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Triple crown for Audi in What Car? awards

Added: 25 January 2018

The TT has secured What Car? magazine’s ‘Best Coupé’ award for an incredible 16th year, as stablemates the A4 saloon and Q7 also held on to their respective best-in-class crowns.

The coupé’s honour made it the most decorated car in the 40-year history of the highly respected What Car? Car of the Year honours event.

Focusing on the 1.8 TFSI version, the testers praised the car’s ‘sweet, peppy engine that offers lively acceleration’ and the ‘truly special driving experience’ it imparts.

The A4 compact executive saloon was voted ‘Executive Car of the Year’ and overall Car of the Year in 2016, and continued its run of success in 2018 by winning the ‘Executive Car’ category for the third time in succession.

Praising the 2.0 TDI 190PS Sport version of the car in particular, the judges highlighted its ‘accomplished feel’, ‘strong and refined’ TDI unit and ‘beautifully built interior’.

The Q7 won the ‘Best Luxury SUV’ title for the second year in a row. The What Car? judges described the car as ‘so much more that your typical luxury SUV’ and asserted that it ‘rides like a limousine, has the straight-line performance of a hot hatch and 'accommodates people like an MPV’.

Commenting on the staying power of these three Audis, Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle said: “The exceptional scrutiny all these cars have undergone from What Car?’s testers makes these awards a particularly prized testament to the design, engineering and quality underpinning every winning model.”

Alongside the three category winners, eight other Audi model variants achieved ‘Best Buy’ commendations at specific price points in the awards. Best buy winners included the A3 Sportback (best family car for more than £22,000) and coupé and cabriolet versions of the A5 (best coupé £30,000-£50,000 and best convertible more than £35,000).

From the SUV stable the Q2 (best small SUV more than £20,000), the Q5 (best large SUV more than £30,000) and the Q7 e-tron (best hybrid more than £35,000) took plaudits. The all-new A8 was pronounced best luxury car in the £50,000 - £100,000 bracket.

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