Audi Q2 2.0 TDI quattro S line S tronic

Yellow Audi Q2.

Audi brought its fourth and smallest SUV to the UK market just over a year ago. As mentioned in our first drive report, the Q2 is essentially a junior version of the Q3, quite low and without the high-set driving position which is usually one of the reasons given most promptly for buying an SUV. It doesn’t have a great deal of luggage space, so if that’s a priority you’ll find better value elsewhere, but it can take four adult passengers quite comfortably. This is the first Q2 I’ve driven…

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Audi Q5 2.0 TDI S line

Action shot of dark green Audi Q5.

Although the Q5 is an example of what we used to call ‘lifestyle’ SUVs, by which I mean ones whose main purpose is not to go off-roading, Audi has not been able to bring itself to offer a front-wheel drive version for reasons of fuel economy. All Q5s are quattros, and on a similar subject none of them has a manual gearbox. The seven-speed S tronic semi-automatic is standard across the range. This still leaves room for variety. There’s a choice of engines and three trim levels, the S line…

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Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro S line S tronic

Blue Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI S line.

The A5 Coupe which two of used for a round trip of a little over 500 miles taking around 36 hours was not the one I would have chosen myself. Given access to the full range, I’d probably have picked the 2.0 TDI diesel, which would have done the job perfectly well and almost certainly not needed refeulling. Instead, we got the 2.0 TSI. This has an extra 62bhp, absolutely none of which was required for the journey, and had to be given twenty quids’ worth of petrol so we…

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Audi A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI SE

Audi A1.

Audi is not known for producing low-priced cars, but its colossal (and ever-increasing) range of saloons, hatchbacks, estates, sports cars and SUVs has to start somewhere. Just about the cheapest vehicle the premium German brand builds is the A1 Sportback 1.0 TFSI SE, which has a list price of not much over £15,000. The only way to spend even less would be to order a three-door non-Sportback A1 instead. Just because a particular Audi may not cost a great deal, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth considering. In fact, it…

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Audi Q7 e-tron

Audi Q7 e-tron static front view.

Along with its not too distant cousin the Porsche Cayenne, the Audi Q7 is one of the pantomime villains of the motoring world, at least to those who believe that anything this size which is a form of private rather than public transport is a thorough waste of resources. It’s an understandable view to have, but on paper it has become more difficult to sustain with the arrival in summer 2016 of the Q7 e-tron. The e-tron is a plug-in hybrid, and in fact Audi’s first SUV of that type…

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Audi A4 allroad 3.0 TDI quattro 272PS

Close-up frontal view of Audi A4 allroad.

The usual warning associated with cars like the A4 allroad is that you shouldn’t buy one unless you really need it. There is a small case for saying that some of the extra body protection might be worth it to protect the metalwork from scrapes in on-road situations, but the 34mm extra ride height is almost certainly going to be of no use whatever in normal driving and creates a handling compromise. Unless you can justify this, forget the allroad and buy a normal A4 Avant instead. But let’s say…

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Audi S8 plus

Close-up action shot of silver Audi S8 plus.

The journey towards the existence of the S8 plus is so straightforward that if you have to explain it to even the simplest of your friends the process shouldn’t take up much of your time. First there is the A8, Audi’s large premium saloon offered with a choice of sturdy diesel engines or, if you prefer, the thunderous 6.2-litre petrol W12. Derived from this is the S8 fitted with an even more powerful twin turbo four-litre V8. The S8 plus is very similar, but in this case the engine has…

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Audi SQ7

Close-up action shot of blue Audi SQ7.

The Audi SQ7 is an SUV of a type which it would once have been easy to dismiss as totally unnecessary. Surely, if you want a large off-roader, your priorities are a lot of space and an ability to go . . . well, off-roading. A decent bit of straightline performance would be nice, but largely irrelevant, and the principal requirement for handling on tarmac would be that the car didn’t fall on its side every time it approached a corner. Viewed from that angle, the SQ7 is an exercise…

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Audi SQ5 3.0 TDI plus

Close-up action shot of blue Audi SQ5 TDI plus.

The SQ5 is one of several cars to have gone through a treatment Audi describes as “plus” or, in some cases, “performance”. The idea is that the original model remains on sale but a new, faster one is added to the range. In the case of the SQ5, the equal second largest of Audi’s SUVs along with the more sober Q5, you can distinguish the plus model from the regular one thanks to its 21″ titanium finish cast aluminium wheels, its privacy glass, its four exhaust tailpipes arranged in two…

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Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 S line S tronic

White Audi A4 Avant on a dark background.

The difference between this Audi A4 and the last one I drove is so marked it’s easy to believe that the people responsible for them don’t even live in the same galaxy, never mind work for the same company. I found the 2.0 TDI 150 SE saloon very disappointing and unworthy of Audi. The Avant tested here is simply brilliant – certainly one of my top six favourite A4s of all time. It’s not that the TDI 190 diesel engine produces 187bhp rather than 148. The extra performance has its…

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