SEVERAL MODELS of the Ingolstadt, Germany-based car maker Audi have recently been feted acclaim and recognition by various third-party institutions worldwide on the basis of its design and safety features, technology, and market satisfaction. Here are the more notable ones:
AUDI Q5 WINS IN AUTO BILD ALLRAD GERMANY
Leading German automobile magazine AUTO BILD Allrad presented the readers’ choice “All-wheel-drive Car of the Year 2019” Award to the Audi Q5. Garnering the most votes in the “Off-roader and SUV” category, the Q5 came out on top of a field of 29 rivals.
THE AUDI A8 AND A7 SPORTBACK ARE ‘WORLD LUXURY CAR’
The A7 Sportback is the second Audi to take home the award after the Audi A8 won the title in 2018. The awards were presented at the New York International Auto Show. The World Car jury, consisting of 86 members from 24 countries, voted to distinguish the A7 Sportback as the best new luxury car in the world. This is the tenth victory for Audi in one of the World Car categories.
INTERNATIONAL ENGINE OF THE YEAR AWARDS: AUDI’S 2.0 TFSI ENGINE WINS IN ITS CLASS
The 2.0 TFSI from Audi has won the “International Engine of the Year” award in the category of engines with between 150 and 250 hp. An international panel of experts comprising 70 automotive journalists voted the four-cylinder gasoline engine the winner of its class.
KELLEY BLUE BOOK USA: AUDI Q5 AND AUDI Q7 AS BEST BUYS:
The Audi Q5 also received the Best Buy Award in the Compact Luxury SUV category while the Audi Q7 is the Best Buy in the Midsize Luxury SUV category for the 2019 model year. The winners were chosen by a panel from Kelley Blue Book, a leading market observer in the US. With the Q5, which has now won the Best Buy Award two years in a row, the panelists cited the innovative technology, quattro all-wheel drive, extraordinary finish and the high efficiency. Tipping the scales in favor of the Q7 were not just its quality and luxury character, but also the elegant design and the quiet, comfortable ride.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT’S BEST FAMILY SUV: THE AUDI Q7
The American news magazine U.S. News & World Report has named the Audi Q7 the “Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families.” They praised the large rear seat with optional third row, the rear USB ports, the 360-degree cameras, the sensor-controlled tailgate and the sunblinds for the rear windows and rear side windows. The interior reflects the high-quality materials and craftsmanship for which Audi is known. Innovative infotainment abounds with such features as MMI navigation plus, the Audi virtual cockpit, head-up display, Audi smartphone interface and Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 3D sound. A wide range of assist systems, from the standard Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city to the optional lane change assist provide additional convenience and safety. The Q7 also shined in terms of driving dynamics thanks largely to the standard quattro drive.
US TOP SAFETY PICK 2019: AUDI A6 AND AUDI Q8
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the United States recognized the new Audi A6 and Q8 for their high safety standards. The A6 was named Top Safety Pick+, the top honor from the IIHS, for its Matrix LED and HD Matrix LED headlights. The latter are also available for the Q8, which was awarded Top Safety Pick. Both models received good ratings in all six IIHS safety tests as well as the top scores for frontal protection thanks to numerous assist systems. Both the A6 and the Q8 come standard with Audi pre sense front. It can warn of impending collisions and initiate appropriate braking depending on the situation and speed. Pedestrians and cyclists can be detected while the vehicle is traveling at up to around 85 km/h and other vehicles can be detected when the vehicle is moving at speeds of up to 250 km/h.
CAR AND DRIVER USA: FIVE BUYING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AUDI MODELS
The prestigious US magazine Car and Driver tested nearly 500 vehicles and selected five Audi models as 2019 Editor’s Choice. Four of these recommended buys are classified according to US standards as compact, mid-size and full-size sedans. The Audi A8 was the top choice for its excellent ride comfort and quiet, first-class interior. Dominating the Mid-Size Sedan category was the Audi A6, which stood out in particular for its strong performance, acoustic comfort and upscale instrument panel, and the A7 Sportback with its sophisticated styling, cohesive operation and top technologies. The A5 Sportback was praised for its strong powertrain, high-quality and large rear hatch, which makes loading easy. Rounding out the success of the four rings brand was the Audi Q7, which was named a recommended buy among the Mid-Size Crossovers and SUVs thanks to the high flexibility afforded by the third row of seats, its attractive design and remarkable ride quality.
WHAT CAR? UK: SUCCESSES IN ENGLAND, AUDI Q7 HONORED
The British automotive magazine What Car? honored two Audi models in its annual Best Choice awards. The Audi Q7 was named Luxury SUV of the Year, winning the category for the third year in a row. Supplementing the two overall wins were an additional five What Car? awards for the brand with the four rings: The A1, A3 Sedan, A3 Cabriolet, Q5 and A8 L were each named the best buy in their price class.
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