Audi Car Reviews

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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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Introduction, styling

The BMW 3 Series Coupe has always been the top choice for years now among those who wanted a compact premium coupe. In recent years though, the two-door BMW has faced stiff competition from coupe models from rival manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

In the case of Audi, its A5 coupe has done more than enough to remove the smirk off the BMW’s face but with the impending arrival of a new F30 3 Series based coupe entering the fray within the next 12 to 15 months, the Ingolstadt brand isn’t resting on its laurels and have recently revised and refreshed the entire A5 range with new styling as well as new powertrains and other mechanical tweaks.

When it was first launched over four years ago, the A5 coupe’s designer, Italian Walter ...

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Story by Raymond Lai Photos by Yang and Raymond Lai posted 14 May 2012
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Introduction, styling

The current generation A4 has been one of the most popular junior executive models since its introduction in late 2007, which means it has been a thorn in the BMW 3 Series’ side in recent times. BMW has recently introduced the new, sixth generation 3 Series to reclaim some of the lost ground the previous E90 3 Series had suffered against the A4. With the arrival of the new 3 Series, the A4’s supremacy in the junior executive class might not be as clear-cut as it was in recent years.

Audi is not sitting on its laurels with the A4. It has updated its most popular model in 2012 to counter the threat from the new F30 3 Series. Outwardly, the new A4 and its S4 performance brethren can be easily identified by the revised nose that makes the...

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Story and photos by Raymond Lai posted 26 Apr 2012
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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.

Avants are what Audi calls i...

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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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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.

Audi doesn’t call its updated mo...

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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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