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6 Best Cars Made by Audi

Image via Flickr by Tom Frisch

Image via Flickr by Tom Frisch

Audi has proven itself a juggernaut of luxury vehicles in recent years. In 2013, brand consulting agency Interbrand ranked Audi one of the best global brands, calling it “sporty, progressive, and sophisticated.” While choosing the best vehicles of such a stellar manufacturer wasn’t easy, here are the six cars that truly stand out among Audi vehicles.

R8 Spyder

This stunningly sleek two-seater supercar is Audi engineering and style at its finest. Starting at $116,150, the Audi R8 Spyder offers three engine choices: a 430-hp V-8, 525-hp V-10, or 550-hp V-10 plus. The engines are paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

A6

Ranked among U.S. News’ “Best Cars” in the large luxury car category, the Audi A6 dazzles with responsive handling and unparalleled luxury. Starting at $43,100, the A6 comes standard with a turbo four-cylinder engine that boasts 25/33 mpg city/highway fuel economy. Other engine options include a supercharged V6 and a turbocharged diesel V6. A ten-speaker audio system, heated front seats, and tri-zone automatic climate control are just a few of the A6’s features.

Q5

For those who want the benefits of an SUV without the gas-guzzling girth, the compact Audi Q5 SUV is the answer. Audi offers myriad engine options on this highly customizable model: a turbo four-cylinder engine, a peppy supercharged V-6, a diesel V-6, and a fuel-efficient hybrid. Speed demons will appreciate the performance-oriented SQ5, which does 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The Q5 starts at $38,195.

A8

The uber-luxurious big brother of the A6, the Audi A8 ranks in the top three vehicles on U.S. News’ best super luxury car list. Starting at $75,100, the A8 blends performance and luxury as few cars ever have. A supercharged V6 engine is standard, but other trims also offer a twin-turbocharged V-8 and a W-12. Features include an adaptive air suspension, Bang & Olufsen sound system, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.

Allroad

If you want to live the domesticated life in style, the Audi Allroad wagon is the chic alternative to the sluggish, unattractive traditional family vehicle. Athletic handling and sharp design set the Allroad apart from competitors. Starting at $40,700, the Allroad comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and turbo four-cylinder engine that gets 20/27 mpg city/highway. Highlights include a rearview camera and 14-speaker sound system.

A3

Millennials consistently cite Audi as the brand “most reflective of their personality,” according to an AutoTrader.com survey. One look at the sleek sportiness of the Audi A3 and its accessible price point, and you’ll understand why. Starting at $29,900, the A3 comes with a 170-hp turbo four-cylinder engine that is also available in all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is excellent, especially with the 2.0-liter engine option, which gets 24/33 mpg city/highway.

The four interlocking rings that represent Audi have come to signify quality, exclusivity, athleticism, and avant-garde design. While playing favorites with some of the best cars ever built is nearly impossible, the six cars mentioned here deserve recognition as the very best of the best.