Recently had a test drive in this car.First impressions,it's a large car and it looks fantastic from both inside and out.Also the quality is first class.I had a new car for the test drive which I was very pleased with, because my only concern was the 2.0 tdi and it's power. However, I was very impressed! The dealer (Beechwood Audi in halesowen) were very good from start to finish. I ordered a car the same day and negotiated a good discount of list price.I am now looking forward to collecting the car in march 07.
I've had this car for seven months and have covered around 14,000 miles. It is a joy to drive. It's amazingly quiet for a vehicle with a diesel engine and big tyres. I was fortunate to buy a well-equipped vehicle and this has a big impact on the pleasure of driving.
The leather seats are very comfortable. Both the rear-demist and front-demist are rapid. The 'blue' coloured headlights provide excellent forward lighting, and the electric sunroof works well.
Performance is definitely amazing. This is my first diesel since a Peugot 1.9 TDI about 10 years ago, and my last car was a Volvo T5, with a couple of Alfa 156 2.5 V6s in between. Although the Audi isn't up to the Volvo's top speed, or the acceleration of the normaly aspirated Audis, it's not very far behind at all.
It's got satellite-navigation, a six-CD changer, Bluetooth phone (the £100 cradle from Audi is a rip off), and TV all of which have proved to a boon at some time or other.
Visibility is good to the rear and forward, except for the sloping pillar to the right of the windscreen (but that's a problem with many cars these days).
I'm getting approximately 42mpg with a mix of commuting and a few long hauls, interspersed with my regular trips, which are 60 miles each way.
There have been no problems with starting, no use of oil, and the cruise control works very well.
Ours is the quattro version, which has now covered 5,000 enjoyable miles over 4 months. The car has been totally fault-free (unlike our A2), and the only grumbles we have are lack of iPod connectivity and the sunglasses holder is too small! Phantom black pearlescent paint looks good when clean!
The car is very taut, never a rattle or squeak. Overall noise levels are commendably low, and the engine is superb but it's obvious that this is a heavy car. We'd have the 3 litre diesel if money was no object, along with Xenon headlamps - the halogen lights are not brilliant. The Tiptronic is fun when driving on twisty country roads. Optional sports seats very supportive , and the ride on 17" alloys is fine most of the time, but a bit harsh at low speed (better that the S line though). Roadholding is excellent - very surefooted through puddles and tight bends. It never feels like a big car, until parking that is. The front & rear sensors take the guesswork out of parking. The MMI and sound system are great - doubt whether the BOSE system is worth the extra.
We get 37 mpg on a good run, 33-34 mpg locally but only 26 mpg around town.
I bought this car in May and I'm already regretting it. Not because of the car, which is wonderful, but because my wife seems intent on stealing it from me and making me drive her Mazda RX8 (nice car, but no comparison).
There are two things about this car that I absolutly wanted to avoid when originally deciding to get a new car: I did not want a diesel, and I did not want an automatic. Now, with 7,000 km on the clock, I really don't know what the fuss was about. The diesel engine runs superbly, with consumption of around 8 litres/100km (sorry, don't know what that is in MPG), and the Tiptronic gearbox is excellent. The gear paddles on the steering wheel mean that I do not miss a manual at all, and I still feel I have the same control over the car. It can be a little sluggish if you want to make a quick getaway, so the Sport mode on the gearbox is a plus, but I cannot otherwise fault the performance at all.
I was able to buy the car with a number of packages offering leather, sat nav and aircon, but even then, the extras really push up the price of this car. It is certainly no bargain, but I don't regret buying it at all, unless the missus has her way and takes it off me....
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