2019 Audi A6

The Audi A6 is the luxury brand’s mid-size sedan, competing with the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, among others. For 2019 the A6 was completely redesigned and features advanced infotainment and safety tech borrowed from the all-new full-size Audi A8. With a starting price of $58,900, the A6 is available in sedan form and comes with standard all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A four-cylinder is expected to be offered soon and that model will come with a lower starting price.

Pros: Brimming with the latest tech features, the 2019 Audi A6 interior represents the very latest in advanced automotive interfaces. Conservative styling might not set souls on fire, but it will age well throughout the years. The standard mild hybrid drivetrain boosts cruising efficiency without impacting performance.

Cons: The A6 has a stiffer ride than some competitors and all of its technology could overwhelm a driver’s senses in the short term and overwhelm their bank account in the long term, as the parts begin to wear and require maintenance. This might be a better car to lease than buy.

Looks Best In: With the exception of Tango Red, the exterior choice for the 2019 Audi A6 are rather plain. Firmament Blue is a dark blue that nicely accentuates the chrome ornamentation found through the exterior. Inside, Okapi Brown is a warm earth tone that complements the plentiful walnut wood trim adorning the cabin.

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Competition: While the aforementioned BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are the Audi A6’s primary competitors, there are also a number of other mid-size luxury sedans that it stacks up against. The recently redesigned Volvo S90 and Genesis G80 are both stylish alternatives. The aging Lexus GS doesn’t offer cutting-edge technology, however has a strong reliability record for shoppers looking to keep their vehicle for the long haul.

Safety Score: As of publication date the 2019 version of the Audi A6 has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Summary: The 2019 Audi A6 is a beautifully rendered luxury sedan. Shoppers interested in the latest advanced safety and infotainment features will revel in all that the A6 has to offer. Be sure the try the cockpit interface out on a test drive and also take the car on a long test drive to ensure the firm ride is to your liking.

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Exploring the 2019 Audi A8

For 2019 Audi redesigned its flagship sedan, the full-size A8, and loaded it with innovative technology. Initially available with a V-6 and standard Quattro all-wheel-drive, prices start from an MSRP of $83,800.

In terms of design the exterior is mostly evolutionary, which is to say understated and handsome in the Audi tradition. No new ground is broken in terms of body sculpting, however the lighting elements put on theatrics, which helps to lemd the design some personality.

Unexciting paint colors seem to be the norm among larger German luxury sedans. Just like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series, the A8 has a very understated exterior color palette. Perhaps the nicest shades available are Seville Red and Navarra Blue.

2019 Audi A8 Navarra Blue

2019 Audi A8 in Navarra Blue

2019 Audi A8 Seville Red

2019 Audi A8 in Seville Red


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Interior design and materials is an area where Audi has long been segment-leading, and that’s no different when it comes to the 2019 A8. Opting for the $4,250 Luxury Package provides upgraded leather, an Alcantara headliner, extended leather trim covering surfaces throughout the cabin, and aluminum trim. It all makes for a finely crafted and appealing interior, especially when outfitted with the Nutmeg Brown color scheme.

2019 Audi A8 Nutmeg Brown interior

2019 Audi A8 Nutmeg Brown interior

When it comes to the aforementioned technology, the A8 does not disappoint. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the Predictive Adaptive Suspension, which will automatically adjust the air suspension if there are poor road conditions, if the vehicle is cornering or coming to a stop. All of these measures provide a serene and secure driving experience. Other technology includes a highly advanced infotainment interface and available rear-seat tablets integrated into the front seatbacks.

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Audi Debuts Second Generation Q3

 

Audi has released the second-generation of its popular Q3 compact luxury crossover. The exterior styling updates echo the more angular design found on the recently updated midsize Q5.

The front end treatment is significantly more elegant and sporty with the reduction of a large overhang that plagued the first generation Q3. Better proportioned headlamps and a more aggressive grille design lend the vehicle a much sleeker look overall.

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Out back the design has also taken on a more aggressive tone. Tail lamps feature more complex lighting elements and the lower valance of the bumper now features glossy trim.

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Taking a step inside, we find a much more sophisticated design for the second-generation Q3. Although rendered from high-quality materials, the Q3’s dash has always appeared as if it was missing something. That’s been remedied on the new generation as the Q3 takes on the latest Audi interior aesthetic, which places a focus on better integrated infotainment and artfully integrated HVAC vents.

 

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2018 Audi Q3

 

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All-New Second Generation Audi Q3

Overall, the second-generation Q3 looks much sharper than its predecessor. Audi has not yet announced the on-sale date of the second-generation Q3 yet, so be sure to check back in with Third Auto as more details become available.


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2018 Audi A3

The 2018 Audi A3 is the brand’s smallest sedan, slotted below the compact A4. The sub-compact A3 offers shoppers on a budget a gateway into the brand, with a starting MSRP of $31,950. With standard features like leather and heated seats, it offers a compelling choice for shoppers seeking an upgrade over high-end trims of mainstream mid-size sedans, as long as the small cabin still fits.

Pros: Starting Price, Minimalist Styling, Engaging Driving Experience

Cons: Tight Cabin, No Manual, Comfortable & Quiet Ride

Looks Best In: Mythos Black exterior/Chestnut Brown interior

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Competition: Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Volkswagen Golf GTI, BMW 3 Series

Safety Score: The 2018 Audi A3 was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.

Summary: The 2018 Audi A3 edges out the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class as an all-round more practical choice. It offers more interior room, a more comfortable and quiet ride, and more standard features. Although it lacks the manual transmission offered on its platformmate, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the 2018 Audi A3 serves up more formal and mature styling inside and out.

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2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Audi Q5 is the brand’s midsize SUV, slotted above the compact Audi Q3 and the full-size Audi Q7 in the brand’s SUV lineup. Fresh off a recent redesign, the Q5 bring style and luxury to buyers looking for something fancier than mainstream offerings, like the Volkswagen Tiguan or Nissan Rogue. From a buyer’s standpoint, the Audi Q5 has an opulent techy interior and provides a smooth and comfortable driving experience. Shoppers looking for something more exciting, and willing to pay the premium, can check out the performance-oriented QS5, which has flashy styling and mechanical upgrades. Pricing for the base Q5 starts at an MSRP of $45,500 and the QS5 starts at $54,300.

Pros: Nice styling, luxurious interior, comfortable road manners

Cons: Small-ish Interior

Looks Best In: Azores Green exterior/Atlas Beige interior2018 Audi Q5 exterior

2018 Audi Q5 interior

Coolest Feature: Audi’s available Virtual Cockpit is a 12.3-inch instrument cluster that according to Audi “allows the driver to customize information such as navigation and audio, offering classic and infotainment modes as well as Google Earth™ or Google Street View™ screen options.”

2018 Audi Q5 Virtual Cockpit
Competition: Lexus RX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Acura RDX, Land Rover Discovery Sport

Summary: The 2018 Audi Q5 is a cutting-edge, comfortable and stylish SUV that straddles the compact and midsize categories. It’s a thoughtfully crafted SUV for shoppers who appreciate the details.

Did You Know? The Q5 is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid SUVs available within its size class, based on EPA-estimated fuel economy.

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2018 Audi Q3

The 2018 Audi Q3 is the brand’s entry-level luxury crossover-style SUV, slotted below the mid-size Audi Q5 and full-size Audi Q7. With a starting MSRP of $32,900, it competes with other small luxury crossovers from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. It comes with many features, which are expensive options on competitors.

Pros: Comfortable, Maneuverable, Well-Equipped, Good Value

Cons: Lacks Rear Interior Space, Outdated Design, So-So Fuel Economy

What You Should Know: Calling all bargain hunters! The Audi Q3 is due for a redesign soon, so deals may be available.

Looks Best In: Glacier White exterior/Chestnut interior

2018 Audi Q3 exterior

2018 Audi Q3 interior

Coolest Feature: The panoramic sunroof is the coolest feature, that also helps to keep you cool. The best part? It’s standard equipment on the 2018 Audi Q3.

Competition: Lexus NX, BMW X1, Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLA

Summary: A relative bargain considering all of the standard equipment (aforementioned panoramic sunroof, leather, park assist), the 2018 Audi Q3 isn’t the most stylish SUV in the Audi lineup, but it offers the virtues of its larger siblings at a more accessible price point.

Did You Know? Audi’s first SUV, the three-row Q7, debuted for the 2007 model year.

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Luxury Brand Sales in October 2017

Wow, Lexus and BMW were neck and neck in October sales! Even closer were Audi and Buick, just a few hundred units difference. Mercedes-Benz numbers includes 2,446 van sales, when we remove those the monthly tall comes out to 29,623, still well ahead of second place BMW.

So, what is Mercedes-Benz doing so right to be this far ahead? A combination of a robust SUV lineup and its push downmarket with the CLA and GLA have postured the brand to acquire more sales than BMW, which currently has no sedan below the $34,900 3 Series, while Mercedes-Benz has the CLA starting at $32,400. On the SUV side, BMW has no GLS competitor, which Mercedes-Benz sold 2,920 of in October. We hear an X7 is on this way, however until then we expect Mercedes-Benz to continue to eat BMW’s lunch.

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Looking at the mid-level of sales, Cadillac and Acura are very close. Will the new XT5 allow Cadillac to power ahead of Acura’s aging SUV lineup? About one thousand units separate Lincoln and Volvo. With both brands experiencing a renaissance of sorts, who will move ahead and who will fall back, like whoa?

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Moving on to the low-volume brands, Land Rover and Porsche  were within a few hundred units. Meanwhile, Jaguar is being encroached on by two newcomers to the U.S. market. Genesis and Alfa Romeo both accumulated decent sales numbers given their lack of presence in the marketplace. Behind Alfa Romero and rounding out the group is Maserati with just over one thousand units sold.

As the year-end push gets aggressive within throughout the final months of the year as automakers and dealers look to move as much metal as possible, it will be very interesting to see how the current state evolve. Be sure to check in with Third Auto as we track every step of the way.

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