More motorsport victories than you can shake a shaft at, a gearbox which beats Ferrari and a Lambo-powered luxury barge.
And a supercar which beats a Porsche 911?
Yes – all this comes from a manufacturer which made its name in conservative, dependable and solidly-built luxury cars.
Audi turns 100 years old this week, charting a company history more complicated than the intestine structure of man. Ready?
It was first setup by August Horch, who named his company, erm, Horch. August Horch then quit and started another company, but couldn’t use his name because it was trademarked, and so translated his surname into Latin and used that instead.
Horch in Latin is translated as ‘Audi’ – which means listen.
So then Audi gets going, but there are three other carmakers in Germany. Then some war stuff happens, everybody shuts down, they all join together as Auto Union, make some motors, and then VW comes along and buys it up.
Anyway, long story short, Audi has made some pretty unbelievable stuff during its 100-year-tenure. And a lot of the good stuff has happened in the past ten years.
Buying a used car can have potential pitfalls – but it needn’t be a painful experience if you follow a simple set of rules and checks. We provide you a used car buying guide, which aims to provide all the advice and information to make the right choices when buying a used Audi Q5 car.
Check the information below to arm yourself with all the information you need to make the successful purchase of your dream car.
What type of car is Audi Q5?
Audi Q5 is Audi’s luxury compact SUV, The Q5 has a 3.2 liter, 270 horsepower gasoline V6 engine, with a six-speed automatic transmission. A clean diesel engine is in the works, but there is no announcement yet concerning date. For the horsepower it generates, it gets a respectable 18 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
With its moveable or removable back seat, the Q5 delivers almost 30 cubic feet of cargo volume, about average for the class. It has a maximum towing weight of 4400 pounds, again very respectable for the type of vehicle.
Interior Vs Exterior
The Audi Q5’s looks aren’t a great surprise, coming as it does as a baby brother to the Audi Q7.
Interior boasts aesthetically-pleasing, quality materials laid out intuitively. It’s practical too. The interior feels spacious, there are versatile storage solutions and boot space ranges from 540 litres with the rear seats in place to 1560 litres when they are flat.
The petrol offering is powered by the 211bhp 2.0 TFSI engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox and Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. This can power the car from 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph.
Standard model equipment includes 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, climate control, six-speaker CD/radio, front and rear electric windows and electronic parking brake. SE models feature 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, body-coloured bumpers, aluminium exterior window trims, leather upholstery, four-spoke leather-rimmed multi-function steering wheel, 10-speaker sound system and light and rain sensors. The range-topping S Line Models bring 19-inch five spoke alloy wheels, LED lights front and rear, exclusive styling and sports seats.
One of its key selling points is the classically elegant fabric top and fuel efficiency. The Cabriolet is powered by ultra-efficient TDI and TFSI engines.
This is the battle going on for years and years. Audi has attempted to claim the crown of ‘Ultimate sports saloon’.
The Munich manufacturer certainly makes a good case for itself – there’s the V8-powered M3 powerhouse, the sleek 6 Series, the stunning new BMW Z4 roadster, and the Godfather of the super-saloon segment…the 507bhp BMW M5.
On the other hand, Audi with its new TT RS debutant at the Geneva has given a great buying option to think at. With the great handling Audi RS4 and the massive Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, Audi has proved it can produce stylish SUV’s.
In the horsepower battle, the Audi S4 gives a tough fight to BMW M3. Some might think that BMW still overpowers because of its great chassis and superior steering wheel. While the S4 with its superior torque thrashes the M3 on in-gear times.
It seems that Audi has hinted BMW that it can give an equivalent sportier car in this performance battle.
Audi cars are generally one of the best reliable cars. The German car-maker is a favourite option for used car buyers. Audi are generally associated with luxurious, fast reliable and compact.
Buying a second hand car is always a big risk. It’s difficult to get all the true details of the car. So her are some quick tips before buying the Used Audi.
Learn as much as possible about the model you wish to buy.
- Know the good and bad points of the model. The problem areas are often not understood properly.
- Compare the model with its immediate rivals. Sometimes, you land up with the rival option if it suits more closely to your needs.
- Check if the car is reported or stolen or if it has any outstanding finance.
- While on test drive, carefully listen to the car, its engine.
- It’s worth taking it to a special repair station for a thorough inspection.
- Estimate the car’s running cost. Make sure to check which car insurance group your model is placed.
- Remember to check the service history of the car.
Some of the favourite used Audi’s:
The A3 looks every inch a premium hatchback. In an age of crossover vehicles the A3 looks more than the sum of its hatchback parts. The unique styling to rear windows is done in a pretty grown-up manner. The interior of this car is touched with quality. The controls are user-friendly and are easy to find. The car’s interior gives a feel that the car is for premium buyers.
Audi A3 is a practical hatchback with its sporty version consisting of the extra doors giving easy access to rear. When the boot is folded it can swallow 370 litres of luggage and shopping. The A3 is designed combining the benefits of a conventional six-speed manual gearbox and a modern automatic transmission. Audi has got a reputation to make quality and reliable cars, this Audi model also follows the suit.
The A3 is competent, rather than entertaining, to drive. Body control and grip are strong, but the light steering is short of feel. The steering adapts to the car’s speed with response varying for low-speed manoeuvring and higher speed changes in direction.
For some, Audi A3 might be a practical and premium car while for others it would just be boring and too expensive. Though its little towards the pricey side, it definately attracts buyers looking for grown up driving.
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