July-August 2017 News
There are revisions to the engine line-up in the A3 three-door, Sportback, Saloon and Cabriolet ranges, with the 1.6-litre TDI engine gaining extra power to become 114bhp, up 6bhp. Maximum torque remains the same, but CO2 emissions rise and fuel economy figures are hit by Audi’s more open approach to how it calculates its figures. At the same time 148 and 181bhp 2.0-litre TDI powerplants gain a seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic transmission, replacing the previous six-speed items. In this case, however, there are some efficiency improvements to be had, with some models up to 7g/km of CO2 lower than before.
The recently introduced A5 Sportback range has been expanded to include new entry-level 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI variants. Available in SE, Sport or S line trim levels, there’s the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic twinclutch automatic transmission. The lower powered unit is priced at £900 less than the 188bhp edition of the same engine, with the A5 Sportback range now kicking off at £32,965 for an SE 2.0 TDI with a manual gearbox. Equipment levels are the same as other engines in the model range, and the new powerplant is available to order now from Audi dealers and forms part of the upgrades for the 2018 model year.
For the 2018 model year, Audi has made specification changes to the A4 saloon and Avant ranges, including the introduction of new Black Edition models. The new flagship version features 19-inch alloy wheels in a matt titanium finish, together with a black styling pack for the door mirrors, grille, side skirts, air intakes and window surrounds. Rear privacy glass is fitted, too, along with piano black inlays to the dashboard and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. The enhancements cost an extra £1,750 compared to S line trim, and is £875 cheaper than specifying the items individually. Available with the full selection of A4 engines, including 2.0- and 3.0-litre units, prices start at £35,560 for the Black Edition 2.0 TDI saloon with 148bhp powerplant and manual gearbox. All versions of the A4 range – SE, Sport, S line and Black Edition – feature Audi’s connect safety and service system that features an internet-enabled network to offer peace of mind in the event of an emergency. There’s also online roadside assistance and owners can request a service at a dealer, all at the touch of a button. Sport models additionally gain an uprated multi-function steering wheel, seven-inch colour instruments between the rev counter and speedometer, heated front seats and leather upholstery. S line models also gain leather and Alcantara upholstery in lieu of the previous cloth and leather arrangement, as well as coming fitted with heated front seats. Upgrades to other models in the Audi range include standard fitment of cruise control and rear parking sensors on every model in the Audi line-up, from A1 right up to A8, and Q2 to Q7.
December 2016 News
Ahead of its arrival in UK showrooms next month, Audi has announced prices for the new A5 Coupé. Prices start at £33,050 for the 187bhp 2.0-litre TDI ultra model in SE trim and rises to £41,375 for the S line 3.0 TDI quattro. Buyers have the choice of three trim levels – SE, Sport and S line – and can choose between a 187bhp 2.0-litre TDI ultra engine in six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions, and a 215bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit paired exclusively to an auto ‘box. Both engines are offered with quattro fourwheel- drive, exclusively in automatic guise. CO2 emissions are as low as 105g/km, with 70.6mpg possible on the combined cycle, according to official figures. The two-door Coupé line-up will be joined by the five-door Sportback next year, with a two-door Convertible edition set to be revealed, too.
Following the update of the A3 range earlier in the year, Audi has now announced pricing information for the plugin hybrid e-tron edition. Powered by the same 148bhp 1.4- litre TFSI petrol engine as before, it is mated to a 101bhp electric motor. It adopts all of the styling changes that the regular Sportback model received, as well as the interior and technological enhancements, with prices elevated by £590 compared to the outgoing car. The price of the A3 Sportback e-tron is now £33,430, inclusive of the £2,500 government plug-in grant. Available to order now, the first cars are set to arrive in UK showrooms in January 2017.