Audi

Audi is a German car manufacturer which has been owned by Volkswagen since 1966. The company name is based on the surname of the founder August Horch, his surname meaning listen in German—which, when translated into Latin, becomes Audi.

The smaller cars from the Audi range are available as a Mobility cars but given the historic high resale values of Audi cars it is a tad disappointing that the Advance Payments are not a little more competitive.

 

Audi A1 

The New A1 is a 5 door ‘Sportback’ only and is less rounded in shape adding more ‘designer’ creases a la Q2. The all-new Audi A1 is based on the same mechanical underpinnings as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza, The petrol only engine choice is the three cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with 94bhp or 114bhp or the four-cylinder. Advance Payment prices start at £150 Advance payment for the 5 door car.

 

Audi A3 Hatchback

The sister car to the Volkswagen Golf 8, the Audi A3 Sportback (5 door hatch) is available with 3 engines, none are an option for under 25’s due to the starting insurance group 17, The 1.0 litre petrol manual only 108 bhp badged 30, the ’35’ 1.5 litre 148 bhp petrol as a manual or auto, opt for the auto and it comes with a 48v mild hybrid system, lastly a 2.0 litre diesel with 114bhp as a manual badged 30 or 148bhp badged 35 as an automatic. Trim lines in order are Technik, Sport, S-Line and Edition 1. Prices start at £1699 Advance Payment and work their way through the trim and engines to £3349 for the 35 diesel auto in Edition 1 trim.

 

Audi A3 Saloon

The A3 Saloon is direct competition for the BMW W 2 Series Gran Coupe and the Mercedes CLA. The Engine and trims are the same as for the Sportback but the Saloon is a little more expensive starting at £2249 Advance Payment and topping out at £3999 for the 2.0 litre Diesel in S-Line trim.

 

 

Audi Q2 

The Audi Q2 is the smaller of the SUV product, the larger Q3 has now joined the Scheme. It is a compact crossover, likeable if a little un-Audi like in design, it is a little, dare we say it, radical for the Bavarians. Prices start at Price reduced from previous quarter price£899 for the 1.5 litre petrol. Automatic Q2’s start at Price reduced from previous quarter price£1299 AP. The 1.0 litre petrol badged as ’30’ is a manual gearbox only option starting at Price reduced from previous quarter price£349 Advance Payment

 

 

Audi Q3

Two years we have been waiting for the Audi Q3 to join the Scheme. It is most welcome. The Compact SUV is a challenger to the BMW X1  and in some regard the VW Tiguan and Ford Kuga, it is slightly smaller in the metal but you still get a comparable boot at 530 litres, but the Q3 is a lot lower so you do loose out on cabin height and space. Two engines offering 148bhp are available, a 2.0 litre auto only diesel with 2 or 4 (quattro) wheel drive or a 1.5 litre petrol as a manual or automatic. The auto is fitted with a 48v mild hybrid system and the 1.4 kWh battery is positioned in the boot, not the usual destination of under the passenger seat, and as such decreases the load capacity to 410 litres. Four trim lines, Technik, Sport, S-Line and Black Edition are offered onto the Scheme, all cars have an electric tailgate and digital virtual cockpit in place of traditional dials and a 10 inch touchscreen along with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning. Sadly to enjoy heated seats you have to add the £1195 ‘Comfort and Sound’ Pack which also adds a beefed up sound system, rear view camera, parking plus and cross traffic rear assist. Prices are excellent – starting at £1299 Advance Payment for the 1.5 petrol manual Technik and rising to £2649 for the 2.0 litre Auto diesel in Sport trim with 4 wheel drive. The sweet spot is the 1.5 petrol auto in S-Line trim at £1999 Advance payment.

 

 

 

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