A powerhouse of German car-making, Audi remains a leader of the auto world in luxury vehicles, producing high quality cars with cutting-edge design. Audi’s A-Series, introduced in the early 1990s, was developed to bring the Audi design and technology into the 21st century and to launch Audi into the luxury market ahead of competition from rival German automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The A-Series is preceded immediately by the Audi V8, which was manufactured between 1988 and 1993, and incorporates much of the V8’s technological developments, including the powerful and smooth V8 engine. The A-Series also incorporates Audi’s 100% galvanised car body design to prevent corrosion. The Audi A8, the daughter of the V8 and earliest production model in the A-Series, introduced an all-aluminium monocoque, the “Audi Space Frame”, providing a lightweight frame for the car that still maintained structural rigidity.
The Audi A-Series is the modern incarnation of the Audi. Smart, stylish, and snappy, models from the A-Series are the perfect luxury town car. With spacious interiors, engines that purr and all the latest kit, Audi A-Series drivers rule the road in terms of class. Buyers looking to buy an Audi can find a variety of sizes and styles in the A-Series, from the ultra-compact supermini in the A1 and A2, to a swanky executive style car in the A5, A6, and A7.
The Audi A8 was one of the first in the A-Series rolled off the Audi line. Inspired by the powerful Audi V8, the A8 came with a V6 engine or the famed Audi V8 engine. The 4.2-litre, 8-cylinder aspirated “V8” engine found in the 1995 Audi A8 D2 delivers a punch of 229kW of power at 6000rpm with 400Nm of torque at 3300-3300rpm. This engine compresses at a 10.8 ratio and accelerates from 0-100Km/h in 7.3 seconds. Fuel efficiency for this model is 9.3L/100km.
Another early model in the A-Series is the Audi A6. The 1995 Audi A6 C4 could be found with a 2.6-litre, 6-cylinder aspirated engine delivering 110kW of power at 5500rpm and 225Nm of torque at 3500-3500rpm. This smaller, less powerful engine accelerated from 0-100Km/h at a comparatively sluggish 12.5 seconds, but conserves fuel at 10L/100km.
A more modern A-Series model is the Audi A1, which debuted in 2010. The 2010 Audi A1 Ambition 8X trim comes with a 1.4-litre, 4-cylinder Turbo intercooled engine delivering 90kW of power at 5000rpm and 200Nm of torque 1500-4000rpm. It is a zippy little engine, accelerating from 0-100Km in 8.9 seconds and conserving fuel at an incredible 5.3L/100Km. This model also received a 5-star rating from ANCAP.
More recent Audi A-Series models definitely fit in the luxury line, offering all the latest kit standard. The 2010 Audi A1 Ambition 8X, for instance, comes standard with rain sensors, computer control, brake assist (with EBD and ABS), and an MP3 player hook-up. Optional equipment on this model really gave buyers the chance to kit out their vehicle with a 10-speaker, 180 watt sound system, electronic sunroof, privacy glass, or heated seats.
Audi has always had a standard of luxury, as seen in the 1995 Audi A8 D2, which featured an on-board computer, cruise control, central locking, climate controlled air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, and a 10-speaker stereo.
Cars in the A-Series come with a variety of manual or automatic transmissions with varying sizes of petrol, diesel, and turbo diesel engines. The A-1, for example, comes with a 4 cylinder 1.4L engine, while the A-3 has the same 4 cylinders but with 1.8 litres. The A-5 takes it another step up with a 6 cylinder 3.2L engine, and the A5 has a 6 cylinder 3.0L engine. With over 100 models and trims in the A-Series, buyers will be able to find the right engine power, body style, and combination of features to suit their driving style and needs.
The 1995 models in the Audi A-Series can be compared with fellow German car company BMW. The 1995 BMW E38 725tds came with a 2.5-litre diesel engine delivering 105kW of power and 280Nm of torque from the large engine. Both BMW and Audi are consistently rated very highly by ANCAP. BMW is generally considered a faster drive and more affordable, but for buyers looking for style and kit, the Audi is the way to go.