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The Audi Range

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Published Date: 14/08/2017

With subtly imposing road presence, gorgeous detailing, beautiful interiors and remarkable build quality, it’s easy to appreciate why Audi models are so desirable to both private and company car fleet drivers. The latest A4 and the all-new Q5 both ooze plenty of the same attractive qualities, but each model’s obvious differences make more sense for some drivers than others. Let’s take a look.

Sat up high or sportily down low?

SUV is the most popular body style these days, and the Q5 combines a muscular silhouette and unmissable grille on the outside with a lofty driving position on the inside. This makes it easy to see further ahead in traffic and get a great view of surroundings. Kids love sitting high up and SUVs also provide parents that reassuring sense of safety.

The new A4 is available in saloon and Avant estate guises, including the Allroad model for added prowess off the beaten track. Sitting much closer to the road, the A4 is slightly longer than the Q5, although not quite as wide. Both the saloon and Avant versions look incredibly sharp, sporty and elegant, while even entry-level SE trim includes 17” alloys and LED daytime running lights. Sport, S line and plenty of other special editions are available to suit varying tastes and budgets.

Conclusion: For a high-up driving position loved by kids and adults alike, the Q5 is perfect. The A4 saloon and Avant’s more traditional seating positions feel sportier and make them easier to access.

Beautiful interiors suited to all uses

Audi interiors are known for being class-leading and the latest versions of the A4 and Q5 are more luxurious, spacious, practical and technologically advanced than ever. Virtual Cockpit never ceases to amaze, with the ability to morph its Google Maps-powered sat nav into full-width view. A host of other tech is available, from MMI Touch, wireless charging and countless mood lighting colours, to internet connected services and the marvellous Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.

Premium beauty meets practicality with the 500 litres of luggage space offered by the A4 Avant’s boot and the 550 litres from the Q5. Proving extremely practical for business and family drivers alike, they each offer close to 1,500 litres with the seats folded and can be fitted with Audi’s clever rail system for keeping loads more secure. The 480 litres of space in the A4 saloon’s boot equips it to compete confidently with other compact executive rivals, while the height difference between the A4 Avant and Q5 makes the estate the best option for heavier cargos or dogs.

Conclusion: Both the A4 Avant and Q5 are superb for family adventures or carrying corporate paraphenalia, and even the A4 saloon is practical. For transporting long objects and heavy ones in particular, go for the A4 Avant.

 

A wide range of cutting-edge engines

The A4 saloon and Avant engine lineup includes a couple of petrol variants in the form of the frugal 1.4 TFSI and punchy 2.0 TFSI quattro, but the focus is very much on diesel power, which Audi has refined to a remarkable degree. For economy of upto 74mpg, the 2.0 TDI ultra is perfect for fleets and high mileage private motorists. Audi’s revered 2.0 TDI is available in two power outputs, one with added four-wheel drive quattro confidence, and the powerplant range is completed with three guises of the potent but efficient 3.0 V6 TDI.

Having just been launched in all-new form, the Q5 SUV is currently available solely as a 2.0-litre, either as a petrol TFSI quattro producing an impressive 252PS, or a diesel TDI quattro with 190PS on tap whilst achieving upto 56.5mpg.

Conclusion: If fuel economy is the most important factor when choosing a premium car, the Audi A4 range has it covered brilliantly, especially with the Ultra.

 

In numbers…

 

A4

Q5

 

Min

Max

Min

Max

Power (HP)

150

272

190

252

Fuel (comb MPG)

44.1

74.3

40.9

56.5

Emissions (CO2, g/km)

99

145

132

157

Top Speed (mph)

147

155

135

147

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)

9.2

5.3

10.5

6.1

Price

£27,260

£60,395

£38,035

£57,095

 

Audi has gone to great lengths to increase the luxuriousness, interior space, kerb appeal and economy of its popular and technologically advanced A4 and Q5 models. The Q5 appeals slightly more to the heart with its tough looks and raised-up ride, while the sharp-suited A4 saloon and Avant excel at handling and comfort, with a wider range of highly developed engines to choose from.

 

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