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Our Fleet: Audi A4 Avant TDI quattro S Line 170 - March 2011

BIK List Price
Audi A4 Avant BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Audi A4 Avant BIK Percent
Audi A4 Avant CO2
Combined MPG
Audi A4 Avant MPG


As the snow and ice of winter seem like a distant memory, the way our S Line Quattro Audi A4 Avant coped with the treacherous conditions does not.

Its four-wheel drive system was the perfect antidote for the country’s unsalted roads as it ploughed on regardless of the weather.

However, the 2.0-litre 170bhp S Line Quattro version comes at a price compared to its two-wheel drive counterpart, costing as it does an additional £1,500.

The extra weight the system carries is also reflected in a slightly sluggish response when you put your foot down on the accelerator.

But when it’s a choice between sitting at home bemoaning how the country comes to a standstill with a change in the weather and being on the road in a car that does 0-60 in 8.6 seconds, I hardly think that’s a compromise.

In fact, if BAA had employed a fleet of snow-clearing Quattros then they may well have been able to keep the likes of Heathrow open.

Joking aside, if we’re to experience arctic conditions on a more regular basis then fleets will have to assess how best to cope when the weather changes for the worse.

Cold weather tyres - an option that has really taken off during the past six months - have won many converts.

However, four-wheel drive will inevitably increase a car’s CO2 emissions and usually decrease its fuel efficiency when compared to a two-wheel drive version.

The question is whether a fleet really considers this a price worth paying on top of the additional cost of a four-wheel drive variant.

In the case of the Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI S Line Quattro 170, it has emissions of 149g/km compared to 144g/km on the two-wheel drive S Line, and 49.6mpg against a standard 51.4mpg.

But, while long term weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable, it’s safe to say that if white Christmases become a regular fixture so will four-wheel drive variants.

Driver Notes

CO2 emissions
Emissions rise from 135g/km to 144g/km. For a 40% taxpayer – the likely fleet driver for this vehicle – it would bump the annual BIK up from £2,047 to £2,701, almost £55 a month
Driver appeal
S Line also adds 18-inch alloys, part leather on the seats and a few other features, such as three-spoke steering wheel and matt-brushed aluminium inlays. Sports suspension is already 20mm lower; S Line brings that down a further 10mm.
Fuel costs
Fuel consumption has averaged 46mpg – against the official 51.4mpg figure.
FN Verdict
It might not be the market leader, but few people other than professional racing drivers would really appreciate – or need – the finer nuances between this and the BMW 3 Series.
Top Speed
Audi A4 Avant Top Speed
VED band
Audi A4 Avant Ved
Fuel Type
Audi A4 Avant Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £11,425
4 Year 80k : £8,675
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 49.93
4 Year 80k : 47.36

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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