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There’s no doubt that the Audi Q5 experienced an impressive amount of success. Now, Audi has taken things a step further by choosing to build upon that success and offer the all-new 2015 Audi Q3. At first glance, drivers are going to notice a few prominent characteristics associated with the Q3. The first is that the Q3 looks relatively similar to its sibling, which for most drivers is fine. Visit Audi of Tucson to learn more.

The vehicle’s cabin is both handsome and well trimmed, and will provide drivers with an abundance of technological innovations and features. In addition to all of these reliable features, perhaps the most attractive ones are fuel economy and performance. As you’ll come to see in the following sections, the 2015 Audi Q3 offers a substantial amount of power without skimping out in the fuel efficiency department.

Better Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2015 Audi Q3 comes equipped with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter inline engine that produces a staggering 200 horsepower. Combined with 207 ft-lb of torque, this will automatically equate to better acceleration and higher top speeds. And the best part is that the vehicle doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy to achieve these numbers. In fact, its fuel economy is quite reliable, offering 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway (about 23 mpg combined). During testing, the Audi Q3 went from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds flat, which is also quite impressive for a vehicle of its class.

Some of the standard safety features that drivers are going to find equipped in this luxury vehicle are LED running lights, 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a panoramic sunroof. But that isn’t all. Combined with automatic headlights, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, xenon headlights, and heated front seats, there’s no doubt that drivers will receive amazing value for their dollar. It’s just one of the many ways that Audi is outperforming the competition and providing the best vehicle accommodations and features possible.

Additional features include a 10-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and a CD player. The feature that is sure to stand out the most is the vehicle’s 7-inch touchscreen display. With it, drivers will be able to quickly and easily access many of the Q3’s useful features and functions. The touchscreen display comes with both a navigation system and voice recognition technology, so you can always know where you are going without taking your eyes off the road.

Overall Driving Impression

Want more features? Invest in the Driver Assistance Package, which includes a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a blind spot monitoring system. Despite its larger-than-average sized frame, the Q3 experiences precise and responsive handling, something that should keep drivers safer while on the road. The vehicle’s braking system is also quite reliable. Despite all of these grand and useful features, the characteristics that continue to stand out the most for the Q3 are its impressive fuel economy and improved horsepower/torque.


The 2015 Audi S1 Sportback offers a reliable amount of horsepower and acceleration, which is perfect for performance enthusiasts. The vehicle is designed for those Audi owners who are attracted to the S model, but who lack the funds required to jump up to the more expensive RS models that Audi currently offers. For $50,000, drivers will expect a lot from the 2015 Audi S1 Sportback, and with all of its features and upgrades, it’s safe to say that they won’t be disappointed.

If you’re new to the Audi brand, you’ll find this vehicle quite accommodating since it will serve as a prominent stepping stone for owning your first Audi and first performance vehicle. After spending a few moments behind the wheel of the S1, drivers will realize the price tag is well worth it. Visit Audi of Tucson to learn more.

Performance & Features

Powering the 2015 Audi S1 Sportback is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces a staggering 228 hp of power, accompanied by about 273 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will appreciate the fact that in almost any gear, and at almost any speed, the vehicle will remain powerful and responsive.

The S1 gearbox has been described as being surprisingly smooth, while the clutch offers just enough durability (similar to many performance vehicles) but not so much that it becomes difficult to get around. The 2015 Audio S1 Sportback was measured at reaching 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds, which is quite quick. It also achieved a top speed of about 155mph, which goes to prove that the S1 Sportback is one of the most powerful cars in its class. Experience a dealership with new Audi inventory to learn more.

The vehicle’s Audi Drive Select System is very useful, as it will provide drivers with the ability to switch between Dynamic, Audio, or Efficiency modes depending on what kind of performance they’re seeking. And if you’re driving around town, you’ll love the S1’s signature Stop-Start System. This will ensure that you achieve competitive fuel economy wherever you go. But despite all of these amazing features, the most prominent S1 Sportback feature has yet to be discussed.

Perhaps the biggest advantage to this vehicle is its Quattro All-Wheel Drive System. While some drivers may not put too much emphasis on their drivetrain, the truth is that it can be very important, especially when there is a slick road underneath your vehicle. The primary benefit associated with the Quattro AWD System is that it sends 100% of the drive to the front wheels during normal conditions but will readily distribute it, as it is needed. This ensures that power to all four wheels remained balanced and utilized when needed.

After hitting the roads, expect a relatively quiet and balanced ride that offers precise handling and absorptive suspension. The brakes are better than brilliant, while the vehicle’s tight handling ensures that drivers can retain full control over the S1 around tighter corners and bends.


Fuel efficiency is one of the most important factors in buying for car owners these days. That being said, while many companies have been pursuing hybrids as the answer to this demand, Audi decided to try another route and develop a high-efficiency diesel automobile instead, coming out with the 2015 A3 TDI.

Unlike many other cars in its class, the Audi A3 isn’t trying to stand out in any particular way. In fact, the body shape is largely unrecognizable from other Audi vehicles in its class. That being said, this diesel sedan it performs well and trustworthy in nearly all road conditions.

The A3 TDI is an entry-level compact luxury sedan, much like the rest of the A3 line, but it received a clean-sheet remodel in 2015 to include more modern lines and an upscale image. The secondary benefit to this redesign is that it results in a much bigger interior, giving this compact the feel of at least a mid-size sedan while inside. If you want to see f or yourself, you should head to Audi of Tucson.

In fact, the interior is one of the largest draws for this auto. It doesn’t feel as tight as other compacts do, and every surface has the impression of luxury and expense. The infotainment system is easy to use, with a simple interface that is incredibly intuitive. Combine that with an uncluttered dash and you have a highly efficient display that won’t be difficult to work with at all.

The drive can best be described as “sporty.” The large wheel and stripped down displays already visually prepare you for the ride, but it’s nothing like what you expect. The A3 TDI handles turns and sharp corners with ease and is remarkably responsive to every command from the driver. Even at low engine speeds you can feel the torque, giving you the impression that you’re driving something much bigger than a 2.0 liter engine.

The ride itself is firm, with the A3 TDI hugging the road when it needs to and lightly skipping along the rest of the time, giving the driver a feeling of leaning forward slightly the whole drive as if running into the wind.

But of course it’s important to discuss fuel efficiency. On this diesel, you can expect 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highway, though careful driving can probably push you a bit past the 36 mpg average if you know how to conserve while on the road. Obviously, this blows away even a number of hybrids currently available with a much simpler technology.

Some people worry about the power on a diesel, but the A3 TDI clocks in at 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, well within the specs for the average compact.

The fact of the matter is that the Audi A3 TDI is a great solution for people who want to drive a little greener and with a little less cost. It’s an excellent, fuel-efficient choice worth making.


Since Audi shook up its lines by offering the Quattro all-wheel drive system on all of its automobiles, it has set itself up to be a leader in the luxury automobile class. This is no less true of their sports cars, with the Audi R8 being among the best available on the market today. For speed, power, and control, Audi has knocked it out of the park with R8. And, if you want to check it out for yourself, head to Audi of Tucson.

First, some statistics.

The Audi R8 is a two-seat sports car developed by high-performance private subsidiary company Quattro GmbH. It was based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, but the chassis is constructed around the Audi Space Frame which uses an aluminum monocoque as part of its efforts to ensure safety, while making their cars much lighter than before.

The Audi R8 started as a race car and it wasn’t until 2004 that the company announced that they would be developing a model for the road. Even then, the road version that premiered in 2007 wasn’t that different from its racing predecessor, including all of the same design elements that allowed it the power and acceleration that have come to be associated with the R8s.

What did change was that it had far better handling than the old racing version, allowing the driver to have total control over the vehicle even at high speed. The recent models are no different in this regard, and it is easy to move the car almost unconsciously, receiving nearly no resistance and getting instant feedback to most changes in speed or direction.

In 2012 the R8 got a major remodel, significantly changing the body style and systems in a number of ways. These included a new single-frame grille, a 7-speed S-tronic transmission that replaces the R-tronic in previous models, other than the V10, and magnetic ride adaptive damping in both normal mode and sports mode.

This is on top of  additional new technologies to make it even easier to drive, like a high-beam assistant, stowage package, various travel case sets, and the Parking System Plus with reversing camera.

The power on this car is variable based on the edition, but as an example, the R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro that was put into production in 2011 can do 0-62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and has 317 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 185 mph and pushes out 428 horsepower. This is no weak car by any stretch of the imagination.

On top of that, it comes with either V8 or V10 power plants based on your desires, as well as a host of options for both comfort and style, making it one of the top sports cars for consumer purchase.

The Audi R8 sets the standard for what a modern sports car should be. It is sleek and understated, able to perform without being pretentious, and fully capable of standing up to any challenge to its supremacy. Other manufacturers will be hard pressed to beat it for a while. Stop by Audi of Tucson to test drive this amazing vehicle today.