Audi Car Reviews

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Introduction, Exterior

There’re many benefits in being part of huge auto group like the Volkswagen Audi Group. Well, for one, you have unhindered access to the huge parts bin to pretty much fulfill any engineer’s wet dream. Think: Audi RS3 and you get where I’m going.

While this 1.4-litre A3 is the most basic model, it comes with some cracking credentials. For one, it shares the same MQB platform that the current Golf rides on. That means the A3 is set up for success right from the start considering the rave reviews its more recognizable cousin is getting.

 

Exterior

On first impression, you’ll be hard pressed to tell that this is the latest A3. Considering that much of the body lines are similar if not the same as the previous model. That’s just Audi st...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 12 Sep 2013
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Introduction

A time not so long ago, the RS badge was only reserved for Ingolstadt’s most worthy models and for a time, the only models that were truly worthy in the Audi range was the RS4 and its larger and much more menacing brethren, the RS6. The RS4, shod with a snarling V8 while the RS6 got a bonkers V10 from a Lamborghini Gallardo. And as if that wasn’t enough, the nutters decided to bump up the power figures further with a pair of turbos and created a 580bhp monster!

Since the last great monster however, Audi has started attaching their most esteemed badges to nearly everything in the range. Following in BMW’s penchant for slapping their ‘M’ badges on everything these days. Even a diesel!

Spoilt with so many ‘RS’ badged launches in the pas...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 27 Aug 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

When you think of an SUV, dynamic performance wouldn’t be high on your list of expectations considering the generally higher suspension and soft damping most often associated with these lumbering beasts.

Well, the Q5 is Audi’s counter argument to the idea of SUVs being poor performers in the handling department. 

Exterior

Externally, the medium-sized Audi remains much the same retaining much of the same lines of its larger Q7 sibling but in a slightly smaller package. The 2013 version looks similar the previous model but with slightly tweaked headlights.

The iconic Audi daytime running lights now encompass the entire headlamp and are more distinctive. Same goes for the tail lamps that get the LED treatment. Less obvious though is t...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 3 Jul 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

Audi has always had a penchant for being a crowd pleaser with a model suited to each and everyone’s individual needs. With that many models, Audi segregates the performance levels to their ‘A’, ‘S’ and ‘RS’ models.

In the ‘A’, you buy into the quality interior and prestige of the Audi brand and get a slight preview of the dynamic capability of Audi’s chassis and All Wheel Drive systems.

Scaling the ladder, things start to get more nutty as you enter the ‘S’ badged models that feature larger engines and a more comprehensive dynamic package.

Once you hit their flagship ‘RS’ models however, all your clichés about Germans being all too serious falls on to the wayside. No matter what their brochures say, there is nothing more bonkers tha...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 25 Feb 2013
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Introduction

Audi has a knack for filling or creating a market segment where there isn’t one to begin with. Much like Apple with its iPad tablet that seemingly created a gizmo that we never knew we needed.

In the case of Audi however, it is not alone in the entry-level SUV crossover segment. With the introduction of the re-engined BMW X1, it finally gives the Bavarian an engine worthy of its chassis in the way of a 2.0-litre twin turbo lump. This thrusts the Beemer directly into the Q3’s path.

The Swedes are also joining this party with their newly launched Volvo V40 XC. While the V40 is bringing only a 1.6-litre to the fray, we expect it to make quite an argument for your monies taking into consideration its other plus points.

Yes, we see a twin ...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 5 Feb 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

‘Women age like fine wine’, they say. 

Well, that saying doesn’t just apply to women; it applies to some cars as well, especially those that, despite being introduced some six years ago, still remain fresh. Sounds like a future classic, doesn’t it?

The car we’re referring to today is Audi’s TT. So what’s new this time around? A new smaller engine; which of course also mean lower price tag. 

The TT range is quite a wide one. Prior to the introduction (or reintroduction?) of the 1.8-litre variant you’re about to read about today, it started off with the 2.0-litre four pot, then a higher-powered TTS and then the ultimate TTRS, with a 2.5-litre five-pot turbocharged unit nestled under the bonnet.

But on a more personal note, my favourite...

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Story by Azfar Hashim, photos by Azfar Hashim and Joel Tam posted 29 Jan 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

SUVs are a dime a dozen in our market, which is an interesting case if you think about it, considering how small our market is, and there is no space for SUVs to be exploited here. 

That said, the pick up rate for SUVs, particularly those in the premium segment, are surprisingly high, which should explain why every brand has at least one in their product line up.

Now let’s focus on Audi’s Q5. It’s a brilliant product when it was first launched here somewhere back in 2009: nicely shaped, potent engine and transmission combo and most importantly, it’s an Audi. Of course with COE prices back then less ridiculous than what it is right now, the Q5 was flying off the showroom floor like hot bagels…

And the fact that BMW’s X3 was aging, Volv...

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Story and photos by Azfar Hashim posted 14 Jan 2013
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Introduction, Exterior

Up till today, this luxury executive hatchback (obviously you cannot consider them sedans) class – a segment only Audi, BMW and Porsche are competing in – still polarizes opinion. You might want to accuse Audi of building a segment filler as a vain effort; but it’s just too good to be “just a segment filler”.

All that said, the base A7 obviously works. Somehow. So now meet it’s sinister brother: the S7.

Here’s the thing: you would look at a car like this only because you want something that is fast yet subtle. Not over the top. Deserves respect on the road. And looks so classy.

The S in S7 must have meant “Superrrrrrr 7”. It has all the proper add-ons to make it go super fast: a sporty front bumper that was obviously given much thought by t...

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Story by Azfar Hashim, photos by Low Fai Ming posted 4 Nov 2012
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