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The Audi A Series – Which of These Audi Models Suits You

A subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, Audi is a German automaker that has been making cars since 1909. They offer sedans, crossovers, and SUVs known for luxury, technology, and reliability. The A-series is a lineup of premium sedans, and Audi has designed the models so that anyone looking for anything from an affordable luxury family sedan to a full-blown executive salon can get an Audi. 

This post is intended to make the choice of your next Audi A Series car easy. Let’s see how the cars in the Audi A series compare, what they offer, and which one would be the best for your use case. 

Audi A Series Elegant, Luxurious and Loaded with Tech 

Audi A series, the lineup of luxury sedans from Audi, offers a combination of prolific road presence, elegant styling, and cutting-edge technology. The engine, transmission and drivetrain are different across the models, but one thing remains in common, they are as comfortable and agile to handle as cars can get while being practical for everyday use.

All of the Audi A Models Explained 

Unlike most other German Manufacturers, Audi keeps their naming simple. Their cars have a name consisting of a letter followed by a number. The letter signifies if it is a sedan, crossover, or SUV, and the number denotes the size. They get bigger and more powerful as the numbers go up.

Audi A3 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

The entry-level Audi Sedan, the A3, is offered in three variants, the A3 and S3, which are in production and an upcoming RS3. This subcompact sedan offers a streamlined bold exterior design coupled with a high-tech interior. 

Audi A3 Interior and Tech 

The Audi A3 interior is spacious and welcoming even though it is the smallest of the Audi sedan lineup. The seats are cozy and can be wrapped in various nice materials. It has dual-zone climate control, dual USB-C power outlets and an overall minimalist interior.

You get a 10.1-inch Audi MMI Touch screen infotainment unit with a vivid driver-centric layout and intuitive touch input options. A heads-up display projects crucial data and navigation information in the driver’s field of view. 

Audi A3 Drivetrain 

The standard Audi A3 hp rating stands at 201 horsepower, and the base model is offered as a front-wheel-drive vehicle while you can upgrade to a Quattro AWD drivetrain too. The transmission in both variants is a Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic; currently, no Audi A model is offered with a manual transmission.

If you need a more powerful Audi A3 sedan, you can go for the S3 variant, which offers 306 horsepower and is offered with the Quattro AWD drivetrain only. 

Audi A3 Suspension 

The suspension used in the Audi A3 sedan is MacPherson Strut in the front and four-link independent in the rear. If you go for the S3, the front suspension setup is tuned up for sporty handling. 

Audi A3 Driver Assistance and Safety  

The Audi A3 comes with the following driver assistance and active safety features: 

  • Traffic Relief – Audi’s suite of smart cruise control and lane-centering that helps you stay in the lane and maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you.
  • Audi Pre Sense Front – an array of cameras and sensors constantly monitoring the road ahead of you, giving warnings in case of danger and applying full braking force if a crash is inevitable to decrease the severity. 
  • Park Assist – provides steering guidance for parking into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. You merely have to control the throttle and braking.

Audi A3 Price and Variants 

The A3 is currently being offered in just the Sedan body style; there is no Audi A3 convertible, hatchback, or Sportback. The price of this car ranges between $33,900 and $51,500. 

The two variants, the A3 and S3, are on sale right now, while a more powerful RS3 is to be released soon. 

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
A 3 2.0L I-4201/221130/6.6Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch29/38/3210.9$33,900 – $42,300
S 3 2.0L I-4306/295130/4.9Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch23/32/2710.9$44,900 – $51,500

These models are offered in the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige Trims. 

Audi A3 Premium 

Audi A3 Premium will get you the following features: 

  • 17” 5-arm design wheels
  • 8-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar
  • Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Lane departure warning

Audi A3 Premium Plus

Audi A3 Premium Plus will get you the following features: 

  • Adaptive cruise assist
  • Memory for driver’s seat
  • Audi phone box light (wireless charging)
  • Audi advanced key
  • Audi active lane assist

Audi A3 Prestige 

Audi A3 Prestige will get you the following features: 

  • Matrix-design LED headlights
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound
  • Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3” screen)
  • Head-up display
  • Audi MMI® Navigation plus

Audi A4 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

One step above the A3 is the A4. The basic Audi A4 is a sedan, but there is also a wagon version of the car, called the Audi A4 Allroad. There is also an Audi A4 S Line model, called the S4, which comes with more power and some cosmic upgrades over the regular one. 

Audi A4 Interior and Tech 

The interior of the A4 follows the same overall theme as the A3, but it is more spacious and has a bit more touches of luxury. The gauge cluster is replaced by a 12.3-inch digital display called Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus, which comes with 3D maps and Google Earth. The infotainment system is the same as the A3, the 10.1-inch Audi MMI Touch. 

Audi A4 Drivetrain 

The A4 is offered with a choice between two engines, the 40 TFSI, which has 201 horsepower and the 45 TFSI with 261 hp. Both of these are Quattro all-wheel-drive and come with Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The A4 Allroad is offered only with the 45 TFSI engine. The sporty variant of the A4, the S4, gets a six-cylinder engine with 349 hp and the same transmission and drive system as the A4. 

Audi A4 Suspension 

All variants of the A4 have a five-link independent suspension at all four corners. The Allroad gets adaptive dampers that help adjust the stiffness of the suspension according to the driving conditions at hand.

Audi A4 Driver Assistance and Safety 

The A4 comes with all the driver safety features found in the A3 with the addition of:

  • Traffic Relief – It can control throttle and braking and maintain a safe distance from other cars in heavy traffic. You just have to provide steering input.
  • Audi Pre Sense – It is a comprehensive suite of cameras and sensors that scans the road ahead and provides a series of warnings to avoid any accident. If a crash is inevitable, it can engage the brakes to minimize the damage. 
  • Park Assist – Which provides steering and guidance when moving into tight parking spaces, you just need to control throttle and brakes. 
  • Top view camera system – It creates a view of the car from a bird’s eye perspective to make maneuvering in tight spaces easier.

Audi A4 Price and Variants 

The price for the A4 ranges from $39,900 t0 $60,200. It is offered in two body styles and with an option of three different engines. Here’s a summary of their specifications. 

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
40 TFSI 2.0L I-4201/236130/6.3Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch26/34/2912.0$39,900 – $50,200
45 TFSI 2.0L I-4261/273130/5.2Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch24/31/27 12.0$42,200 – $50,900
S4 3.0L V6 349/369155/4.4Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch21/30./2412.0$51,900 – $60,200

You can get the A4 in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige Trims. 

Audi A4 Premium

The Premium trim offers the following options: 

  • Advanced line exterior with 17” 10-spoke design forged wheels
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • MMI® touch display with 10.1” center screen
  • Lane departure warning
  • Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay

Audi A4 Premium Plus 

The Premium Plus trim gets you the following standard features: 

  • Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist and Audi active lane assist
  • Top view camera system
  • Audi phone box (wireless charger and signal booster)
  • Convenience package

Audi A4 Prestige 

The Prestige Trim comes with the following features: 

  • Matrix-design LED headlights with animation
  • Head-up display
  • Park assist
  • Audi MMI Navigation plus with Audi connect® PRIME & PLUS (six-month trial subscription)
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound

Audi A5 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

The Audi A5 lineup consists of eight models, consisting of three coupes, three sportbacks and two cabriolets. The models are designated by a combination of letters and a number and then the body style. 

The A5 has the smallest engine and is available as coupe, sportback, and convertible. Then there is the S5, with a more powerful engine, also available in the three body styles. The RS5 is the most powerful one and comes as a coupe or a sportback, and not a convertible. 

Audi A5 Interior and Tech 

Audi A5 has the same interior tech and amenities as the A4. It comes with Audi’s MMI Touch infotainment, Audi Virtual Cockpit, and Bang and Olufsen speakers. However, you get more interior space, nicer materials, and a few more luxury touches in the A5 compared to the A4. 

Audi A5 Drivetrain 

Whether you get the A5 in coupe, or Sportback, body style, there are three engine options available, a 261 hp, a 349 hp and a 444 hp engine. The cabriolet is only available with the 261 hp and 349 hp engines. The 261 hp engine comes with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, while the other two have an Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. There is no Audi A5 manual transmission being offered currently. All variants of the A5 are AWD with Audi’s Quattro AWD System. 

Audi A5 Suspension 

The A5 and S5 come with a five-link independent suspension on all four corners, while the RS5 can be equipped with a five-link suspension with dynamic ride control, a system that offers variable suspension stiffness. 

Audi A5 Driver Assistance and Safety 

The A5 comes loaded with cutting-edge driver assistance systems, made possible by an array of cameras and sensors. The highlights include: 

  • Park Assist – It provides steering guidance when parking parallel or perpendicular in tight spaces. All you have to do is to control throttle and braking. 
  • Top View Camera System – Uses cameras mounted around the body of the car to generate a high-resolution bird’s eye view of the car for moving in tight spaces. 
  • Traffic Relief – It functions like adaptive cruise control but for heavy traffic instead of the highway. It can control the throttle and braking to maintain a preset safe distance from other vehicles in a traffic jam. 

Audi A5 Price and Variants

The price of the A5 family ranges between $41,100 and $71,100. 

There are three classes of the A5, the A5, S5, and RS5. Here is how they compare.

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
A5  2.0L I-4261/273 130/5.3Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch24/31/2710.9$45,000 – $55,000
S53.0L V6349/369 155/4.4Eight-speed tiptronic automatic21/30/24 10.9$54,000 – $63,000
RS5 2.9L V6 444/442174/3.7Eight-speed tiptronic automatic18/25./2110.9$75,900

Note: All information given is for the A5 Coupe Body style. 

The A5 and S5 are available in three trim levels, with the following features: 

Audi A5 and S5 Premium

The Premium trim comes with: 

  • S line® exterior with 18” 5-double-spoke-star design wheels
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • MMI® touch display with 10.1” screen
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front sport seats

Audi A5 and S5 Premium Plus 

If you opt for the Premium Plus trim, the following features as standard: 

  • Audi virtual cockpit plus
  • Adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist and Audi active lane assist
  • Top view camera system
  • Audi phone box (wireless charger and signal booster)
  • Convenience package

Audi A5 and S5 Prestige 

The top-of-the-line Prestige trim comes with: 

  • Matrix-design LED headlights with Audi laser light
  • Animation for headlights and taillights
  • Head-up display
  • Audi MMI Navigation plus with Audi connect® PRIME & PLUS (six-month trial subscription)
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound

Audi RS5 

The RS5 is offered in only one trim, with the following features: 

  • 19” 10-spoke-Star design forged wheels
  • Quattro sport rear differential
  • LED matrix-design headlights with Audi laser light
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound
  • Audi virtual cockpit. 

Audi A6 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

The next sedan in Audi’s A Family is the A6. It is one of the most premium-feeling sedans on offer and is available in two variants, the A6 and the more powerful S6. The A6 lineup also has two wagons, the A6 Allroad and the RS6 Avant. 

Audi A6 Interior and Tech 

Inside the A6, there is no lack of space and nice materials. The seats, armrests, and pretty much anything you’ll touch is covered in soft leather. The car also has a lot of nickel-coated metallic accents that add to the premium feel of the interior. 

In terms of in-cabin tech, the first thing is Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus that replaces the gauges, and the infotainment services are provided by a 10.1” Audi MMI Touch Screen. Like the Q8 crossover, the A6 also has a secondary display below the main infotainment unit for climate control and handwriting input.  

Audi A6 Drivetrain 

There are three different drivetrain options available in the A6. The standard A6 is offered as the 45 TFSI with 261 horsepower and 55 TFSI having 349 horsepower. Both of these variants come with Audi’s Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, which powers all four wheels through the Quattro AWD system.

The S6 is offered with a 444 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. This one also has a Quattro AWD system.

Audi A6 Suspension

The Audi A6 suspension consists of a five-link independent setup at all four corners with an optional Sport suspension that lowers the car by 20mm. 

Audi A6 Driver Assistance and Safety

The A6 comes with an integrated suite of sensors and cameras that give the car several driver assistance capabilities and active safety features. The standard driver safety features include:

  • Audi Pre Sense Front – which can read the road ahead of you, including the signs and board and provide you warnings and guidance. If a crash is inevitable, the car can apply full braking force to minimize the damage.
  • Top-View Camera System – provides a bird’s eye view of the car which is helpful for maneuvering in and out of tight spaces.
  • Traffic Relief – It is a hybrid of adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assistance. It can control throttle and braking in heavy traffic or highway driving. You just have to provide steering input. It can also keep the car in the lane. The system is hands-on. If no input from the driver is detected, the car will bring itself to stop safely. 

Audi A6 Price and Variants 

The A6 comes in three variants, starting at $55,900 and going up to $116,500. 

Here’s a summary of the specifications of different variants of the car: 

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
A6 45 TFSI2.0L I-4261/273 130/5.8Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch23/32/2613.7$55,900 – $59,800
A6 55 TFSI3.0L V6335/369 130/5.1Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch21/30/24 13.7$59,800 – $69,500
S6 2.9L V6 444/442174/3.7Eight-speed tiptronic automatic18/28/2213.7$74,800 – $81,500 

The A6 (both 45 and 55 TFSI) are offered in the three trims, Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, while the S6 only comes in Premium Plus and Prestige Trims. Here’s what each trim gets you. 

Audi A6 Premium 

The Premium trim gets you: 

  • 19” 5-double-spoke-design, bi-color wheels
  • Sport line exterior
  • MMI® Navigation plus with MMI touch response
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist
  • Audi virtual cockpit

Audi A6 Premium Plus 

The Premium Plus trim comes standard with the following options: 

  • Convenience package
  • Matrix-design LED headlights with headlight washer system
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
  • Adaptive cruise assist with Traffic Jam assist and Turn assist
  • Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist

Audi A6 Prestige 

The Prestige trim offers: 

  • Head-up display
  • HD Matrix-design headlights
  • Ventilated front seats with four-way power lumbar
  • Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting package – multicolor
  • Power soft-closing doors

Audi RS6 Avant 

If you want a family car that can carry everyone and go fast, Audi makes the RS6 Avant for that purpose. It is a 5-seater wagon with a turbocharged 4-liter V8 that pumps out 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60mph time of this car is just under 3.5 seconds, and it can hit a top speed of 190 mph. This ultimate family car will set you back $116,900.

Audi A7 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

If you want the ultimate German Sportback from Audi, the Audi A7 Sportback is the one you need. Available with four engine options, the A7 Sportback offers the perfect blend of sporty styling, athletic handling, and luxury interior.

Audi A7 Interior and Tech 

In the front seats, the interior of the A7 is pretty much the same as that of the A6, only more spacious and bigger. It has the same Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus, the infotainment screen and secondary screen for climate controls and secondary input. 

The rear seats of the A7 are executed in a very clever way. Even though it has a sloping roofline of a Sportback, still the rear-seat passengers get enough headroom. Climate control vents and USB charging outlets are also provided to the rear seats. 

Audi A7 Drivetrain 

You can have the A7 with the 55 TFSI drivetrain, having a 335 hp engine, Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive or the 55 TFSI e Plug-in Hybrid, which has the same engine and an electric motor that bumps the total output up to 362 hp. Both the drivetrains have Quattro AWD.

The S7 comes with a 2.9L twin-turbo V6 that produces 444 hp and drives all four wheels through an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. 

The RS7 gets a 591 hp turbo V8 and the same transmission as the S7.

Audi A7 Suspension

The A7 and S7 have a five-link independent suspension setup on all four corners, while the RS7 gets RS-Tuned air suspension.

Audi A7 Driver Assistance and Safety

The A7, according to Audi, is ‘Surrounded by Intelligence’ when it comes to driver assistance. Here is a summary of the most important driver assistance and active safety features available on this car: 

  • Audi Pre Sense Front – A system that uses a screen-mounted camera to scan the road ahead of you and gives a series of warnings for safe driving. In case of no action from the driver, it can bring the car to a complete stop or minimize the effects of a crash by applying brakes.
  • Traffic Relief –  It functions like adaptive cruise control by maintaining a safe preset distance from the car in front of you by controlling throttle and braking while keeping you centered in your lane. 
  • Top View Camera System –  Makes use of cameras mounted on the car to generate a 3D view of the car on the infotainment screen. You can zoom into various areas of the view to easily and safely maneuver the car in tight spaces. 

Audi A7 Price and Variants 

The A7 ranges in price from $69,200 to $118,500 and comes in four different variants with the following specifications: 

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
A7 55 TFSI3.0L V6335/369 130/5.2Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch21/30/2424.9$59,200 – $78,400
A7 55 TFSI e Plug-in Hybrid 2.0L I-4 + Electric Motor 362/369 130/5.7Seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch29/30/27 21.6$75,000 – $81,300
S72.9L V6 444/442155/4.5Eight-speed tiptronic automatic18/28/2224.9$84,600 – $90,500 
RS 7 4.0L V8591/590190/3.5Eight-speed tiptronic automatic15/22/1724.9$118,500

You can get the A7 in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, S7 in Premium Plus and Prestige, and RS7 in the RS7 TFSI trim only. Here’s what the trims offer. 

Audi A7 Premium 

The Premium trim of the A7 comes standard with the following options/features: 

  • 20” 5-twin-arm design wheels
  • MMI® Navigation plus with MMI® touch response
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • Lane departure warning
  • LED headlights with high-beam assist

Audi A7 and S7 Premium Plus 

The Premium Plus trim includes the following features: 

  • Top view camera system with Virtual 360 view
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights with washer system
  • Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System with 16 speakers, 15-channel amplifier and 705 watts
  • Audi adaptive cruise assist with Traffic Jam assist and Turn assist
  • Audi active lane assist with Emergency assist

Audi A7 and S7 Prestige 

The Prestige Trim gets you:

  • Contour/Ambient LED interior lighting package – multicolor
  • Head-up display
  • Dual-pane acoustic glass
  • Intersection assist
  • Power soft-closing doors

RS7 TFSI

The RS7 is available in only one trim, which is the most advanced of the A7 family. Here’s what this moel offers: 

  • 21″ 10-V-spoke star design, silver wheels with 275/35 R21 performance tires
  • HD Matrix-design LED headlights with Audi laser light
  • Valcona perforated leather seats with honeycomb stitching and RS embossing
  • Carbon twill structure inlays
  • Flat-bottom, heated, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with HOD

Audi A8 – Price, Interior, Specs and More

The crown jewel of the Audi Sedan lineup, the A8 is the biggest and the most luxurious sedan offered by the company. 

Audi A8 Interior and Tech 

Though the A8 is at par with the Mercedes S-Class, by all means, and has all the nice materials and tech, it is more on the sober side than the lavish one. 

You’ll find loads of leather, wood, metal, and interior space in the car, especially in the rear seats, since this car is meant to be chauffeured in rather than driven. 

The standard configuration has three seats in the rear, but you can remove the middle seat from the rear and get two individual reclining seats. The rear seats are also heated and ventilated, with a massage option available. 

The front has the same Audi Virtual Cockpit plus and Audi MMI Touch infotainment system, but this time it is blended into the dashboard rather than sticking out as on the other models. 

Audi A8 Drivetrain 

The A8 is available with four different drivetrain options. The base model is the 55 TFSI, with a 335 hp engine, Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. Then there is the 60 TFSI e Plug0in Hybrid with 443 horsepower and the same transmission and AWD system. The most powerful A8 gets a 453 hp 4.0L turbocharged V8. 

The S8 has a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with 563 hp. 

Audi A8 Suspension

The A8 has a five-link independent suspension with Audi adaptive air suspension for added comfort, while the S8 has a predictive active suspension that can vary its stiffness by scanning the road ahead of it. 

Audi A8 Driver Assistance and Safety 

The driver assistance and active safety features on the A8 include: 

  • Automated emergency braking – A system that can engage the brakes of the car in case of an impending crash with traffic or pedestrians.
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist – This feature makes sure that the car stays centered in the lane when you are using cruise control. However, if the driver’s hands are not on the steering wheel, the car will bring itself to a complete stop. 
  • Top View Camera System – It is a feature that takes input from body-mounted cameras and stitches the feed together to generate a real-time 3D animation of the car in the infotainment screen for moving in tight spaces. 

Audi A8 Price and Variants

A new Audi A8 will set you back between $86,000 and $130,900. 

Here’s a summary of the four variants of the Audi A8.

Variant Engine Power/Torque (hp/lb-ft)Top Speed/ 0-60 mph (mph/seconds)Transmission EPA (City/highway/combined MPG)Trunk Size (cuft) Price 
A8 55 TFSI3.0L V6335/369 130/5.6Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic17/26/2112.5$86,500
A8 60 TFSI e Plug-in Hybrid 3.0L V6 + Electric Motor 443/516 130/4.9Eight-speed tiptronic automatic29/30/2310.4$75,000 – $81,300
A8 60 TFSI4.0L V8453/487130/4.5Eight-speed tiptronic automatic15/23/1812.5$98,900
S8 4.0L V8563/590155/3.8Eight-speed tiptronic automatic13/22/1612.5$130,900

Conclusion 

Ranging from something as humble as an A3 costing just over a new Civic and going all the way up to the ultra-luxury limousine, the A8L, the Audi A lineup has a car for anyone looking to buy a sedan, convertible, or sportback. The highlights of these cars are cutting-edge tech, immersive luxury, and sheer class and presence. If you want to get a sedan that is future proof for the decade to come, affordable, and luxurious, buy a used Audi Sedan and you’ll be good.

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