Audi Road Tests

The Audi A1 offers all the quality of larger cars but shrinks it into a small package. Is this 1.2-litre version enough for those downsizing?
Mon, 08 Aug 2011
The improved A1 gets more equipment, upgraded steering and new engines including a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol.
Tue, 09 Dec 2014
Meet Audi's answer to the MINI hatch. Will the all-new Audi A1 live up to the premium hype?
Wed, 21 Nov 2018
Trying to decide which small car to buy? Can't choose between a hatchback or a crossover? The new 2020 Audi A1 Citycarver is here to give you the best of both worlds
Wed, 30 Oct 2019
Audi's popular A1 small hatch sprouts two extra doors, as well as a clever 'cylinder on demand' fuel-saving engine.
Wed, 18 Jan 2012
First VAG 'C' segment hatch based on PQ35 floorpan later shared with Golf V and Leon II. Handles much better than Golf IV.
Thu, 27 Mar 2003
The sharper styled 2012 A3 is better to drive than before and comes with some impressive turbocharged engines plus a great interior.
Mon, 28 May 2012
We tested the new Audi A3 Cabrio on a perfect day. Half way through our drive the skies opened and it rained cats, dogs, frogs and fishes. Ideal weather to check Audi’s claim that you can get the roof over your head in 9 seconds flat.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008
The cheapest of the new Audi A3 Cabrios turns out to be the 'sweet spot' of the range, with enough seat and luggage capacity for a family of four.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014
Audi has introduced a booted version of its popular A3 which will rival another new premium small saloon, the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Thu, 20 Jun 2013
Can a five-door, family-sized A3 Sportback maintain Audi levels of performance and refinement with a tiny petrol engine?
Fri, 27 May 2016
The bigger and more useful five-door Sportback version of Audi's upmarket hatchback has some excellent engines as well as added versatility.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012
Audi launches its first ever plug-in car with hybrid technology, in the form of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
Fri, 27 Jun 2014
The new Audi A4 has been launched, with low running costs, new styling and more interior space. Will it be enough to top the BMW 3 Series?
Fri, 11 Sep 2015
Audi has managed to add some useful off-road capability without taking away any of the refinement, comfort or quality of a regular A4 Avant.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017
You may have seen a previous road test of the Audi A4 B6 on my site. Since then I've driven a wider range of models and sampled how the car feels with right-hand drive.
Fri, 16 Feb 2001
Audi has broadened its engine range to include a 102bhp 1.6, a 170bhp 2.4 V6 and a 100bhp TDI PD. The Multitronic transmission has also become available almost throughout the range. So here I hope to bring you up to speed with the new developments.
Wed, 29 Aug 2001
Bit of a scoop, this. By chance I lucked into a cancellation for first drive of the 2005 Audi A4 B7, before even its official launch at the Paris Motor Show.
Mon, 13 Sep 2004
In September 2004 I lucked into a cancellation for first drive of the 2005 LHD Audi A4 B7, before even its official launch at the Paris Motor Show.
Tue, 23 Jan 2007
For the A4 B8, Audi has made some very significant changes to its powertain. Just as Porsche has developed increasingly sophisticated solutions to overcome the fundamental imbalance of an engine overhanging the back wheels, Audi has had to do the same job at the front.
Fri, 05 Oct 2007
Just as night follows day, the wagon version of a new car follows the saloon. But an Audi A4 Avant is more than just an estate car. It’s a brand in itself.
Mon, 09 Jun 2008
At breakfast on the day of the 2002 Audi A4 Cabrio press launch, some radio ‘Dr Death’ was warning that 1,600 Brits a year die of skin cancer. He gloomed that one reason is our obsession with convertibles; something it seems we share with the Germans.
Sun, 19 May 2002
The Audi A4 range has been been given a mid-life refresh with more economical engines, improvements to suspension and subtle styling changes.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011
The new A5 has been a long time coming. Nine years in fact. So does the new model live up to expectations?
Fri, 17 Jun 2016
Styled by a team led by Walter d’Silva, the man responsible for the Alfa Romeo 156 and the current SEAT Leon, the Audi A5 has had quite a long gestation. It’s taken four years to hone and refine it into the car you see in the photos
Fri, 20 Apr 2007
Convertibles were often cash cows for their makers; cars that could be built for a long time and sold at a premium.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009
Audi hasn't been in a rush to replace the first A5 Cabriolet but its successor has been worth the wait.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017
Underneath the copy-and-paste looks lies a range of new state-of-the-art engines and improved technologies.
Thu, 22 Sep 2011
Another day and the Audi A5 Sportback is yet another new model from a manufacturer that seems determined to create every single permutation possible. That is the essence of niche marketing. Long gone are the days when all you could offer was a saloon or a station wagon.
Wed, 09 Sep 2009
Latest executive Audi now matches the BMW 5 Series as a company car choice.
Thu, 27 Jan 2011
Like fellas, some cars have a mid-life crisis, some have a mid-life facelift, and some have both. The Audi A6 for 2001 has just had the lift and tuck.
Fri, 22 Jun 2001
Wow! I could have begun this test with a bit of model history, or some techno-babble or a quote. But let's not mess around. The 2004 A6 is fantastic. And so far removed from the old one it shouldn't even be thought of in the same breath.
Thu, 20 May 2004
If you’re looking for a car the size of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series, you may have been waiting for some of the tech from last year’s new Audi A8 to trickle down to the A6. The new A6, revealed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and driven now for the first time, is so packed with technology that this entire road test could be filled with explaining the various features on offer. There are no fewer than 39 driver assistance functions - from clever adaptive cruise control which slows down and accelerates using speed limit data from the navigation system, to parking pilot, which lets you stand outside the vehicle while it parks itself. Opt for the Matrix LED headlights and they’ll switch to a wider setting when the GPS informs the car that you’re approaching a junction.
Tue, 22 May 2018
If you are in any doubt about the purpose of the 2006 Audi A6 Allroad , just take a look at that front. For a couple of thousand more than a standard A6 Quattro Avant SE (and for less than the S Line), you get the full hunting, shooting and fishing version with self-raising suspension and an useful 2,100kg towing capacity.
Tue, 30 May 2006
Audi describes it as the most versatile premium estate car available today so does the new A6 allroad quattro live up to the hype?
Tue, 03 Jul 2012
Elsewhere on this site you'll find a near rave review of the Audi A6 4.2 quattro tiptronic saloon. Here I get to drive the 2.7V6 TDI front-drive 6-speed manual Avants, the 3.2 V6 petrol front-drive 6-speed manual Avant, a 3.2 V6 petrol front-drive 7-speed multitronic Avant, and a 2.4 V6 petrol front-drive 7-speed multitronic Avant.
Sat, 05 Feb 2005
The new Audi A6 Avant is just as practical as ever but now comes with more efficient engines plus an improved Multitronic CVT gearbox available on front-wheel drive models.
Thu, 29 Sep 2011
The refreshed A6 range gets minor tweaks on the outside but bigger changes under the skin with an improved 2.0 TDI.
Thu, 23 Oct 2014
There is no doubt that with the A7 Audi has launched another stunning looking, fine handling car, with relatively low CO2, but the price takes some swallowing.
Tue, 23 Nov 2010
How can I say this? Okay, sorry Audi, I’m a Mercedes man. I’m more at home in a Mercedes E Class or S Class than any other car. I was especially at home in the LHD only Mercedes S500 4-Matic. So the new Audi A8 Quattro was in trouble from the start.
Wed, 02 Apr 2003
A8 refresh for 2014 focuses on increasing power, bringing down emissions and trimming company car tax.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014
Audi's new flagship car and drive itself - in theory. But is it a better buy than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
Sat, 14 Oct 2017
The Audi e-tron will take on the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC. But will its 248-mile official range be enough?
Thu, 06 Dec 2018
The Q2 is Audi's new small crossover that aims to appeal to a younger and style conscious audience.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016
Audi's overhaul of the Q3 isn't the most comprehensive, but it adds to the appeal of an already impressive car.
Wed, 19 Nov 2014
The Q3 is Audi's good looking compact 'urban SUV' and an alternative to the the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque.
Tue, 08 Nov 2011
The second generation Q3 is bigger - and much more spacious inside - than the original. So does it cut the mustard as a premium but compact SUV?
Tue, 25 Sep 2018
What is the Audi Q3 Sportback all about? Audi had a perfectly good new model Q3 SUV, so why chop 3 centimetres out of the roof and create yet another Audi?
Thu, 29 Aug 2019
HJ assesses whether £48,450 For an Audi Q5 2.0TDI is just buying status, or whether it's really worth the money. The answer surprised him.
Wed, 07 Feb 2018
There’s a startling fact in the Audi presentation document for its new Q5. Only 2% of 4x4 owners have ever driven across rough country. So what’s it all about, then?
Tue, 18 Nov 2008
We've had to wait a long time for the second generation Q7. So will it prove to be worth it?
Mon, 18 May 2015
The 2015 Audi Q7 is smaller, lighter, more efficient; the first on VAG's new MLB platform and showcases future autonomous driving technology.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015
After achieving 153.5mpg over 60 miles of hill country, we can confirm that Audi's Q7 is no longer a diesel-guzzling leviathan.
Mon, 09 Nov 2015
The new Audi Q8 is smaller and less practical than the Q7 but much more expensive. Wait...what?
Mon, 02 Jul 2018
The new Audi R8 supercar is here, but can it do the impossible and better the original?
Mon, 13 Jul 2015
Audi's halo model benefits from a raft of small upgrades, the addition of an S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and the introduction of a V10 plus model with 550PS.
Thu, 08 Nov 2012
Removing the roof from the Audi R8 has made one of the most exciting and desirable high performance cars even more charismatic.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Fallen out with Ferrari? Patronised by Porsche? Anguished by Aston Martin? Jaded by Jaguar? Few cars have been as eagerly awaited as Audi’s new R8, already sold out in the UK until late 2008.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014
The performance version of the Q3 is powered by the same five-cylinder engine as the TT RS delivering 310PS. So does it work as a fast SUV?
Thu, 31 Oct 2013
Audi's ‘Race Sports’ programme pushes the boundaries of what is possible from the engines and drivetrains of its cars. HJ checks out its latest incarnation: the 367PS, 174mph 2015 RS3.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015
HJ gets to grips with the grippy 2017 400HP Audi RS3 saloon, enjoying the benefits of 33 more horsepower and 26 kilos less weight.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017
The high performance RS4 is back with V8 power and 450PS on tap but this time it only comes as an Avant. It's certainly fast but does it have the x factor?
Mon, 18 Jun 2012
Audi’s brutish family estate is back. And this time it’s more powerful than ever before...
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
The new RS6 manages to combine breathtaking performance with excellent refinement and family car practicality - but it isn't cheap.
Thu, 04 Jul 2013
We've tested the 4.0 V8 twin turbo Audi RS6. Now it's time to find our how the RS7 deals with that same 560PS and 700Nm torque.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013
For an extra £6575, Audi will crank the power output of an RS7 up to 605PS. Is that money well spent?
Mon, 20 Jun 2016
The Audi S1 kicks in with 231PS, 370Nm torque and quattro four wheel drive for less than £25,000. But should you buy it rather than spend an extra £6,000 on an S3?
Fri, 14 Mar 2014
Sweet car, the 2007 Audi S3. Now you’d think that a 265PS four-wheel-drive hatchback hiding behind Audi’s aggressive barbeque grille would be anything but sweet.
Sun, 28 Jan 2007
The new S3 gets a stiffer chassis, redesigned suspension and a 2.0 TFSI engine producing 300PS. Could it finally be the performance hatch it's always promised to be?
Mon, 08 Apr 2013
Audi launched its S3 saloon and cabrio simultaneously during w/c 10th March, so we thought it would make sense to cover them together.
Sat, 15 Mar 2014
The Audi S4 is now powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel with a mild hybrid system. Has it lost any of its character?
Tue, 30 Jul 2019
The high performance version of the sleek and stylish A7 gets a twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 420PS which gives it effortless acceleration.
Wed, 25 Apr 2012
The S8 Plus has supercar-humbling levels of torque, power and pace, but in a subdued, comfortable and luxurious package.
Tue, 19 Apr 2016
Audi's first diesel S model appears in the facelifted Q5, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel with 313PS and 650Nm of torque.
Thu, 12 Jul 2012
The SQ5 is every bit as comfortable and refined as any other Q5. It just also happens to have a 354PS V6 petrol engine...
Mon, 12 Jun 2017
A sceptical HJ gets his hands on a 435HP 7-seater leviathan capable of over 155mph and 0-60 in under 5 seconds, and is impressed
Tue, 03 May 2016
Be very grateful for the 2003 Audi TT 3.2 DSG. The Germans are clever people. They may be first to lay towels on the hotel sunloungers every morning. But if they make a product we want even more than they do, they let us have it first.
Tue, 05 Aug 2003
A Golf with the same 200PS turbo engine as the 2007 Audi TT is £5,000 less. A Leon with the same engine is £9,000 less. The TT always was an expensive style statement with exquisite touches that buyers persuaded themselves made it worth the money. This latest incarnation actually is worth the money.
Mon, 19 Feb 2007
We test the all-new Audi TT Roadster. Will it fulfil its mandate to be one of the most desirable cars of 2015?
Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Despite a mid life facelift, it's business as usual for the TT S. That means it's quick and flattering to drive, although still a bit numb when you start to reach the limits of it capabilities.
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
The Audi TTRS has its critics. But it’s not that often I can get into a seriously quick car and immediately feel at home in it. By quick, I mean sub 5 second 0-60 and the ability to pull 100 on almost any short straight.
Wed, 08 Jul 2009
400HP and 480Nm torque take the latest Audi TTRS into what was once supercar territory. HJ gets to do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds and also gets a suntan.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016

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