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In a country famed for its love of very large trucks, a small and sporty passenger car from
The all-over increase is the first thing you notice when you see the car, and the same is true when you sit inside. There’s more shoulder room for all occupants, and even though it’s around an inch it feels like more. The front chairs are set down to the ground, too, which means there’s great headroom.
Audi representatives talked about how the newcomer will make “lighter work” of the roads, and, bad marketing pun aside, it’s true there’s been a lot of effort made to keep the weight down. The most obvious example is that the conventional all-steel construction has been ditched in favor of a space frame that’s an aluminum and steel hybrid. Developed from the flagship A8 sedan, it’s 48 percent lighter than it would have been if made from steel. The result is impressive; the 3.2-liter V-6 model weighs 3109 pounds, a massive 331 pounds less than the equivalent old version.