Monday, April 26, 2010

2010 Audi A6

The 2010 Audi A6 ranks 5 out of 13 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 59 published reviews and test drives of the Audi A6, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

The Audi A6 combines exceptional performance with one of the finest interiors offered in the Large Luxury Car class.

The Audi A6 tends to trail behind the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of sales -- but that could be a sign that Americans are missing out on a very capable car.

The Audi A6 has one of the nicest interiors available, even at its price. It's also a fine performer.

The A6 received a design refresh for 2009, so little has changed for 2010.

The key to the A6's appeal is the optional Quattro All-Wheel-Drive Sstem. Reviewers say that, without Quattro, it doesn't handle as well as some competitors; but with Quattro, it's the almost the equal of the canyon-carving BMW 5-Series. The A6 also outclasses the BMW, and many other rivals, with its well-designed passenger cabin (reviewers love the available cocoa leather).

Just as the optional AWD system makes a dramatic difference in the car's performance, a buyer's choice of engine can radically change the character of this car. Reviewers are particularly impressed with the available 3.0-liter supercharged V6, which offers smooth power delivery and accelerates like a V8, but offers the fuel economy of a V6.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

2010 Audi A4

At first glance, it may appear as though the 2010 Audi A4 lineup has been eviscerated. The convertible is gone, and so is the V6 -- what's next, cloth upholstery and crank windows? In actuality, though, there are perfectly good explanations for both developments. The good folks at Audi haven't lost their minds, and the 2010 A4 remains an eminently desirable sport sedan/wagon with arguably the nicest interior in this segment.

Now for the explanations. Let's start with the convertible. Last year's A4 drop top was an outdated design based on the previous-generation A4, so its torch has been passed to the foxy new A5 Cabriolet. As for the pricey V6, it couldn't even outperform the base turbocharged four, so Audi will henceforth send its new supercharged S4 (reviewed separately) into battle against upper-crust contenders like the BMW 335i, while the four-cylinder A4 2.0T will continue to lock horns with entry-level sport/luxury cars like the BMW 328i and Mercedes-Benz C300. See? It all makes sense. All is well in Ingolstadt.

One thing that hasn't changed about the A4 is its precise and balanced handling, which combines with its slick styling and upscale cabin to provide an undeniably premium driving experience. Indeed, the only pressing question about the 2010 A4 is whether that four-cylinder engine is up to the task given that most of its rivals offer smooth six-cylinder power. To be fair, the A4's turbocharged 2.0-liter four puts up competitive acceleration numbers despite its cylinder deficit. Yet the only luxury cars of this sort with four-cylinder power are ones on the fringe like the front-wheel-drive Acura TSX.

Otherwise, the 2010 Audi A4 is clearly one of the front-runners in this segment. We'd still recommend that A4 shoppers take a close look at the competition, including the aforementioned 328i (the only direct rival available as a wagon) and C300 as well as the Infiniti G37. Budget-minded shoppers might want to look at Volkswagen's Passat, which is available as a sedan or wagon and offers a detuned but still sprightly version of the A4's turbocharged four. So does the sleek Volkswagen CC, which also features a V6. But if you're after a premium sport sedan or wagon with an appealing mix of style and substance, you can't go wrong with the 2010 Audi A4.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Audi A6

Audi A6 cars

Luxury-car shoppers who love value have long cheered the Audi A6. And in true Audi fashion, the midsize A6 gives you a lot for a very competitive price. One of the A6's primary strengths is its deluxe cabin. Materials are first-rate, and the overall design is nothing short of class-leading. Its winter-weather capability is another plus. A6s are available with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which distributes power to all four wheels, making icy roads more manageable. But the car's most compelling asset concerns value. In terms of overall quality, the Audi A6 is right up there with other midsize luxury cars, but it costs thousands less. A used A6 represents an even more affordable proposition.

Audi A6 TDI

Audis Latest 3.0-litre TDI Quattro A6 Looks Set To Present Rivals Premium Manufacturers With A Challenge That Will Be Hard To Beat. Although boxing managers know that a good little un will always beat a poor big un, size counts in the executive car market. Take Audis A6, traditionally the shortest, narrowest car in the sector when compared to rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar. No longer. The third generation A6 has turned the tables on its opposition, entering the heavyweight division not only with more space but, in the case of the diesel 3.

Audi A6 prices

Audi A6 prices start from a reasonable 36,300.00 USD and reach 85,700.00 USD at the top end of the market and show a huge saving of up to 6,000.00 USD off list price. PCP Car Finance and leasing options are also available.

Audi A6 Quattro

Audi improved its midsize sedan across the board, with the possible exception of the new familial grille treatment. Adding a substantial 3.2 inches between the wheels but less than half that in overall length, the new 2005 Audi A6 4.2 Quattro now stretches out 193.5 inches and offers impressive handling and performance when equipped with the V-8 and Sport suspension options. A full list of standard in-car gadgets complements top-notch materials and design to make the A6's cabin among the best in the business. Options such as the navigation system and satellite radio are integrated nicely into the Multi-Media Interface (MMI) and allow the use of voice commands, enhancing the overall driving experience rather than overwhelming the driver with potential distractions. We found the MMI particularly usable, even though it lacks a touch screen, but some of the A6's amenities require time spent studying the owner's manual.

Audi A6 Allroad

In terms of ride, the Audi reigns supreme. The standard height-adjustable air suspension has five models - there are off-road presets, while predictably the 'comfort' setting provides the best ride, and 'dynamic' reduces body roll in bends. The handling is composed and stable, and the steering precise, if a little lifeless. Overall, the Allroad does a good job of ironing out bumps and makes a fine long-distance cruiser. Mot models sold will be diesels, with the 2.7-litre V6 TDI forming an admirable entry-level model. Smooth and quiet, it's blessed with an excellent Tiptronic six-speed auto too, though larger engines will be needed if performance is paramount.

Audi A6 diesel

Forget the smog-spewing oil-burners of old--a whole new generation of cleaner diesel cars is on its way to U.S. showrooms. In anticipation of the new wave of European-sourced diesels, we got our hands on an Euro-spec Audi A6 3.0 CDI to see how it compared with its gasoline equivalent. Having put it through a number of highly scientific emissions tests and the obligatory zero-to-60 run, we have to admit to being fairly impressed.

Audi A4

Audi A4 cars

The 2010 Audi A4 comes with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Audi A5. As such, the A4 also offers 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (22/30 mpg with Quattro). Switch the manual transmission for an automatic, and the EPA rating dips to 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. With the exception of the Lexus HS hybrid, the A4 offers the best fuel mileage in the mid-size luxury vehicle class. Both a sedan and Avant wagon body style are available.

Audi A4 TDI

Two out of three models that Audi will be unveiling next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show are likely to come to North America. The A4 TDI clean diesel will make its debut with the latest edition of the firm’s 3.0-liter diesel V6. While the TDI V6 has been available in the current generation A4 since it launched early last year, the new one adds the same 2,000 BAR common rail fuel system and urea injection found on the Q7 and VW Touareg now available in the U.S. market. US fans would probably like the V6 TDI A4 for its torque. It appears that it’s likely to arrive in US shores since the gas V6 was discontinued for 2010.

Audi A4 prices

Retail Price for the A4 sedan will start at $32,700, while MSRP for the A4 Avant will start at $34,500. The 2009 Audi A4 Avant price starts at $34,500 and the sedan version price starts at $32,700.

Audi A4 Avant

Audi took the wraps off its redesigned A4 Avant station wagon for the 2009 model year. Based directly on the new A4 Sedan, the Avant model is larger and more advanced than its predecessor. Compared to the old model, the proportions have been adjusted noticeably. The front overhang has been shortened, and the hood and the wheelbase have gained considerably in length. The newly developed five-link front axle has been shifted farther forward. This ensures that the axle loads are better distributed, thereby improving handling.

Audi A4 Quattro

Even in the UK, the formula has its fans, which is why last year's championship winner, Audi, is launching a special edition to celebrate its success - and Auto Express has driven it first. Unfortunately, there is no race-bred V8 under the bonnet of the A4 DTM Edition - this car is based on the 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI quattro. Still, careful tuning has pushed power from 197bhp to 217bhp, enough to shave a third-of-a-second off the 0-60mph time, dropping it to 6.9 seconds. Top speed is now 152mph, while hauling the DTM to a stop are new ventilated and cross-drilled front disc brakes.

Audi A4 Allroad

It’s an estate that thinks it’s an SUV! The A4 allroad follows in the footsteps of the larger A6 allroad by equipping a plush family car with the ability to tackle the rough stuff. But do the dubious modifications bring anything new to the table and more importantly, can they justify the significant price hike? The formula is fairly simple. Take an SE-spec A4 quattro Avant and raise the ride height by 37millimetres, giving it just 20 millimetres less ground clearance than the more rugged Q5. Then add an off-road ESP system and finish it off with more utilitarian plastic wheel arches and rugged bunpers.

Audi A4 Cabrio

The A4 Cabriolet is starting to feel its age on the road. Despite offering decent handling, the Audi's chassis can't offer the levels of rigidity found in BMW's excellent 3-Series Convertible. Over rough surfaces, you can feel shake through the body, and as a result the suspension patters over imperfections - so the A4 isn't as composed or as taut as it should be. The steering lacks sharpness, body roll is noticeable and it feels nose heavy as well. But the car's responses are never anything other than safe and predictable. There's a large engine range, including a 4.2-litre V8, but most buyers choose smaller turbocharged units, such as the 2.0-litre from the Golf GTI, and VW Group's ubiquitous 2.0-litre TDI. All are effective, though we'd recommend you give the CVT automatic a miss. Luckily, there are two other options - a manual and Audi's popular DSG semi-auto.

Audi A8

Audi A8 cars

The A8 is the ultimate Audi saloon. It has a lightweight aluminium construction and an interior that rivals the super-luxury, silly-money machines in the class above. The competitors are the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class, Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS.

Audi A8 2010

Simply put, the Audi A8 is the pinnacle of luxury and performance. The A8 normal wheelbase’s character as a true driver’s luxury sedan is enhanced with its standard 19” wheels and trunk-lid spoiler. The A8 L, long wheelbase, is more luxury and comfort focused, with generous rear legroom, front-seat ventilation and massage, and standard 18” wheels.

Audi A8 TDI

Audi is about to thrust its new flagship A8 sedan upon the world but UK magazine Autocar has already had a chance to sample one. At launch, the all-wheel-drive sedan will have three engine options: a pair of 4.2-liter V8s in gas and diesel flavors and a 3.0-liter TDI diesel V6. The 3.0-liter is a familiar configuration for Audi, but the unit in the A8 has apparently been re-engineered. With 250 horsepower, it provides ample performance for the big sedan.

Audi A8 prices

All three versions of the 2011 Audi A8 have energy recuperation technology and the 3.0TDI is also equipped with an engine start-stop function. The 2011 Audi A8 price starts at 94,900.00 USD for the 4.2 FSI, at 84,300.00 USD for the 3.0 TDI and at 98,000.00 USD for the 4.2 TDI.

Audi A8 diesel

The Audi A8 can save you a lot of money on gas. Audi A8 car has many versions of this model but this is the big engine and very economical car. The car has an enormous 8 cylinder, 4.2 liter, 350 horsepower, twin-turbo engine. Other Audi A8's that even have a smaller engine; they still don't do as well fuel economy per gallon. The Audi car makers say that this diesel version will consume about 40 miles to a gallon. That is going to save a lot of money in a year, compared to all of the other diesel cars.