Audi A4 Facelift – What’s Different?

The new facelifted 2012 Audi A4 has just been revealed. We take a look at whats new and compare side-by-side photos against the old one. Including the A4, A4 Avant, S4 and A4 Allroad.

On the outside

New Audi A4

Old Audi A4Old Audi A4
Its not easy to spot the exterior differences, its certainly a case of evolved styling rather than a complete new look, which is to be expected really. The new styling at the front is more defined and less rounded, with angular air grilles and thinner headlights.
2012 Audi A4 backNew Audi A4 back
Old A4 backOld Audi A4 back
Round the back the new A4 appears slightly slimmer, the effect created by narrower rear-lights and a more defined rear spoiler.

On the inside

old A4 interiorNew Audi A4 Interior
2012 Audi A4 interiorOld Audi A4 interior
The interior changes arent immediately obvious either. There are two new steering wheels to choose from, a chrome trim has been added around lots of the instruments and Audi have created a new high-gloss finish for some parts.
The sat-nav system has been simplified, now featuring four buttons instead of eight. Controls for the air-con, automatic gearbox and heated seats have also changed slightly.

Under the bonnet

Across the engine range, fuel consumption has dropped on average by 11%. Many engines have also increased in power at the same time.
For the saloon and Avant A4s there will be a choice of 5 diesel engines and 4 petrols, all the engines are supercharged direct-injection systems and feature start-stop as standard.
2012 Audi A4 close-up
Audi havent given all the stats for every engine, but what theyre revealed is listed below.

Diesel engines:

2.0 TDI 136PS – 67.3mpg, 112g/km CO2
2.0 TDI 163PS – 64.2 mpg, 115g/km CO2
2.0 TDI 143PS – Unknown stats
2.0 TDI 177PS – Unknown stats
3.0 TDI V6 204PS – 57.6mpg
3.0 TDI V6 245PS – Unknown stats

Petrol engines:

1.8 TFSI 120PS – Unknown stats
1.8 TFSI 170PS – 50.4mpg, 134g/km CO2 (A 19% improvement)
2.0 TFSI 211PS – Unknown stats
3.0 TFSI 333PS – The engine in the S4. 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds, 35.3 mpg. To see a detailed list of S4 changes, check out our Audi S4 facelift post
Update: 8th November. Prices announced:
Check out our full guide the2012 Audi A4andA4 Avant. With prices, reviews, photos, videos and stats.
A4 Saloon SE
1.8 TFSI 120PS six-speed manual sub-24K (from early 2012)
1.8 TFSI 170PS six-speed manual 25,240
1.8 TFSI 170PS eight-speed multitronic 26,720
2.0 TFSI 211PS eight-speed multitronic 29,170
2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS six-speed manual 29,170
2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS seven-speed S tronic 30,650
2.0 TDIe 136PS six-speed manual 26,555
2.0 TDI 143PS six-speed manual 26,555
2.0 TDI 143PS eight-speed multitronic 28,035
2.0 TDIe 163PS six-speed manual 27,575
2.0 TDI 177PS six-speed manual 27,575
2.0 TDI 177PS eight-speed multitronic 29,055
2.0 TDI quattro 177PS six-speed manual 29,120
3.0 TDI 204PS eight-speed multitronic 30,490
3.0 TDI quattro 245PS six-speed manual TBC
3.0 TDI quattro 245PS seven-speed S tronic 34,600
S4 3.0 TFSI quattro 333PS six-speed manual 38,665
S4 3.0 TFSI quattro 333PS seven-speed S tronic 39,915
Premium for SE Technik specification – 1,100
Premium for S line specification – 2,555
Premium for Black Edition specification – 1,250
A4 Avant SE
1.8 TFSI 120PS six-speed manual TBC (available early 2012)
1.8 TFSI 170PS six-speed manual 26,455
1.8 TFSI 170PS eight-speed multitronic 27,920
2.0 TFSI 211PS eight-speed multitronic 30,385
2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS six-speed manual 30,370
2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS seven-speed S tronic 31,850
2.0 TDIe 136PS six-speed manual 27,755
2.0 TDI 143PS six-speed manual 27,755
2.0 TDI 143PS eight-speed multitronic 29,235
2.0 TDIe 163PS six-speed manual 28,775
2.0 TDI 177PS six-speed manual 28,775
2.0 TDI 177PS eight-speed multitronic 30,255
2.0 TDI quattro 177PS six-speed manual 30,320
3.0 TDI 204PS eight-speed multitronic 31,805
3.0 TDI quattro 245PS six-speed manual TBC
3.0 TDI quattro 245PS seven-speed S tronic 35,825
S4 3.0 TFSI quattro 333PS six-speed manual 39,865
S4 3.0 TFSI quattro 333PS seven-speed S tronic 41,115
Premium for SE Technik specification – 1,100
Premium for S line specification – 2,555
Premium for Black Edition specification – 1,250
2012 A4 Avant
2012 A4 Avant

Mechanical Changes

There doesnt appear to be any big changes to the gearbox or drive components over the current A4, the six-speed manual and seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox remain the same. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is available from the 2.0 TDI 177PS upwards.
The suspension and shock absorbers have been slightly tuned, but of more importance is the new electromechanical power steering system. The new steering system apparently reduces fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by 7g/km.
2012 Audi A4 Allroad2012 Audi A4 Allroad

Verdict

Its not a major facelift, but the reduction in CO2 and increase in fuel economy across the range mean its going to be even more attractive to buyers. The launch of the facelift coincides nicely with the launch of the new 2012 BMW 3-Series, which was announced last week.
The electromechanical steering unit is the only area which could be an issue, well be interested to see what the reviews make of it.
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Check out our full guide the 2012 Audi A4 and A4 Avant. With reviews, photos, videos and stats.

 

 

Video showing the 2012 A4 Allroad

 

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