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Audi TT Roadster

The Audi TT Roadster offers sensational styling, great performance and a high quality interior. The car’s sporty style is definitely a head-turner. The little Roadster comfortably seats two but will struggle to seat four.

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The car boasts a high quality of materials inside and out. Despite the car’s high volume of sales the car still manages to remain desirable and in demand. The car’s four-wheel drive ability provides superb handling and grip.

The little Roadster is mechanically sound and beautiful on the inside and out. The car will accommodate two adults comfortably in the front seats, but the rear seats are too small to accommodate adult passengers.

The little Roadster has been on the market for over five years and still manages to steal the show. The open-top is an attention getter. The Roadster is an easy car to drive in almost any weather. The car will turn a good pace but steering may not be sharp enough for enthusiasts.

The car’s steering is more than adequate though, and the car corners well and feels solid at all times. The car is fun to drive and looks awesome. Most people do not buy Roadsters because they are seeking comfort.

Practicality

The Audi TT Roadster is an expensive car to purchase, and insure. Add on a few optional extras and the price can quickly climb even higher. The price does not actually reflect the equipment being offered though and that is somewhat disappointing.

The Roadster was not designed for space. The car will adequately accommodate two adults and maybe a couple of kids in the back. The car’s boot is relatively small, but the rear seats can fold down in order to accommodate more cargo.

The car’s controls and dials are all functional and easy to use. They are of good quality and reflect well on the rest of the car’s interior. Displays are large and easy to read, and everything is logically placed.

Obviously the car was not designed for comfort. Comfort seekers may find the car’s suspension too hard. It will be fairly comfortable for front passengers. Space is better in the front seats, and the seats are supportive and comfortable. Rear passengers will not fair nearly as well on any front, and rear seats should only be used occasionally.

Accessibility to the car’s cabin is excellent for front passengers. The doors provide wide apertures and access should be unhindered to the front seats. Access to the rear seats is better when the top is down, but limited space once in doesn’t help matters much. The boot is easily accessible and shouldn’t pose any problems.

Parking the Roadster is fairly easy thanks to the car’s small size. The car’s extremities are easy to judge, and parking is made even easier with the top down. Top down parking allows for unrestricted visibility all-round.

Life Style

The Audi TT Roadster provides good driving appeal. The car provides a swift ride, a strong image, high quality and turns heads quite easily. The four-wheel drive system provides superb handling and grip. The latest 3.2 V6 model is not much faster but it does incorporate a superb automatic gearbox.

This is obviously not a family car. It is much too small to accommodate a family of any size. Even the boot is too limited to perform family duties. The car could easily be used as a fun second car to a family or even as a stylish commuter car.

This is not a good first car. The car’s initial purchase price will be more than what most first time buyers can afford, not to mention insurance will be high as well. The car may have too much power on offer for a novice driver. Other than that the car is really easy to drive.

Volvo has an excellent reputation for producing durable, reliable, high-quality products, and the TT Roadster is no different. The car has a positive image of its own and is received warmly wherever it goes. The car’s unique personality will be appealing to many buyers and spectators alike.

Security and Safety

The car comes equipped standard with remote central locking, an anti-theft device and an engine immobilizer. This is good given the car will have a lot of kerb appeal and could attract some unwanted attention.

The car’s standard safety features include front and side airbags, ESP, ABS, and EBD. The car also includes electronic traction control.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system includes a Chorus RDS Radio/Cassette with Cover and provides good sound quality. There are other cost options available but the standard unit seems to be of adequate quality.

The car comes standard with leather upholstery, and the car’s exterior looks attractive in a variety of colours. Red accentuates the car’s fun personality and curves. The car’s specification seems low compared to the car’s asking price.

Summary

The Audi TT Roadster is designed for fun, not practicality. With that in mind buyers should know that the quick little Roadster is a blast to drive, attracts plenty of attention, and buyers won’t be disappointed.

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The Audi RS6

The RS6 takes its place among a long line of high performance Audis. Interior and exterior enhancements improve the car’s performance and drivability, combined with the right engine choice Audi delivers one excellent automobile.

The RS6 provides adequate seating for five. Cabin space is decent and most passengers should be comfortable. The car comes standard with air conditioning and climate control, electric windows, and an optional sun roof is available. Audi also offers an impressive warranty package wit the RS6.

The RS6’s engine is a 4.2-litre V-8 that is more than adequate to power the car. The 4.2-litre V8 has been improved with the addition of direct injection and with custom-made internal parts to greatly increase the engines output.

The car has all the usual safety features included, and boasts good handling and steering. The car’s enhancements have improved the RS6’s driving capabilities and have made it more refined than its predecessor. The noted improvements combine making for a better overall driving experience.

Inside the RS6 the stylish seats adjust for maximum comfort and support. Inside, the cabin boasts many high-level standards, such as a really good stereo system, and several extras that help to make the car’s cabin a very comfortable place to be.

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Practicality

The RS6 isn’t the least expensive car in this sector. Insurance runs high, and running costs won’t be cheap either. Even if you choose the more fuel efficient diesel engine.

The front passengers have adequate head and legroom, while rear passengers also enjoy plenty of space. The boot is fairly large and can accommodate most reasonably sized packages.

The controls in the cabin are excellent. They are clearly labeled and easy to find. They are all logically placed. The car’s Multi Media Interface system controls vehicle navigation and audio settings. The cabin has a simple yet quality feel.

The RS6 is excellent on comfort. The seats that come standard with the car are adjustable and very comfortable regardless of passenger size, cabin space is also good and most passengers should be reasonably comfortable.

Accessing the RS6 is not difficult to access at all. Access is straight forward and shouldn’t pose any problems. The boot is easily accessible too, and very practically sized with a wide aperture.

The RS6 is a super easy car to park. It provides great all-round visibility, and comes equipped with both front and rear parking sensors. The car’s steering is light and helps out a lot when it comes to parking.

 

Life Style

The RS6 is a fairly expensive car that delivers driving excitement with a powerful engine. The braking system on the RS6 is also excellent, suspension is good, and the grip is top-notch. The steering occasionally feels a little lacking, but over all the RS6 delivers a very decent ride.

The RS6 would make a good family car too. It provides plenty of room for all of its passengers and could easily accommodate a family with smaller kids or a family with older children. The car offers plenty of boot space, and the RS6 has a lot to offer in the way of passenger comfort even on long trips.

The RS6 is not a practical first car. It is expensive to purchase and expensive to run. Even though it is an easy car to drive it offers too much power for a beginning driver, and insurance would be costly.

This is a quality car. The RS6 makes use of quality materials inside and out and that is very obvious from the look and feel of the car. The RS6 has a good public image and reflects well on Audi’s reputation for quality and reliability.

 

Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include a Thatcham–approved alarm system. There are other optional security add-ons available, such as; double glazed windows, and tracking devices.

The RS6 has been designed with safety in mind. The car comes equipped with the usual array of various airbags, ABS, ESP, Xenon headlights, a strong body shell, and other features that help to enhance the safety of the vehicle.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio system includes a radio/CD player as standard. The system is of good quality and produces excellent sound quality. There are some upgrades available as cost options.

Most of the interior colors are comprised of dark greys and blacks, there are lighter options available. The cabin’s chrome and silver trim keeps the cabin from feeling too dark. The instrumentation and displays have good backlighting, and leather trim comes as standard.

 

Summary

The RS6 comes with a high price tag, but that price is matched by the RS6’s high standard of quality and attention to detail. It’s easy to drive, comfortable, and delivers an excellent performance when driven enthusiastically. The engine also performs well regardless of choice.

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Audi A1 Car Review

The Audi A1 is based on Volkswagen’s fifth generation Polo but in profile looks more like a sturdy coupe than a supermini thanks to a TT-like roof silhouette and a line from the headlamps round to the bootlid. It is a more practical motor than many of its small car rivals and looks modern – spurning the recent fashion for retro design.

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Audi A1 Car Review Summary

When Audi decided to enter the supercar market with the R8 it astonished the critics and the company is expecting similarly good things from its new three-door front-wheel drive baby.

The A1 is available with three turbo engines – 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol units and a 1.6 diesel. The 1.2-litre is best in the urban jungle but in fairness all offer punchy performance while the diesel and 1.4-litre petrol make excellent cruisers on the motorway. The engines boast a long top gear to keep the revs down and the fuel economy figures up at higher speeds. The petrol engines are available with the glorious S tronic 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox but the diesel settles for just the manual transmission.

Practicality

The Audi A1 has easy-access front seats that ensure it’s not too challenging to get into the rear of the three-door motor, it is small and is set to rival the likes of the Mini Coupe, so it isnt practical for anyone who is going to be carrying big loads regularly.

There’s a decent amount of space in the back as the A1 offers good levels of legroom without removing the possibility of a decent-sized 270-litre boot. The same claim can’t be made for headroom in the rear though as it is limited by the inwards and downwards curvature of the roofline.

That said, four adults can travel inside without the need for Houdini-like flexibility and escapology.
The Audi A1 has three trim levels with each bringing a firmer suspension and bigger wheels. Care needs to be taken over which version is chosen as the A1 is a firm-ish car to start with. So by the time you get to S line trim on 17-inch wheels, the ride feels quite hard. As for handling, the A1 is light and easy in town and reasonably direct and agile elsewhere.

Fuel consumption on the Audi A1 Motor is helped by an engine stop-start system that has the added benefit of reducing the level of carbon dioxide emitted from the exhaust so keep running costs low.
The interior is well laid out with firm, supportive seats with lots of adjustment and an organised dashboard with big, clear instruments.

The windows aren’t very deep but there’s still plenty of glass area giving a good view out. A central control unit and screen give access to many of the car’s functions, and although the system isn’t as quick to operate as a touch-screen, it’s easy to get used to.

Life Style

What is good about the Audi A1 is that it brings the Germans’ style and luxurious touch to a car under four metres long.

It is the smallest and cheapest Audi in the range but it is no poor relation with soft-touch plastics in all the right areas plus switches and dials that have an expensive look and feel.

The Audi touchstones of reassuringly heavy doors, tactile controls and sheer comfort are all included. Audi claims the dash is modelled on aircraft wings – with ‘jet engine’ air vents – and the centre console around a ship’s stern, but in reality it’s not that eye-catching although there’s an air of maturity about it which belies its size.

It does achieve top marks though for making it feel like you are behind the wheel of an A3, A4 or A6 which is something manufacturers have been trying to achieve for years in the rapidly growing premium small car market.

In the main the Audi A1 is a refined and quiet car. The diesel engine can rattle when pulling away and there’s a bit of wind noise in all models at motorway speed, but that’s the extent of the noise making it into the cabin.

For those who like their cars to have a green tinge the start stop engine system ensures the rain forests can breathe more easily.

Security and Safety

Audi has a terrific record for theft prevention and this level of excellence is maintained on the A1 with alarm, immobiliser and central remote locking fitted as standard on all models.

In terms of safety the A1 goes way beyond the basics of six airbags and anti-lock brakes as there’s also stability control with an electronic rear differential to help you safely round corners plus daytime running lights and automatic beam adjustment among the options.

The Finishing Touches

The SE entry-level trim on the Audi A1 comes with air conditioning, radio/CD player, electric mirrors, front electric windows and power steering. Step up to the Sport and S Line trim packages and Audi add MP3/iPod connectivity, bigger alloy wheels, a hands free phone kit, Bluetooth connectivity and front fog lights.

Top 10 Audis

The clues in the title! This is our countdown of the top ten Audis available for you to buy today!

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a 4×4 that oozes quality for a target price of £29,284 – £41,718. It directly competes with the BMW X3 and the Land Rover discovery, and it certainly gives them a run for their money and we would say is easily one of the best cars in the class thanks to it offering ample amounts of space for both passengers and their luggage, more so than many of its competitors. It is also one of the best equipped 4x4s out there relative to what you pay for, and it’s by no means cheap. On the other hand whilst it is expensive to buy in the first place residuals are particularly strong with the Q5, so should you want to sell it on after three years, you will get a fair whack back.

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Audi Q7

The Q7 is another 4×4 from Audi and it looks gorgeous. It doesn’t hold onto its value quite as much as the Q5 unfortunately and it is pretty pricey, but we doubt you’ll want to sell it anyway, as the Q5 gives you an absolutely mind blowing performance regardless of which engine you go for. You can get the Audi Q7 with 5, 6 or 7 seats and there is heaps of space, though having said that the back two seats are probably best suited for kids if you go down the seven seat route. The Q7 was the first of the high end brands to offer seven seats apart from the Land Rover Discovery, but now it has even more competition in the form of the Mercedes-Benz GL, the BMW X5 and the Range Rover Sport. But despite this younger competition the Q7 Still holds its own.

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Audi Q3

Another member of the Quattro family, the Q3 is Audis Crossover entry which rivals the likes of the Mercedes GLA and the Range Rover Evoque. As you can imagine the Q3 has a heavy inspiration from its Q5 and Q7 relatives especially in terms of styling, to the point where it almost looks exactly the same as the Q5. As you can expect from Audi the Q3 is safe and reliable but still very fun to drive. Whilst it is smaller than the Q5, there is still just as much passenger comfort and there is good practical storage space. The Q3 should also have good residuals, so selling the Audi Q3 second hand should get you a pretty nice slice of the buying price back should you decide you want a new car.

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Audi A3

The A3 is Audis offering into the highly contested and competitive premium hatch category, so they really have to bring their A game if they want to stand a chance of doing well, and that they have! The Audi A3 has moved in a subtly different direction to other Audis in that it has opted for softer suspension and greater comfort, whereas they have been known to compromise these aspects for better handling. If you prefer the idea of handling over comfort however, do not fear as you can have it with the Sport and S Line Models.

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Audi A8

The Audi A8 is a luxurious saloon car that is a direct rival of the Mercedes Benz S Class. The S Class is no banger, but we believe that the Audi A8 not only matches the S-Class, but it also surpasses it. The A8 is on a completely different level when it comes to comfort, and this is before you splash out on available extras such as heated/cooled seats that have massage functions. If you aren’t sold on the saloon model but fancy the strong interior quality of the A8, you will be pleased to hear that Audi have promised the interior in the Audi A7 will be just as good. Unfortunately you don’t get a service package with the Audi A8 means you will have to shell out a fair amount of money on any maintenance you might require. Also luxury limos like the A8 don’t do great when it comes to depreciation, so you won’t have a great resale value should you sell on the Audi A8 second hand.

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Audi RS5

The Audi RS5 is a premium sports coupe which rivals some tough competition in the form of the BMW M3, the Toyota GT86 and the Mercedes E class. Despite its tough competition the Audi RS5 doesn’t get overshadowed at all. The RS5 is fantastic to drive, it can do 0-62mph in only 4.6 seconds and make a lot of nice if you want it to, on the other hand it can be refined and well-mannered when the time calls. It is also a pretty practical car, especially for a coupe, as it features a 455 litre boot and a lot of clever storage space in the cabin. Residual values shouldn’t be a problem with the RS5 as it is a pretty rare model, so selling it as a second hand Audi RS5 should be pretty profitable.

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Audi TT

The Audi TT doesn’t need much in the way of introduction as it has seen much popularity since it arrived on the market in 1998. The thing that attracts most people to the Audi TT was most likely its looks, however, if you consider what is behind the looks of the TT, there is a great deal more to be excited about, not just its looks. It can do 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and it handles like a dream. Furthermore the Audi TT is cheaper than many of its rivals and it has a great resale value.

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I spy with my little eye: the Audi A3 Saloon

The Audi A3 Saloon has been spotted out in Scandinavia cold weather testing in preparation for its launch which is set to take place late in 2013. The Audi A3 Saloon has been on our radar since it was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011.

Despite the Audi A3 Saloon going on sale in the UK, it has been made to target the markets in the US and China in order to go head to head with the Mercedes-Benz CLA.  It is expected to cost a few thousand pounds more than its Audi A3 hatchback equivalent.a3

The Audi A3 Saloon is built on the MQB platform which it will share with the A3 hatchback, MK7 VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and the SEAT Leon.

The Audi R8 e-tron is the fastest electric car round Nurburgring

A new fastest lap time for electric cars has been set around the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, by the Audi R8 e-tron.

The model, driven by racing driver Markus Winkelhock, completed the 12.92-mile track in an impressive 8:09.099 minutes. To give you an idea of just how quick that is for an all-electric vehicle, the Lamborghini Gallardo was less than 30 seconds faster round the same track at 7:46.audi

Michael Dick, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development had this to say “The R8 e-tron has given a magnificent demonstration of its potential on the toughest race track in the world. To us, electric mobility has never been about sacrifice, but rather is about emotion, sportiness and driving pleasure”.

The Audi R8 e-tron can accelerate from 0 – 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and usually has a limiter-induced top speed of 124mph, however this was raised to 155mph for the Nurburgring lap. Its electric motor achieves this producing 375bhp and 605lb-ft of torque.audd

The e-tron’s lithium-ion battery stores 49KWh of energy and this, combined with the light weight car parts used on the vehicle, gives it a range of 133 miles. It weighs 1,780kg.

It is really quite incredible just how well Audi have managed to design the R8 e-tron – it performs at an astonishingly high level for an electric vehicle and delivers a truly enthralling driving experience. The lap times of various other supercars around the Nurburgring track are listed below, which really shows just how impressive this feat was for the all-electric R8.
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