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 Q5

White Audi Q5 in action.

At a time when it was developing its range fantastically in nearly every other direction, Audi left the Q5 (then the smaller of its two SUVs, now the second largest of four) more or less alone after putting it on sale in 2008. Only now, nearly a decade later, is the second-generation Q5 about to arrive at UK dealerships. It looks similar to the outgoing model, but it’s based on a different platform, the one used for the current A4 and A5. It’s lighter, by up to 90kg depending on…

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The Wonderful Creations Of Paul Jaray

Three Paul Jaray prototypes being driven through Berlin in the 1920s.

In the early 1920s, Paul Jaray, a young man of Hungarian origins who was born in Austria and would die in Switzerland, rebuilt examples of three contemporary cars produced by Audi, Dixi and Ley with results that were dramatic both technically and aesthetically. Nearly a century later, they remain as shocking as they must have done when they first took to the road. By the conventions of the time, cars had more or less vertical windscreens and radiator grilles, along with large headlights attached to the bodywork rather than being…

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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 A5 Coupe

Blue Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TDI S line.

Even Audi, a company whose products no one ever bought because they were trying to save money, is aware that the A5 Coupe is a model for which it can charge more or less what it likes. “This is not,” a senior Audi spokesman said this week, “a price-sensitive car.” Indeed not: the difference in initial cost between the most modest A5 Coupe and the entry-level A4 saloon is over £10,000 (largely, for sure, because the latter has a cheaper engine). Does this matter? No. Coupe enthusiasts know what they…

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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 Q2

Yellow Audi Q2 S line pictured outdoors at dusk under spotlights.

The Q2 is the newest and smallest of what has now become Audi’s four-model SUV line-up. Its relationship with the much larger Q5 and Q7 is at best tenuous, but it’s a very close relative of the Q3; both are based on the MQB platform also used in the A3, the VW Golf, the SEAT Leon and all manner of other vehicles produced by the Volkswagen Group. At first sight, making a less practical version of the Q3 might not seem the best idea Audi has ever had. In fact,…

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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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