Audi A4 Owners Manual
Loading the luggage compartment
Loads in the luggage compartment should be safely secured.
Heavy items should be placed as far forwards as possible.
To maintain safe handling on the road, please observe the following points:
– Distribute the weight as evenly as possible.
– Position heavy items as far forward as possible ⇒ fig. 82.
– Secure the load with the luggage net* or with non-elastic straps secured to the fastening rings*.
- • Unsecured objects in the luggage compartment can suddenly shift and cause changes in the handling of the vehicle.
- • In an accident or a sudden manoeuvre, loose objects in the passenger compartment can be flung forward and possibly injure vehicle occupants.
- • Always store objects in the luggage compartment and secure with suitable straps. This is especially important for heavy objects.
- • When you transport heavy objects, always keep in mind that a change of the centre of gravity can also cause changes in vehicle handling.
- • Please observe the important safety warnings, “Safe driving”.
Adjust the tyre pressure to match the vehicle loading - the correct pressures are specified on the sticker on the end face of the driver's door.
There are four fastening rings in the luggage compartment which can be used to secure loads.
Location of fastening rings in luggage compartment
– Use the fastening rings to secure the load ⇒ fig. 83 -arrows-.
– Please refer to the safety notes.
Stretch net / retaining net
The stretch net / retaining net can be used to secure light items in the luggage compartment.
Stretch net laid out
Stretch net attached in position as retaining net
– First secure the front hooks in the fastening rings ⇒ fig. 84.
– Then secure the rear hooks in the fastening rings.
– Secure the hooks of the retaining net to the fastening rings at the bottom
of the tail panel ⇒ fig. 85.
– Pull down the retaining hooks at the top of the luggage compartment. Pull up the net and attach the loops of the net to the retaining hooks.
You can also use the retaining hooks ⇒ fig. 85 to secure light items of luggage, such as shopping bags, etc.
The hooks will fold up again by themselves when not in use.
The retaining net should only be used to hold objects weighing up to 5 kg. Heavier objects cannot be safely secured (injury risk).
Side storage compartment
The DVD player for the navigation system* is located in the left side compartment in the luggage compartment.
Luggage compartment: Side trim with closed storage compartment
Luggage compartment: DVD player for navigation system
– To open the storage compartment, pull the handle, fig. 86.
DVD player for navigation system*
The DVD player for the navigation system is located in this storage compartment ⇒ fig. 87 in the luggage compartment. For more information, please refer to the Infotainment/MMI Operating Manual.
Extending the luggage compartment
The two sections of the backrest can be folded forwards either together or separately to increase the capacity of the luggage compartment.
Backrest release lever
Locking the backrest
Folding down backrest
– Press the release lever A ⇒ fig. 88 in the direction indicated (arrow).
– Fold down the backrest.
Returning backrest to an upright position
– Push the backrest up until it engages securely ⇒
. The red marking on the tab B should
When the backrest is properly engaged in its upright position, it can be locked and unlocked with the key ⇒ fig. 89. This prevents unauthorised access to the luggage compartment from inside the vehicle.
- • Make sure that the rear backrest is securely locked in position so that the seat belt can provide proper protection on the centre rear seat.
- • The rear backrest must always be securely latched so that objects stored in the luggage compartment will not fly forward during sudden braking.
When returning the backrest to an upright position, make sure that the seat belts for the outer rear seats are in their guides so that they cannot be caught up and damaged in the catches for the backrest.
The storage shelf behind the rear backrest should only be used to store light articles of clothing.
Do not store any heavy or hard objects on the storage shelf. They could cause injury if the brakes are applied suddenly.
Please note that hard objects could chafe against the wires of the heating element in the rear window and cause damage.
Make sure that the slots between the rear window and the storage shelf are kept clear to ensure unimpaired ventilation.
Load-through hatch with transport bag
You can use the load-through hatch and the removable ski bag to transport skis or other extra-long objects safely inside the vehicle without soiling or damaging the upholstery.
Rear seat: Cover of load-through hatch
Securing the ski bag with the centre seat belt buckle on the rear seat
– In the passenger compartment, pull down the centre rear armrest.
– You will then see the inside cover of the load-through hatch - pull the release catch downwards ⇒ fig. 90 -arrow- to fold the hatch down.
– Open the boot lid.
– Open out the ski bag and fill it with the items you wish to transport.
– Push the ski bag from the luggage compartment into the passenger compartment through the opening in the backrest ⇒ .
– Insert the fastening belt A, fig. 91 of the ski bag into the centre seat belt
– Pull the free end of belt C to tighten.
– Pull the ski bag towards the rear through the opening in the backrest.
– Close the cover of the load-through hatch in the passenger compartment.
– Fold up the ski bag.
The ski bag must be secured in place with the fastening belt after it has been loaded.
Allow the ski bag to dry before folding it up.