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2013 Audi allroad Review

Wednesday August 1st, 2012 at 11:88 AM
Posted by: jacolman

By Judy Colman

The hills around Denver, Colorado were alive with music, but not with the voices of the von Trapp family. This music emanates from the humming engines of Audi’s eighth version of their ‘B’ Segment lineup – the Audi A4, S4, A5, S5 and, again, the Audi allroad.

For 2013, Audi reintroduces the allroad, last available in the US in 2005. This new version replaces the A4 Avant in Audi’s model line. Now based on the A4 platform rather than the A6, the new allroad is faster and more energy efficient than its predecessor. A 211 horsepower, 2.0-liter, direct-injection I4, turbocharged engine provides plenty of oomph to tackle the Rockies while still delivering 23 (combined) mpg. 258 lb.-ft. of torque are generated at 1500 rpm. Audi links the 2.0T motor with an eight –speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. A manual transmission is not currently available. We tested quattro, Audi’s permanent all-wheel drive system, when afternoon thunderstorms all but obliterated the roadway. Grip on the slick, mountain curves never wavered on the standard 18-inch wheels shod with 245/45 all season tires.

The 2013 allroad receives the distinctive Audi “Singleframe” grille with vertical chrome struts and angled upper corners. That feature appears also on all ‘B’ Segment cars for a homogeneous look. Newly designed headlamps, fog lamps, side mirrors, taillights, and exhaust add to the fresh appearance. The new allroad’s longer wheelbase adds ride comfort and an additional 1.5 inches of ground clearance. That and a widened track makes off road trekking a little easier. Body cladding, traditionally a matte finished gray/black is also available in full paint finish.

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2012 Audi A4 2.0 Sedan Review

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Understated Good Looks, Practicality, Road Burner
Against: Weenie-looking Brake Discs Revealed by 19” Rotor Wheels

For German manufacturers, the most important racing championship in the world is the DTM. In English, that acronym translates into “German Touring Car Championship,” and every win in this series bestows bragging rights on the company that finishes first. For years now, the winning company has been Audi, and the winning car has been the A4. After spending a week in a well optioned A4, it’s not hard to see why this model wins the DTM so often, over fierce competition from Mercedes, Opel, and now, BMW. A properly equipped A4 is one of the best sports sedans in the world, and also one of the most affordable.

Over the years, the A4 has grown marginally in size, to the point where it’s now nearly as large as its bigger brother, the A6, once was. With an overall length of 185” and a wheelbase of 110” the A4 serves well as a 5 passenger sedan, with enough trunk space and interior room to keep all occupants happy on long trips. Given its 16.9 gallon tank, and highway mileage of 31 MPG, the A4 is capable of traveling over 500 miles between refills. If your A4 is equipped like our test car, you will relish every one of those miles. Let’s start with the base price of just $33,300. That buy-in gets you the base powerplant, a 2.0 liter, turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder motor that produces enough horsepower (211hp) and more than enough torque (258 lb.-ft.) to cope with any driving need. The base package also includes an ultra slick-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox, with well-defined gates between gears, well-chosen gear ratios, and an easily modulated clutch that makes choosing a gear a joy rather than a chore.

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Table of Contents – Editorial Car Reviews, Feature Articles

Tuesday October 11th, 2011 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

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Below is a comprehensive list of all the Expert Car Reviews and feature articles published on CarReview.com [updated 10/11/2011]:

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2012 Audi A6 Review – Being practical and passionate all in one

Friday August 12th, 2011 at 12:88 PM
Posted by: mtan

2012 Audi A6
By Ming Tan

Pros

  • Great balance – the car did everything well, from managing a mundane highway commute to ripping along a spirited windy road.
  • Styling – you can’t miss the profile of an Audi on the road, and as the first brand to embrace LED lighting technology, the car has a trademark stare. It’s sinister seeing the lights come towards you at dusk.
  • The 3.0 liter supercharged V6 – Audi’s awarding winning engine building skills have paid off again with the supercharged 310hp V6. It’s lively, smooth, and efficient with plenty of get up oomph to hustle down the road, especially considering the size of the car. The 325 ft-lbs of torque are easily accessible at a very reasonable range from 2900 to 4500 RPM.

Cons

  • Tire noise – The 19-inch sport package wheel and Pirelli P Zero tire combination proved to be a bit on the noisy side. Depending on road surfaces, the degree of annoyance varied.
  • Somewhat flat seating surfaces – the A6 Sport Package does not come with more aggressively bolstered S-Line seats that come with some other Audi Sport Packages.

Admittedly, I’ve always been an Audi guy. Over the years we’ve owned seven Audis, ranging from the fun to drive yet practical A3 to the vaunted RS4 muscle car. I’ve loved them all. I’ve loved them for their overall feel, comfort, sportiness, heritage, and emotion. And for a period, years ago, they weren’t everywhere on the road.

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2011 Audi Q7 Review

Wednesday July 27th, 2011 at 12:77 PM
Posted by: mash

2011 Audi Q7 S line Prestige
By Mary Ellen Ash

Yays:

  • Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System
  • Quattro permanent AWD
  • Adaptive Suspension
  • Smooth 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission
  • High quality parts and attractive styling
  • Power tailgate

Nays:

  • Complicated Audi MMI navigation system
  • Non-touchscreen capability for 7-inch LCD radio/navigation screen
  • No rear seat DVD entertainment system option
  • Luxury brand price-tag

The Audi Q7 was first released in 2005 and was Audi’s first entrance into the SUV market. Over the years, the German automaker has been tweaking its flagship luxury SUV and it hopes the 2011 model will not disappoint. High quality components and subtle luxurious features give buyers their desired pomp without being overtly gaudy. The top-notch engineering is noticeable throughout the vehicle, and the Q7 is filled with a vast amount of sophisticated luxury items and safety features.

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2012 Audi A7 Review – Sportback? Hatchback? Fastback? Just call it brilliant.

Monday July 18th, 2011 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2012 Audi A7
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth, powerful supercharged V6
  • Remarkable 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Well-balanced suspension provides comfort and performance
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, especially on the highway
  • Gorgeous, distinctive exterior design
  • Tons of available technology

Cons:

  • Annoying dashboard squeak
  • Rear legroom a bit cramped
  • Need to order the Sport Package for paddle shifters and sport suspension

Is it a hatchback? A sportback? A fastback? A 5-door coupe? Whatever you want to call it, the new Audi A7 is one magnificent automobile.

That might seem like an overly strong statement with which to open this review, but every now and then a car comes along that just does so many things well that you have to acknowledge its brilliance from the start. And then when it also offers a truly unique design, you have a car that is simply in a class by itself.

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2011 Audi S5 Review – A lot more than just a pretty face

Friday April 29th, 2011 at 2:44 PM
Posted by: twain

2011 Audi S5
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Timeless styling. This is a beautiful car that will age well
  • Steering and road feel
  • Rear wheel bias gives rear wheel drive feel with all wheel drive safety
  • Ride quality

Cons:

  • Rear seat room is tighter than Houdini’s escape coffin
  • You pay to play at the gas pump
  • Sunroof doesn’t slide back

The Audi S5 is the high performance version of the A5. It features 354hp vs. the A5’s 211, a whopping 67% increase. With this added horsepower, 0-60 times drop from over 6.5 to just under 5 seconds. This performance comes at a price premium, boosting base MSRP from $36.9k to $53.1k while dropping combined mileage (for the manual transmission variants) from 24 to 17mpg.

The model we tested had the upscale “Prestige Package”. The Prestige package adds the Multimedia Interface (MMI), driver seat memory, and parking assist with rearview camera. This car also had several additional options including the “Sprint Blue Pearl Effect” paint ($475), Navigation ($2,550), Sports Rear Differential ($1,100), and the 505-watt, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system ($850). These options, coupled with the base price of $53,100, Gas Guzzler tax and destination charge, brought the total to $60,250.

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40 MPG Cars – Affordable and Fuel Efficient

Tuesday March 29th, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Chevy CruzeWith fuel prices continually rising, 40+ mpg cars are looking like a great option for consumers who can’t afford or don’t want hybrid technology. Without breaking the bank, these affordable fuel efficient cars range from $15,000 to about $20,000 and all provide 40 mpg or more highway mpg driving. Companies that have joined the 40-mpg club are Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Hyundai, Chevrolet, and Smart.

Automakers are achieving the 40 mpg mark by using lighter-weight materials, modern gasoline powered engines with direct injection and six-speed automatic transmissions along with additional fuel-saving technologies such as low-rolling-resistance tires.

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2011 Audi Q5 First Impressions Review – Equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that packs a punch

Friday March 18th, 2011 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By contributing editor David Colman

Hits:

  • Price leader in its class
  • No decontenting in performance or luxe due to low price
  • Extremely stable in all conditions

Misses:

  • Paddle shift would be nice
  • Exterior a tad plain-Jane
  • Mirrors obscure side views

You might succumb to reverse sticker shock because the price of this Audi is so low. Opt for the new-for-2011 turbocharged, 4 cylinder, Q5, and your base price is just $35,200. The 2.0 liter power plant used across the VW/Audi model range in everything from the Golf to the A4 makes its debut in the Q5 this year. Yes, you do lose 69hp by choosing the 211hp turbo 4 instead of the 270hp V6. But that slight concession in power saves you thousands in base price at little cost in ultimate performance. There’s still plenty of pop for passing maneuvers, plenty of quiet for freeway cruising, excellent overall gas mileage (20 city/27highway), and lots of tow capacity (4,400 pounds). Trailer hitch pre-wiring is a nice standard feature.

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2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro Review – An intoxiating mix of performance, luxury and price

Friday February 25th, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: peter

2011 Audi A4

By Peter Newton

Driving Impressions: 2011 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic Sedan

Pros:

  • Swift and sure-footed
  • Powerful yet sophisticated driving- and design!
  • Above average technology integration

Cons:

  • Few and far between (and relatively minor)
  • Functional, but basic Navigation system
  • Narrow trunk limits what it can store

Competitors in the luxury sport car segment vie to provide what I consider the perfect car: a powerful and stylish coach loaded with creature comforts, yet compact and nimble to provide a thrilling ride. They are small enough to offer tight handling, yet roomy enough to fit four adults. The BMW 3-series has ruled this segment in the US market recently, fending off challenges from Lexus, Mercedes, Infinity, Cadillac, and Acura. Audi’s new A4 looks like a strong contender on paper, but can it deliver the goods?

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