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The competition for cars in the $30,000 to $45,000 price range is fierce. You can purchase all types of great vehicles in all kinds of sizes for that price bracket. But you might want to first check out the Audi A3, available at the Audi of Tucson dealership.

Audi increased U.S. sales by of the A3 by 2,496% in 2014. The vehicle’s popularity has continued to soar in 2015 with sales boosted 262% so far this year compared to the same period the prior year.

The 2015 Audi A3 is the German car manufacturer’s smallest offering for the United States market. Underneath the interior and exterior surfaces, it’s practically the same vehicle as the Volkswagen Golf (Volkswagen owns Audi). The Golfs sold in the U.S. are made in Germany and Mexico, as opposed to the Audi A3 which is manufactured in Hungary.

The key differences between the Audi A3 and the VW Golf are mostly in two distinct areas:
For the last year, in the U.S., the Audi A3 has been sold as a sedan. A hatchback version of the A3 is due this fall. On the other hand, the VW Golf is a hatchback and a wagon version was added in the last two months. So therefore, the Golf offers more headroom in the back seat, and fits more luggage in relation to the length of the car.

The VW Golf offers a touchscreen infotainment system , on the flip side, the Audi A3 is controlled via a similar kind of rotary/dial/jog/mouse as featured in most other vehicles from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Currently, the Audi A3’s infotainment system and controls are superior to what is available with Volkswagen Golf. On the other hand, we should only mention that this could change this September when presumably both Audi A3 and VW Golf receive all-new infotainment systems with Apple’s (AAPL) CarPlay and Google’s (GOOGL) Android Auto capabilities.

Highlights include:
1.8 liter gasoline engine. This is the base model, and comes with front wheel drive.
2.0 liter gasoline engine. This is the same as in the Golf GTI, and comes with four wheel drive. The upcharge is $3,000 over the 1.8 liter model.
2.0 liter diesel engine. This one is available only as front wheel drive, and the upcharge is $3,000 over the 1.8 liter model.
Convertible. Available with the two gasoline engines.

Whether in the VW Golf or in this Audi A3, these gasoline and diesel engines are the premier in the industry. They are smooth and rev-happy. The transmission is a direct-shift (DSG) gearbox, also known an automated manual. Normally, some people may not particularly like these automated manual transmissions, however, in these Audis and Volkswagens, this type transmission has some kind of distinct character — it’s rather hard to put into words.

Particularly, this DSG transmission combines well with the highest-torque engine, and that would be the diesel. The powertrain combination has a highly unusual character, mostly positive. Everyone should test drive and notice how the powertrain pulls and shifts. It’s the most remarkable in the entire industry.

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Audi is always making new and exciting cars. The company is constantly improving and keeping others in the industry on their toes. While true, there is a lot of competition in the plug-in hybrid market, and Audi will have to work hard to keep up and pass the competition. With that being said, the company is going to release an A3 Sportback plug-in hybrid this fall, and it should blow people away as it has it all.

The Sportback is not your average hybrid. No, it’s a plug-in version that combines luxury and sportiness, all with the benefits that one would expect in an Audi. It comes with a sleek, Sportback body, which offers you sporty styling and comfortable space. This is not usually common in a hybrid, and it’s one of the benefits of the A3.  Simply put, if you get a Sportback plug-in hybrid, you won’t miss out on comfort, luxury or style. Once available, you can head to Audi of Tucson to check out this impressive and game-changing plug-in hybrid.

If you want get a plug-in hybrid, you probably are worried about charging it. You are in luck as Audi is committed to sustainable driving and includes a complimentary home charger.  The included charger is 240-volts, which allows a car owner to charge his or her in around 2 hours and 15 minutes. You can also plug into a 110-volt outlet and charge your car in about eight hours.  As you know, solar is gaining in popularity, and Audi has a collaboration with Sunpower. With this collaboration, you can charge your car with renewable energy and have an Audi that truly emits zero emissions.

As far as add-ons and amenities, you will not suffer any disappointment with the A3 Sportback.  In the sunny desert, you will enjoy the panoramic sunroof, and once it gets cold at night or in the winter, you can bask in the heated front seats. To park your Audi, you will have a lot of help with the parking system plus setup, which includes a rearview camera and front and rear acoustic parking sensors.  As far as listening to tunes, you can do so with the solid music interface and iPod integration.

If you get a hybrid, you are probably not thinking about tearing it up on the track. However, the 2016 Audi A3 still has plenty of power. In fact, you can get from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a hybrid plug-in, or any car for that matter.  While not a good idea to test this, the Audi A3 Sportback plug-in hybrid has a top speed of 130 mph.  While exact ranges are not known at this time, it should be impressive as Audi has been working on hybrid technology for a long time.

If you want a plug-in hybrid, you need to look at all your options. After doing so, you should check out the 2016 Audi Sportback plug-in hybrid as it combines luxury and drivability, all at a good price.

 

 

Audi S8

Every Audi model is impressive in its own way. The cars are sleek, stylish, fast and powerful. If you want a luxury Audi, you can get one. If you want an SUV that can do it all, you can get one. And, if you are looking for a high-powered sports car, you can get an Audi with 520 horses. Yes, the Audi S8 Plus packs an impressive 520 horsepower, which is enough for just about any driver.

If you are a car fan, you probably want to know more about the car, and you can check one out at Audi of Tucson as it’s a great place to head if you want to see an Audi S8 or other Audi model. The car has a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine. It also has 398 ft-lbs of torque, which is impressive in its own. The S8 will get you from 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds. Coupled with the legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system and standard sport differential, and you can see that it’s clear that the Audi S8 is at the head of the pack of the performance luxury sector.

If you are in the Audi S8 and want to enjoy it to the fullest, you have to enjoy the add-ons the car company offers.  Depending on what add-ons you get, you can have it all, or you can tone it down a bit. First, if you want to get the Bang & Olufsen to enjoy pristine sound from your speakers, you can, but it will cost around $6,000.  However, it’s worth it as the sound system is pretty impressive. With the full leather and Alcantara interior package, you can enjoy the Audi S8 to the fullest. All in all, if you are in the cockpit and get these add-ons, you will enjoy the experience more as the Audi S8 is a high-end car and a nice sound system and interior package will make it more fun.

Since it’s a fast car, and it offers the driver a lot of comforts, it’s also worth looking at the technology in the car. If you are tech-obsessed or not, you will enjoy the car either way.  First and foremost, as far as comfort, you will get a 22-way power-adjustable front seat and a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic. If you don’t upgrade, you will still enjoy a 14-speaker sound system that puts out 630-watts. It’s a Bose AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM/HD Radio Surround Sound System, which is high-end on its own. As far as driving technology, buyers are treated to front and rear parking sensors and a bird’s-eye view camera system that offers you a 360-degree view. Finally, you get a rear parking camera, power rear/side sunshades and a four-zone automatic climate control.

If you want a sports car and don’t mind shelling out the cash, the Audi S8 is a great one to check out. With an impressive 520 horsepower under the hood and plenty of tech, you can have a great time in this car.

 

 

 

 

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Motor Trend Says Audi Hits Home Run

The editors at “Motor Trend” have driven every car imaginable, from the lowly Vega to the fantasy of every car lover, the Bugatti Veyron. The point is it takes a lot to impress these people, but Audi has managed to capture their hearts and minds with the release of the 2016 Audi TT. While previous versions of the TT could be accurately labeled as “sporty,” the newest version is an absolute sports car in the minds of Motor Trend editors. With a 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant putting out 220 horses, this light car takes advantage of all wheel drive power distribution and a six speed dual clutch automatic transmission to make driving a hoot and a half. Test drive the latest TT for yourself and see what the fun is all about at Audi of Tucson.

Select Your Drive Mode Depending on Mood

If you’re in the mood for a comfortable drive or an aggressive bender through mountain turns, the Audi TT has a drive mode selector to help you choose your poison. The selections are Comfort, Custom, Auto and Dynamic to tweak the suspension and accelerator response to both your preference and road conditions. Auto is the default setting, but from there you can choose Comfort if you want to make the steering and throttle a little softer. Select Dynamic to tighten up the steering, make the shifts more aggressive and provide a quicker throttle response. The little sports car gets from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds when in the Dynamic setting. A magnetic adjustable suspension is available as an option if you want even more control.

The Engine’s Great, but Steering is Greater

Motor Trend reviewers love the new TT’s handling. They describe it as “tight and dynamic” while letting the driver feel the road. They also lauded the chassis and suspension as being more than able to handle any road condition you might encounter. Although the magnetic suspension is an interesting option, the reviewer thought it was unnecessary in most cases. Take the Audi TT for a spin around the block at Audi of Tucson and form your own opinions.

Interior Beautiful and Functional

From the dashboard that resembles an airplane wing to the jet turbine air vents and virtual cockpit, the interior of the 2016 Audi TT has everything you’d expect from this luxury carmaker. A 12-inch screen makes the virtual cockpit easy to see at a glance, so you can monitor important vehicle information while keeping your eyes on the road. Steering wheel controls let you take charge of the infotainment and phone system, so you can pick your favorite song or enjoy hands free communication while still focusing on driving.

Audi S4 3.0

The Audi S4 3.0T Quattro S-tronic is certainly a car for car lovers. This Audi comes with a supercharged engine that puts out 333 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque, all delivered by the legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Audi S4 3.0 Quattro S-tronic can hold its own against most card on the road, and it offers value, performance and a lot of technology.

From the outside, it takes a careful inspection of the car to see that it is a performance version. The only S4 badge that is visible is on the rear deck and front grill; even the bodywork and bigger rims and tires don’t jump out at you. On the inside, things are different as Audi uses a carbon fiber finish. Owners are also treated to black Nappa leather and 12-way adjustable racing seats, both in the front and back.  These seats provide the necessary support for long road trips, and they add to the look of the car.

The car has a smooth, V6 engine with a turbo and supercharger, which enhances the ride and gives the driver plenty of power. While one may be wondering what happened to the V8, owners are not missing out. In fact, the 2009 model, and previous versions, came with a V8, but they only had 10 more horsepower and less torque than the V6. Since it comes with a powerful V6, you would expect gas mileage to suffer, but this is not the case as it gets 18/28 mpg respectively.  This is not bad for a car that packs so much power, and you can check one out at Audi of Tucson so you can see one for yourself.

The 2015 Audi S4 certainly provides an agile experience, especially when driven in sports mode. The suspension is tight, though it still provides a comfortable and smooth ride, no matter the conditions. And, since the Audi S4 comes with the Quattro system, drivers are treated to a car that has power delivered perfectly and smoothly to all four wheels. All in all, the S4 is a great driving experience, all while giving passengers the comfort they want.

If you want to get an Audi, you are probably a fan of all the technology the company offers. Since this is a high-end car, you can count on a lot. To stay nice and comfortable in your Audi, you can use the three-zone automatic climate control, and if you are in the front driver or passenger seat, you will enjoy the heated seat to the fullest.  As far as other tech, you get a great stereo with Sirius/XM capability, along with an SD slot and CD player with MP3 capability. Simply put, not only will you enjoy all the power of this car, but you can make your daily commute or long road trip more comfortable and fun.

If you want an Audi S4 3.0T Quattro S-tronic, you are not alone. This is a great car, and if you can afford it, you should snag one for yourself.

 

2015 SQ5

When you want a fun to drive car that is fast, reliable and full of technology, you should look no further than the Audi SQ5. This car is great for someone who wants to get behind the wheel and feel the rush.  With that being said, you should know what it has to offer and why it is fun to drive. Here are a few things that make the SQ5 a fun to drive car no matter your style.

First and foremost, if you want to have fun behind the wheel, you know that you can only do it if you have a lot of power, and the SQ5 will not leave your disappointed in that matter. It gets you from 0-60 miles per hour in around 5.1 seconds, and it has a top speed of 154 miles per hour. With 354 horses under the hood, you can see why it’s a fast car, and you can have a lot of fun out on a two-lane highway.  When all is considered, it’s certainly a fast car, and it still gets 16 and 23 mpg, respectively, which is very respectable giving that the car offers you so much power. To feel the power in the fast lane, you can check one out at Audi of Tucson.

Now, if you are looking to fly down the road in style, you will want to have quick stopping power, and the SQ5 is not going to hold you back. If you are going 70 mph and need to stop, you will only need about 150 feet to do so. With the tightened suspension, you can drive up and down mountain roads with ease, and you will have a lot of fun in the process. However, if you have to drive the car in the city or heavy traffic, you will still enjoy yourself. While true, this car is certainly made for open roads.

While you may like speed, you probably also like tech. It’s hard to have a fun time behind the wheel if you are driving in a car with old and outdated technology, and Audi doesn’t drop the ball in this regard.  Not only that, the car is comfortable for both passengers and the driver. With eight-way heater power front seats, you can be in the cockpit and remain comfortable. With steering wheel shift-paddles and a 10-speaker sound system, along with a CD player and iPod USB input, you will enjoy the Audi SQ5 as nothing is more fun than listening to tunes while driving. The radio also has satellite capability, so you can listen to your favorite music while flying down the road. The passengers in the backseat won’t suffer as there is plenty of room, even for full-sized adults. There is an optional technology package that adds both rear and front parking sensors, a rearview camera, HD radio, and an upgraded MMI navigation system.

If you want a fun to drive car, you should consider the Audi SQ5. It offers you everything you would want, all while giving you a ton of horsepower.

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Optimum Luxury Starts at Affordable Price

With a base starting price below $50,000, the Audi Q7 provides basic luxury features like leather seating, heated front seats, a power tailgate and Xenon headlights with LED running lights and taillights. If you want your Q7 to stand out from the crowd, opt for the Sport edition which adds 21-inch black gloss wheels, red brake calipers and special interior features. Although it has a performance-tuned suspension package, like all other Q7s the Sport edition is made with the highest quality materials both inside and out. Put on your white gloves and examine the Q7 today at Audi of Tucson.

All Q7s Offer Three Rows of Seats

Just because you need to haul the soccer team and its equipment doesn’t mean you have to drive a minivan. All Q7 models can haul up to seven people with plenty of room in the back for soccer balls or luggage. Along with the premium leather seat coverings, available dual moon roofs and a premier Bose surround sound system are some of the other features that set this SUV apart from its competitors. MMI navigation responds to voice control so you can stay focused on the road while still seeking directions. Safety features like Audi side assist, parking assist and corner view cameras help keep you and your precious cargo safe.

Quattro Connects With Two Engine Options

Whether you choose the 3.0 liter gasoline engine or the 3.0 liter TDI clean diesel, the patented Quattro all-wheel drive system on the Audi Q7 makes sure you keep control on the road. By sending power to the wheel with the most traction, the Quattro system ensures the best possible handling no matter the road conditions. Audi tailors the Quattro drive to each vehicle to provide enhanced traction and superior performance. Audi has been improving on the Quattro system for the past 35 years. There have been many imitators, but no equals. Experience Quattro for yourself by taking a test drive at Audi of Tucson.

Visit myAudi to Personalize Your Experience

Once you settle on an Audi vehicle, or if you already own an Audi, visit the myAudi website for video tutorials, resources for warranty claims, payment estimators and other helpful information. Just plug in your model and year and the myAudi site will pull up only the information pertinent to your vehicle. It’s just another benefit to becoming part of the Audi family.

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Consumers Wait for ‘Summer of Audi’

With outstanding markdowns and special financing options, the “Summer of Audi” sales event is becoming one of those times that consumers wait for alongside “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” Partly due to this promotion, Audi posted it’s 54th straight month of record sales in June, climbing more than 8 percent over the previous year. Audi delivered 18,262 units that month, pushing the first half sales total to 93,615, or an 11 percent increase over 2014. See what all the excitement is about and test drive the new Audis at Audi of Tucson.

Partnership with TOMS Shoes Helps

TOMS, the shoe company noted for donating a pair of shoes to needy children for every pair sold, has partnered with Audi this summer to provide a special shoe to new customers. “Through TOMS One or One giving program Audi will help change the lives of thousands of children in the United States and empower new customers to be part of this movement,” said Loren Angelo, Audi director of marketing. The Audi limited edition version of the TOMS shoe is an ash gray with a red stitching and the Audi logo prominently featured.

High Demand Means Low Dealer Inventory

Although there are plenty of vehicles to test drive at Audi of Tucson, the success of the “Summer of Audi” sales event means some dealerships only have a 15-day inventory. Sales of the Q3 medium sized SUV have been particularly strong. The lack of vehicles at some dealerships is the result of “planned scarcity,” which makes the desire for the luxury Audi line even stronger. By releasing the new models for 2016 early in the summer, consumers can compare between the 2015 closeouts and see which vehicle is right for them. “By the end of July we released almost all model-year 2016 versions of our vehicles,” said Mark Del Rosso, Audi executive vice president. “That’s unheard of in this industry.”

Wide Variety of Price Points for Audi

From the little 2016 A3 sedan that starts at only $30,900 to the R8 Spyder convertible that comes in at $129,400, there are a wide variety of prices and trim options to offer consumers. All vehicles feature the high quality components and luxury trim that let you know you are driving an Audi. Even the A3 provides the option to drive away with a fully loaded car complete with a pop up navigation screen, 12-way power driver and passenger seats and a parking assist system complete with sensors and a rear-view camera.

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SUV Market is Top Focus for Audi

With a 24 percent increase in SUV sales in June over the previous year, Audi’s attention to the SUV buyer is paying off in the United States. The bump in SUV deliveries contributed to an overall 8.3 percent hike in sales from June 2014, but the company knows which side of the bread its future is buttered on. “Regardless of the size of the SUV, we strive to be the most sought-after model in the segment,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of Audi AG. “Our SUVs are not utilitarian off-roaders; they are true premium vehicles, particularly in terms of fit and finish.”

Q3, Q5, Q7 All Selling Well

The top of the lineup is the large Q7, which posted a modest 1.1 percent increase from the previous year. With room to carry a basketball team including equipment, the Q7 is designed for the driver who appreciates both luxury and performance. Stepping down the line a notch, the more inexpensive Q5 jumped 8.7 percent from the previous year. The Q3 was introduced this year, but the smallest SUV in the Audi lineup proved popular with deliveries of 6,200 unit. It has been redesigned and the new version will be available at Audi of Tucson later this summer.

Plans for New SUVs in Works

The bosses at Audi know a good thing when they see it, so plans for three new SUVs are in the works. Although it won’t be offered in the U.S. initially, the Q1 is a subcompact crossover that will go on the global market next year. An electric SUV with a sporty appeal is on the books for 2018, and a large Q8 is expected to supplant the Q7 as the flagship of the company by 2019. “Globally, we will respond proactively to the growing number of customers who enjoy SUVs’ higher driving position and their sense of enhanced safety,” Stadler said.

SUVs Expected to Dominate U.S. Market

According to Merrill Lynch analysis, SUVs and crossovers will take up 32 percent of all U.S. vehicle launches in the next tree years. Automakers are clamoring to provide functional and fun utility vehicles that offer luxury and the capability to haul more than a couple of bags of groceries. Increased fuel efficiency makes these vehicles more attractive than ever, but no automaker can offer the selection and luxury provided by Audi. Test drive the Q7, Q3 or Q5 today by taking a visit to Audi of Tucson.