Audi Car Reviews

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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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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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Introduction, styling

Before the introduction of the Audi A1, BMW’s Mini had the premium compact hatchback segment practically on its own. Since its launch, the A1 has been a thorn in the Mini’s side thanks to its fresh and stylish looks, superbly executed interior and unparalleled refinement among other attributes. Suffice to say, the A1 has so far been a resounding success for the Four Rings.

Audi though, is not resting on its laurels with the A1. To widen the appeal of its smallest model further, Audi has added a more versatile and more practical five-door version of the A1 in the form of the A1 Sportback. The new body variant was recently launched in Singapore and we’ve driven it in top spec 185bhp S line guise here.

 First unveiled as a concept at the ...

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Posted 14 Jun 2012
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Since the launch of the B8 model in 2008, the Audi A4 has been a hugely popular choice in the compact executive class. The A4 has been well loved for its well-proportioned looks, powerful turbo engines and premium feel of its interior among other things. With the arrival of the new F30 BMW 3 Series, Audi couldn’t have timed it better to introduce an updated A4 range.

Other than the new 3 Series, another model that Audi hopes the new A4 will steal sales from is the hugely popular Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The C-Class is so popular that it has been at the top of the Singapore sales charts in recent times, outselling even bread and butter models. How will the updated A4 fare against one of Singapore’s most loved cars, the C-Class then, itself...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 11 Jun 2012
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Introduction, styling

Striking the right balance between practicality and style in an estate car is no easy job – usually you either have a practical and spacious one like the squarish Volvo V70 or the big arse Subaru Legacy Estate, or a pretty and pert one like the Alfa Romeo 159 Sportwagon.

Audi seems to be able to get it right with their recent Avant models though, offering practical estates that somehow ooze style at the same time. Ingolstadt’s latest estate offering, the A6 Avant emphasizes this point once more.

Style wise, the latest A6 Avant cuts an even more chic stance than its popular predecessor. It shares its handsome front end with its saloon brethren but things start to change past the B-pillar. The roof falls away more gently towards the re...

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Posted 3 Jun 2012
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