As we begin to enter into a state of relative normality following a very interesting (to say the least) start to the year, what better way to start enjoying the freedom of travel once more than with a brand-new automobile.
While air travel may still have its limitations for the foreseeable future, overland travel restrictions are gradually easing up presenting the perfect opportunity for you to splash out on a new luxury car, or even just lease one to get a flavour of what is out there.
With so many automobile manufacturers bringing out new vehicles every year, it may be difficult to decide which manufacturer you should purchase from and what model you should choose. We spoke to the experts at Total Renting (https://totalrenting.es/audi/) about luxury German car manufacturer Audi and their top picks for the best Audi cars to buy or lease in 2020.
Audi RS Q8
For those who are big fans of the Q and RS ranges of the Audi brand, meet your new favourite model: the Audi RS Q8, a car sitting right at the top of both of these ranges.
This is the most powerful SUV coupé delivered by Audi Sport boasting an impressive output of 441kw, plus a collection of equally impressive driving features including the RS-specific adaptive air suspension to regulate ride height and damping automatically. It also boasts Quattro all-wheel drive with sport differential and dynamic torque distribution, and RS Audi drive select offering the driver seven different modes to adjust the engine, transmission, steering and air suspension. Electromechanical active roll stabilisation is there for improved agility, ride and steering precision.
Alongside this, the range-topping performance SUV model remains incredibly striking with regard to external design. Each car can be customised with either a solid, metallic or pearl effect paint finish and adopts RS specific styling with badging, bumpers, widened wheel archers, dual branch tailpipes and RS Manhattan grey front spoiler lip. Privacy glass, aluminium window trim, door mirrors and the statement LED Audi beam are other external features.
Audi e-tron Sportback
A new addition to the Audi family, and a car that really prioritises the environment, is the e-tron Sportback, offering all of Audi’s best traits completely powered by electricity. The Launch Edition 55 quattro features two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, which together produce 300kw of power allowing this car to reach 62mph in just 6 seconds. Progressive steering allows for enhanced driving dynamics and comfort as steering regulates according to the driving situation, while Audi Drive Select offers the driver seven different modes including auto, comfort, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, offroad and individual.
If you are looking to make a more eco-conscious purchase or lease, the Audi e-tron Sportback is for you, and there is no need to worry about sacrificing style as this car comes with 21” x 9” five-spoke star alloy wheels in platinum-look gloss, multiple paint colour and effect finishing options, virtual door mirrors and a panoramic sun roof.
Audi R8 V10 Quattro
A statement model in the Audi range is the unmistakeable R8 supercar that has found its way into many top car lists since its first release in 2006. The R8 V10 model is available with a quattro all-wheel drive system, incredibly powerful 540PS 5.2 litre naturally aspirated V10 engine, and specially adapted quattro specific sport suspension, all delivering a phenomenal driving experience.
Some of the notable features of this luxury vehicle now include 19” x 8.5 “ five-arm twin-spoke design forged aluminium wheels in matt titanium with a diamond-cut finish, striking Mythos black sideblades and stainless steel pedals. Fine Nappa Leather R8 Sports seat upholstery, LED headlights, wave brake discs, a range of external paint finishes in crystal, metallic, pearl and solid, and an impressive acceleration speed of 0 to 62 miles in just 3.8 seconds are other features.
Audi A8 L TFSI e
This part fuel, part electric model epitomises luxury with a power combination that gives you the efficiency of an electric car whilst still maintaining the benefits of a V6 petrol engine. Some diesel models are fitted with a Selective Catalyst Reduction system which requires the addition of AdBlue, an additive that helps to reduce nitrogen oxide levels meets the Euro 6 emissions standard.
Maxing out at a top speed of 155mph and an acceleration of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, this sporty saloon car combines comfort, class and luxury together for those after a more refined driving experience. With five-arm turbine style cast alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, MMI Navigation Plus and MMI Touch with Audi Virtual Cockpit, power closing doors, and beautifully crafted climate comfort seats in Valcona leather, this Audi A8 model is sure to make a statement both on the road, and off.
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