Audi Car Reviews

109 car reviews

Introduction

Audi make some brilliant cars that go like stink, make a big impression in the parking lot, eat dirt roads and are perfect for cruising at 250+kph down German autobahns. But all that mass, density and power might seem like overdoing it on the way to Takashimaya. If only they could just shrink things a bit ... hang on, what's this? A shrunken Q7 - perfect!

Instead of a huge 3-litre V6 lump, there's a frugal 1395cc turbo inline four. Instead of mud-gulping 4WD, there's grippy front-wheel drive. And best of all, instead of a massive 2.4 tonne, 3 metre wheelbase juggernaut there's a petite 1.38 tonne, 2.6 metre long car-about-town that looks to the untrained observer just as cool as the big brother. Neat trick Audi, and thanks for the Q3.

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Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr posted 28 Sep 2015
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Sedans aren’t usually associated with sexiness. That’s a vocabulary usually reserved for coupes. But in the past decade, Germany’s big three have taken to melding these two different classes of vehicles into one. Combining their sex appeal with every day practicality. Mercedes-Benz started the trend with the CLS-Class which then spawned similar models from BMW and Volkswagen.

While nearly all of them combined the main points of ‘sleek and sexy’, none seemed better executed than the Audi A7 that came along. There was an equal measure of graceful sloping lines and a purposeful muscular stance that played off well on the theme. Given its five door hatchback configuration, it was practical too!

Now Audi has introduced an updated model th...

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Posted 8 May 2015
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Introduction, Exterior

Griping is a favourite local past time and one thing we gripe more than any other as a nation is the weather. But our sunny climate is actually made for cabriolets which explains the many models we have available here.

And the new A3 Cabriolet is a vast improvement over its predecessor and closing the gap with its bigger A5 Cabriolet brother. The new car is longer, wider and lighter than the one before which Audi says has improved its ride and handling.

 

Exterior

The new car looks sporty from every angle and has more presence than before. From the front, the aggressively styled lower bumper give the car a purposeful look that mimics its larger A5 brother. The side profile is clean and sleek with an interesting contour line rising ...

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Posted 12 Feb 2015
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Introduction

Flagship sedans are all about big numbers. From their length to the number of aircon vents, numbers seem to follow them. But in the case of the A8L, the smaller numbers has hyped its appeal. Audi is a forerunner in using aluminum in their construction and have used it to great effect on the Audi R8 supercar.

Applying this same technology to their luxury flagship, the car benefits immensely from its Audi Space Frame design that weighs 40% less compared to an all-steel construction. A smaller kerb weight has wide ranging effects on a car’s performance from its handling to fuel economy.

Tipping the scales at just 1,880kgs versus the Mercedes-Benz S400’s 1,945kgs, the 65kg difference equates to carrying one less person around.

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Posted 23 Jan 2015
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Introduction, Exterior

The Audi A8L is a quandary in itself. Besides being a true luxury sedan, the one featured here is quite the muscle car as well. Considering the immense ability hidden under the hood, it’s a mystery why we’re not seeing more of it on our roads.

The large Audi benefits greatly from the company’s expertise in lightweight aluminum construction. This makes the Aluminum Space Frame 40% lighter than an all-steel construction. Improving both efficiency and handling in the process.

 

Exterior

Those hoping to see more differences on this latest model would be slightly disappointed. Given that much of the car looks pretty much the same as before. However, the greatest change is in the reworked headlights and taillights that feature what Audi ...

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Posted 9 Dec 2014
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Introduction, Exterior

What immediately comes to mind when you’re asked to think of a four door sedan that’s bolted to a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine? Quite naturally for most people, the Japanese sports sedans will be the first on the list. While the Mitsubishi Evolution and the Subaru WRX gave rise to a whole new generation of driving enthusiasts, one can’t get far from its boyracer image and the magnetic attraction our hard working LTA officers have towards them.

Grown up and old, where else can a boyracer get his automotive thrills? Look to the Germans of course. Lately there’s a trend of shoving powerful 2.0-litre turbos into innocuous looking sedans. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is one such example. Shoved with a maniacal engine under the hood, the s...

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Posted 3 Sep 2014
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Introduction, Exterior

If you thought the Q5 reached its pinnacle in the supercharged 3.0 TFSI we reviewed last year, Audi has churned out something a bit faster. In its long standing tradition of ‘S’ badged sedan, this is the first time that Ingolstadt has given the same recognition to any of its SUV.

It’s safe to assume then that this latest SQ5 is every bit as deserving of that coveted badge as its low slung stable mates.

 

Exterior

Looking at the SQ5, you’ll be hard pressed to tell that it actually hides enough performance to equal other sports sedans. A perfect sleeper SUV we think. Very little betrays performance save for the subtle badging.

However the platinum grey grille and a revised bumper that shows off large intakes are pertinent clues to i...

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Posted 19 Jul 2014
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Introduction, Exterior

 

With the re-categorisation of COE, we see luxury sedans taking up places in the Category B ladder, leaving fewer than a handful of continentals to choose from in the lower rung category.

To go head on with the Mercedes-Benz CLA class or equivalent, Audi has earlier released the new A3 Sportback, which we thought was more than just the normal hatch on the road.

Going forward from the hatch, the A3 now sees a sedan variant for the first time, providing yet another feasible option for the potential driver.

Exterior

The A3 sedan takes on the same front facade as the Sportback, and an almost similar design to the rest of its predecessors.

The overhaul in the design of the A3 comes in when you take a closer look at its headlights compo...

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Posted 2 Jun 2014
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