All that power could make a car feel a mighty handful, but Audi's engineers have done a masterly job in civilising the beast.
Ride and Handling
This is a big car and you can feel the weight and bulk as you drive, of a vehicle weighing almost two tonnes. It is managed very well though. All that power could make a car feel a mighty handful, but Audi’s engineers have done a masterly job in civilising the beast. The quattro four-wheel-drive system keeps everything feeling firmly planted, and it has exceptionally secure handling. It corners quite flat, with very little body roll, and the road-holding is very grippy indeed. A standard feature is the Drive Select system that lets you choose the way the car behaves, by varying the responsiveness of the throttle, gears and brakes.
An optional Dynamic Sports pack can be specified to modify the standard suspension set-up, also adding ceramic brakes and de-limiting the top speed. This unleashes the car’s potential to a highly boast-worthy maximum 189 mph, but the standard 155 mph is more than enough for most.
Ease of Use
This is a very practical car. It feels quite roomy all round, with ample headroom for six-footers in both the front and back seats. The rear seats are split-fold to let you vary the ratio of passenger room and luggage space, and the boot extends from a standard 565 litres to a maximum 1,680 litres. The boot aperture is large, and although the lip is relatively high, it opens onto a flat floor that makes loading uncomplicated with no pronounced sill to heave things over.