The long-roof Four Ring compact gets a thorough refresh

Audi’s current sedan lineup consists of the A8, the A7, and the A6, followed by the A4 taking up the smallest slot of them all. Among these four-door nameplates, Audi also offers a variety of wagon iterations for added practicality, and now it’s looking like the compact A4 Avant is close to an extensive refresh, as revealed in a series of spy shots that capture a new prototype out and about for some cold-weather testing in Sweden. Updates are likely to include fresh exterior styling, a sleeker interior layout, and the very latest technology for convenience, entertainment, and safety.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Exterior Styling

  • Restyled exterior
  • Q8 and A6 Inspired Styling
  • LED lighting
  • Reshaped fenders
  • New bumpers
  • New taillight housings
2020 Audi A4 Avant Exterior Spyshots
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Audi is notorious for changing very little in the aesthetics department with every update, but this time around, the automaker could buck that trend a bit.

The new A4 Avant will most likely take after the latest model year of the Q8 in terms of overall style, while also giving a throwback to the original Audi Ur-Quattro wherever possible.

It’ll all start with a new front fascia, including new headlights and a new grille. LED headlights will provide the forward illumination, while the grille will gain a fresh hexagonal shape, below which will sit a new front bumper beset with reshaped intakes. It’s also worth mentioning that at this point, Audi is well known for its plus-sized intakes, and that’s not likely to change with the 2020 model year refresh. What’s more, it’s also quite likely we’ll see the A4’s front end changes carried over to the sedan model as well.

Moving towards the sides of the vehicle, we find newly reshaped fenders that look to take after the latest model year of the Audi A6. That said, the roofline, beltline, and windows will all go unchanged. The door openings will also go unchanged, but the doors themselves will likely look a little different.

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When viewed from the rear, we’re sure to find a new rear bumper as well, plus reshaped taillights to boot, despite the fact this tester mule looks to keep the same design as the current A4 model.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Interior Design

  • A6-Inspired Design
  • 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • Dual-level control layout
  • More digital control
  • Passive safety features
2019 Audi A6 Interior
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Note: Audi A6 pictured here.
As a complement to the revamped exterior bits, the new 2020 Audi is sure to get a big update in the cabin space as well.

The overarching design is likely to come from the latest model year of the A6, and will include the same dash and layout.

As expected from a high-end German automaker, the Audi A4 Avant will also come with leather upholstery, piano black surrounds, and other high-end trim bits to coddle its passengers both front and back.

Of course, we also expect the very latest technology for comfort, convenience, and safety to make the list. Highlights will include the staple Audi Virtual Cockpit feature, which is a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that’s programmable for a number of different functions and readouts.

2019 Audi A6 Interior
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Note: Audi A6 pictured here.
In line with the industry’s ever-more digitized approach to interior appointment, the A4 Avant will come with fewer hard buttons, with most of the various inputs made via the onboard touchscreen.

Speaking of which, the 2020 A4 Avant will likely offer options that include an 8.8-inch unit and a 10.1-inch unit, plus a dual-touchscreen layout for easier access to the various systems and a more streamlined user experience.

The rotary dial in the center tunnel will likely go away, while the digital controls for the climate control will occupy the lower half of the layout. Meanwhile, infotainment duties will be added to the upper half of the center console.

On the safety and convenience front, look for features like adaptive cruise control, automatic engine start/stop, active lane assist, blind-spot monitor, parking assist, and automatic braking.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Drivetrain And Performance

  • Diesel and Gas Engines Available
  • FWD standard
  • Quattro AWD optional
  • “Ultra” technology = Efficient
  • No manual transmission available
  • E-tron hybrid possible
  • Future RS 4 Avant in the Works
2016 - 2018 Audi A4 High Resolution Drivetrain
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Note: current Audi A4 pictured here.
When it comes to the engine and drivetrain bits, the A4 lineup will not likely change much (or even at all) compared to the current model.

It’s possible we’ll see a few minor tuning differences to create few extra ponies, and a little more efficiency here or there, but overall, the configurations and power levels will remain more or less static between the 2019 and 2020 model year.

Overseas, the 2020 A4 Avant line will start with a gas-powered turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder producing 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Top speed will max out at 130 mph, with the run to 62 mph accomplished in 9 seconds flat.

A gas-powered 2.0-liter four-cylinder will occupy the middle slot in the list with 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, cutting the sprint to 62 mph down to 7.5 seconds and bumping the top speed up to just under 150 mph. Following this will be another 2.0-liter, which will make 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and push the A4 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, while also raising the top speed to 155 mph.

2016 - 2018 Audi A4 High Resolution Drivetrain
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Note: current Audi A4 pictured here.
What’s more, Audi will continue to offer a line of diesel powerplants to overseas buyers.

Heading this will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 122 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, enabling a run to 62 mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed pegged at 124 mph. Beyond this will be another 2.0-liter diesel, but tuning will increase output to 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, with the run to 62 mph done in 9.1 seconds and a top speed of 133 mph. At the top of the oil-burner line will be a 2.0-liter making 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, which should be good enough for a run to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 146 mph.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Exterior Spyshots
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Meanwhile, in the U.S., A4 buyers will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with around 250 horsepower (the current model produces 252 horses) and 273 pound-feet of torque.

That’ll be good enough for a run to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, plus an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. Audi will also offer a more fuel-efficient “Ultra” option making 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, which should return around 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, although acceleration will take a hit, upping the run to 60 mph to 7.1 seconds.

Front-wheel drive will be standard, while Audi’s Quattro AWD systems will be optional. Unfortunately, it’s looking like Audi will kill the manual transmission option this time around, although the seven-speed S Tronic automatic will get carried over without alteration.

Interestingly, we could see Audi offer a greener option with an e-tron hybrid plug-in model, while a mild hybrid option with a 12-volt and a 48-volt system could appear as well.

And don’t forget, Audi will also come proper with a performance-ready S4 model variant, sporty RS 4 Avant wagon, and A5 two-door coupe.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Prices

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The new Audi A4 Avant should arrive sometime next year for a release in the 2020 model year.

In the U.K., the 2020 A4 Avant is expected to stay close to its current £30,125 price tag.

In the U.S., the A4 sedan will start at roughly $38,000.

Unfortunately, U.S. buyers won’t get the option for the wagon-tastic A4 Avant, but we will have the option to buy the lifted Allroad variant, which will come with a taller ride height, more ground clearance, lower body cladding, and a few other off-roader inspired cues. Pricing for this version should start at the current model’s MSRP of $45,700.

2020 Audi A4 Avant Competition

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 300 4Matic Wagon

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior Interior
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When it comes to compact executive motoring, the C-Class is about as standard as they come, with a variety of body styles to choose from, including a wagon variant. U.S. residents will be pleased to read that Mercedes even offers the long-roof C-Class in the States and equips it with attractive LED lighting up front, a classy grille and fascia, and plus-sized rollers in the corners. Under the hood, the C-Class draws motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the pavement via a nine-speed automatic transmission and a standard 4Matic AWD system. Sixty mph arrives in 6 seconds flat, while inside the cabin, passengers will enjoy loads of space, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, plus available Wi-Fi. Pricing starts at $46,000.

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

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The Bavarians also offer a compact luxury wagon in its lineup, namely with the 3 Series Sports Wagon. Like the sedan model, the 3 Series wagon comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough for a run to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Routing it all is an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the cabin is decked out with automatic climate control, a heads-up display, and a standup infotainment screen on the dash. Pricing starts at $45,000.

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 3 Series.

Final Thoughts

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Reports indicate that Audi is losing a fair amount of the market share for its A4 to the competition, which includes both of the big names listed above.

As such, the A4 needs a bit of an update, even though the current A4 was refreshed as recently as last June, with the latest fifth-generation B9 introduced for the 2016 model year.

However, that’s the nature of the game, especially in a relatively struggling segment outside the ever-growing SUV and crossover body style norm.

That said, this latest refresh should do pretty well all things considered, especially if it offers some high-tech goodies at a reasonable price. Stay tuned as we gather more intel on the upcoming 2020 Audi A4 Avant.

  • Leave it
    • No new engine updates
    • No A4 wagon for the states
    • Plenty of competition

Further Reading

2017 - 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro.

2016 - 2018 Audi A4 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi A4.

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