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Extreme winter driving highway fuel economy – 2018 Audi A4

Extreme winter driving highway fuel economy – 2018 Audi A4

We spent Christmas in Calgary and returned to Edmonton in extreme winter driving conditions, -23.5 degrees Celsius. Our 2018 Audi A4 2.0-litre turbocharged all-wheel-drive sedan transported us in comfort and security. Impressively (given the extreme cold temperatures combined with about 25 km of city driving before hitting the highway), the […]

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2018 Police Vehicle Testing – your complete guide to performance statistics

2018 Police Vehicle Testing – your complete guide to performance statistics

I have this special ‘thing’ for police cars. Here in North America, police vehicles are typically big and rugged.  Everything is ‘heavy duty’ to meet the demands of policing, which means long periods of idling to full blown, pedal-to-the-medal high speeds where rapid response is critical. Each year, the Michigan […]

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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro – City fuel mileage

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro – City fuel mileage

Our most recent fuel economy results continue to be satisfying. In city driving, our 2018 Audi A4 TFSI Quattro, equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged 252 horsepower engine, 7-speed DCT automatic transmission and full-time all-wheel-drive has returned 9.4 l/100 km (or 30.0 Imp mpg on premium unleaded fuel) in city driving.  […]

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2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI – Real world fuel economy, 45.7 Imp mpg, outstanding!

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI – Real world fuel economy, 45.7 Imp mpg, outstanding!

Last weekend we had the opportunity to take our first highway trip in our 2018 Audi A4 2.0 TSI Quattro. The A4 exceeded our expectations on the highway.  As befitting a premium compact sport sedan, the car cabin was luxuriously quiet with zero wind noise, and even fitted with Dunlop […]

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Tapson Garage Mat – keeping the garage floor clean and dry

Tapson Garage Mat – keeping the garage floor clean and dry

We’re just starting our second winter in our new to us house.  Like many old(er) homes (ours was built in 1986), the slope of the garage floor isn’t perfect. Water and snow melt pools slightly at the right entrance corner of the garage.  What to do? My neat freak buddy, […]

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First fuel mileage report – 2018 Audi A4

First fuel mileage report – 2018 Audi A4

We’ve just run our new 2018 Audi A4 through its first tank of fuel. (Caveats:  The A4 was delivered with a ‘full’ tank of fuel, but we don’t know how ‘full’ it really was.  Our standard operating procedure when refuelling cars for fuel consumption testing is to fill the tank […]

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Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D winter tires

Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D winter tires

  We opted to have our 2018 Audi A4 quattro fitted for winter when we picked it up a couple of weeks ago. Instead of the optional very low profile, ultra high performance 245/35R19s intended for maximum (summer) grip, we bought Audi Canada’s winter tire mounted on OEM Audi 17-in. […]

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Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

Our 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ arrives

The 2018 Audi A4 Quattro ‘Technik’ has arrived.  It replaces our trusty 2014 Subaru WRX, which departed in July. Here are a few more photos. Our first impressions are nothing less than pure enjoyment.  The car is quiet, the suspension superbly compliant, and the 7-speed DCT automatic transmission is ‘invisible’ […]

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2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

2018 Audi A4 gets PDI’d

Our 2018 Audi A4 Technik has arrived and receiving its Pre-delivery Inspection. Audi OEM 17-in. winter wheels and Dunlop performance winter tires (Audi Canada’s winter tire package) will be installed prior to delivery.  We’ll have to wait until Spring to review the A4’s handling and ride comfort with the optional […]

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0-100 kph on banana peels?? Subaru markets the ’18 WRX with ‘atypical’ acceleration videos

0-100 kph on banana peels??  Subaru markets the ’18 WRX with ‘atypical’ acceleration videos

The clever marketing mavens at Subaru have with 6 fun videos, showing the 2018 Subaru WRX’s superb all-wheel-drive capabilities in a unique fashion. The 6 short videos show the sporty WRX doing 1-100 kph acceleration runs on ‘atypical’ surfaces:  Banana peels; runway foam; ‘road from hell’; wet asphalt; powder; and […]

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