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Audi has always been known for automotive innovation. And the 2018 Audi A8 continues that tradition with its wide array of new technologies and its brand new look. Available with either a petrol 55 engine or its diesel-powered 50 engine, the new A8 has a ‘Virtual Cockpit’ with two additional screens up front to run its systems, climate control, massaging heated and cooled seats, screens in the back seat for passengers, electric everything, as well as a stack of standard and optional driver assistance systems.

The next generation Audi A8 has a range of powerful and fuel-efficient V6 engines as well as cutting-edge technology everywhere. Its new AI driving systems can remotely park the vehicle in garages and handle perpendicular or reverse parking using the Audi Connect app. The car also has a level three autonomy ‘traffic jam assist’ system. It can control steering, acceleration and breaking at up to 60 kilometer an hour on congested roads where there’s a barrier like a median strip between the car and oncoming traffic. Neither feature will be available in the US market due to government regulations.

The system is supported by radar, ultrasonic sensors, a front camera and a laser scanner and controlled by a large group of gears. The A8 also has an innovative road-reading active suspension. It’s a beautifully designed automobile with an understated profile, a somewhat aggressive looking grille and striking LED headlights. Some packages include OLED taillights with unique patterns and funky animations. All models have large door apertures and huge trunks.

Inside, the cabin is bright and airy. There’s a lowered dashboard and horizontal lines capped with open pore wood and aluminum. The dashboard has three digital screens including the Virtual Cockpit’s 12.3 inch screen. The entire MMI system is touch-based. The upper dashboard screen controls the car’s systems and media while the lower screen handles the climate control options. Its ventilation and heating options, Matrix LED reading lights, huge, endlessly adjustable seats and foot massager behind the front passenger seat, make the 2018 Audi A8 supremely comfortable in either the 5-seat or 4-seat configuration. If you are in the area, you can see how well a 2018 Audi A8 works for you by checking one out at Audi Of Tucson.

Both the 3.0 TFSI as well as the 3.0 TDI engines are mated with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that drives all four wheels. All A8s are electrified using a 48V power system. The car can coast for 40 seconds at between 55km/h and 160km/h using a lithium-ion battery under the trunk floor that can store up to 0.5kW.

The Audi A8 is loaded with standard and optional safety equipment. It includes six airbags, stability and traction controls, ABS, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, auto forward and rear emergency braking and low speed ‘Manoeuvre Assist’.

Driving the A8 is comfortable and relaxing. It’s easy to handle in city and freeway driving. The A8’s air suspension creates a smooth ride and navigating tight, twisting roads is a breeze. The performance of the 2018 Audi A8 is amazing. It is a fabulous technologically advanced gift from Audi.

When it comes to luxurious, high-tech SUVs, the Audi Q5 is in a class of its own. Audi has a reputation for automotive technical advancements and the Q5 has them in spades. Its interior design is smart, purposeful intuitive and sophisticated and reflects an attention to detail. The 2018 Audi Q5 has a 252 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, a smooth shifting 7-speed transmission and the power and convenience of all-wheel drive. The new Q5 delivers a buttery smooth ride that’s relaxing whether navigating city traffic or zooming down the highway.

Audi’s driver-assistance package makes driving the Q5 a truly high-tech experience. It starts with the virtual cockpit. It features a full-color 12.3-inch display that employs Google satellite imagery to offer a full navigation map with amazing graphics. Using the steering wheel’s ‘View’ button you can move between setting with ease. Plus, it can show the speedometer, the entire navigation map and your music choices simultaneously. Audi’s excellent internal navigation system eliminates the need for support from Android Auto or Apple CarPlay for a true virtual cockpit experience. To enjoy the truly awesome experience behind the wheel, you should head to Tucson Audi. Whether you want an Audi Q5 or other vehicle, you are sure to find something that fits your needs.

The heads-up display and infotainment console work seamlessly together with the instrument cluster to provide a virtual cockpit experience that’s comprehensive and convenient. It let’s you see what you want, when you want.

The Audi Q5’s center console’s interface has a conveniently placed, easy-to-hold and use black knob above the gearshift that controls the infotainment console. The driver can simply and safely click through the settings while driving. Just above the knob is a touchpad where you can write out addresses with your fingertips. Just to the gear shift’s right there’s a slit that’s perfect for the key fob. It’s a nice touch.

The gear shift itself has a smooth top that lets you tap a button when you want to park the vehicle. There’s another slot behind the gear shift for the phone and USB ports to charge it or use Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The cohesive center console has space for all the necessities.

Another example of the high-tech equipment on the 2018 Audi Q5 is its steering wheel controls. They provide the driver with easy access to all the vehicle’s essential settings without having to take their eyes off the road. The steering wheel controls are perfectly laid out and provide one touch access to the instrument cluster, telephone and volume using a dial. This helps create a safer, more harmonious driving experience.

Audi has also used a vast amount of research to create seats in the Q5 that are very comfortable, provide adequate back support and provide an elevated roadway view. The company has done this with the unique way they arranged the seats, providing a soft, leather surface and giving the driver the ability to find the ideal level of back support using their four-way power adjustable lumbar system.

Audi has used advanced technology to make the 2018 Q5 safer, more responsive and easier to drive. Welcome to the future of driving courtesy of Audi.