CHANGES FOR 2013:
-A4 Avant (wagon) deleted
-new A4 Allroad model
-E85 flex-fuel capability for A4
-electric power steering
-trip computer added to A4 Premium convenience package
-adaptive (steerable) headlights add static cornering lamps
-available flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles (with automatic transmission)
-Audi MMI navigation adds Audi connect and Bluetooth streaming audio.
For 2013, the A4/S4 sedans receive a mid-cycle refresh, with subtly updated exterior styling and minor interior trim updates. Powertrains are carryover, though. A 2.0L turbocharged I4 with 211 hp powers all A4s. The base, front-drive A4 sports a CVT with eight simulated gears. A six-speed manual or an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic are available on the all-wheel-drive models. The sportier S4 continues with its 333-hp, supercharged 3.0L V6. As before, the A4 offers a typically well-made Audi interior, sporty and refined driving characteristics enclosed in a modern design. And despite a new BMW 3 Series for 2013 and just-refreshed Mercedes C-Class, the A4 still ranks near the top of its very competitive class.
The Allroad Quattro is the only way to get into an A4 wagon. As the spiritual successor to the 1999 to 2005 mid-size A6 Avant version, the new, all-wheel-drive A4 Allroad sports the requisite SUV-mimicking two-tone fender flares and protective skid plates. Gone is the A6 Allroad’s adjustable air suspension. Instead, the A4 version’s ride height has been raised almost 40 millimetres and utilizes the A5 coupe's wider front and rear tracks for light off-road duties. The A4’s 2.0L turbocharged I4 with 211-hp mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission is the only powertrain choice. And as much as Audi designers tried to distinguish this year’s A4 Allroad from last year’s A4 Avant, inside, much remains the same.
Standard features in entry-level A4 Premium models include 17-inch wheels, eight-way power front seats with four-way lumbar for driver, fixed rear seatback, leather seats, sunroof, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, electric power steering, automatic temperature control and a space-saving spare tire.
A move up to Premium Plus trim adds 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming rearview mirror and auto-dimming heated outside mirrors, heated front seats with driver memory, split-folding rear seat, Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights and taillights, aluminum window surrounds, Audi music interface with iPod cable, Homelink garage door opener, Bluetooth and driver information package with trip computer.
Top-level Prestige models build on Premium Plus trim, and add steerable headlights, intelligent keyless entry, navigation, Audi side assist and a Bang & Olufsen stereo.
Allroad Premium trim comes with 18-inch wheels, Allroad-exclusive body add-ons and suspension, aluminum inlays and aluminum exterior trim, single-CD stereo with satellite radio, eight-way power front seats with four-way driver's power lumbar, leather seats, panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, automatic climate control, split-folding rear seat and headlight washers.
Premium Plus trim adds auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, auto-dimming heated outside mirrors, Audi music interface with iPod cable, Homelink, Bluetooth and driver information system with trip computer, heated front seats with driver memory, Xenon headlights with automatic levelling and LED DRLs and taillights, three-zone climate control, power tailgate and power-folding outside mirrors.
Top-line Prestige models get steerable headlights, intelligent keyless entry, navigation with MMI controller, Audi side assist and Bang & Olufsen stereo.
The high-performance S4 sedan starts at Premium Plus trim, and includes all features from the A4 in the same trim, but adds leather/alcantara sport seats, twelve-way heated front seats with driver memory, flat-bottom steering wheel, sport suspension and brakes, three-zone automatic climate control, and a variety of S4-specific exterior appearance items.
S4 Prestige models bring the same standard features as the A4 Prestige.
A4 Premium models can be optioned with a convenience package of Audi music interface with iPod cable, garage door opener, Bluetooth and driver information system with trip computer; also available is a lighting package of Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, aluminum window trim and automatic headlamp levelling.
In Premium Plus trim, options include a navigation package that includes navigation, CD/DVD player and HD radio, colour driver information system, park assist system with backup camera, Audi's MMI control system and Audi connect.
Premium Plus and Prestige trim cars can be optioned with a sport package that brings front sport seats with four-way power lumbar, sport suspension and a three-spoke steering wheel, with shift paddes for automatic cars.
In Prestige trim, an S line package adds sport suspension, 19-inch wheels, headlight washers, S line exterior trim and embossed alacantara/leather sport seats with four-way power lumbar, brush aluminum interior trim, body-colour doorsills, black cloth headliner and a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles (with automatic transmission).
The Prestige driver assist package adds adaptive cruise control, Audi dynamic steering and drive select.
Stand-alone extras include heated front seats, unique 17- and 18-inch wheels, wood trim, intelligent keyless entry, Bang & Olufsen stereo, sunshades in the rear doors and back window and rear side airbags.
Allroad Premium options include a convenience package of Audi music interface with iPod cable, Homelink, Bluetooth and driver information system with trip computer; and a lighting package of auto-levelling Xenon headlights and LED DRLs and taillights.
Premium Plus Allroads can be optioned with a navigation package that includes CD/DVD player with HD radio, colour driver information system, park assist with backup camera, MMI controller and Audi connect.
A sport package is available in Premium Plus and Prestige models, that brings front sport seats with four-way power lumbar and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Prestige-trimmed cars can be fitted with the driver assist package of adaptive cruise, dynamic steering and Audi drive select.
Allroad stand-alone options include heated front seats (in Premium trim), 19-inch wheels, wood trim, full-body paint, intelligent keyless entry, Bang & Olufsen stereo, rear door sunshades and rear side airbags.
The S4 Premium Plus can be optioned with a navigation package like that offered in the A4 Premium Plus. And, like the A4 Prestige, an S4 in the same trim can be had with the driver assist package.
Both S4 trims can be optioned with sport differential (with drive select and rear torque-vectoring differential, available on Premium Plus and Prestige trims), and a number of stand-alone extras are offered, depending on trim: adaptive damping suspension, nappa leather, Bang & Olufsen stereo, unique 18- and 19-inch wheels, intelligent keyless entry, power rear sunshade and manual side window shades, rear side airbags, carbon atlas inlays and stainless steel mesh inlays.
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