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Anthony ffrench-Constant's motoring month: time spent in Audi's Q3
Well, there's another 600 words filled.
A somewhat strange piece which raises more questions than it answers...The verdict makes a good point though ie is too many Audis killing Audi? I personally think so.
-Focus RS,Megane RS,you gotta love 'em-
Sam the Eagle says:
Simply CAR should stop calling any facelift as 'NEW' and, more importantly, should stop reporting on such limited changes.
Rather than quality fatigue I would call this 'journalist fatigue'. But you just can't blame Audi for being consistent.
Hell is other people.
It isn't quality fatigue insomuch as boring fatigue. The cars may drive differently but no one truly can say that an Audi can match the tactile experience the equivilent BMW can in the same category. Audi has become Europe's Lexus; bland styling, blancmange driving characteristics but with built-in quality and interiors. Psychologically it is the way to go to make money as my dad always said, "You drive the car on the inside" so that is what you want people to remember. That muttering rotters enforce this nearly everyday with Pravda-like zeal is more worrisome.
I can understand that journalists are getting somewhat tired of the similarities of Audi interiors, but they see and test so many models from each manufacturer. Whereas, buyers are likely to only own 1 or 2 at the same time. So to the public, this sameness doesn't impact their purchase nor would they have the same views as a journalist.
Yes, Audi's don't drive to same precision as BMW's but they are engaging enough for everyday driving. Afterall, how many will take to a racetrack on a weekly basis?
Engaging enough for everyday driving?
What have you been smoking? An Audi will never be engaging to drive (excluding Audi R8), and if they are it's because Porsche got their hands on them
Audi sort of remind me of Ford UK circa late 1970s. Everyone seems to hate them, yet everyone seems to be buying them. The waiting list for the Q3 eclipses even that of the Evoque. Its the British disease. Success is something to discourage at all costs!
It's just fatigue in general with the bewildering amount of cars the German makers are foisting on the buying public. Where once you sit up with interest at a new Audi, BMW or MB now you just glaze over unless its a R8, i8 or SLS.
@rickerby - longer waiting list for Q3 than Evoque? Are you sure?? Sorry to doubt you but I find that really hard to believe.
Gregg218's Dad was s right, and Audi have built their USP on this important principle. Combine this with an instantly identifiable grille, a family style (ie they all look much the same) and brilliant promotion, and Audi has captured the middle class market. Object lesson.
So your everyday driving consists of high speed cornering, hard braking and driving like you're in Le Mans? Is that the kind of driving you do?
I say "well", because yes I admit that I go around corners above the posted limits (5 - 10 over) but at those speeds Audi's are ok. If I were to go to the track on a regular basis, I'd definitely want something more engaging. But just driving to and from work, in traffic or just above the speed limits. IMO Audi's would be ok.
It's great that we can read what critics say about Audi's as they test the cars at their limits. But how many of us actually drop the clutch at 6K rpms from a stop light?
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