Audi Car Reviews

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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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Introduction, Exterior

Next to the 3.0-litre Porsche Panamera Hybrid ($357k without COE), 3.5-litre Infiniti M35h ($293k), 3.0-litre BMW ActiveHybrid 5 ($320k) and the one that began it all Lexus with its 3.5-litre GS450h ($317k), Ingolstadt’s 2.0-litre A6 Hybrid sounds the greenest in the lot.

And the cheapest one too: at $278k, with COE mind you. This ‘bargain’ should attract executives wanting something different - and green - to drive on a daily basis, or even fleet managers whose task for the next financial year is to lower petrol expenditures.

Looking at the exterior, there’s nothing much to give away that this is a different kind of A6. Look closer however, and you are sure to notice the ‘hybrid’ badges flanking both sides of the car, and also the boot. T...

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Story and photos by Azfar Hashim posted 23 Oct 2012
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Introduction, styling

Unlike its prestigious German competitors BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi is the only brand that has been offering two separate line-ups of performance models for some time now.  There’s the RS range, Audi’s equivalent of BMW’s M and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG cars. And then there’s the S line of performance cars. The S variants bridge the gap between Audi’s regular models and the supercar slaying RS cars. It was only recently that BMW finally followed in the footsteps of Audi to introduce M Performance models, a range that will go head-to-head with Audi’s S line of cars.

While BMW’s M Performance line features only the M135i as well as the oil burning, tri-turbo M550d and X5/X6 M50d models, each Audi model range from the A3 to the A8,  bar the ...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Munich Photos by Audi posted 2 Oct 2012
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Introduction, styling

When it comes to premium compact SUVs that is around the size of a family hatchback like the Golf, the BMW X1 has mostly had its own way since it was introduced about two years ago. As soon as the X1 was introduced to the market though, news filtered that one of BMW’s closest competitors, Audi was readying a rival to the X1 in the form of the Q3.

Without any imminent introduction of any other similarly sized premium SUV models from rival manufacturers on the horizon, the Q3 and X1 will be in a class of their own in the coming years. We’ve already tested the X1 in base form back when it was launched two years back but what about the Q3? The compact model that Audi calls an urban SUV is finally here and it’s finally time for us to put t...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 16 Sep 2012
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Introduction, styling

The R8 has been a revelation for Audi and is undoubtedly the brand’s halo car. The rest of Audi’s range has greatly benefitted in terms of image and perception thanks to the R8.

Since its introduction in 2006, Audi has launched additional variants of the R8 to supplement the original V8 coupe model. The first R8 variant to be introduced after the V8 coupe was the 5.2-litre FSI V10 in 2009. Next came the stunning looking topless Spyder in both V8 and V10 forms the following year. With the Spyder, Audi added a new dimension to the R8 experience. Audi didn’t just stop with the Spyder tough as a more hardcore, lightened and more powerful of the V10 coupe – the R8 GT appeared last year. The R8 GT coupe was a limited edition model of only 333...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 21 Aug 2012
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Introduction, styling

Since its launch back in 2008, the A5 range has been a resounding success for Audi, so much so that at one point, it even outsold the A4 models here in Singapore, where two-door coupe and cabriolet models are considered to be a tad impractical and family unfriendly. This impractical aspect of the A5 was somewhat addressed when Audi introduced a third A5 body style at the start of 2010 in the form of a svelte five-door hatchback, the A5 Sportback.

With the A5 Sportback, Audi had taken the recipe for the Mercedes-Benz CLS four-door coupe, shrunken it for a smaller model like the A5 and added fifth door to give the A5 Sportback overtones of estate, coupe and saloon body styles all rolled into one. Needless to say, the Sportback has further...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai posted 7 Aug 2012
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Introduction, styling

The premium compact hatchback market is about to become very exciting in the coming months. BMW fired the first salvo when it introduced the second generation five-door 1 Series late last year. Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz debut the new generation A-Class, Volvo surprised everyone with the V40 while Audi finally showed off the highly anticipated new A3.

The three new models, together with the 1 Series are hugely important as they make up for a substantial percentage of their respective marque’s annual total sales worldwide. In the case of Audi, the new A3 is the first in nine years and only the third since 1996.  

Outwardly, the new A3 might look remarkably similar to the old model in pictures but in the ...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Mallorca, Spain Photos by Audi posted 16 Jul 2012
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Introduction, styling

I will never forget reading on the cover of an issue of Autocar magazine back in 1994 - it shouted, “The RS 2, 0-30mph in 1.5 seconds, faster than a Mclaren F1”. An estate car that can out accelerate the great Mac off the line - how cool is that? Ever since then, I’ve always been intrigued whenever Audi offers a new RS-badged estate car.

The RS 2 Avant was the first Audi to receive the RS (RennSport) badge and is a collaboration between Audi and Porsche and was made at the latter’s Zuffenhausen plant between 1994 and 1995. The Porsche influences in the RS 2’s exterior are clearly evident thanks to the Porsche style Cup alloy wheels, the Porsche brakes as well as the Porsche look front and rear fascia. Porsche also optimized the RS 2’s s...

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Story by Raymond Lai in Spielberg, Austria Photos by Audi posted 28 Jun 2012
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