Audi Car Reviews

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Introduction, styling

Gone are the days when estates or station wagons were just considered as nothing more than utilitarian workhorses. Estates are now mostly for the lifestyle conscious and for those who prefer something more stylish than a regular three-box saloon.

Estates are hugely popular in places like Europe and Japan and a plethora of models are available on the market. The estate market here in saloon-dominated Singapore might be small despite returning stronger sales figures in recent years but there are still several stylish models from both bread and butter brands and premium makes that you can buy. One of the latter brands that offer estate models derived from executive saloons (a.k.a. executive estates) is Audi.

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 22 Mar 2012
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Introduction, styling

Four-cylinder engines in entry-level German executive saloon models used to be rather gutless and unrefined – remember the snail-like straight line performance past generation BMW 520is? The latest forced aspiration technology used by Audi and Mercedes-Benz for the A6 and E-Class respectively though has changed things in recent years. BMW might be one of the pioneers of turbo technology in road cars but the Bavarian car maker was somewhat slow to introduce forced aspiration to their entry level executive models.

BMW has now caught up with Audi and Mercedes-Benz by utilizing turbocharger to boost the performance and speed of its new entry-level 5 Series variant – the tax-friendly 2-litre 520i. Just like the 520i, the entry-kevel Audi A6 ...

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

Audi is a brand that is steep in racing history. The brand with the Four Rings won many Grand Prix with its Auto Union cars in the 1930s, dominated rallying in the early 1980s with the ur-quattro, won many touring car championships all over the world with the A4 and even dominated American Trans Am racing in the past.

The brand’s biggest racing achievements in recent years though are its Le Mans victories. Since 2000, Audi has won every single running of the prestigious Le Mans 24 hours race bar two. Among the victories, 2006 was a very special one – it was the first time that the race was won by a diesel-powered prototype, the Audi R10 TDI. Diesel powered race machines have won every single Le Mans race since with Audi winning a furthe...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai posted 5 Feb 2012
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Introduction, styling

The compact executive class is a hugely competitive one. Mercedes-Benz and BMW sell more C-Class models and 3 Series variants respectively than any other models in each of their line-ups. It is the same with Audi – the A4 is the best selling model in its range and together with its 80 predecessor, is Audi’s best selling model ever.

So it’s no big surprise when Audi sprung into action and announced an updated A4 range just months after Mercedes introduced the refreshed C-Class and more crucially, as soon as BMW’s recent unveiling of the new generation F30 3 Series. The latter will arrive on our shores in the first half of 2012 and incidentally, the refreshed A4 range will also be in Singapore by June.

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Story by Raymond Lai in Cascais, Portugal Photos by Audi and Raymond Lai posted 12 Dec 2011
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Introduction, styling

These days, many out there are labeling car designers as rather lazy as the new models they pen seem to look rather similar to an outgoing model or just a scaled down or scaled up version of an existing larger or smaller model respectively. Take the Porsche 911 for example – it’ll take a Porsche aficionado or freak to be able to immediately differentiate the new 991 gen car from the outgoing 997’s. Another example is the latest F30 BMW 3 Series – I’m pretty sure there will be many out there who will agree with me that it looks like a scaled down 5 Series, especially from the rear.

Another case in point is Audi with its latest generation A6. Many out there will say that the A6’s styling lacks imagination as depending on the angle, it loo...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 15 Nov 2011
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Introduction, styling

High COE prices these days have meant that luxury executive saloon models like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are dominating the local sales charts. BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s other German rival Audi obviously intends to eat into the 5 and E-Class’s pie with its recently launched new generation A6.

It’s a rather unenviable task for the A6 to surpass and beat the well-established 5 Series and E-Class in the local sales charts but the new generation C7 A6 certainly has the mantle to take the fight to its competitors, judging by the brief drive that we had in it in Abu Dhabi back in June.

The new A6 is now finally here and it’s all ready to enter the executive car fray to do battle with the 5 and the E-Class, well, except that th...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 10 Oct 2011
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Introduction, styling

The relaunch of the Mini brand in 2000 has proven that premium feel and quality can be replicated in a compact city car or a supermini. More than a million Minis have rolled out of the Oxford plant and found homes worldwide since 2000. With the success BMW has had with the Mini brand, it was just a matter of time before premium competitors like Audi zooms in to have a slice of the Mini’s premium compact car pie, hence the introduction of the A1.

The A1 though, is not the only stylish supermini to want a slice of the Mini’s pie in recent times. Citroen too has introduced a stylish small hatchback in the form of the DS3. By reviving the iconic and evocative DS moniker, Citroen hopes that the DS models can be considered to be premium and h...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Joe Yeo posted 15 Sep 2011
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Introduction, styling

The relaunch of the Mini brand in 2000 has proven that premium feel and quality can be replicated in a compact city car or a supermini. Almost two million Minis have rolled out of the Oxford plant and found homes worldwide since 2000. With the success BMW has had with the Mini brand, it was just a matter of time before premium competitors like Audi zooms in to have a slice of the Mini’s premium compact car pie, hence the introduction of the A1.

We’ve already discovered how convincing the A1 is when we first tested the base 122bhp model a few months back. The A1 line-up was recently joined by a more powerful 185bhp twincharged model, well, if you discard the A1’s glitzy clothes, basically makes the range topping A1 a VW Polo GTI in drag....

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 6 Aug 2011
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