Audi RS4 Avant

The new Audi RS4 Avant is super performance estate in the Audi range, and is fitted with a 4.2-litre V8 engine, Audi’s famous Quattro 4-Wheel-system as well as a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox.

The RS4 Avant is considered as the ‘flagship model’ of the Audi range

The 4.2-litre V8 produces 443bhp and is the fastest as well as being the most powerful Audi RS4 available and is capable sprinting form 0-100 kmh in 4.7 seconds achieving a top speed of 280 kmh.

The Avant’s ‘launch control’ system provides superior traction and a quicker getaway.

Under the skin, the RS4 Avant shares much of its components with the RS5.

The 4.2-litre V8 engine proves that Audi can most definitely duel with BMW’s M division when it comes to high-revving engines, an objective rendered futile by M’s embracing of turbo-charged engines.

Throttle response is extremely quick even at low rpm, and the power develops in an absolutely linear manner and the sound of the engine is intoxicating, silky, and there’s a brief and vicious bark on downshifts.

Incorporated into the RS4 design are ‘flared arches’ and with strategically placed air intakes, with a twin-oval exhaust pipe and roof spoiler for the rear. The sporty design continues internally with padded/supportive sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The RS4 Avant’s only direct rival is the new generation BMW M3 sedan and the RS4’s 4.2 litre engine is mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission and is capable of sprinting to 0-100 kmh just 3.9 seconds with the seven-speed transmission or 4.1 seconds with the manual version.

Driving the RS4 Avant is most impressive and its ride quality is impressionable even on the hardest setting.

It’s is low but comfortable with room for five at a pinch and a large load space down the back.

The auto tailgate is as handy as the featured radar cruise control and convenience key that unlocks the car at a touch of the door handle. You can start the car using the dash button while keeping the key in your pocket.

Inside, the Audi RS4 Avant is nicely equipped, with a flat-bottom steering wheel and one of the industry’s better navigation and telematics systems.

The exterior treatment clearly conveys that the RS4 is the most powerful and assertive A4 variant—the RS adds huge air intakes up front, plus widened fenders.

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Audi A3

A luxurious compact available as a 3-door, 5-door Sportback and Cabriolet. It’s one of

It’s one of very few Audis to share a chassis with VW.

Available Models:

A 3 – 3 door Hatch: 1.2T S, 1.4T S, 1.4T S auto, 1.6TDI S, 1.8T quattro, 1.8T SE, 1.8T SE auto.

 

The Audi A3 majors on comfort and ease of driving, with plenty of hi-tech options and a really high quality interior among its selling points. The looks may be a little conservative for some, especially when compared with its closest rivals, the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.

As well as the standard A3, which is a three-door hatchback, there’s also the five-door Audi A3 Sportback, Audi A3 saloon, Audi A3 cabriolet and performance RS3 versions, too.

The sedan aims to deliver buyers a more compact alternative to the A4 while retaining a traditional four-door body style. Buyers looking to trim their fuel budget can order the A3 Sedan with a diesel-burning turbo four while those after a sportier driving experience will likely opt for the range-topping S3.

The A3 Sedan looks like a shrunken A4 when viewed from the outside. It wears an aggressive look defined by sharp headlights, lightly sculpted flanks, pronounced wheel arches, a discreet spoiler integrated into the rear hatch and triangular tail lamps.

The Audi A3 sedan can carry five adults and up to 15 cubic feet of cargo.

All A3 Sedans regardless of trim level and engine come standard with driver and front passenger airbags, knee airbags as well as front and rear side and head curtain airbags.

The list of electronic driving aids includes Multi-Collision Brake (MCB), traction control (ASR), electronic stability control (ESC) and Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD).

Key Competitors

The A3 Sedan’s arch rival in terms of price, performance and image is the Mercedes-Benz CLA250.

Audi A4

The A4 is perhaps Audi’s most important model and is the best seller in the range.

This compact executive sedan has seen major improvements with focus on technology and comfort,

Audi has listened to customer feedback and made the A4 softer and more comfortable and, as a result, easier to live with and with plenty of performance on offer.

The new cabin is beautifully crafted and a place than can transform the most arduous of journeys into enjoyable ones.

The Audi A4 competes with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE.

The Audi A4 comes in a 4 door sedan, All-road Quattro, the Avant Estate and sportier S model.

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.

Available models: 1.8T 88kW S A4 – 1.8T S, 1.8T S auto, 1.8T SE, 1.4 1.8T SE auto, 2.0T quattro, 2.0T SE, 2.0TDI S, 2.0TDI SE, 2.0TDI SE auto, 2.0TDIe S, 3.0T quattro, 3.0TDI quattro, All-road Quattro 2.0T, All-road Quattro 2.0TDI

Audi A5

The A5 is the stylish coupe, also available in the performance S5 and RS5 models and finally the A5 cabriolet.

The A5 comes with a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, although the S5 comes with a supercharged V-6. For those wanting even more power, the V-8-powered RS5 fits the bill.

All models are distinctive, with the Audi A5 coupe and convertible sharing a common tailored look across the range.

The A5 is simply one of the best-looking cars of the past decade, and the years haven’t dulled any of its sensual appeal.

The A5 Strengths

·         Upmarket interiors in all models,

·         All models have precise handling and all weather capability of quattro all-wheel-drive.

·         Sleek headlamps

·         Audi‘s single-frame radiator grille.

The A5 epitomises Audi’s quest for high-quality cabin interiors, sleek dashboard, plenty of soft-touch materials and very user-friendly controls.

The A5 has Audi’s MMI infotainment system and Audi Connect (in-car internet connectivity) and industry-first Google Earth Integration.

The A5 is equipped with a turbo-charged and direct-injected 2.0-litre turbo, mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the engine returns 10.69/7.35 litres /100 kms city/highway travelling and is capable of doing zero-to-100 kmh in 6.4 seconds. An optional eight-speed automatic transmission shaves 0.2 seconds from the sprint but increases fuel consumption.

Audi’s Quattro All-wheel-drive System is standard across the board.

Key Competitors

Those considering the Audi A5 might also want to look at the BMW 4 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and the Cadillac ATS Coupe.

Audi A6

The Audi A6 is Audi’s most established model in the executive car sector and is available as a four-door sedan and the A6 5-door Avant Estate.

The A6 is a five-seat sedan that’s available with 1.8T, 2.0T and 3.0 TDI engine options. The 2.0T has a turbo-charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, while the 3.0T has a super-charged 3.0-litre V6 and the 3.0 TDI has a turbo-diesel 3.0-litre V6.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on the base A6. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are available.

The performance-oriented S6 has a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive.

Sharp looks and the appeal of the Audi badge on the bonnet add to the A6’s desirability and there’s a generous level of equipment as standard.

Audi also sells an A6 Allroad, based on the Avant. This features rugged styling, a raised ride height, special body cladding and quattro four-wheel drive. The Audi A6 can be traced to 1968 to the original Audi 100 to be replaced in 1994 by the first A6.

The Audi’s A6 mid-sized luxury sedan competes against Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the BMW 5-Series.

Models Available: A6 1.8T, A6 2.0T quattro, and A6 3.0TDI

Audi’s Limited-Edition A8 L

Audi’s Japanese division have produced a limited-edition version of the A8 L flagship christened ‘Chauffeur Edition’ to cater for the growing needs of chauffeur driven cars in Japan.

It is very difficult to distinquish the Chauffeur Edition apart from the normal A8 L.  The inside tells a different story.

·         Rear seated passengers are treated to a pair of adjustable LED reading lights and individual power-adjustable seats upholstered in luxurious marble gray upholstery.

·         Passenger are provided with a specially chilled drinks compartment which is integrated into the panel between the rear seat back rests.

·         Two Audi Exclusive-branded glasses are stored in a small purpose-designed cabinet built into the center console, allowing the rear passengers to have a drink on the go.

The Chauffeur Edition is powered by a standard A8 L-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged TFSI engine that provides 435 horsepower and 444 lb-ft. of torque and is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission that powers all four wheels. The 8-cylinder car is also no slouch and can do the 0-100 kmh sprint in under four seconds.

Audi will build 5 examples of the Audi A8 L Chauffeur Edition with a price tag of USD 131,000

The Audi A5 2015

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.”