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2019 Audi Q3

2019 Audi Q3

The second-gen compact comes loaded with a technology bonanza

Audi first produced the Q3 compact crossover in 2011, but didn’t bring it stateside until after a refresh for the2015 model year. Since its star-spangled arrival, the luxury-oriented high-stance five-door has posted strong sales numbers, performing well in a segment fraught with competition. These days, demand for small SUVs continues to grow unabated, which means Audi is giving the Q3 a second-gen update for the 2019 model year. Providing the Q3’s latest styling cues and equipment perks is Audi’s lineup of range-toppers, including the Q8 and the A8, while larger exterior dimensions and a turbocharged engine lineup round it out.

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2019 Audi A1

2019 Audi A1

It’s Sharper, It’s Sportier, It’s Better!

The second-generation Audi A1 is finally here. Initially launched as a small-sized, three-door, entry-level ‘Sportback’ in 2010, Audi then went on to give it five doors in 2011. The A1 has been a successful product for Audi, and is targeted to customers who prefer an “ideal companion for an urban lifestyle." After six years, the second-gen makes its debut, and it definitely looks fresh and sharper than ever.

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2019 Audi Q8

2019 Audi Q8

Audi’s answer to the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe

After six years of rumors that began when Audi trademarked the Q8 name in 2012, the German company finally unveiled its proposition against the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe. It called the Audi Q8, and it’s heavily based on a concept car that the Germans introduced in 2018. It’s modern, aggressive, it packs Audi’s latest technology, and promises to give the X6 and GLE Coupe a good run for their money.

When BMW introduced the X6 in 2009, a new segment was born. But although the crossover BMW describes as a Sports Activity Coupe proved somewhat popular with SUV enthusiasts, the trend didn’t catch on with other automakers until 2013. That’s when Mercedes-Benz revealed plans to develop a coupe-like crossover based on the M-Class. Shortly after, rumors of a Cayenne Coupe emerged, signaling that Germany’s finest automakers finally pay more attention to this niche. Come 2018 and Audi joined the battle with the prettiest SUV it has created in recent years.

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2019 Audi A6 Avant

2019 Audi A6 Avant

Forbidden fruit for U.S. wagon enthusiasts

After seven years on the market, the seventh-generation Audi A6, also known as the C7, was finally retired in 2018, making way for a much-improved midsize sedan from the Ingolstadt-based automaker. Redesigned to look more modern inside and out and fitted with all the fancy tech that it needs to go against the competition, including semi-autonomous capability. With the A6 sedan unveiled to the world at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Audi quietly revealed the wagon version, also known as the A6 Avant.

Just like its predecessor, the Avant takes all of its design features and tech from the sedan model. The key difference here is the longer roof and the bigger trunk, which makes the Avant more practical for drivers who haul stuff on a regular basis and an ideal family vacation car. It’s as practical as any midsize wagon out there, but it comes with premium comfort features and the latest safety technology. Does it have what it takes to compete against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 5 Series Touring? Let’s find out in the review below.

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2018 Audi A8

2018 Audi A8

The New Audi A8 is here and Wow is it something else

While the Audi A8 has always seemed to wear an understated tuxedo with its sleek looks and undeniable style, the third-generation model has been in circulation for the last seven years. It’s one of the last few models to still sport Audi’s tall, square grille and it’s time for a serious revamp. So, it was no surprise when we started seeing prototypes hitting the streets and the Nürburgring, and now – after a quick peak at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere, Audi has laid it all out on the table. As is the usual case with Audi, overall design changes are somewhat minimal, but it does get the new, wide grille, a pair of sexy headlight units, and repositioned body lines that make it even more appealing than ever before. Inside, there’s a completely redesigned dashboard with new technology, updated user interface controls, and it finally gets Audi’s new piloted driving system which allows remote parking and semi-autonomous driving in highway traffic. To go along with this, the A8 gets a revises suspension system that includes all-wheel steering and active suspension. Topping off the new generation is a pair of reengineered, turbocharged V-6 engines that will eventually be joined by a pair of V-8 powerplants and a 6.0-liter W-12 for the range-topping model.

So, with all that in mind, one can’t help but wonder how the new A8 will stand up against the new Mercedes S-Class and the new BMW 7 Series. It’s obviously going to be a tough call as to which is better, but Audi is coming to the party prepared to throw down. So, let’s dive on in and take a better look at the new Audi A8 – there are lots of details to cover.

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2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet – Driven

2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet – Driven

The new generation brings vast improvements

Audi has been hard at work revamping its A5 and S5 lineup over the last few years. The two-door coupes and four-door Sportback versions debuted in the U.S. for 2017, bringing the new MLB Evo architecture, big updated in active safety features, and Audi’s widely praised Virtual Cockpit. Now for 2018, the drop-top version gets its go, completing the A5 lineup. But rather than taking Audi’s word on these improvements, I needed the wind through my hair.

A 2018 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0T with the Prestige package arrived for the week fitted with nearly every option. While that inflated the price slightly past $65,000, the A5 proved its competence at being an all-rounder, working both as an everyday luxury coupe and as an open-top weekend toy. All it takes is 15 seconds to lower the top and the car changes its demeanor. Much of that can be credited to the multi-layer “acoustic” soft top and generous amounts of insulation. Even passing a semi truck on the interstate is hushed. The new interior pushes the bar for Audi, yet again. Soft-touch materials are paired well with high-end trimmings and in-dash technology that feels cutting-edge. Heck, there’s even microphones embedded into the front seatbelts for taking calls with the top down. It’s this attention to detail that makes the 2018 A5 Cabriolet so interesting. But what’s it like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 - 2018 Audi Q3

2017 - 2018 Audi Q3

A little bit of gloss to keep it feeling fresh

The Audi Q3 is the German brand’s tall-stance, compact-fitting crossover product, which has been around since 2011. Prior to the introduction of the Audi Q2 at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, the Q3 was Audi’s smallest SUV-style offering. These days, the Q3 is looking like it should be getting a second generation, but before it does, Audi has decided to keep the old five-door fresh by way of new aesthetic upgrades and a new special edition model. All the bits under the skin have been unaltered, but outside, you’ll find sportier trim, new wheels, and a few other bits and bobs added. On the new special edition, the cabin has been updated as well.

The new special edition is called the S line competition, which joins trim levels like the Design and Sport trim as the top-dog kit. Plenty of folks are holding out to see what the second-generation might bring, but for those who simply can’t wait, the updated Audi Q3 might offer just the right style to justify a purchase.

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2017 - 2018 Audi A3 Convertible

2017 - 2018 Audi A3 Convertible

Audi’s most affordable cabriolet gets a significant facelift

Launched in 2003, the Audi A3 brought new standards to the premium compact market. A step ahead of the competition thanks to its well-equipped interior, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced driving assistance features, the A3 became a popular choice in both Europe and the U.S. Also, the fact that Ingolstadt offered no fewer than four body styles and performance-oriented S models for each of them made the A3 the most complete nameplate in the segment. Almost four years have passed since the third-gen compact went in production and Audi unveiled the facelifted versions of each and every variant of the A3, including the Convertible.

Much like all new vehicles the four-ringed automaker has introduced in 2015, the A3 Convertible received sharper and sportier styling features. Inspired by the design language seen on the new A4, the new A3 Convertible is by far the most aggressive looking compact drop-top Audi has released to date, especially when equipped with the S Line package. But, while the exterior gained updates worthy of a redesign, the interior remained pretty much unchanged, with all the noticeable upgrades operated in the technology department.

More changes occurred under the hood, with two brand-new engines and a dual-clutch transmission on offer. Among them, there’s a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, available for the first time on the compact. Audi also developed a more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-banger, which unlike the three-pot, will cross the pond to the U.S. to replace the previous range-topping unit. It won’t get here until 2017, but that gives us enough time to have a in-depth look at Audi’s most affordable cabriolet.

Updated 08/11/2016: Audi announced U.S. prices for the 2017 A3 Convertible which will be put on sale later this year in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Details on the "Prices" section below.

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2016 Audi TTS Coupe – Driven

2016 Audi TTS Coupe – Driven

The TT is all grown up

It was 1998 when the TT rolled off the assembly line for the first time. Its cutesy, rounded, toy-like shape looked like another take on the New Beetle idea. It came from the same automaker, after all. But compared to the original, the all-new 2016 Audi TT is a stark contrast of sharp lines and purposeful curves. Its menacing appearance gives off a more masculine vibe that pairs well with its powerful drivetrain and fighter jet cockpit.

This change didn’t happen overnight, though. The gradual progression from round to ripped can be seen through the TT’s lineage. The generation that gaps the original and the 2016 model shows signs of a squared-off jaw line and manicured five o’clock shadow, though nowhere near as striking as this new third generation.

But it’s not just a fresh face that’s new. Audi swapped in the new MQB platform that underpins the A3 and Volkswagen Golf. Extensive thinning of extra weight and the addition of more power makes the TT a better performer. Audi says more than 110 pounds were dropped between the second and third generations. In addition, more power (292 horses and 280 pound-feet of torque, to be exact) make the 2016 TTS a proper 2+2 sports coupe.

I recently had the chance to sample the 2016 TTS for a week on my home turf in Central Florida. The hot weather was perfect for the Pirelli summer performance tires shod on the beautiful 20-inch alloy wheels. The heat might not have been ideal conditions for the 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder, but it didn’t seem to mind.

So what’s the Audi TTS like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

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2017 Audi S5

2017 Audi S5

Audi has pulled the sheet off the next-generation Audi S5

Being in the fold since 2007, it was about time for the Audi S5 to usher in a new generation, and it will do just that for the 2017 model year. With the new generation comes a new, wider front grille, larger corner air inlets on the front fascia, a more muscular hood, and new, thinner taillight units. Inside, the car has gone through a major revamp, sporting an updated instrument cluster, a new infotainment display that sits above the center stack, a new center console, and redesigned door panels. The S5 still sports a 3.0-liter, gasoline-powered engine, but for 2017 it’s been updated to deliver 354 horsepower – a 21-horsepower increase over the previous generation.

As always, the S5 shares a strong amount of its DNA with the Audi A5, but offers up significantly more power in an overall sportier package. As a model that competes with the likes of the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe, Audi had to put in the wrench time to make sure the S5 is more competitive than ever. Part of that time was dedicated to developing an all-new chassis, revised aerodynamics, and shedding a little weight despite having a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model.

The things I’ve mentioned here are just the tip of the iceberg, so let’s go over all the fine details of the new S5 in my full review below.

Updated 06/03/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the new generation S5 Coupe.

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2017 Audi S3

2017 Audi S3

Audi performance-oriented hatch gets A4-inspired styling and new premium features

2015 brought us many new models from Audi, including redesigned versions of the A4, Q7, and R8, and it seems that 2016 will also be packed with new releases from the four-ringed automaker. Having already launched the redesigned R8 Spyder at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Audi took the wraps of the facelifted A3 family, which includes a hatchback, sedan, and cabriolet and their respective performance-oriented versions.

In this article we will focus on the hatchback version of the S3, which is available in both three- and five-door body styles.

Like the rest of the A3 family, the S3 Sportback gained a redesigned front fascia that includes Audi’s new styling language, an updated rear end, enhanced technology, and a slightly more powerful drivetrain. In other words, we’re dealing with a regular facelift created with one thought in mind: keep the car fresh until the next-generation model arrives.

The bad news is that the S3 Sportback won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for now, where Audi doesn’t sell the A3 hatch or any of its derivatives. However, if you’re on the market for a performance-oriented compact Audi will be happy to sell you the S3 sedan or S3 convertible. If a hatchback is what you need, you will have to look somewhere else. Be that as it may, let’s have a closer look at the S3 Sportback and find out how the new compact stacks up against other performance hatchbacks.

Updated 04/07/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the revised A3 family, including the 2017 S3 three- and five-doors hatchback versions.

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2017 Audi S3 Cabriolet

2017 Audi S3 Cabriolet

Audi put some serious work into the S3’s facelift.

Here in the U.S., we would love to get our hands on the Audi RS3, but for one reason or another, we just aren’t worthy of such greatness. Instead, we have to settle for lesser compact models from Audi. Sure there is the A3, but that’s a little too bland for some of us, which is why we were so excited when the S3 came to the States for 2015. The S3 entered its third generation in 2013, which means the 2017 model year is about the right time for a mid-cycle update and update Audi did.

That last sentence may influence you to think there are some radical changes to talk about, and in some ways there are, but for the most part, the updates were pretty mild. We do have some new technology to talk about, some new safety features, and even some drivetrain upgrades that will keep us happy until Audi can enlighten us with a fourth-generation model. Furthermore, most of the front end has been updated to bring a sleeker and sexier looking cabriolet to the masses.

For now, we’ve only seen the European specifications for the updated S3, but it should give us a good idea of what will be coming to U.S. shores, if the cabriolet actually makes it here. With competition like the BMW M235i lurking in the waters, Audi has some pretty stiff competition to keep up with. Do this new updates bring enough to the table to satisfy consumers enough to draw them toward the four rings? Well, let’s take a look and see.

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2015 Audi RS6 Avant

2015 Audi RS6 Avant

The Audi RS6 Avant has been the go-to choice for anyone needing a truly all-weather-capable supercar with five doors. When it first debuted, it created an unprecedented combination of AWD performance, horsepower, and practicality. Despite its powerful position in the marketplace, Audi has killed the model twice since it debuted in 2002. The first-generation car was only around from 2002 until 2004 when Audi discontinued the RS6 in favor of the smaller RS4. The mightiest of the A6 models returned again in 2008, but was gone by 2010. Finally the car returned for the last time in 2012, and it appears as though it may be here to stay. Unlike the previous models that only survived for three years, the current model is in fact going to live a long and illustrious life as Audi announced a refresh for the 2015 RS6 Avant. Please start thanking your preferred deity.

While the entire A6 family is getting a pretty thorough refresh with new engines and drivetrains, the changes to the RS6 Avant are mostly visual with the majority of the drivetrain and chassis components carrying over from the current machine.

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2015 Audi A8

2015 Audi A8

Did the 2015 A8 just eat something sour, or is the A8 pouting while the Panamera soaks up all the praise within the hyper-competitive VW Group? Whatever the reason, all is not well with the new Audi flagship’s facial expression.

The 2015 Audi A8 made its public debut at Frankfurt Auto Show this week, where the new A8 range benefits from a facelift, and detail tech refinements for safety and efficiency.

The latest A8 range is larger than ever, with a much broader range of models coming to American Audi dealers in spring 2014. The U.S.-market A8 range will add a Hybrid front-wheel-drive option for the 2015 model year, as well as the current V-6, V-8 and W-12 engine choices.

Audi’s potent 3.0-liter TDI also joined the A8 line for the 2014 model year, and is available now. The engines for 2015 all feature mild output and performance tweaks, which are aimed at improved acceleration stats as well as fuel economy.

The bulk of the A8 volume in America is expected to still be the firm’s advanced 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter gasoline V-8 engines, each paired with quattro AWD as standard equipment. Short and long wheelbase choices are available, with prices that are expected to range from $76,000 to $88,000, before options.

The A8’s facelift brings an even more serious and technical appearance to the nose, with scowling LED running lights that look meaner than a junkyard dog. Part of the advanced debut of the A8 is to allow time for NHTSA approval of the all-new Matrix LED forward lighting system. Bundled with the A8’s new active safety technology, the LED style statement can actually be a key selling point for some buyers.

This facelift for the A8 leaves a number of issues from the previous model unresolved, which is not great, considering the strength of the latest Jaguar XJ and the brand-new S-Class.

Updated 06/04/2014: Audi today announced prices for the newly redesigned 2015 A8 model line which will arrive at dealerships this month. Prices will range from $77,400 for the base version to $137,900 for the A8 L W12 version.

Click past the jump for a detailed review of the 2015 Audi A8, with all the latest specs and stats from Audi on the performance and equipment these models will offer executive limo buyers.

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2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line - Driven

2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line - Driven

Seeing a line of pristine Carrera White Audi’s from across the paddock at Autobahn Country Club was almost enough to make a guy start jogging to get the first seat time. The brand-new S Q5 was on the pre-event list of attendees, and the new grille finish of the Q5 in brilliant white was very promising.

Within closer range, the “TDI clean diesel” script was visible on the side of almost all ten Audi’s on offer for the car writers to sample. The A7 and A8 were common sights leaving the club gates, but at least one car writer was mildly disappointed.

Not only was the S Q5 not present, but diesel engines all around? Eek. One bright spot was visible: a gigantic white Q7 with some snazzy fender flares on anthracite grey alloys.

Also... a diesel, but this was more TopSpeed style.

A quick blast up to my gravel road photo spot was enough time to fall head-over-heels for the big Q7, even as its replacement is firmly on the horizon for 2014 or 2015.

This Audi is a creamy beast with torque for days even in the 3.0-liter TDI specification. The real clue to its fresher-than-average looks is the S-line trim worn by the tester, which brings along a host of sporty programming options and décor inside as well.

When a Cayenne is too bouncy, and an Escalade is too soft, look no farther than the Q7 TDI S-line for a seven seats and a ride that is ’juuusst riight’.

Click past the jump for all the beautiful sunny photos of the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line, plus some first-hand observations on how the small-capacity diesel engine performs.

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2015 Audi A8 Hybrid

2015 Audi A8 Hybrid

Deep in the press preview of next month’s public reveal of the 2015 Audi A8 facelift, a nugget of very newsworthy information is buried: the 2015 A8 will be offered as a four-cylinder, front-drive hybrid for the first time.

Ditching the quattro all-wheel-drive that is otherwise an A8 standard feature, the A8 Hybrid model is important for a number of reasons. First off, it is a full hybrid with a Li-ion battery pack in the trunk allowing brief EV-only driving.

Secondly, it uses a small and powerful gasoline engine as the primary drivetrain, eschewing the intellectual preference for diesel-electric hybrids from the European luxury brands. This gasoline setup means its performance and economy will be highly tailored to the American and Chinese markets, with arrival in U.S. dealers with the rest of the remodeled A8 gang next spring.

The major reason this car is important is of course its primary USP: fuel economy. With a quoted 37 mpg on the U.S. cycle, the A8 Hybrid will comfortably be able to add 10 mpg to the fuel economy of the second-most-efficient (U.S.) engine: the supercharged quattro V-6 A8 3.0 TFSI.

All the A8’s rich and formal styling, LED lighting and interior tech upgrades promise a new A8 experience, but with a relaxed drive more along the lines of the Lexus ES350h than any previous exec hybrid from Germany. Previous eco-themed limousine models from BMW and Mercedes for the American market, like the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, were both total sales failures with almost no economy incentive for buyers.

Click past the jump for the full preview of the 2015 A8 Hybrid, with all the latest details from Audi about its power outputs, EV range and in-car WLAN hotspot technology.

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2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet

The gifts just keep coming from Audi’s quattro performance tuning division: stunning first official images of the brand-new 2014 RS5 Cabriolet, which will be coming to American Audi dealers later this fall.

Joining the R8 and the new RS7, the RS5 Cabriolet brings enough horsepower and visual aggression to break glass with just one stare. Yes, the Audi’s LEDs are not exactly the friendly smile worn by many cars in traffic. The metallic honeycomb grille is gigantic and looks capable of ingesting a whole family of birds at its 174 mph top speed.

The atmospheric V-8 produces 450 horsepower, with an optional sports exhaust and Black Optics package hiding the twin coffee-can oval exhaust outlets under the diffuser panel. These cans are so large that they define the lower rear graphic of the RS5, and look really incredible with the sharp bumper corners up top. Dark wheels bring standard steel discs with an interesting fluted edge design, but carbon ceramic brakes are available for ultimate autobahn stopping power.

Any tradeoff versus the RS5 coupe yet? Wind in your hair, Audi’s classic aluminum brightwork on the windshield surround, and a flat soft-top all seem better than the coupe. Seating for four is also possible in the RS5 Cab, which loses only 2 cubic-feet of luggage room with the top down.

A $10,000 premium sees RS5 Cab base prices at $78,000, but the optional comfort seats with heat and ventilation look ideal for this beach bruiser, so budget about $85,000 in total for the Black Optics upgrades as well.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet, the hottest four-seat Audi drop-top ever made.

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2013 Audi RS Q3 Concept

2013 Audi RS Q3 Concept

China’s ever-growing automotive market has became such a boon for a lot of automakers that concept vehicles that would otherwise be introduced in auto shows like Frankfurt or Geneva are already making their way to either Beijing or Shanghai.

For their part, Audi is bringing one of these concepts to the 2012 Beijing Auto Show: the 2013 Audi RS Q3 Concept. This concept serves as a response to some Audi drivers that just needed a little more “umph.”

The RS Q3 Concept is a fresh look at what an RS-badged Q3 crossover could look like and since Audi has just released the Q3, it appears that we won’t have to wait long to see a production model soon.

As for the concept itself, the RS Q3 Concept looks hot in its blue-and-black color scheme. As an RS model, Audi also added several RS elements to the concept’s overall look, including a black honeycomb grille, tinted headlights, a new bumper with graping air intakes, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels. The RS Q3 is planned to borrow the same 2.5-liter engine from the Audi TT RS, so getting that little extra something should be simple for Audi lovers.

Unfortunately, the Q3 will not arrive in the U.S. until later in 2012, and the RS Q3 has yet to be mentioned in the same breath as the U.S. With the growing love for crossovers here, it may become a possibility. Also the fact that the TT RS finally made its way here greatly increases the chances of us U.S. buyers seeing the RS Q3. So let’s have a look at the upcoming RS Q3’s information, courtesy of Audi’s latest press release.

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