There are few people today that own a high-end luxury SUV. They’re very costly, but there’s a lot being offered in these premium packages. Read on to learn exactly what you can expect from a top-end SUV like the 2018 Audi SQ5. This premium SUV packs in the features, giving you the luxurious ride and driving experience, but it all comes at a pretty significant cost.
Driving is Very Fun
First let’s start off by saying that the SQ5 can really go. This high-powered SUV packs in 354 horses in its turbocharged engine and delivers power exactly when you need it. Stomp on the gas pedal and the SUV takes off down the street with confidence. Of course the performance Pirelli P-Zero tires help on that front, and so does the smooth all-wheel drive that delivers maximum traction from the very beginning. Overall, when you want to get going, it’s so easy to do in the SQ5 that you’ll probably end up driving a bit too fast like we did.
Speed isn’t the only thing that this SUV has to offer though. It’s also very easy to handle. The steering is responsive and the moment you turn the wheel you’ll feel the SUV move with you. This makes sharp corners a blast to go around, did I mention that body roll is pretty minimal for an SUV? That’s right, you can whip this SUV around corners comfortably, in fact, it almost seems to enjoy being whipped around. When it’s time to slow down the powerful ceramic brakes do the job just fine and will drop your speed down in a split second.
Gorgeous Inside and Out
Inside the SQ5 strikes a balance between quality materials and top-notch design and flash. Audi works hard to keep the interior as minimalist as possible, and what you get is a very nice-looking interior, with seats coated with quality materials, diamond stitching, soft touch materials throughout, but a pretty simple looking interior. Audi is showing that they have no need to be ostentatious and instead the automaker decides to let the pure quality of the interior show through. The result is a nice-looking interior, but something that isn’t over the top at all.
On the outside, the SQ5 draws stares wherever it goes. It’s edgy, trim and in proportion all over. The rear end is neat and tucked in giving the mid-sized SUV an almost compact footprint, and the front end features a big beastly grille and a chrome finish that looks nice as well. The exterior of the SQ5 is similar to the interior that it’s clearly luxurious, it stands out, but it’s not over the top like some sporty vehicles are.
An Enjoyable Tech Experience
Audi put a lot of effort into making a user-friendly but capable techno infotainment system. There’s a heads-up display, there’s a pretty capable nav system built right into the cluster, and the media system is almost entirely customizable. It’s simple to get the features you want to show, while hiding all the rest. Even though the infotainment system packs dozens of cool features, you won’t be overwhelmed by everything that you see while using it, which makes the whole system very user-friendly. The system also makes use of a track-pad as well as a set of buttons to help you navigate the features as fast as possible.
The Audi SQ5 is a true experience and a pleasurable vehicle to own on a daily basis. It’s a bit tight in back and there are only two rows, which might be a downside to customers with large families. The SUV packs plenty of power, it’s nice to look at inside and out and it’s a true user-friendly experience overall, but it’s not cheap. You’ll be spending north of $50,000 and should expect a price closer to 60k once you get the addons that you want. That’s not overpriced for the segment, but it’s certainly not a budget vehicle either.
There’s a lot of new features coming to the Audi lineup in 2018. But instead of digging too deeply into each and every one of them, we’re just going to offer an overview for the different models getting changed up across Audi’s lineup to give you an idea of what’s coming in a broad sense.
After being removed for a year the S4 is finally back again. It comes locked and loaded with a 354 HP turbocharged engine along with an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s no manual transmission option this time because the vehicle comes with auto safety features that don’t work so well with it.
The A5 and S5
Both the A5 and S5 models from Audi are getting another body type for 2018, a Sportback. The A5 will rely on a 252 HP turbo 2.0 liter inline-four while the S5 will get a 354 HP turbo 3.0 liter V6 engine. Each has all wheel drive, though the A5 manages it through a seven-speed dual clutch, while the S5 relies on an eight-speed torque converter style transmission.
The A6 is just a year away from a complete redesign and it’s using this year as a chance to offer some more unique performance features as addon options. What was part of the Competition model last year, is now available as options for the standard A6. Including special wheels, a special differential with torque vectoring and a stiffer suspension.
There isn’t much change in the 2018 Audi A8, other than a bit more driver assistance technology and some enhanced safety packages. Other than that, the biggest changes in the A8 are coming in 2019 with things like Level 3 autonomy and some very nice tech features.
The 2018 Audi Q5 is benefitting from quite a few nice enhancements. It’s getting more power with a boost by 32 HP to 252 overall. It’s also getting enhanced fuel efficiency figures thanks to its more advanced all-wheel drive system. The system can fully decouple the rear axle, allowing the vehicle to drive as a standard two-wheel drive model.
The Q8 is an all-new addition to the Audi lineup that’s going to serve as an enhancement to the Q7. It’s essentially a coupe style Q7 with less space and a more aggressive stance. It’s going to come with both V6 and V8 engines and maybe a hybrid option as well. It’s also going to be one of the first Audi vehicles that uses the brand new MMI media system layout.
That’s right, starting next year you’ll be able to purchase the RS3 that was once only available overseas. It doesn’t come as a hot hatch though, but instead a dynamic sedan that can really tear up the roads. It comes with 400 HP with a 2.5 liter in-line five-cylinder engine and it can even be fitted with reverse staggered tires where the front tires are wider than the rear. It’s a cool ride for sure, and will be a solid daily-driver, but it’s not going to be cheap.
The Audi Q2 is a fun little SUV that’s worth owning and comparable to the Porsche Macan. This pint-sized SUV packs a real punch, and word from Audi says that that punch is about to get a whole lot more lethal. The little SUV is getting an option for a larger engine that will produce even more horsepower. That’s exciting for enthusiasts and it means you can do even more with the little SUV.
The new Q2 is going to come with a 2.0 liter turbo-four TFSI engine. That engine offers 187 HP overall, and will help you travel from 0 to 62 in just 6.5 seconds. That’s really fast for an SUV and it’s something that most car enthusiasts are going to enjoy seriously. The best part is that this more powerful Q2 is still going to be very affordable and will start off in the 30’s. Choose the new model for more power and you’ll be launching down the road like never before.
The Audi Q2 is a very popular SUV over in Europe, largely because of it’s unique blend of power and compact performance along with some nifty features that you won’t find in many other SUVs. Give it a look yourself today and you just might find your favorite new SUV model.
Sure it can’t stand up to the high performance racing SUV models from companies like Porsche, but it’s a good balance between functionality and performance when you’re looking for a practical daily driver that’s still fun to stomp down on the accelerator in. Give this SUV a try today and you’ll be sold on it for future use. That’s a promise to any serious driver that wants a bit more power in his or her daily drive.
We’ve already done a story covering some of the innovative features that are coming with the 2018 Audi A8 but the word is out that it’s getting yet another feature that many car owners are going to want, self parking. No it’s not the first car to ever offer self-parking as a feature, but it is the first Audi vehicle and we’re sure that it’s pretty much perfected as well. The A8 should be able to handle a wide range of parking conditions, and that will make doing things like parallel parking in the city, or getting into your garage at the end of the day a bit easier. The vehicle is even capable of backing into a parking space, making it easier for poor parkers to get their vehicle situated when backing in is called for.
Remote Self Parking
In the ad by Audi the A8 sedan is told to park itself by a simple button press on the keyfob and then it capably pulls itself into the garage without hitting anything at all. It’s not a brand-new feature that you can’t find on any luxury cars today, but the 2018 A8 will be the first Audi to receive the feature and something for Audi fans to celebrate.
In order to make self parking possible the A8 comes with the full suite of sensors and radar systems that are used with things like adaptive cruise control, lane assistance and emergency braking systems. The car will of course come with some added safety features as well and should be more convenient to own than many other A8 models in the past.
Complementing the 48V Setup
These new tech-heavy improvements just compliment Audi’s move to the 48V electrical system throughout the A8. Not only will the car be able to park itself and be safer than ever before, but it will also have regenerative braking and special electrical systems that make it more efficient and capable than ever before. The latest A8 is going to be a revolutionary product that’s worth the purchase because of all the added capabilities worked into it.
While Audi is already hard at working teasing the 2018 A8, it won’t be revealed until July 11 at the Audi Summit in Barcelona Spain. That’s when you’ll learn about all the different features offered and why so many people are going to want the A8 when it finally comes out.
Audi is hard at work developing self-driving vehicles for itself and all of Volkswagen. The automaker has created the goal of releasing its first fully self-driving vehicle by 2021, and seems to be on track to meet the goal if things go well for the automaker. Not only does Audi already have a well-funded team of engineers working on the task, but it’s about to put out the first sedan with Level 3 self-driving capabilities, just 2 levels off from the ultimate goal of a fully self-driving vehicle.
Likely Not for the Public
Though it’s exciting that Audi has chosen such a close goal for self-driving vehicles, it’s likely that the first batch of cars won’t be available for public sale. Instead the vehicles will probably be part of a testing and publicity fleet that will serve to pave the way for future generations of self-driving vehicles from Audi that do make their way out to the general public. That means that even though Audi may meet it’s goal and produce a self-driving vehicle by 2021, it’s likely that buyers will have to wait quite a bit longer before they can be chauffeured around in their very own self-driving Audi.
The Level 3 A8
Next month Audi plans to unveil an A8 with Level 3 driving capabilities. This vehicle will be able to handle some driving situations all on its own, but will require the driver to remain close at hand to take over in case there is a problem or a situation the vehicle can’t handle. Still, it will allow its owners to enjoy a bit of relaxation during situations that it’s capable of handling all on its own. The Level 3 A8 is an exciting step toward self-driving vehicles and will offer a preview into the future where even cooler tech is going to be available.
Achieving Level 4 by 2021
It’s likely that Audi’s vehicle in 2021 will be a level 4 self-driving vehicle. What that essentially means is that the car will be able to drive around and handle a wide variety of situations, but not everything. If the car encounters a problem that it isn’t capable of handling, it will signal the driver to take over, but if the driver isn’t able to do so the car will just pull over. That’s the major difference between level 4 and level 3, and it isn’t until level 5 that a self-driving vehicle will be able to take on every single situation that it’s presented with without pulling over.
It could be a decade or more until the first fully self-driving vehicle is out on the roads, but Audi is likely to come very close with its car released in 2021, and it’s one of the first automakers to offer self-driving technology to its owners now.
In a time when so many automakers out there are working hard to come up with their own tech solutions, Audi is taking the more practical approach and teaming up with Google for the best possible tech experience. Audi is integrating the Google Now personalized voice service into its vehicles more than ever before, making it possible to achieve a whole new level of control using just your voice to do it. This will make it possible to do cool things with your voice while driving down the road, and seems like a pretty good move by Audi to us.
What the Google Service Will Do
while Audi’s HERE service will still handle navigation tasks in the vehicle, Google Assistant will handle a bunch of other voice-controlled activities. Users of the advanced Google service are expected to be able to adjust the temperature settings of the heating and cooling system within the vehicle. They will also be able to roll windows up and down, adjust a sunroof, look up information and do more from behind the wheel of the vehicle. Audi vehicles are becoming more and more integrated with software and this will give voice control users more power as time goes by.
Faster Updates and More Personalization
Audi decided to work with Google for these services because the automaker believes the tech giant will be able to put out faster updates and create more personalized technology for users than Audi could itself. In other words, Audi is interested in releasing the best possible product to its customers, which should help improve the brand and make it more favorable for drivers overall.
Voice control technology is becoming more capable with each passing year, and Audi is teaming up with one of the tech giants that’s pioneering all that new tech. This should result in better technology for everyone driving around an Audi, and exciting updates in the future as Google does even more to innovate.
Audi has long been known as a luxury car manufacturer, but the Q7 makes a strong case for the company’s SUV division. It’s a supreme mix of power, style and comfort and the latest Q7 is arguably one of the best offerings by Audi today. Enough buildup though, let’s get into what makes the SUV special and what helps it stand out above other SUVs on the market, and believe me, there’s quite a bit to like about this smooth rolling crossover.
Smooth Powerful Performance
The SUV features a V6 that packs a total of 325 HP. It’s not the most overpowered engine that we’ve seen in an SUV, but it makes takeoff feel smooth and quick. The large SUV seems to absorb bumps as you go over them, and the ergonomically sculpted seats help with that effort even more while providing a supremely comfortable surface to sit on while riding around. The seats are cooled and heated, and they’re comfortable in all different climate types.
Paddle Shifting Precision
With the high quality automatic transmissions on the market today, most people are content letting their vehicles handle gear changes for them, but there’s something enjoyable about being able to do the job yourself, and with the Q7 you can have either or. It’s equipped with a set of paddle shifters that allow you to shift between the eight different gears as you see fit. This is especially helpful for hill driving where you can take advantage of low gears to cut down on braking. There’s also a standard drive and super drive setting, allowing you to be more efficient out on the highway.
Excellent Interior Space
The inside of the Q7 is massive with ample leg room for people in the first and second row of the vehicle. There’s seating for 7, with the third row being a bit more cramped. Not only is there plenty of seating space, but there’s ample cargo room at the back of the SUV for all your gear, groceries or whatever it is that you need to haul around.
Excellent Safety and Driving Aids
While driving the 2017 Q7 you’ll notice that there’s a speed guideline posted near the speedometer. The SUV can actually pick up the different speed limits as you drive around, letting you know exactly how fast you should be driving at all times without actually tampering in what you’re doing. The SUV also comes with advanced safety features, like collision braking to help you avoid crashing into objects in front of you.
The Audi Q7 was released right after the Denver Auto Show, and it shows a lot of promise. It’s refined, it looks nice, offers plenty of interior seating and is equipped with all the safety features that you could want out of a vehicle.
Audi is planning to release a powerful full-electric vehicle by 2019. This car will have a sporty look and performance to match. It will do 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds and has an approximate driving range of 300 miles on a full charge. It’s going to be a capable EV and a good second step toward creating a capable lineup of electric vehicles.
How the Range is Possible
In order to make the 300 mile range possible, Audi is equipping the vehicle with a 95 kWh battery pack that will hold up over an extended period when it’s finally charged up all the way. That’s a pretty serious battery pack, and it’s going to add some weight to the ride, but the Audi should still feel quick and powerful during regular operation.
Brimming with Futuristic Tech
The latest full-electric Audi coupe is going to come stocked with plenty of cool tech features that will make owning the vehicle even more rewarding. It’s going to come with a set of Matrix LED lights as well as laser lighting and OLEDs to create brilliant light on the outside of the vehicle and to offer communication with other drivers around the vehicle to keep it safer when inn congested driving conditions.
The car is going to get rid of blind spots as well. That’s because a series of real-time cameras will show you exactly what’s on the other side of the vehicle so you can move from lane to lane with confidence that you aren’t going to have any problems.
Audi’s Electric Future
The two full electric vehicles planned within the next couple years from Audi won’t be it for the company. The automaker has big plans to implement even more electrified vehicles in the coming future to go along with Volkswagen’s plans to move toward an EV future. Audi wants to fit at least a quarter of its lineup with batteries by 2025, and release at least three electric vehicles by 2020.
EV fans will soon have plenty of luxury options to choose from, and eventually it’s likely that much of Audi’s lineup will either be a hybrid or full electric vehicle. That’s pretty exciting for anyone that’s sick of inefficient vehicles, and it’s a good direction for Audi to move toward to help modernize the brand more.
Audi vehicles are well-known for having cool headlights that not only look nice but are highly functional as well. That’s because Audi vehicles were one of the first to receive modern LED lights and they continue on that tradition by offering LED lights in most of their lineup. Now that LED lights are old technology and most automakers have caught up to this trend as well, Audi is going a step further and offering laser lights to the select few. This tech offers even better visibility and it looks cooler while doing it. There’s a lot to like about laser lights, but you’ll have to pick up the right vehicle in order to get your hands on it just yet.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus
If you are willing to spend $194,400 you can buy the Audi R8 V10 Plus supercar and get your hands on thee top-end laser lights without having to buy them as an addon. Sure they are going to be expensive, but there are enough benefits to the lights for them to be worth the investment for some people. If you would rather opt for the more affordable base Audi R8 V10, you can still add the laser lights on the vehicle as a special option.
Blacked out SuperCar
If you’re truly after a mean looking ride, you can enhance it further with the Black Optic Package. This is a premium addon that gives you a set of special Anthracite 20-inch wheels, side blades, exhaust tips and exterior trim that’s all in a deep black for a high quality look. It’s just the option for car enthusiasts looking for a more aggressive look overall.
Laser lights are just starting to catch on in America, but they’re a popular technology that can make a whole world of difference while driving around, not to mention that they look really cool as well.
The Audi A4 is an excellent entry-level luxury vehicle for people new to the brand, but it’s more than that. It’s a beautiful little car, with plenty of power and all the luxury features that you could expect from a high-end vehicle in its price range. The 2017 Audi offers a whole lot to customers, which is probably why it received the Daily News Auto Best Premium Car of 2017 Award. Now let’s get into just what makes the car so special.
Beautiful and Functional Interior
Audi is known for its beautiful interior. It’s just the right balance of clean design with functional tools. The 2017 A4 comes equipped with a top-notch infotainment setup that you can upgrade to the industry-leading “Virtual Cockpit” with a 12” touchscreen and all the media goodies that you could ask for. Either way, you’re going to get a pretty comprehensive media setup that you should enjoy using.
Safe and Reliable
The A4 isn’t just about looks or comfort, it’s a confident and capable vehicle when out on the road in a range of handling conditions. The car comes with optional all-wheel drive, but holds up well even in the front-wheel drive variation. It has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. The A4 comes with systems that offer warnings about oncoming traffic as well, helping you to remain safe before hopping out of the car.
Luxury Interior Options
If you really want the luxury experience while driving your A4 you can purchase enhancements to make it that much better. Add an optional 12.3-inch screen for more menu space and added tech features that you simply can’t get with the entry-level system. Add in the Bang and Olufsen audio system for an unparalleled listening experience. The car also features rear climate control for added comfort throughout the cabin and it’s built with most of the connectivity features that you could want out of a modern-day vehicle.
Whether you’re driving with the front-wheel model or using the all-wheel Quattro system, you can tool around in different driving conditions with confidence when you’re in the A4. It stands up to slippery or uneven driving surfaces and provides dynamic stability control that’s even more impressive with the all-wheel setup.
The 2017 Audi A4 is sophisticated, it’s capable, it’s beautiful, it’s filled with modern tech and it’s just a solid car. Sure it’s more money than a budget Camry, but it’s worth the added cost for all that you get when you make the purchase.