled with the S line range for the new saloon and Avant. 

The sports suspension by quattro GmbH in the S line sports package, which lowers the body by 20 millimetres and includes firmer shock absorber/spring rates and 7.5x17 or even 8x18-inch wheels, adds an attractive visual touch and ensures even better driving dynamics.

The S line sports package also includes visually identifying features such as logos in the front grille and on the rear side rubbing strips, special inlays for the driver's area, sports seats with lumbar support for driver and front passenger plus electric adjustment and various 3-spoke leather sports steering wheels.

The S line exterior package gives the body a particularly sporty look thanks to a radiator grille with S-line grid pattern, an original design for the front and rear bumpers and a rear spoiler (saloon) or roof spoiler (Avant).

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