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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Audi A3 Sedan Concept to be Shown at Geneva Motor Show

Tuesday February 22nd, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Audi A3 Concept Notchback SedanAudi has released a few sketches of its A3 concept sedan version that is bound for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Audi describes the A3 concept as a “four-seater notchback sedan” that will measure 174.84 inches long (4.44 meters), which is about six inches longer that the current A3 model. The redesigned A3 also promises a little extra power and more premium features. The A3 concept car features a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder, 408-horsepower engine, a seven-speed S-tronic twin clutch transmission, Audi’s quattro AWD system, LED headlamps, a trapezoidal grille, and an arching roofline and low C-pillar for a coupe-like appearance.

Illustrations after the jump.

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ZL1 Camaro, Redesigned 2012 Acura TL, Audi TT RS – 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Saturday February 12th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

Article and photos by Megan Green

Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Minutes before the much anticipated debut of the Chevy Camaro Z28, it was all over Twitter that the car revealed would actually be a ZL1. A high performance Camaro, the aluminum hood is raised with a vented insert, rear diffusers and spoiler, and 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. Under the hood is the LSA 6.2L V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. The ZL1′s power comes from a supercharged aluminum-block 6.2-liter V8 producing an estimated 550 hp.

The interior is given as much attention as the exterior design with microfiber suede inserts on heated leather seats. Unique to the ZL1 is a leather wrapped shifter and steering wheel, redesigned with the bottom of the wheel squared off and ZL1 badges. The ZL1 is still in development, though, and is projected to be available in early 2012. The ZL1 name is taken from the 1969 Camaro ZL1, which had an aluminum block 440-hp 427-cubic inch V8.

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Featured User Review: 2005 Audi A6 3.2 Sport

Thursday February 10th, 2011 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

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Featured Consumer Review: 2005 Audi A6 3.2 Sport

by dustinaudi

Price Paid: $20,000.00 from private sale
Review Date:
February 9, 2011
Overall Rating:
5 of 5
Value Rating
5 of 5
Used product for:
More than 1 year

Strengths:
Styling, attraction, curb appeal. performance, quietness, opulence, quick

Weaknesses:
I can’t really comment here. I am a home mechanic so I do most repairs myself and pay wholesale for parts so save a ton of money there, but if i had to go to the garage all the time it would be very expensive.

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Car Companies are Spending Big Bucks on Super Bowl Ads

Tuesday February 1st, 2011 at 3:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2011 Super Bowl XLV (45)2011 Super Bowl XLV (45) , the biggest television event of the year is coming up this Sunday, February 6, and the auto companies are spending big bucks ($3 million for 30 seconds) on advertising that will rival beer companies’ air time. Car makers such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Bridgestone are all going to be making TV appearances from pre-game through post-game shows. Some companies have already started to build their campaigns before Super Bowl Sunday through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Audi is stirring up interest for their A8 Super Bowl commercials by posting the “Audi Estate Sale” on Facebook and messages on Twitter. Audi will also takeover YouTube’s homepage on Super Bowl Sunday.

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2011 Audi Q5 2.0T Review – The Benchmark Among 5-passenger Crossovers

Monday January 17th, 2011 at 4:11 PM
Posted by: the911guy

By Dan Tsuchiya

Pros

  • Attractive styling that appeals to both genders
  • Direct injection turbocharged engine with power that comes on very early
  • Handling feels closer to a European sport sedan and AWD to boot
  • Ultra-luxurious cabin with intuitive controls

Cons

  • Exterior side mirrors are really big
  • Luxury isn’t cheap
  • Can get thirsty if you have heavy feet
  • Some interior squeaks

Many years ago there was a mini-sport utility vehicle called the Jeep – versatile, rugged, and largely uncomfortable. The Jeep’s popularity spawned multiple knock-offs from every carmaker — from the ill-fated Suzuki Samurai to the successful RAV4. All three continents have been trying to get it right for the past 30 years and it wasn’t until automakers tried converting cars into sport utility vehicles that the modern compact SUV was born.

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SEMA 2010 Show Previews

Monday October 25th, 2010 at 3:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

SEMA 2010 logoHeld each year in Las Vegas, Nevada, the SEMA Show 2010 is an industry event for the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association.

Much more than just a trade show, SEMA brings together tuners and parts suppliers from across the auto industry to display their latest products using some of the most highly-modified and colorful vehicles anywhere in the world. Sometimes these creations are things of beauty, and some time they are outright disasters, which is part of what makes the SEMA Show so entertaining. Sharing the trade show floor along with the modified hot rods, muscle cars and sport compact cars, will be some mainstream automakers that are bringing an increasingly important presence at SEMA.

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CarReview's Best SUV and Crossover Choices of 2010

Monday October 18th, 2010 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

best_suv_crossover_2010_300x230Five Standout SUVs/Crossovers – CarReview’s Recommendations for 2010

By Greg Gaillard and the CarReview editorial team

In the 1990s when the practical minivan began to seem passé, consumers turned their heads and wallets to the fledgling Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market for some excitement to suit their new active lifestyles. The watchful eye of corporate marketing caught the emerging trend and aggressively promoted the ready-for-anything aura of the new Ford Explorer and instantly identifiable Jeep Cherokee. It worked.

Over the next 20 years manufacturers have refined the SUV from an inefficient 4 door truck glazed with rugged styling into some of the more sophisticated vehicles on the market. The crossover refinements have spawned a dizzying array of choices all called SUV or some variation if SUV (Think BMW’s sports activity vehicle designation for its X-series). While today’s models are much better than their forbearers, picking the best SUV/crossover is not as easy as it once was.

CarReview believes the current market has some great SUVs that do something better than the rest. To select the top 5, contributors used criteria that align with the original vision for the segment.

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2011 Audi A8 Review – Premium luxury in a refined, understated package

Friday September 3rd, 2010 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Smooth and powerful direct injection V8 engine
  • Brilliant 8 speed automatic transmission
  • Adjustable air suspension goes from sports sedan firm to la-Z-boy cush
  • Impressive array of active safety features
  • Adaptive cruise control works so well you wonder why the car can’t drive itself
  • 3 words – massaging front seats

Cons:

  • Interior is a bit small for a full-size luxury sedan, especially in back
  • Exterior style remains largely unchanged and is still rather understated

Often overshadowed in America by rivals Mercedes and BMW, especially in the mid and full-size luxury categories, Audi is looking to make the case that it is the premier German nameplate. For 2011 the flagship A8 luxury sedan gets thoroughly reworked, although you’d hardly know by looking at the car. Though the styling remains largely unchanged and quite reserved, much has been modified underneath the sheet metal. By combining advanced technology with smooth, refined performance, Audi has crafted a compelling alternative to other more flashy luxury saloons.

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