Audi S4 Avant Quattro Tip Tronic [Comfort and Sound Pack][Light and Vision Pack] 3.0 Automatic 5 door Estate (2018) at Oldham Motors Citroen, Fiat and Jeep

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£34,000

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Our model here is finished in the fantastic Tango Red Metallic paint and features a gorgeous set of optional 19-inch '5 V-Spoke' Alloy Wheels. Being the 'S4' version of the excellent Avant, our car features all of the stylish and sporty features of the S-Line trim, whilst also including Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Automatic Headlights and Wipers as well as Front and Rear Parking Sensors with a Colour Rear Camera. The boot of the S4 Avant is easily accessed through the Powered Tailgate and is very spacious, with a capacity of 505 litres as standard. 40:20:40 split folding rear seats are also included and allow you to expand the space when required for larger loads. Into the cabin now and our car features the gorgeous 'Fine Nappa Leather' upholstery with a quilted design in Black. Electric Adjustments with Lumbar Support are provided for the Front Seats with Memory Settings for the Driver and Heating Controls also provided. The dash includes a 8.3-inch 'MMI Navigation Plus' display which is linked to the excellent Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster with access to AM/FM and DAB radio bands as well as Bluetooth and USB. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are included through this system with Navigation supplied with Traffic Management Updates. Other fantastic features of our car includes Massaging Settings for the Driver, a Bang and Olufsen Soundsystem and even Keyless Entry and Go.

25/06/2018

35811

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Petrol 35.8 combined MPG

Tango Red Metallic

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The Audi S4 blends performance and practicality in a luxurious estate format. It's easy to see why people adore the S4 Avant.

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V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Acoustic windscreen, Electric front windows, Electric rear windows, Rain and light sensors, Rear wiper

Brakes

ABS/EBD, EDL + ASR, Electromechanical parking brake, Enhanced braking system, ESP, Hill hold control, Multi-Collision braking, Traction control

Communication

Audi smartphone interface, Mobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface, Voice control system

Driver Aids

Audi drive select, Audi Pre sense collision avoidance, Electro-mechanical PAS

Driver Convenience

Power boot opening and closing, Stop/start button

Driver Information

MMI navigation plus with HDD and jukebox storage + 2 SD card readers + single CD/DVD player, Service interval indicator

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming rear view mirror, Electric adjustable heated door mirrors

Entertainment

2 USB ports, Aux input, DAB digital radio module

Exterior Body Features

Air inlets in titan black with chrome inlays, Aluminium window trim, Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Chrome rolled exhaust, High gloss black triangular aperture at rear door, Honeycomb radiator grille - black, Rear diffuser in Twilight grey matt, Roof spoiler, Twin oval exhaust tailpipes with chrome finish

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipers, Headlight range control, LED daytime running lights, LED indicators in door mirrors

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

3 zone climate control

Interior Features

3 spoke flat bottom high multi-function leather steering wheel, Black cloth headlining, Fine Nappa leather upholstery, Front centre armrest with 12v socket, Gearshift paddles, Illuminated door sill finishers, Jack and tool kit, Perforated leather gearknob, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Retractable load area cover, Stainless steel foot rest, Stainless steel pedals

Packs

Extended Interior Upholstery Pack - A4/S4, Non Smokers pack

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all rear seats, Active bonnet, Adaptive driver and front passenger airbags, First aid kit, Front head airbags, Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters, Front side airbags, Seatbelt warning, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle

Seats

Front headrests, Isofix child seat preparation for front passenger/outer rear seats inc passenger airbag deactivation, Massage function for front and rear seats, Rear headrests, S Super sports front seats, Split folding rear seats, Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat

Security

Anti theft alarm, Keyless Start, Locking wheel bolts, Remote central locking, Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

Wheels - Spare

Space saver spare wheel

General

Badge Engine CC: 3.0
Badge Power: 354
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: Quattro
Coin Series: S4
Generation Mark: 5
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 36E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 179
HC+NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 2995
Cylinder Layout: V6
Cylinders: 6
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: SUPERCHARGER
Gears: 8 SPEED
Number of Valves: 24
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 35.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 43.5
EC Urban (mpg): 27.4

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
Engine Power - BHP: 354
Engine Power - KW: 260
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 5400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
Engine Torque - MKG: 51
Engine Torque - NM: 500
Engine Torque - RPM: 1370
Top Speed: 155

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Space Saver?: True
Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R19
Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style: 10 V SPOKE
Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1411
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4745
Wheelbase: 2825
Width: 1842
Width (including mirrors): 2022

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2265
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1510
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 505
Max. Loading Weight: 590
Max. Roof Load: 90
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1675
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

S-EXPRESS (used) 06/07/2020

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

The Audi S4 offered a more sophisticated package in the 'B9'-series petrol turbocharged form that sold between 2016 and 2019. This version of this model had improved quattro 4WD, a quick-shifting 8-speed sports automatic and a potent turbocharged 354PS 3.0-litre V6 beneath the bonnet. It's perhaps not the most engaging mid-sized sports saloon or estate from this period that you could choose, but it's a very complete package.

Models

4dr Saloon / 5dr Estate (3.0 TFSI petrol)

History

Ingolstadt called this 2017-2019-period petrol 'B9'-series S4 the '9th generation' version of this model, though we're not quite sure how they count that back. S4s have only been based on the A4 body shape since 1997 and since then, Audi has continually changed its mind about the kind of engine this S model should have. A 265PS 2.7-litre twin-turbo V6 was used until 2003. Then a 344PS 4.2-litre V8 replaced it until 2009, when a 333PS supercharged 3.0-litre V6 arrived. This particular model, launched in mid-2016 and based around the fifth generation A4 design, also used a 3.0-litre V6 but this time, it was turbocharged rather than supercharged and put out 354PS. It was the same engine used in this period by Audi's even more powerful RS 4 model, though in this case, you don't get the additional small electric turbocharger that makes that very top variant almost frighteningly fast. And you don't really need it because this S4 is already very quick indeed. So fast in fact that the huge 500Nm torque figure developed by the big V6 is far too much for the 7-speed S tronic twin clutch auto gearbox used elsewhere in the A4 range and by the previous generation version of this car. So, that transmission was changed too for this 2017-2019-generation model, replaced by an 8-speed Tiptronic set-up working with an updated, more driver-orientated version of Audi's quattro 4WD system. The result for S4 buyers was a powerful package offered in both saloon and Avant estate guises and aimed most directly at premium six cylinder sporting rivals from this period like BMW's 340i and the Mercedes AMG C43. The kind of car, in other words, for people who want to go very quickly but can't quite stretch to - or perhaps don't either want or need - the race-tuned performance of an M3, a C63 or indeed an RS 4 from this time. A considered choice then - and potentially a very clever one. In its original form, the B9-series S4 sold until mid-2019, when it was substantially updated and the petrol 3.0 V6 replaced by a mild hybrid 3.0 diesel V6. It's the pre-facelift B9 petrol S4 models we're going to check out for used buyers here.

What You Get

Was Audi perhaps a little too subtle with the way that this S4 was configured? Perhaps. Certainly, if it weren't for the 'S4' badgework, you'd have to be something of an Audi product expert to tell this model apart from an ordinary 'S line'-trimmed version of the standard 'B9'-series A4. As ever, there's the option of an Avant estate body style as an alternative to the saloon and both variants seized the opportunity offered by this B9 model's sophisticated MLB Evo platform to offer buyers a slightly larger car than before. As ever though with an Audi, it's the interior that'll really sell you this car. By 2016, the Ingolstadt brand wasn't as far ahead of its rivals as it previous had been in this regard but this remains the defining cabin in its class from this period, with surprising headroom, a wraparound design and a premium feeling of space and safety. You'll need some guidance in the elements that set this S4 model apart since they're not too easy to spot at first glance. The three-spoke sports steering wheel is bespoke, as are the brilliant 'S' Super Sport nappa leather-trimmed seats with their lovely quilted finish and pronounced side bolsters. Otherwise, apart from lovely alcantara trimming on the doors and a few elements of S-branding, the ambience is exactly as it would be in any plushly-specified B9-series A4 model. The 'Virtual Cockpit' (optional for original buyers) replaces the entire instrument binnacle with a 12.3-inch LCD colour monitor and has a layout that's fully digital and customisable, with smart 3D graphics and highly detailed effects. Anything this set-up can't tell you will almost certainly be covered by the slimline MMI infotainment display that dominates the top of the dashboard. It's 8.3-inches in size on this model because Audi's top 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch' system was a standard part of this S4's specification, with its crisp 3D maps and responsive Nvidia graphics. In the rear, you might notice the benefit of the extra 12mm of wheelbase length that this generation model enjoyed over its predecessor, with 23mm more leg room freed up as a result, though to be frank, it doesn't feel that much bigger in the back than the previous generation model. Flip the boot on the saloon variant and the 480-litre capacity that's revealed is the same as you'd get in a rival BMW 340i or Mercedes-AMG C43 but 25-litres more than a Jaguar XE S would provide. If you need more, there's the versatility of a 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest, the centre part of which is very useful if you need to carry longer items like skis.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy. The most reported faults related to interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to the large alloys. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. Rattling parcel shelves and buzzing interior trims were also reported. The automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many S4s will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of an S4 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an S4 2017 - Ex Vat) An air filter costs in the £21 bracket. Front brake pads sit in the £36 to £77 bracket for a set; for a rear set, it's around £70-£77. Front brake discs sit in the £77-£130 bracket; for a rear pair, you're looking at around £78-£153. A pair of wipers costs around £26, a radiator is around £180 and a door mirror cover is around £30. A bi-xenon headlamp will be around £435 to replace, but a full-LED one will set you back around £1,100.

On the Road

What's delivered here isn't really any sort of bona fide super-saloon but more a very, very rapid A4 - which is fine because that's exactly what the majority of likely buyers will be signing up for. And we mean rapid. 62mph from rest is dispensed with in just 4.7s in the saloon variant, with the Avant estate model taking only a fraction longer, and the car has to be artificially restrained at 155mph to please the German Green lobby. It all comes courtesy of the 354PS 3.0 V6 TFSI petrol engine that lies beneath the bonnet, a unit that dispenses with the supercharger used by the previous generation S4 in favour of a more efficient turbocharger. That's one reason why running costs are so much better this time round, with up to 38.7mpg on the combined cycle and 166g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures) being potentially possible from the four-door derivative. Another thing that changed with this particular S4 was the transmission. Because the Porsche-developed engine here puts out a hefty 500Nm of torque - 60Nm more than the previous supercharged model - that previous model's 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto gearbox had to be replaced by an 8-speed Tiptronic unit, but this set-up's impressively quick-reacting and smooth. Not so good is the steering (it lacks that crucial final enth of feel) and the lowered 'S' Sports suspension will be rather over-firm for some, though original buyers could improve it by paying extra for a 'CDC' 'Continuous Damper Control' system that can be tweaked via the settings of the standard 'drive select' driving dynamics system. As well as also altering steering weight, throttle response and stability control thresholds, the 'drive select' modes can also influence the optional 'sport differential' system, which constantly varies the amount of drive to each of the rear wheels for extra cornering traction.

Overall

Quite changed with this generation S4. And quite a lot didn't. It's a much classier overall package, both inside and out. And the pokier turbo engine now makes it feel properly quick - like the old V8 models used to be. But the underlying demeanour on offer here is very little different. An S4 is a devastatingly quick tarmac cross country tool, its improved quattro 4WD system giving this model wet weather traction that most rivals still can't match. As ever though, if you want a sporting model of this sort to be some sort of dynamic hooligan, some sort of junior M3, you'd probably do better looking elsewhere. In summary then, the S4 in this guise finally found the right balance between speed and sensibility. If we had to own a car for a week from this segment from this period, it wouldn't be the one we'd choose. If we had to choose one to live with though, it'd be difficult to resist, very fast, very smart - and very Audi.

FOUR TO THE FRONT (used) 26/06/2020

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Back in 2015, Audi's A4 Avant needed to up its game in the face of tough competition from BMW's 3 Series Touring and the Mercedes C-Class Estate in the image-conscious mid-sized executive estate sector. In fifth generation B9-series form, it did. The styling of this MK5 model may be evolutionary but underneath were serious revisions that challenged rivals harder than ever. Let's check out the original version of this B9 A4 Avant model as a used buy.

Models

5dr Estate (1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI petrol / 3.0 TFSI petrol / 2.0 TDI) [SE, Sport, S line])

History

It's hard to be successful in the mid-sized executive market sector without a credible estate body style - ask Jaguar or Lexus. That is, after all, what an increasing number of buyers in this segment want. Back in 2015, Audi reckoned to have nailed exactly what they needed with this car, the fifth generation 'B9'-series A4 Avant. Buyers have been able to choose the A4 in both saloon and Avant estate guises ever since this model line was first launched back in 1994 and in 'B9' MK5 form, the A4 station wagon variant, like its four-door stablemate, turned out to be lighter, sleeker and cleverer than ever before. It was even a little more spacious inside too. All of this was important given this car's need to face down direct competitors who by 2015 had absolutely transformed themselves. In 2014, we saw the introduction of the fourth generation Mercedes C-Class Estate, rejuvenating the Stuttgart brand's competitiveness in this segment just in time to sustain its sales against a revitalised version of BMW's sixth generation 3 Series Tourer. These were the two models primarily targeted by MK5 A4 Avant when Audi launched it here early in 2016. Contrary to the impression offered up by its appearance, this was actually one of those rare things, a genuinely new car. Over 90% of it had been completely re-designed, while the rest had been fine-tuned and the result was a package of far-reaching improvements. Many of these were made possible by the headline change, the adoption of a lighter, stiffer and cleverer 'MLB Evo' chassis that made the most significant contribution to the massive 110kg weight saving this model enjoyed over its predecessor. That made this car much more economical and over 25% cleaner than it was before. And Audi promised that it would also make this A4 Avant faster and sharper to drive too. Certainly the A4 needed to improve its dynamic repertoire. This MK5 version was after all, in 2015 the only remaining volume mid-sized executive model without an enthusiast-orientated rear wheel drive set-up, so had to provide driving satisfaction in other ways. The freshly-developed five-link front and rear suspension set-up helped here, with optional adaptive damping also on offer. So did the rejuvenated engine range which offered revolutionary combustion technology to TFSI petrol buyers. Plus there was plenty of optional hi-tech cleverness; quattro 4WD, sophisticated Matrix headlamps and an Adaptive Cruise Control system that at low speeds will even drive the car for you. Add in segment-leading connectivity and, as ever, the classiest cabin in the sector and you've potentially a very strong proposition indeed for the used car buyer. The original version of this 'B9'-series MK5 A4 Avant sold between 2015 and 2019, when it was then replaced by a significantly facelifted version. But it's the 2015-2019-era car we look at here.

What You Get

Audi believes firmly in evolution rather than revolution and if proof of that were needed, then this fifth generation A4 Avant provided it. The lines were sharper, the stance lower and the shape a little bolder but the changes were all very subtle, in line with the need to protect the values of previous models. To be fair, mainstream rivals show equal aesthetic restraint in their volume guises and, as this car tried to do, attempt instead to emphasise elegance, poise and precision. Like its saloon counterpart, this MK5 Avant estate used the Volkswagen Group's hi-tech MLB Evo platform to offer buyers a slightly larger car than before. Time to get specific about the advantages of this Avant body style. For a start it looks pretty classy, with smart aluminium roof rails that garnish a class-leadingly slippery 0.26Cd drag factor. At the back, a sharp-edged upper crease sits above tail lights that feature a multi-faceted 3D design. They're illuminated on upper-spec variants by no fewer than 48 LEDs that create a distinctive night time signature. Avant estate models all get a standard electrically-operated tailgate. Raising the tailgate reveals the way that this MK5 A4 Avant model's extra 26mm of length freed up 15-litres more boot space than was offer in the previous MK4 design, the total rising to a class-leading 505-litre figure. That's 25-litres more than you'd get from the boot of the saloon model and, more significantly, 10-litres more than you'd get in an equivalent BMW 3 Series Touring from this era and 15-litres more than you'd get in a rival Mercedes C-Class Estate from this period. We were also surprised to find that there's more room here than you'd get in an equivalent Ford Mondeo Estate, though a boxier Volkswagen Passat with this body style would inevitably give you much more room. A4 Avant buyers needing more space will value the versatility of a 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest, the centre part of which is very useful if you need to carry longer items like skis. Flattening the seat reveals up to 1,510-litres of space. There's no additional carriage capacity beneath the boot floor, but that's because this Audi provides you with a spare wheel, rather than one of those irritating tyre inflation kits. As ever though with an Audi, it's the passenger cabin that'll really sell you this car. The Ingolstadt brand isn't as far ahead of its rivals as it used to be in this regard but this remains the defining cabin in its class from this period, with surprising headroom, a wraparound design and a premium feeling of space and safety. The optional 'Virtual Cockpit' that many original buyers chose replaces the entire instrument binnacle with a 12.3-inch LCD colour monitor and has a layout that's fully digital and customisable, with smart 3D graphics and highly detailed effects. Anything this set-up can't tell you will almost certainly be covered by the slimline MMI infotainment display that dominates the top of the dashboard. It's 7-inches in size on standard models - or 8.3-inches if you get a car whose original owner opted for the top 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch' system, with its crisp 3D maps and responsive Nvidia graphics. In the rear, you ought to notice the benefit of the extra 12mm of wheelbase length this fifth generation model enjoys over its predecessor. Audi claimed at the launch of this model that there was 23mm more legroom in the back than there was before but to be frank, it doesn't feel that much bigger.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy. The most reported faults related to interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to the large alloys. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. Rattling parcel shelves and buzzing interior trims were also reported. The DSG automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many A4 Avants will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of an A4 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified. There were three manufacturer recalls on the A4, all for models built before December 2016. One concerns a potential seat backrest fault, one was for seatbelt pre-tensioners and airbags and a third affected TFSI engine coolant pumps.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 150PS (2015) - Ex Vat) An air filter costs in the £44 bracket. An oil filter costs around £13. A fuel filter is around £37. Front brake pads sit in the £90 to £130 bracket for a set; for a rear set, it's around £57. Front brake discs sit in the £77 bracket; for a rear pair, you're looking at around £110. A thermostat costs around £105 and a water pump is around £108.

On the Road

In a segment dominated by rear-wheel drive rivals, Audi continued to offer this B9-series A4 Avant with a choice of front or four wheel drive layouts. That's a key reason why the brand had to engineer this car very cleverly to get close to the kind of driving satisfaction offered by competitors. In this, the engineers were helped this time round by this MK5 model's adoption of a hi-tech MLB Evo chassis that played a key part in enabling this car to shed up to 120kgs of weight. This platform also gave Audi the opportunity to develop a sophisticated fully-independent five-link front and rear suspension arrangement that delivers superb standards of ride. Ultimately, what all this creates is a more comfort-orientated mid-sized executive contender, but it's still one that can be hurried quite quickly through the bends thanks to very little body roll and superb traction. Most models offer the option of either a six-speed manual gearbox or this car's seven-speed S tronic auto transmission, while under the bonnet, the majority of buyers will choose the 2.0 TDI diesel engine. This is a variant that in 150PS form can return 99g/km of CO2 and nearly 75mpg on the combined cycle. In pokier 190PS 2.0 TDI guise, there's the option of quattro 4WD. Quattro is also on offer to buyers of the six cylinder 3.0 TDI version of this car, who get to choose between 218 and 272PS outputs. Petrol people meanwhile, get a TFSI range offering an entry-level 150PS 1.4-litre unit and a sophisticated super-efficient 2.0-litre powerplant developing either 190 or 252PS. The quicker version comes with quattro, as do high performance S4 and RS4 models that use a potent 3.0 TFSI unit.

Overall

Here's a mid-sized executive estate model created by a brand that knows its customers. The magazines might tell Audi to bring us futuristic looks and an uncompromisingly dynamic drive but Ingolstadt knew with this 'B9'-series model that buyers in this segment really value comfort, class and quality. All three attributes were prioritised in this lighter, more agile and more advanced fifth generation A4 Avant. Even more than before, this feels like a car that's been lovingly and very carefully considered. The depth of engineering and the thought that's gone into the tiniest details combine to further enhance the warm fuzzy feeling that's charmed Audi customers for years. If you're one of those people, then you'll like this car very much. And even if you're not, you'll find it hard not to be impressed by way it systematically ticks almost every box on the compact executive market wish list. It's very thorough. Very elegant. And very Audi.

FOUR TO THE FRONT (used) 20/09/2019

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

Back in 2015, Audi's A4 needed to up its game in the face of tough competition from BMW's 3 Series, Mercedes' C-Class and the Jaguar XE in the image-conscious mid-sized executive sector. In fifth generation B9-series form, it did. The styling of this MK5 model may be evolutionary but underneath are serious revisions that challenged rivals harder than ever. Let's check out the original version of this model as a used buy.

Models

4dr Saloon / 5dr Estate (1.4 TFSI, 2.0 TFSI petrol / 3.0 TFSI petrol / 2.0 TDI) [SE, Sport, S line])

History

Can 12 million customers be wrong? By 2015, that's how many people had bought Audi's A4 and its predecessor Audi 80 model over the last four decades. This mid-sized executive segment contender is the car that's played the biggest part in making the Ingolstadt brand the success story it is, the A4 these days accounting for over a fifth of the company's total output. All of which means that this fifth generation B9 version had to be very good indeed. Contrary to the impression offered up by its appearance, this was actually one of those rare things, a genuinely new car. Over 90% of it was completely re-designed, while the rest was fine-tuned and the result in 2015 was a package of far-reaching improvements. Many of these were made possible by the headline change, the adoption of a lighter, stiffer and cleverer 'MLB Evo' chassis that made the most significant contribution to the massive 120kg weight saving this model enjoyed over its B8 predecessor. That made this car up to 21% more economical than it was before and Audi promised that it would also make the A4 faster and sharper to drive too. Certainly the A4 needed to improve its dynamic repertoire. It was (and is) after all, the only remaining volume compact-to-mid-sized executive model without an enthusiast-orientated rear wheel drive set-up, so must provide driving satisfaction in other ways. The freshly-developed five-link front and rear suspension set-up ought to help here, with its optional adaptive damping. So will the rejuvenated engine range which offers revolutionary combustion technology to TFSI petrol buyers. Plus there's plenty of hi-tech cleverness fitted to plusher models; quattro 4WD, sophisticated Matrix headlamps that think for themselves and an Adaptive Cruise Control system that at low speeds will even drive the car for you. Add in segment-leading connectivity and, as ever, the classiest cabin in the sector and you've potentially a very strong proposition indeed. In its original form, the B9-series A4 sold until mid-2019, when it was substantially updated. It's the pre-facelift B9 models we're going to check out for used buyers here.

What You Get

Audi believes firmly in evolution rather than revolution and if proof of that were needed, then this fifth generation B9-series A4 provides it. The lines are sharper than those of the old B8, the stance lower and the shape a little bolder but the changes are all very subtle, in line with the need to protect the values of previous models. As ever, there's the option of an Avant estate bodystyle as an alternative to the saloon and both variants seized the opportunity offered by this MK5 model's new MLB Evo platform to offer buyers a slightly larger car than before. As ever though with an Audi, it's the interior that'll really sell you this car. The Ingolstadt brand isn't as far ahead of its rivals as it used to be in this regard but this remains the defining cabin in its class from this period, with surprising headroom, a wraparound design and a premium feeling of space and safety. The optional 'Virtual Cockpit' that many original buyers chose replaces the entire instrument binnacle with a 12.3-inch LCD colour monitor and has a layout that's fully digital and customisable, with smart 3D graphics and highly detailed effects. Anything this set-up can't tell you will almost certainly be covered by the slimline MMI infotainment display that dominates the top of the dashboard. It's 7-inches in size on standard models - or 8.3-inches if you get a car whose original owner opted for the top 'MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch' system, with its crisp 3D maps and responsive Nvidia graphics. In the rear, you ought to notice the benefit of the extra 12mm of wheelbase length this fifth generation model enjoys over its predecessor. Audi says there's 23mm more legroom in the back than there was before but to be frank, it doesn't feel that much bigger. And out back? Well despite this MK5 A4 model's longer length, boot space is identical to that provided before. That means you get the same 480-litre capacity also provided by BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class rivals. If you need more, there's the versatility of a 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest, the centre part of which is very useful if you need to carry longer items like skis.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy. The most reported faults related to interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to the large alloys. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. Rattling parcel shelves and buzzing interior trims were also reported. The DSG automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many A4s will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of an A4 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified. There were three manufacturer recalls on the A4, all for models built before December 2016. One concerns a potential seat backrest fault, one was for seatbelt pre-tensioners and airbags and a third affected TFSI engine coolant pumps.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an A4 2015 2.0 TDI 150PS - Ex Vat) An air filter costs in the £44 bracket. An oil filter costs around £13. A fuel filter is around £37. Front brake pads sit in the £90 to £130 bracket for a set; for a rear set, it's around £57. Front brake discs sit in the £77 bracket; for a rear pair, you're looking at around £110. A thermostat costs around £105 and a water pump is around £108.

On the Road

In a segment dominated by rear-wheel drive rivals, Audi continued to offer this B9-series A4 with a choice of front or four wheel drive layouts. That's a key reason why the brand had to engineer this car very cleverly to get close to the kind of driving satisfaction offered by competitors. In this, the engineers were helped this time round by this MK5 model's adoption of a hi-tech MLB Evo chassis that played a key part in enabling this car to shed up to 120kgs of weight. This platform also gave Audi the opportunity to develop a sophisticated fully-independent five-link front and rear suspension arrangement that delivers superb standards of ride. Ultimately, what all this creates is a more comfort-orientated mid-sized executive contender, but it's still one that can be hurried quite quickly through the bends thanks to very little body roll and superb traction. Most models offer the option of either a six-speed manual gearbox or this car's seven-speed S tronic auto transmission, while under the bonnet, the majority of buyers will choose the 2.0 TDI diesel engine. This is a variant that in 150PS form can return 99g/km of CO2 and nearly 75mpg on the combined cycle. In pokier 190PS 2.0 TDI guise, there's the option of quattro 4WD. Quattro is also on offer to buyers of the six cylinder 3.0 TDI version of this car, who get to choose between 218 and 272PS outputs. Petrol people meanwhile, get a TFSI range offering an entry-level 150PS 1.4-litre unit and a sophisticated super-efficient 2.0-litre powerplant developing either 190 or 252PS. The quicker version comes with quattro, as do high performance S4 and RS4 models that use a potent 3.0 TFSI unit.

Overall

Here's a car created by a brand that knows its customers. The magazines might tell Audi to bring us futuristic looks and an uncompromisingly dynamic drive but Ingolstadt knows that buyers in this segment really value comfort, class and quality. All three attributes are prioritised in this lighter, more agile and more advanced fifth generation A4. Even more than before, this A4 feels like a car that's been lovingly and very carefully considered. The depth of engineering and the thought that's gone into the tiniest details combine to further enhance the warm fuzzy feeling that's charmed Audi customers for years. If you're one of those people, then you'll like this car very much. And even if you're not, you'll find it hard not to be impressed by way it systematically ticks almost every box on the compact executive market wish list. It's very thorough. Very elegant. And very Audi.

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