The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!

Audi S6 TDI And Audi S7 Sportback TDI Pricing

The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!
The new range of Audi S6 and S7 Sportback performance models!

Audi Ireland has revealed pricing for its new generation of performance oriented Audi S6 and S7 models.

The new Audi S6 Saloon is available from €90,860 on the road, while the S6 Avant is available from €93,940.

The new Audi S7 Sportback is available from €97,530 on the road.

For the first time, the Audi S Series models are welcoming TDI power into their ranks – the new Audi S6 and S7 join the recently reinstated SQ5 in offering a V6 TDI engine producing 349hp, with torque peaking at 700Nm!

Thanks to an electrically powered compressor working with a 48-volt primary electrical system, according to Audi, the new MHEV models "combine characteristic TDI economy with exceptional throttle response", which can be fully exploited with the help of S sport suspension with damping control and dynamic all-wheel steering.

The Audi S6 TDI and Audi S7 Sportback are now available to order from local Audi dealerships.


The new Audi A1

2019 Audi A1 1.0 TFSI Review

The new Audi A1
The new Audi A1 30 TFSI S Line

Caroline drives the 2019 Audi A1!

Priced from €24,650, Audi Ireland has just introduced the second generation of the Audi A1. With a stylish design, the latest technology and a sophisticated cabin, the A1 may be the entry into the Audi range but the essence of Audi desirability is compressed within that compact frame.

In fact, the Audi A1 has grown up considerably. It’s larger than before with a more angular and cooler design than before. According to Audi, the A1’s dynamic new styling has been inspired by the brand-defining Ur quattros of the Eighties. The more chiselled and serious appearance broadens the car’s appeal even more in my opinion. Matched to an eye-popping colour like Turbo Blue, and you have a car that makes a serious style statement. The S Line models add sportier styling including larger air inlets, additional sill trims, an elongated slit centrally below the bonnet with two fins and a larger rear wing.

The new Audi A1 is now sold solely as a practical five door hatchback and there’s more interior space than before, particularly noticeable in the rear. The boot is respectable for any small hatchback at 335 litres.

The Audi A1 range starts from €24,650 in Ireland
The Audi A1 range starts from €24,650 in Ireland

Inside the 2019 Audi A1

The 2019 Audi A1 has an all new interior and it really is a joy to behold! The cabin has a lovely snug and sophisticated feel with the latest infotainment and assistance features. There is a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display as standard. The Audi smartphone interface also comes as standard and integrates iOS and Android smartphones using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For the full effect, you will want to spec MMI Navigation plus with a 10.1-inch MMI touch screen and the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Together it truly is one of the best small car interiors on the market right now.

It is pricey however, though that goes with the territory of a premium small car. In Ireland the A1 range is sold in Attraction (from €24,650), SE (from €26,550) and S Line (from €28,900). Standard equipment includes lane departure warning, air con, electric windows, 8.8” MMI display, 15” wheels and automatic lights and wipers. SE adds features such as 16” wheels, leather trim, cruise control and rear parking sensors. The S Line adds 17” wheels, LED headlights and rear lights with dynamic indicators, aluminium look interior (switches and buttons), S-Line exterior styling, sport seats and sports suspension.

The interior of the new Audi A1
The interior of the new Audi A1

Driving the new Audi A1

The 2019 Audi A1 range kicks off with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 116hp – the ’30 TFSI’. There’s a 6-speed manual gearbox and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission available. Other engine options include a 1.5 and 2.0-litre TFSI. My test car was an Audi A1 30 TFSI with the 1.0-litre 116hp engine. It suits the A1 perfectly. It is so much fun on the road with plenty of power and always feels lively. It’s also reasonably efficient – over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.4l/100km.

As an alternative to the standard suspension on Attraction and SE, tauter sport suspension is fitted as standard to S line models. On the road the Audi A1 is a blast to drive. There is minimal body roll through corners and the steering is nicely weighted for a sporty drive. There are a number of driving modes to choose from, including a dynamic mode which is great for twisty roads! Generally the refinement and comfort is good for a small car, however on poor surfaces the firmer suspension and bigger wheels of the S Line model pick up more surface defects and road noise.

The Audi A1 may be the most compact Audi you can buy but there’s no doubt to this small car’s pedigree. It is obviously not cheap for what is still a compact car, but it is extremely stylish and desirable. There’s personality to it and this new generation interior is a treat also. You do have to pay a bit to get the full digital experience, but when you do, this car is streets ahead of the competition.

The new Audi A1 is a master stroke in small cars.

The Audi A1 is one of the most advanced small cars around!
The Audi A1 is one of the most advanced small cars around!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Audi A1 30 TFSI 116hp S Line
Price:
€28,900 (range from €24,650)
Engine: 1.0-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
116 hp
Torque: 200 Nm
0-100km/h: 
9.5 seconds
Top speed: 203 km/h
Fuel economy:
5.7-5.8 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
128-131 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270-280 per year


The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland

New Audi TT Available In Ireland

The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland
The updated Audi TT range is now available in Ireland

The Audi TT has been updated with a tauter exterior design, more powerful engines, and a wider range of standard equipment. It's now available in Ireland.

Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road, while the Audi TT Roadster is available from €61,100 on the road.

The updated TT will now offers two more powerful direct-injection petrol engines: the entry 197 hp badged the 40 TFSI and 245 hp badged the 45 TFSI.

The engines also have a gasoline particulate filter. With the new seven-gear S tronic, the lower gears now have a shorter ratio for better driving dynamics. With the 40 TFSI the TT Coupé sprints from 0 to 100 km in 6.6 seconds, while the 45 TFSI does it in just 5.9 seconds.

For the more powerful engine, Audi offers the option of either manual front wheel drive, or quattro all-wheel drive with a 7 speed S tronic gearbox, for even better traction and driving dynamics.

The new Audi TT comes with LED headlights as standard, with Matrix LED technology including dynamic turn signals available as an option.

Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road
Pricing for the Audi TT Coupé starts from €49,850 on the road

The standard S line exterior package highlights the sporty character of the TT with striking details on the front, side sills and rear. It is complemented by the standard S line interior package with S sport seats. Two new colours have been added to the range: Pulse Orange and Turbo Blue.

The new TT is equipped with the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. The driver can control all infotainment and voice control functions via the multifunction steering wheel. The displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, where the driver can choose between two different views.

In all versions, devices such as smartphones can be connected via an illuminated USB socket and by Bluetooth.

The updated Audi TT is available to order today.


The new Audi A1 Sportback has arrived in Ireland

2019 Audi A1 Sportback Arrives In Ireland

The new Audi A1 Sportback has arrived in Ireland
The new Audi A1 Sportback has arrived in Ireland

Audi Ireland has announced that the second generation Audi A1 Sportback is available to order now in Ireland. Pricing for the new Audi A1 Sportback starts from €25,450 on-the-road.

The new Audi A1 Sportback is available in 10 different colours and has more interior space, new technology and a range of assistance systems when compared to the previous A1. Luggage capacity has also increased to 335 litres.

Inside there is a fully digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution, 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel as standard. The Audi virtual cockpit is offered as an option. The Audi smartphone interface comes as standard and integrates iOS and Android smartphones using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The new A1 is initially available with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 116hp – the '30 TFSI'. There's a 6-speed manual gearbox and seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission available. Other engine options include a 1.5 and 2.0-litre TFSI.

As an alternative to the standard suspension on Attraction and SE, tauter sport suspension is fitted as standard to S line models.


The new Audi e-tron is now in Ireland

Audi e-tron Arrives In Ireland

The new Audi e-tron is now in Ireland
The new Audi e-tron is now avaialble in Ireland

Audi’s new electric SUV, the Audi e-tron, has arrived in Ireland. It's Audi's first fully electric model and is now available for test drive.

Customers who pre-registered for the model will be the first to experience the new e-tron.

Prospective customers who have not pre-registered are advised to contact their local authorised Audi dealer to make an appointment for a test drive.

Pricing for the new Audi e-tron starts from an on-the-road price of €101,750. Deliveries for pre-registered deposit holders will begin from April 2019.

The e-tron has a large 95kWh high voltage battery and is capable of covering up to 391 kilometres on one charge. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in under 6 seconds.


The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland

Audi A6 40 TDI Review

The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland
The new Audi A6 is now on sale in Ireland

The new Audi A6 has recently arrived in showrooms, priced from €50,800. Audi’s popular executive car has undergone a serious makeover with mild hybrid technology now a feature and a new cabin packed full of the most modern infotainment and assistance features.

Clearly inspired by the flagship Audi A8, Audi claims that the new A6 condenses "A8-style technological sophistication and refinement”. With the new arms race in the motor industry being fought along the lines of intelligent in-car technology features and showstopping connectivity, Audi needs that sort of A8 inspiration to futureproof the A6.

Yet to look at the new Audi A6 you might doubt that much has changed. In typical Audi fashion, styling of the new A6 is a mere evolution, but bears all the hallmarks of contemporary Audi design language. The new A6 has a classic Audi silhouette and stately presence that goes with the territory of a premium saloon.

The interior of the new Audi A6
The interior of the new Audi A6

Revolution inside the Audi A6

It's inside where the true revolution has taken place. The Audi A6 was starting to feel old-fashioned; but not anymore. The new A6 gets Audi’s slick new cabin design and infotainment that really speaks of the ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ that the brand has been built upon.

The centre console and top MMI touch response display (8.8-inches in standard form/10.1 inches with the optional MMI navigation plus upgrade) are directed towards the driver. The lower 8.6-inch display is used for the climate control, convenience functions and text input. The all-digital operating system gives haptic and acoustic response to inputs though it still can be a bit fiddly to use on the move. Yet this double screen layout looks so good and along with the Audi Virtual Cockpit (added as an option as part of the Technology Pack for €2925), this Audi A6 feels uber-modern and light years ahead of the competition.

The material quality is also excellent throughout and the overall cabin ambiance has to be the ultimate selling point for the new Audi A6. In practical terms, the new A6 will seat five and there is now that bit more legroom, headroom and shoulder room for passengers. The footwells are large in the rear and the boot opens to reveal 530 litres of space.

The new Audi A6 now offers mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range
The new Audi A6 now offers mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range

What are my options?

The new Audi A6 is available in two trim lines in Ireland, SE (from €50,800) and S Line (from €55,000). Standard equipment includes 18” alloys, LED headlamps, Lane Assist, cruise control, climate control, lumbar support, Audi Connect, leather interior, smart phone interface and an 8.8″ touchscreen (‘MMI touch response system’). S Line models add 19” alloys, lowered sport suspension, front sports seats, S Line styling kit, matrix LED headlamps and leather/Alcantara upholstery.

The car launches with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel (204hp) and two 3.0-litre V6 diesels (231hp and 286hp) with each model coming with an automatic gearbox as standard. A 2.0 TFSI petrol variant will follow later. All engines in the new A6 now feature new mild hybrid technology to improve efficiency across the range. My test car was a 2.0-litre TDI badged '40 TDI' and is a perfect match for the new A6. Running costs are reasonable too with motor tax of €200 per year and my fuel consumption over a week of driving was about 6l/100km. And I was enjoying this car a lot with a few sprints in Dynamic mode from Audi Drive Select!

The Audi A6 impresses with ride quality and in-car technology and
The Audi A6 impresses with ride quality and in-car technology 

What's the new Audi A6 like to drive?

On the road the Audi A6 is impressively quiet and refined with a beautiful ride and feeling of gliding effortlessly over Irish roads. The 2.0-litre diesel and a 7-speed automatic gearbox work seamlessly together providing smooth, responsive power delivery.

Progressive steering, which becomes even quicker and more direct as the steering angle increases, is standard. There's a nice fluidity to the steering and the A6 feels reasonably agile for its size. A BMW 5-Series would offer a more sporty and engaging drive, but there's little really to complain about behind the wheel of the new A6.

When comfort and refinement are priority, the new Audi A6 really excels and it really is an absolute pleasure to drive. This generation of A6 is easily now the technology and innovation champion of its class. The mild hybrid technology delivers genuine results in terms of fuel efficiency, while the slick and modern interior makes rivals now look quite old-fashioned! The new A6 is a fine example of Audi’s expertise in making excellent large executive saloons.

Now would you like to watch a video review of the new Audi A6?

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Audi A6 2.0TDI 204HP S-tronic S Line
Price: 
€55,000 (Range from €50,800)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel
Power:
204 hp
Torque: 400 Nm
0-100km/h: 
8.1 seconds
Top speed: 246 km/h
Economy: 
4.3-4.7l/100km
CO2 emissions:
124-129 g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


2019 Electric Audi SUV

Online Reservations Open For 2019 Audi Electric SUV

An Audi electric SUV based on the Audi e-tron quattro concept will go on sale in Ireland in 2019. It's the brand's first fully electric model.

According to Audi, the sporty SUV will combine "the space and comfort of a typical large, luxury model with a range suitable for everyday use and for longer journeys".

The new electric Audi SUV will have seating for five, a range of up to 500 kilometres (NEDC) and a charging capacity of 150 kW in just under 30 minutes.

Audi Ireland has already opened an online pre-registration tool where customers can leave a refundable €2,000 deposit to be one of the first to order this electric SUV ahead of delivery in early 2019.

Audi and IONITY e-mobility alliance

Buyers of the new Audi SUV will be able to avail of the IONITY fast-charging network.

Audi, along with BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group have announced the formation of an e-mobility alliance to collectively spearhead the creation and implementation of a fast-charging network in six key sites across Ireland.

Ionity’s main site partner, Topaz, will facilitate five out of the six strategic sites and will have a total of over 30 charging points in service areas on major transit routes.

The majority of the charging stations are set to be available in advance of the market introduction of the Audi’s new electric SUV.

Audi customers will be able to avail of an exclusive ‘e-tron Charging Service’ offering premium access to a network of circa 45,000 charging stations across Europe. This ever-expanding network includes AC and DC chargers as well as those units that form part of the Ionity partnership.

2019 Electric Audi SUV
Audi's Irish customers can place a €2000 deposit online for the new electric Audi SUV

Commenting on the announcement Henning Dohrn, Brand Director, Audi Ireland said, “We’ve reached a real milestone moment with this announcement as it’s the first time we will launch a fully electric model, to the Irish market.  It is a hugely exciting time for Audi and our customers because we are not only unveiling a state- of- the- art BEV model, but also the wider infrastructure to support it through our JV.  This will ensure the necessary infrastructure will be in place to support the future needs of customers across Ireland”

For more information on how to secure guaranteed access to priority ordering and to be among the first to place an order at the end of this year visit www.audi.ie

Customers will need to place a refundable deposit of €2,000 which will be off set against the purchase price. Model pricing will be announced later this year.


Audi A7 Sportback

New Audi A7 Sportback Arrives In Ireland

The new Audi A7 Sportback will go on sale in Ireland priced from €78,150 OTR and is available to order now.

Audi Ireland is expecting the new A7 to continue in the success of the previous model, which was the segment leader.

The Audi A7 Sportback benefits from enhanced standard specification including Mild Hybrid Technology, 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, LED headlamps, Audi Lane Assist and the new haptic touch screen MMI operating system.

The top seller in Ireland is expected to be the 3.0 TDI S Line model featuring the new S Line design package, HD Matrix Beam headlights and animated LED rear lights.  The 3.0 TDI produces 286 hp and 620 Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km in 5.7 seconds.

The new Audi A7 Sportback is available to order now.


Audi RS 4 Avant

Audi RS 4 Avant Arrives In Ireland

The new Audi RS 4 Avant will go on sale in Ireland priced from €102,350.

Under the bonnet, the Audi RS 4 Avant's newly developed 2.9-litre V6 twin turbo TFSI engine V6 twin turbo has 450hp and 600Nm of torque. The car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Inside there's a digital racing-style cockpit. RS-specific displays indicate to the driver the g-force, tyre pressures and torque.

Quattro four wheel drive comes as standard as does an RS sport suspension that sets the Audi RS 4 Avant another seven millimetres lower than an Audi A4 with sport suspension.

The new Audi RS 4 Avant will be available to order in late 2017.

Caroline Kidd


Audi A7 Sportback

2018 Audi A7 Sportback Revealed

Audi has revealed the all-new Audi A7 Sportback, expected to arrive in Ireland in 2018. The new Audi A7 Sportback "offers the design of a Coupé, the spaciousness of a saloon and the flexibility of an Avant" according to its makers.

The four door coupé has a new interior design with horizontal lines and a sleek instrument panel. A 10.1-inch upper display is tilted toward the driver and almost disappears into the dashboard when switched off. The display’s user interface appears as soon as the car is opened.

The 8.6-inch lower display provides access to the climate control system, comfort functions and text input. MMI navigation plus also includes the Audi virtual cockpit with a 12.3-inch display.

There will be a choice of four and six cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel. The 3.0TDI 231HP is expected to be the most popular variant. All engines used in the Audi A7 Sportback will come as standard with a new mild hybrid system (MHEV) for greater comfort and efficiency.

Audi A7 Sportback
The interior of the 2018 Audi A7 Sportback

The start-stop function has been significantly expanded and now activates at 22 km/h. In combination with the standard front camera, the engine can be restarted while at a standstill as soon as the vehicle ahead begins to move. The MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

Like the all-new Audi A8, the Audi A7 has also been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions, such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

The all-new Audi A7 Sportback will launch on the Irish market in late February 2018.

Caroline Kidd

Audi A7 Sportback
The Audi A7 Sportback will arrive in Ireland in February 2018