BMW 3 Series rival has received a raft of revisions as part of a mid-life facelift; prices start at £30,725
James Attwood, digital editor
5 August 2019

The updated Audi A4 range is due to go on sale soon, and pricing has appeared on some company car lists.

Although it hasn't been officially announced by the brand, an industry source confirmed to Autocar that the 2019 A4 will start from £30,725 in base Technik form with the 35 TFSI petrol engine. The 188bhp diesel is automatic-only and priced from £34,480.

Those figures represent an increase of around £1500 over the previous entry-level SE spec. However, technology and kit upgrades will help justify the list price increase, as will competitive leasing costs.

The non-RS range flagship at launch will be the newly diesel-powered S4. That's priced at £47,295 in standard trim, with higher-spec Black Edition and Vorsprung models also available.

In an attempt to keep pace with rivals such as the new BMW 3 Series, the compact executive saloon has received an exterior and interior revamp to bring it in line with Audi’s current design themes. The firm says the changes are more substantial than is usual for a facelift, and include a range of hybridised engines. 

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The revised A4 will be available with three 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines featuring a 12-volt mild hybrid system and ranging from 148bhp to 241bhp, along with two diesels: a 188bhp 2.0-litre and a 241bhp 3.0-litre. A 12-volt mild hybrid 2.0-litre diesel unit, with 134bhp or 161bhp, will follow after the launch. 

The S4, a rival to the Mercedes-AMG C43, will be offered in Europe purely as a mild-hybrid diesel, with a 3.0-litre engine mated to a 48-volt integrated starter/motor for a total output of 342bhp and 516lb ft of torque. 

The S4 will be offered with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive, with sport suspension as standard and a sport differential and suspension with damper control available as options. 

The entry-level 35 TFI and 40 TDI will be offered after launch with a manual gearbox as standard. All other models will be automatic as standard. Seven and eight-speed ’boxes will be used, with a six-speed manual following as an option. Entry-level A4s will be front-wheel drive, with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system available on higher-spec models. 

The A4 will be sold with standard and sport suspension, with two adaptive systems available. Those systems work with damper control and feature a Comfort mode that lowers the ride height by 10mm and a Sport setting with a 23mm reduction in the ride height. 

As for the design, the A4 will now feature a wider and flatter grille, with a revamped side profile that has sharper, more sculpted shoulders and clearly defined lines. 

Audi’s design team has also introduced more bespoke styling elements on the S line, S4 and Allroad quattro variants, including bespoke grille designs, in order to give each a more distinctive identity. 

The revised interior is built around the latest version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system, featuring a 10.1in touchscreen. That screen can be operated by using touch or voice control. Audi has scrapped the rotary controller that appears in the outgoing model. A full 12.3in digital driver information display and head-up display are available as options. 

The revised A4 will be offered with a number of driver assistance systems, grouped into three packs. Options will include automatic cruise control, which, Audi says, can use ‘car-to-x’ navigation data from external devices such as traffic signs to increase accuracy. 

The rugged Allroad quattro model, as before, features an extra 35mm of ground clearance, additional underbody production, a wider front and rear track and optional Allroad-specific suspension. 

Q&A with Amor Vaya, Audi exterior designer

What did you focus on with the redesign? 

“The A4 is a well-proportioned car, but the old one was occasionally called a little boring. We’ve put a lot of life and energy into it. We didn’t want to change the design principles, but we wanted to make a statement.” 

How did you do that? 

“The design is now a lot richer, more expressive. We’ve focused on the detail, with the use of 3D design elements, chrome parts and other small things that can make a big difference.” 

What are the challenges of doing a facelift design? 

“The fixed points were all designated six or seven years ago, so we have to work around that. That gives some limitations, but we’ve evolved the A4’s design substantially.” 

Why focus on differentiating the S4 and Allroad quattro? 

“We wanted to give each variant its own character. We’ve been criticised before for making every model and variant look similar, so now each model has its own character, and every car inside that model family does, too.”

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14 May 2019

Played it safe then?, the first image of the dash looked liked a BMW one from about five years ago.

15 May 2019

But isn’t there a risk that for shorter drivers, that massive central display could hide pedestrians stepping off the kerb?

Robbo

15 May 2019
Aussierob wrote:

But isn’t there a risk that for shorter drivers, that massive central display could hide pedestrians stepping off the kerb?

Robbo

No.

15 May 2019

I hadn’t expected anyone under 5’ tall to have sat in the car and reported back so quickly.

Robbo

6 August 2019
Aussierob wrote:

I hadn’t expected anyone under 5’ tall to have sat in the car and reported back so quickly.

Robbo

 

Apparently sat in it, driven it and proved you wrong...always expect the unexpected.

15 May 2019

 I kind of agree about the Laptop size screen sitting proud of the Dash looks untidy,but, then Tesla I think started it, it’s still an arm stretch away from the wheel,and yes, in know your not really supposed to be using it a lot while driving, but people will for various reasons, and, because we want it large it can’t be integrated into the Dash hence the position it’s put.

15 May 2019
The rings sticker is a new level of naffness.

15 May 2019

So you won't be able to buy a pure petrol A4 anymore? There be 5(five) DIESEL options some WITHOUT Hybrid ( when the S60 won't have any diesel options) 

Not sure which is worst. And the Tesla Model 3 will end up looking like a bargin at this rate

 

 

15 May 2019

Converging to look like Hyundai cars !

6 August 2019
mpls wrote:

Converging to look like Hyundai cars !

 

Explain in detail please.

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