Audi is one of the best selling luxury car brands in the world today thanks to its consistent delivery of great performing vehicles that epitomizes luxury, comfort, and style. But how good are the Audis in 2015? The answer to this question can be partly answered by the brand’s performance in 2014 which sold a total of 182,011 vehicles showing a 15% sales increase from 2013.
Fortunately Audi is still pushing the envelopes of excellence in car making and this year, three of its best performing cars will be scrutinized in an attempt to provide a baseline comparison of its vehicle line up for this year and how this will improve its outlook come 2016.
The 2016 Audi Q7
The 2016 Audi Q7 boasts a lot of upgrades but perhaps one of the most noteworthy is its weight reduction that hits the 717 lbs mark. This is an impressive weight trim that was made possible by the vehicle’s design simplification. It ditched the need for the vehicle to perform well off road thereby allowing the suspension to be lighter by more than 200 lbs.
The Q7 also made extensive use of aluminum making the base car 209 Lbs lighter. Electrical architecture was improved and the transfer case was relocated making the vehicle lighter still. The redesign of the car made it 2 inches lower achieving a wagon-like stance. With its width and height, the Q7 looked like it had a major design overhaul.
The Q7 has a new supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine that churns out 333 horsepower and a V6 TDI turbo diesel that is capable of providing 272 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. But for those who want to have more fuel efficient Q7 then the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine would be a good choice which produces a decent 252 horsepower.
The Q7 is bristling with performance enhancing features like the electronic center differential that allows the car to distribute power to the four wheels as the need arise. It also has brake based torque vectoring technology and an optional rear wheel steering for added agility for parking in tight spaces.
The Audi Q7 also has the traffic jam assistant that controls the brakes and throttle at highway speeds of at least 37 mph. Safety features include lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control just to name a few. With a price tag of $49,225, this car is a buy with very minimal regrets, perhaps none for some car buyers.
Audi A3 Cabriolet
The Audi A3 is one of the bestselling vehicles of Audi in 2014 and this year is no exception. But the entry of the A3 cabriolet makes this car more exciting. This beautifully made car is heavier by 300 Lbs to the 2015 A3 2.0 sedan but the leather interior and the drop top experience makes this a worthy compromise.
The A3 cabriolet has a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine that produces an ample 220 horsepower with a 258 lb-ft torque at 1600 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic. The car can go from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, impressive enough for an all-wheel drive vehicle. Fuel economy is good with 23 mpg for city driving and 32 mpg on the highway. The car comes equip with a drive select system that makes throttle response better and can also improve the car’s transmission calibration.
The car sells for as low as $39,525 and as high as &45,475. This is a possibly good deal for some drivers who want to have the reliability of the A3 with the adventure offering of a cabriolet.
The 2016 Audi A6 might have some very subtle facelift to the dismay of many car enthusiasts but Audi succeeded in making sure that the A6 platform will remain intact but with key design improvements that can wow even the most avid fans of Audi. The A6 sedan has a better looking headlight now, the air intakes in the front are low enough to make it attractive, and the taillights looked more tidy and elegant. There is little not to like about this car on the outside. But what impresses for sure is the car’s new power train.
The car’s noteworthy power plants are the following:
- 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine
- 3.0 liter V6 TDI
- 3.0 liter supercharged V6
These engines can provide for 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, 330 hp with 325 lb-ft of torque, and 240 hp with 428 lb-ft of torque respectively. These are paired with either a 7-speed dual clutch automatic with a manual shifting mode or an 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.
The Audi A6 has a price range of $46,000 to $60,000 depending on the variant. The good news for this vehicle is that it relies heavily on its long term top ratings as a reliable luxury sedan. Little has changed and this is good news for those who want to buy one of these.
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