September 1st marked the release of the new 64 plates in Great Britain; excellent news for car buyers.
Those of us who like to keep up with the latest trends can order models with the new plates right now.
With such a huge market for both new and used cars, deciding on which car to go for can seem quite a daunting prospect.
A brand new car or a used model? Although a new car is going to set you back more cash, in a lot of cases you can expect to see the financial benefits over time when compared to a used vehicle.
New findings from MoneySupermarket.com show that buying a new car will incur lower running costs and insurance prices; overall it could save drivers up to a massive twenty-five per cent during the first year.
Audi offer some of the highest quality luxury automobiles on the market; their commitment to ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ makes their cars ideal to adorn with the latest plates.
Below we have compiled a list of three Audi’s for you to take a look at.
Before the Audi A1 was even launched back in 2010, it was a car in demand; readers of What Car? magazine voted in their droves to make the supermini the ‘most exciting car of 2010’.
The A1 was Audi’s first supermini to hit the market and, despite being the smallest in the range, the A1 was built with the same refinement and quality you would associate with the German marque.
Billed as the ultimate everyday sports car, the A1 features a spacious interior, lively driving dynamics and a sophisticated ride which holds its own against much bigger models.
The multi-award winning hatchback is available with a range of engines; the entry-level model comes with an A1 1.2 TFSI producing 85bhp, while moving up through the range there’s two 1.4 TFSI units generating 120bhp and 138bhp respectively.
Those who plump for a diesel model have a choice of two versions: the 1.6 TDI with 103bhp and 2.0 TDI with 141bhp.
Topping the engine range is a 1.4 TFSI petrol achieving 182bhp; both 1.4 TFSI units feature Audi’s S Tronic automatic gearbox.
When it comes to economy, the 1.6-litre diesel is the most frugal, managing 74.3mpg on the combined cycle and is free to tax in the UK.
In the petrol range, the 1.2-litre returns 55.4mpg, the larger 1.4-litre engine isn’t too far away with 53.3mpg with the 1.4-litre CoD petrol version clearing an impressive 60.1mpg.
As for trim levels they start with the entry-level SE, moving up to the Sport, S Line, S Line Style Edition and Black Edition.
Prices start at 14,115 for the entry-level SE model.
Audi A3 Sportback
“The small hatch most buyers aspire to, and most manufacturers want to copy”, that’s how Editor of Fleet World Steve Moody described the Audi A3 Sportback back in February.
Moody was speaking at the UK Car of The Year Awards where the Audi A3 was awarded with the top prize in the Small Hatch category.
The five door premium hatchback was originally released back in 2004. With an updated version appearing in 2011, the latest Sportback went on sale at the back end of 2012.
Larger than the standard three-door Audi A3, the Sportback boasts smart and sophisticated exterior styling with taunt, angular lines.
There is a choice of three petrol engines and two diesel models; each comes turbocharged and the 1.4-litre petrol is available with Audi’s ACT technology that helps deliver improved economy figures.
Fuel economy across the Sportback range is impressive, with all versions more than matching their class equivalents; the most frugal is the 1.6-litre diesel which returns an official average of 74.3mpg.
Inside, the Sportback cabin features the raft of quality touches that you would expect from in an Audi. Nothing has been left to chance, every button is perfectly spaced out and solid in construction.
Three trim lines are available: the entry-level SE, Sport and S line. All three trims offer more than adequate levels of interior equipment, while the SE boats alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, voice control and a 5.8-inch colour display as standard.
Upgrading to the Sport level will get you larger alloy wheels and climate control as opposed to standard air-condition. Also included is Audi Drive Select, sports seats, a lower suspensions and extra chrome touches.
The top of the range S line trim boasts even larger 18-inch alloys, a choice of cloth or leather upholstery, xenon headlights with LED running lights and a sports steering wheel.
Since it was first released back in 1998, the Audi TT has earned almost iconic status in the two-door coupe market thanks in no small part to its instantly recognisable distinctive shape and perfect dynamics.
The second-generation TT further built on the TT legend, winning multiple awards including Top Gear Coupé of the Year 2006, Fifth Gear Car of the Year 2006, Autobild Most Beautiful Car and World Design Car of the Year 2007.
Now onto its third-generation, the TT shows no sign of slowing down; Audi has proclaimed that the new ‘reborn’ TT will fuse the latest car technology with the evolution of its iconic design.
This latest technology is apparent from the get-go with the state of the art all-digital virtual cockpit, featured for the first time in the new TT. This allows users to switch between a ‘classic’ setting which displays a prominent speedometer and rev counter or the ‘infotainment’ mode which shows the navigation maps and media centre.
From launch there will be will two engines available for the TT, a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0- litre diesel.
The 2.0-litre TFSI produces an impressive 227bhp and will get you from a standing start to 62mph in 6 seconds flat. The diesel equivalent kicks out 181bph and will take the TT from 0-62mph in a mere 7.1 seconds.
Two trim levels are also available from launch: the Sport and the S line.
The entry-level Sport trim includes USB connectivity, manual air-conditioning, DAB radio and xenon headlights as standard.
Other significant standard kit to look out for includes Alcantara and leather upholstery, keyless go, Bluetooth connectivity and the Audi Music Interface which allows users to hook up their mp3 players to the main screen and navigate through albums and artists via the steering wheel.
Stepping up to the Sport level trim will reward you with a number of exterior and styling updates, including 19-inch alloys with five-star arm design, alternative body kit and state of the art LED headlights and tail-lights.
Rear parking sensors, cruise control and dual-zone climate control are all available as optional extras.