Audi A4 Avant 2012 Review Efficient and Stylish

The new Audi A4 looks to become is a favorite with US drivers and the Audi A4 Avant offers strong performance coupled with high efficiency. It is a spacious car and the body is high strength made from ultra strength steel, but still manages to be lightweight and safe. The Audi A4’s trunk comes with a capacity of 480 liters so plenty of room for people with a family.

Superbly Finished Interior Style

The interior offers all the advantages of the classic Audi brand with an uncompromising finish and logical, intuitive controls. When equipped with a GPS navigation system, the A4 has a color screen and the uses the MMI operating system. Audi also offer luxurious comfort climate-controlled seats as an option for the passenger, driver and front seats. Small fans provide six-speed ventilation for the seat cushion and back.

Wide Engine Range and Options

The Audi A4 model series has a particularly wide engine range with 13 different power plants. All have direct fuel injection and, with the exception of the more powerful 3.2 FSI engine, which is turbo charged.  The V6 and 2.0 liter versions of the Audi use the valve lift system TFSI feature, which uses two-step variable valve timing to increase torque. A start-stop system is standard with many of the engines, all equipped with a system recovery.

The most efficient model in the Audi A4 line is the 2.0 TDI with 100 kW (136 HP). The sedan, diesel four-cylinder produces 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft.) torque and consumes only 4.4 liters of diesel per 100 km.

This Audi is Environmentally Friendly

The other two engine options are environmentally friendly – they use an advanced purification A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel system which largely eliminates nitrides in oxygen and meets all US emission standards as well as the future Euro 6 standard.

The new Audi A4 also offers four different power transmission modes.  These are the conventional six-speed manual transmission with gear shift indicator, 6-speed automatic tiptronic, the continuously variable multitronic and tronic seven-speed double-clutch.  The chassis of the Audi A4 is largely aluminum. The front suspension has a trapezoidal-link suspension at the rear.

Sporty Packages Available at Extra Cost

Audi drive select is generally only available in combination with the more expensive packages.  There is the sport differential, adaptive shock absorber control and dynamic steering. Superposition gear of the latter may vary the ratio direction by about 100 percent. ESP with electronic limited slip differential is standard in all versions of traction in the series A4.  If the driver briefly pulses the brakes it makes the handling more neutral and ensures a smooth exit through and into corners.

Driving and Safety Assistance Available

There are also a wide range of assistance systems available for the Audi A4 model series. The radar-supported adaptive cruise control (ACC) regulates the speed of the car and helps by automatically accelerating and braking as appropriate. In critical situations, the integrated braking guard lets the driver brake with warning signals if there is any danger in the road ahead. Audi lane assist warns the driver before he moves out of the way. Audi side assist makes changes to safer routes through an LED indicator in the side mirror that warns against critical situations.

Conclusion on the Audi A4 Avant Review

Overall, this is a superb car and looks set to further cement the Audi brand as a luxury badge in North America through 2012 and 2013.  If you already own an Audi with GPS installed and want to save money on the latest Audi Navigation DVD for 2012 then please use this Audi Navigation Offer Code which is courtesy of the GPSBites.com website who wrote this independent car review for exclusive publication on this website.