Audi Q7 2016

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Audi`s all-new 2016 Q7 reveals a handsome albeit somewhat familiar look for the new Q7, but while the exterior may not have changed much, engineers have totally re-vamped things.

Using the Volkswagen Group`s new MLB Evo platform, specifically the SUV version of the platform.

The platform is an evolution of Audi`s existing MLB structure where ultra-high-strength parts made of hot-shaped steel form the backbone of the occupant cell.

Aluminium castings, extruded sections and panels are used in the front and rear ends as well as the superstructure. Other parts made entirely of aluminium are the doors, the front fenders, the hood and the rear hatch

How much lighter is it? A substantial 325 kgs lighter in 3.0-litre TDI trim as an example.

The 2016 Q7 TDI measures in at 2000 kgs making it one of the lightest options among seven-seat SUVs in the premium segment, but at the same time it’s one of the most spacious in the range despite external dimensions being lowered.

The big SUV is 3.81 cms shorter and 1.52cms narrower but with the same height. Space between the first and second row of seats has been increased. The third-row seats are better-suited to children and small adults.

2016 Audi entry-level option is a 2.0-litre TFSI, joined by two V-6s, a 3.0-litre TDI plus a 3.0-litre TFSI.

All 2016 Q7s will come with an eight-speed S tronic automatic transmission.

Further down the track Audi will add a plug-in hybrid combining a 3.0-litre TDI with an electric motor which will return a combined fuel economy of 1.4 litres/100 kms travelled. The Audi e-Tron Q7 will also be the fastest in the range doing 0-100 kmh in just 6.0 seconds and will accelerate to top speed will be a tick under 226 kmh.

A quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system remains standard across the 2016 Q7 range, but one major new feature is all-wheel steering. At low speeds the rear wheels steer opposite the front wheels, making the vehicle more manoeuvrable for parking, and at higher speeds the rear wheels follow the movement of the front wheels to aid stability. This works in conjunction with an electrically-aided steering system.

Comments from International Motoring Websites

1.     “The main demerits are sub-par cargo space and 3rd-row room, and interior trim that doesn’t quite live up to the high standards we’ve come to expect from an Audi.” — Consumer Guide

2.    “The Audi Q7 is a big vehicle, and if you don’t need all that size, you might be happier with something smaller, like Audi’s own Q5. On the other hand, the small rear seat and cargo area might make you want to step up to something like a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.” — Kelley Blue Book

3.    “The aging 2014 Audi Q7 remains a stylish and competent seven-passenger luxury crossover, but its newer rivals are generally more appealing.” — Edmunds (2014)

 

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Audi Q3 2015

The Audi Q3 cross-over competes with the BMW X1 as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLA in the small end of the compact-crossover market.
The Q3 is equipped with a 2.0 TFSI motor with either 125 kW or 155 kW engine. This is available in manual and S tronic and generates a maximum torque of 280 Nm, which remains constant across an engine speed range from 1,700 to 4,200 rpm with a combined fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100 km.
The more powerful 155 kW motor producing a torque of 300 Nm which enables this Audi Q3 to sprint from 0-100 km/h in only 6.9 seconds reaching a top speed of up to 230 km/h. The driving dynamics is the combination with permanent ‘all-wheel drive quattro’ and dynamic 7-speed S tronic transmission.
Audi claims seating for five in the 2015 Q3 with the rear seat best suited for 2 adults or three small young passengers and offers a cargo capacity of 0.45 cubic meters behind the rear seat; folding down the split rear seatbacks increases this capacity to 1.37 cubic meters.
Safety Features
This includes rear-side airbags and a ‘Driver Assistance’ package with parking aids and a rear-view camera (not standard) including blind-spot monitors.
Other features include 18-inch wheels, sunroof, xenon headlights, LED interior lighting, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, and leather trim.
The interior upholstery is black with contrasting stitching, sport seats with seat upholstery in perforated Alcantara/leather and with S line embossing, inlays in matt brushed aluminium.
The basic sound system has satellite and HD radio and Bluetooth streaming, but you’ll immediately miss the missing USB port, only offered on Q3s with navigation.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system provides excellent road-handling capabilities
There is no question that Audi invented the saying `master of the corporate look’ with all their up-markets models, and the Q3 is no different- in line with the brand’s latest design direction.
The overall profile is unchanged, and the biggest update is reserved for the nose- a more angular design for the large grille which is finished with satin silver trim
The slender light housings feature new full LED lamps is featured on S line models,
Comments from International Motoring websites:
1. Auto Express
`Premium badge, classy interior and capable chassis, but conservative styling, pricey options and small model range.”
2. Autocar
“This Q3 brings top-quality mechanical refinement, laudable build quality, rich and impressive cabin materials and proper premium brand desirability to the market for small 4x4s.”
3. What Car?
“It’s a more complete and appealing car than an X1, thoroughly pleasing to drive and calls into question the need for a larger Q5.”
4. Parker’s
“There’s the choice of two- or four-wheel drive as well as diesel engines directed at affordable running costs and performance focussed petrol versions. Like many models from the range it still loses out to the BMW when it comes to driver engagement.”

The Audi Q1 2015

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The Audi Q1 is a compact crossover vehicle to slot in below the Q3

The Q1 is built on Volkswagen’s MQB platform sharing a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel and 1.4 litre petrol engine with the current A1. Audi’s Quattro All-Wheel Drive will be standard.

Audi has a distinct design language and styling shared with the Q3 and Q7.

Similar in size to the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, the Q1 will offer the premium feel that buyers have become to expect from the manufacturer.

The new model also features a re-designed hexagonal grille design that appears on the refreshed Q7. The metallic frame now runs out towards the headlights, which will be similarly sharp, but will include LED running lights on all models.

A shoulder line covers the length of the car, with broad wheel arches for a more muscular look, with large alloy wheels and a raised chassis height to complete the look.

Engines

It is anticipated that the most likely option will be an adapted VW/Audi group’s MQB platform with cabin space closer to the A3 and not the A1.

It is anticipated that the 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 1.6-litre turbo diesel will be used. A four-wheel-drive system is also likely to be offered (one could expect a super-fast SQ1 model).

Positioned slightly below the Q3, Audi’s Q1 is expected to be the smallest premium crossover on the market. The image was released when Audi announced the Q1 would enter production.

The Audi Q1 is designed to give Audi a lead in the fast-growing small-crossover segment: “It is part of a broad Q-model strategy,” says CEO Rupert Stadler.

 

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Audi A8 2015

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The Audi A8 is available in both short-wheel base and long-wheelbase (A8 L) configurations.

The A8 3.0T has a super-charged 3.0-litre V6 engine and the A8 4.0T has a twin-turbo-charged 4.0-litre V8.

The long-wheelbase models are also available with a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 and a 6.3-litre W12.

The performance-oriented Audi S8 also has a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8.

All models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The A8 hasn’t been fully re-designed since the 2011 model year.

Comments from Auto Writers, Critics and Test Drivers

·         Automotive writers are impressed with the Audi A8’s offers nimble handling, a strong engine and a lavish interior.

·         Every A8 comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

·         According to the EPA, the 2015 A8 3.0T gets 12.4/8.1 kms/100 kms city/highway, which is good for the class.

·         Test drivers agree that the A8 has excellent handling with the agility of a much smaller sport sedan.

·         They impressed with its sharp steering, excellent traction and smooth ride.

·         Test drivers are impressed with the Audi A8’s interior opulence, high-end materials and great styling.

·         Critics say the front seats are comfortable with roomy rear seats but are disappointed with the boot space offered by a car of this size.

Standard Features Include

Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and Audi’s MMI infotainment and navigation system.

Available Features

·         Heated front and rear seats that are ventilated with massaging feature.

·         Panoramic sunroof, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind spot monitoring, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a head-up display, night vision and a surround-view camera system. Reviewers are impressed with the number of high-tech features in the A8.

Comments from International Motoring Websites

1.    “The 2015 Audi A8 remains one of our top luxury sedan picks for its high levels of comfort, performance and numerous high-tech features.” — Edmunds

2.    “If you crave a full-size luxury sedan that’s conservative on the outside but sophisticated within, the A8 is the subdued standout in this segment.” — Kelley Blue Book

3.    “The Audi A8 delivers the stretch-out-space, high-tech gadgetry and pampering extras one would expect of a full-size luxury sedan, but it drives much smaller than its generous dimensions would suggest. These virtues, along with standard quattro all-wheel-drive and a wide range of powerful yet efficient motors, make the A8 a highly tempting option for executive sedan shoppers.” — Left Lane News

4.       “Compared with the big S-Classes and 7 Series of the world, the A8 feels lithe and more responsive — less of a limousine and more of a sport sedan.” — Motor Trend (2013)

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The Audi A5 2015

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The Audi A5 is a medium-sized two-door coupe aimed to attract buyers of the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class coupe. Audi have not changed the design dramatically for seven years, and yet it still remains popular worldwide.

The Audi ‘quattro’ four-wheel-drive system is also available on models lower down the range, so you can enjoy the benefits of extra grip and safer handling in poor weather if you’re willing to pay a bit extra over the standard front-wheel-drive models.

Front-wheel drive also sets the A5 coupe apart from its chief rivals: the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes C-Class coupe are both rear-wheel drive, which arguably makes them better driver’s cars but also more unpredictable in slippery conditions. The A5 also has a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or one of two automatics: S tronic and Multitronic. The latter two are a little more expensive, but they’re also more desirable.

The A5 coupe is very comfortable and well-appointed and powered by extremely economical engines.

The 2.0-litre TDI is most popular and is capable of 4.2 litres/100mkms and doing 0-100 kmh in 8.3 seconds.

On the other hand, the S5, equipped with a 3.0-litre petrol engine and Quattro four-wheel drive is capable of doing 0-100 kmh in just 4.9 seconds, and uses 7.7 litres/100 kms.

The S5 is not the only Audi A5 with `Quattro 4 Wheel Drive` as most versions of the A5 coupe are available with Quattro.

Otherwise, the standard A5 is fitted with safe and predictable front-wheel drive, (Mercedes and BMW rivals use sportier rear-wheel drive).

With the Audi A5 there is a choice of manual or automatic gearbox (this is considered more economical and the preferred choice.)

The A5 isn’t the most comfortable coupe in its class and reviewers find the rear seat   cramped for large passengers.

From a safety point of view the A5 is fitted with six airbags, front and rear parking sensors and electronic stability control.

Comments from International Motoring Websites:

1.    “The Audi A5 is based on the more practical A4, meaning it gets all the tried-and-tested technology from that car, as well as stylish looks.”

2.    What Car?

`Coupes don’t come much classier than the A5. It’s just a pity it’s not better to drive.”

3.    Parker’s

“It may not be a radical departure in terms of styling, but it looks purposeful nonetheless.”

 

 

The Audi A4 2015

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The Audi A4 seats five and comes standard with a turbo-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available.

The A4 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims, while the performance-oriented S4 comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

The A4 hasn’t been fully re-designed since 2009.

What has evolved is:

·More fashionable interior

·New petrol and diesel engine line-up

·New Chassis.

Key elements include:

·A wider single-frame grille,

·Newly shaped headlights with revised LED daytime running lights

·A new styled bonnet, larger wheel arches, a flattened roof, new tail-lights featuring Audi’s traditional LED graphics

·A higher boot lid on the sedan.

·New design seats

The new A4 has grown in size, has a 120kg weight reduction, as a result of the hot-formed high-strength steel in the body structure and aluminium being used for body panels and the roof.

Options Available

·A 12.3in digital instrument panel, and an 8.3in monitor

·Inductive charging pad for mobile phones

·Sensor control opening of the luggage compartment

·Bang & Olufsen sound system,

·Tablet-based rear seat entertainment and the latest version Multi Media Interface (MMI) system that features an internet connection.

 

 

Safety Features

Audi’s new ‘Pre-Sense City System’ with windscreen camera to monitor the road, which provides an acoustic warning and braking at speeds up to 25mph.

The new A4 now has a choice of three turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol, two four-cylinder diesel and two V6 diesel engines, all featuring EU6 emission compliance.

Engines

·A new 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (replacing the 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine) and can accelerate from 0-100kmh in 8.9 seconds realising a top speed of 210 kmh with combined consumption of 4.9 Litres/100 kms in combination with the optional S tronic dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

·Audi’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine now comes in two states of tune, providing the new A4 2.0 TFSI with ability to achieve 0-100 kmh time of 7.3sec and a top speed of 250 km/h along with figures of 58.8mpg and 114g/km for the former, while the latter boasts a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8sec, a limited 240 km/h top speed,

·Also Audi’s familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The former provides 0-100 km/h acceleration of 8.6sec and a 220 km/h top speed. The latter boasts an official 0-100 km/h time of 7.7sec and a 236 kmh top speed.

·Rounding out the new line-up is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

 

Front-wheel drive is standard on all models save for the initial range-topping A4 3.0 TDI.

Four-wheel drive is also optional Gearbox choices include a newly developed six-speed manual on all four-cylinder engines.

Seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic unit is available for the first time on front-wheel drive A4 models and comes as standard on the least powerful of the two 3.0-litre V6 diesels.

The more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine receives a standard eight-speed automatic featuring a coasting function that idles the engine on a trailing throttle for added fuel saving.