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All about the brand new Audi A Range

2019 is a huge year for the Bavarian “Lord of the 4 rings” car manufacturer. Audi has 10 new cars out in 2019 and here, we take a closer look at the much-anticipated A Range cars…

Audi A4

When you are a leading car manufacturer that’s been making a model for over 25 years and you’ve produced nearly 8 million examples of it, you can be forgiven for not straying far from the winning formula when you perform a facelift on it. Yes, we are talking about the new 2019 Audi A4.

The normal facelift changes are there: out with the old front headlamps and rear light cluster replaced with new LED lights as standard on the facelifted range and the obligatory new bumper of course.

Audi distinguishes each trim in the new A4 by changing the look of the grille. The SE and Sport get straightforward horizontal grille lines but if you spend a few more shekels on the Allroad, the S line or the S4 and you get the upmarket honeycomb look. The shape is also slightly squatter, also in line with the more modern aggressive stance you see in all luxury German saloons.

The main changes come with the Audi A4’s new engines. All of the new Audi A4’s engines are now mild hybrid electric signalling that Audi is truly embracing a form of hybrid in all vehicles even if the set up simply aids electric power coasting of the vehicle to keep momentum when the car is on fairly level ground and has already gained impetus. The standard new Audi A4’s only get 12 Volt hybrids but the S4 is in line for a 48V version which allows longer coasting times and better fuel efficiency.

There are 2 new diesel engines, in Audi speak a 134hp 30 TDI and a 161hp 35 TDI where both are actually 2.0 litre diesels in old money speak. These 2 diesels are joined by three 2.0 litre petrol engines in different power outputs, the 148hp 35 TFSI, the 187hp 40 TFSI and the 242hp 45 TFSI. A new S4 is a tonic for those who are performance minded delivering a weighty 342hp from a 3.0 litre diesel engine.

If you want to grade a cars finish on the inside, look at how closely and regularly the interior panels fit. It takes pedigree to do this well and the new Audi A4 does not disappoint with excellent finish and plush materials that do the range justice. Standard kit includes Bluetooth, 2 USB points, Apple and Android interface. You can also specify the optional Technology pack which comes with the virtual cockpit that can project the infotainment info, phone and navigation info onto a panel slightly below your normal line of site.

The new 2019 Audi A4 is an excellent advert for Audi and while the current Audi A4 is only 4 years old, Audi has executed a very good facelift to keep the flag flying against the likes of the new BMW 3 series. The new Audi A4 should be available in early Autumn 2019 and we expect the baseline model to retail for around £27k to £28k.

Audi A6

Audi claims the eighth-generation A6 is a “multi-talent in the luxury class” that “brings numerous innovations to the segment…in terms of digitisation, comfort and sportiness”. Bold claims, and possibly justified given the A6 is based on the same platform as the A7 and A8, and thus gets much of the same technology. Technology like all-wheel steering, the mild-hybrid system that allows engine-off coasting at up to 99mph, and the twin-touchscreen ‘MMI touch’ infotainment system.

Naturally, it’s bigger than the car it replaces, by 7mm in length, 12mm in width and 2mm in height. And while there’s undoubtedly a lot of A4 and A8 going on in the design the A6 is a quietly handsome thing. Especially in S-Line trim, which adds a bit of aggression to what is otherwise a very subtle package. The car looks especially good and will look better still when Audi pumps out the arches for the inevitable, million-horsepower RS6.

Like the A7 and A8, at launch, you can choose between two engines of 3.0-litres and six-cylinders, one petrol and one diesel – the 55 TFSI and 50 TDI. The former gets a seven-speed ‘S-tronic’ dual-clutch gearbox, while the latter has an eight-speed auto. Both have Quattro AWD, but the petrol gets the newer version that uncouples the rear-axle when it isn’t needed for better economy. The A7 and A8 ranges stop there, but the A6 adds a 2.0-litre diesel option – the 40 TDI – which also gets Quattro and the seven-speed DCT.

We’re guessing a plug-in hybrid will be added to the range before long (to compete with the lucrative and popular Mercedes E350e and BMW 540e) along with a 2.0-litre petrol, an S6 and in time, an RS6 range-topper is also a dead cert.

All three launch engines get mild-hybrid technology, which uses a lithium-ion battery and belt alternator starter to give engine-off coasting between 34 and 99mph and super-smooth start/stop that kicks in when you drop below 14mph, and restarts when it senses the car ahead has moved off. Most of the time, you won’t notice whether the engine’s running or not – and that’s precisely the point.

There are four different suspension options in the new A6 – which one you get (or can actually specify) depends on the engine and trim level you’ve chosen. Besides the standard, steel springs there’s ‘Sports Suspension’ (a bit stiffer, lowers the body by 20mm),‘Suspension with Damper Control’ (adds adaptive dampers and a 10mm drop from standard) and the top-of-the-line ‘Adaptive Air Suspension’. Both setups handle the A6’s bulk without issue and give a smooth ride on even especially abrasive cobblestones, and in their firmest settings.

All models get a version of the ‘MMI Touch’ interface that debuted on the A8, and has since been fitted to the A7. In its ultimate form, it combines two touchscreens – one of 10.1 and the other of 8.6 inches – with the tried-and-tested 12.3 inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster. The top touchscreen does infotainment and navigation, while the bottom takes care of the air conditioning. Haptic feedback – like your iPhone’s home button – makes the system easier to use while driving.

The seats are excellent, and the driving position well-judged. But what impresses most about the A6 is how quiet it is. Whatever speed you’re doing, whatever surface you’re driving over, you need never speak to your passengers in anything more than a delicate whisper. You’d need some proper measuring equipment to see how much louder, if at all, the A6 is than the A8. There’s nothing in it.

As for space – the A6 is physically bigger than the car it replaces, so naturally, the interior is too. The 12mm longer wheelbase gives 21mm more legroom – trust us, you’ll be fine in the back – and at 530-litres the boot is as big as the BMW’s and only 10-litres shy of the Merc’s.

Close your eyes and you could be in the new A8 so superbly quiet, comfortable and refined is the new A6 that it really makes you question why you’d spend the extra on the bigger A8.

Hippo Leasing offers a huge range of Audi’s on new or used lease deals. As these Audis become available during 2019 you can find them on our dedicated Audi leasing page here or simply email us oninfo@hippoleasing.co.uk to learn more.

Audi A8

When you look at the new 2019 Audi A8, it’s tempting to talk about what is not available in what is clearly one of the more technologically advanced cars, if not the most technologically advanced car, of its time.

Choose between nicely balanced 3.0 litre petrol and diesel engines where Audi have refrained from throwing an unnecessarily large engine into the new A8’s  refined body. Both engines have mild hybrid setups in that they coast with the engine off for considerable periods by making use of a 48 volt system that stands in for the engine when negotiating relatively flat ground.  Adaptive air suspension is standard which will please those who buy the A8 as a chauffeured vehicle so those in the back can enjoy a choice of TV’s or even a back massage from the Valcona leather seats.

The twin Climate Control and Audi communication screens have clearly had a lot of thought put into them and the haptic feedback system ( essentially a flat button that vibrates slightly to acknowledge its use) makes it easier to use whilst on the move.

Audi has used the new Audi A8 to show off its new range of safety equipment such as 360-degree cameras, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, anti kerbing warning and active pedestrian protection.

The one small caveat is that the likes of autonomous driving and the traffic jam pilot system where the car drives itself under 37 miles per hour are on hold till the lawyers can ensure their legal use in all countries where the new A8 is sold. There isn’t a simple software update to apply once the lawyers give the green light so these features are really more an advert for the future than the ones you can drive away today with.

If you’d prefer to browse the Audi Q Range, click here.

Hippo Leasing offers a huge range of Audi’s on new or used lease deals. As these Audis become available during 2019 you can find them on our dedicated Audi leasing page here or simply email us oninfo@hippoleasing.co.uk to learn more.