TDI engine technology made its debut in 1989. Audi presented the world’s first production car diesel engine with turbo charging, direct injection and electronic management at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Turbodiesel technology with direct injection went on to become a major success.

Today, Audi TDI engines featuring the latest common rail injection technology are as notable for their power and refinement as they are for their exceptional economy. Their great advantage is plentiful torque that is available from low revs, making for strong and easily accessible performance, coupled of course with remarkable cruising range. This choice blend continues to make TDI variants the most popular in every Audi model range that offers this option.

Common rail system explained

In TDI engines equipped with the common rail system, all cylinders are located on a single high-pressure rail. This rail is an accumulator, which is supplied by a pump and stores the fuel at a pressure of up to 2,000 bar – the equivalent of the weight of a luxury saloon car on the space of one square centimetre.

Thanks to the high pressure and a very fine bore diameter of only one tenth of a millimetre in the nozzle, the injectors achieve very fine atomisation of the fuel. This ensures excellent mixture preparation and highly efficient combustion, which delivers greater power, low emissions and low fuel consumption.

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Bright contrasting colour schemes and extra equipment for new A1 version positioned between S line and Black Edition

  • New addition to the ‘A1 Editions’ range positioned between S line and Black Edition models – OTR prices from £18,125 to £20,605
  • Around £2,200-worth of additional design and technology-oriented equipment including metallic paint and xenon headlamps for a premium of £950
  • Available in conjunction with 1.2 TFSI 86PS, 1.4 TFSI 122PS and 1.6 TDI 105 PS engines

A colourful new complement to the S line specification for Audi A1 and A1 Sportback models has just become available in conjunction with selected petrol and TDI engines. The A1 S line Style Editions with their striking exterior and interior additions will sit midway between the S line and more overt Black Edition options already offered for the A1, and will include around £2,200-worth of design and technology-oriented options for a premium of £950 above the equivalent S line model. Prices will range from £18,125 OTR to £20,605. 

The new S line Style Edition upgrade includes metallic or pearl-effect paint finishes in a choice of Ice Silver, Phantom Black, Misano Red or Glacier White colour schemes. These are complemented by a gloss black finish for the contrasting roof line in three-door versions, and a fully gloss black contrasting roof in Sportback models, both of which also feature gloss black door mirror housings. An additional black styling package also brings a gloss finish for the single frame front grille surround and a matt black finish for the grille, fog light surrounds and number plate holder. 

S line versions of the A1 are already marked out by exclusive S line exterior styling treatments for the grille, side sills and bumpers, and in S line Style Edition versions the more purposeful stance these create is further enhanced by xenon headlamps with distinctive LED daytime running lights and 17-inch ‘five V-spoke’ alloy wheels with a bi-colour finish, which replace the standard 17-inch ‘five twin-spoke’ S line wheels. A bi-colour ‘five-arm’ design is also available as a no-cost option. 

Inside the A1 S line Style Edition, the sleeves for the striking propeller-style air vents that are a focal point of the attractively sculpted A1 dashboard are finished in either Misano Red or Glacier White when these exterior colours are chosen, or in gloss black in conjunction with the Ice Silver and Phantom Black exterior options. These elements further emphasize the sporting tone set by the part-leather sports seats and three-spoke S line sports steering wheel. The S line equipment list also includes powered windows and mirrors, a split/folding rear seat, air conditioning, a Concert CD audio system incorporating an SD card reader linked to a 6.5-inch retractable display screen, a Bluetooth mobile phone interface and a Driver’s Information System. 

This attractive new specification is available in conjunction with three highly efficient engines from the A1 range – the 1.2 TFSI with 86PS, the 1.4 TFSI with 122PS and the 1.6 TDI with 105PS – all of which operate with the fuel-sparing benefit of engine start-stop and recuperation systems. The A1 1.6 TDI S line Style Edition arguably provides the ultimate combination of sporting style, keen performance and exceptional efficiency, with up to 74.3mpg possible according to the official combined cycle test, which equates to CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. 

The new Style Edition specification is the second in the A1 range to be based on the popular S line trim level. Range-topping Black Edition models, including upgrades such as 18-inch titanium finish alloy wheels, the 180-watt Audi sound system, privacy glass and electronic climate control, also build on the S line foundation, and are available in conjunction with two 1.4-litre TFSI engines – the 140PS version with Cylinder-on-Demand technology and the supercharged and turbocharged 185PS option – plus the 2.0-litre TDI with 143PS.

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The Audi A5 was once described by its creator, Walter da Silva, as the most beautiful car he had ever designed – no mean accolade for someone who penned many Alfa Romeos, the Volkswagen Scirocco and even the Audi R8! Introduced in 2007, the Audi A5 is now available in Coupe, Cabriolet and Sportback. The ultimate incarnation of the A5 range is the 450PS Audi RS 5 – a true expression of Vorsprung durch Technik.


The Audi A5 was first launched as a Coupe in 2007 with a Cabriolet being added in 2009 and the final body style, the Sportback being added in 2010. Available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines, quattro permanent four wheel drive and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, including the revolutionary dual clutch S tronic gearbox, the A5 is as beautiful as it is well appointed.


The A5 Coupe is available in Standard, SE, Sport and S line trim levels – each offering varying levels of equipment and distinctive styling. The sporty S5 features a powerful 4.2 litre V8 FSI engine and quattro permanent four wheel drive. The ultimate incarnation of the A5 Coupe, the RS 5 was introduced in late 2010 and features a 450PS V8 engine, enabling it to reach 62mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.


Available in Standard, SE and S line trim levels, all Audi A5 Cabriolets come with a fully automatic hood which can operated at speeds of up to 31mph. Powered by a 3 litre supercharged V6 engine and driven by an S tronic gearbox and quattro permanent four wheel drive the Audi S5 Cabriolet offers blistering top-down performance.


With Standard, SE and S line trim levels the A5 Sportback offers coupe styling with 5-door practicality. The sporty S5 Sportback features quattro permanent four wheel drive, an S tronic gearbox and a powerful 3 litre supercharged V6 engine.

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Gwyneth Paltrow personalises new Audi supercar to raise money for Elton John AIDS Foundation.

  • Audi RS 6 Avant sells for £120,000 at charity auction
  • Proceeds go entirely to support Elton John AIDS Foundation

A unique RS 6 Avant with a personalised interior autographed by the Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has sold at auction for £120,000 at the annual Elton John White Tie & Tiara Ball, held at the home of the singer / songwriter and his partner David Furnish. Every penny from the auction of the Audi supercar will go to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

An impressive net total of £3m was raised by the Ball. Guests were invited to bid for the various lots, which included the one-off RS 6 Avant complete with a Lunar Silver leather interior immortalised by Paltrow's signature. The formidable super Avant is currently the most potent Audi available, producing 560PS and 700 Nm, a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155mph, which can be raised upon request to 189mph.

Paltrow - who drives an Audi both in character as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man action series, and in real life on the roads of London and Los Angeles - put her stamp on the car earlier in the month by signing it at the model's launch at Audi City in Piccadilly, London. It had been the very first RS 6 Avant to arrive in the UK, ahead of general deliveries in August.

Stars at the White Tie & Tiara Ball included Coldplay, Uma Thurman, Freida Pinto, Elizabeth Hurley and David Walliams. "Audi is delighted to donate the unique RS 6 Avant for the equally unique White Tie & Tiara Ball. We are thrilled at the benefit it will give to Sir Elton's AIDS Foundation, which does such outstanding charity work, and very proud to be continued sponsors of the Ball," says Jon Zammett, Head for PR for Audi UK.

Sir Elton John adds: "I would like to extend my thanks to Audi for supporting the Elton John White Tie & Tiara Ball for the last 11 years, and for its generosity to the evening's fundraising."

The Elton John AIDS Foundation supports thousands of men, women and children with life-saving medicines, as well as offering information, nutrition, education, shelter and support. The Ball will help raise crucial funds to assist the Foundation in its ongoing battle against AIDS. The 2013 White Tie and Tiara Ball was the 15th ball in the event's history.

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A few simple checks by you between regular services will help keep your car running smoothly. If anything needs looking at, the sooner you tell us the easier it will be to resolve.

It’s always important to keep an eye on your tyres. Remember to regularly check tyre pressure, tread depth and their general condition.

If your engine oil or coolant levels need topping up, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on oil refills and the quality of oil you use (your local Audi Centre will be happy to advise you).

Keeping safe on the road is essential, so you should ensure your car is in good condition and roadworthy at all times, including lights and indicators.

Please remember to book in your car for servicing at the recommended service intervals with an authorised Audi Centre. If it’s not convenient for you to do this at your local Centre, then any Centre in our national network will be pleased to help.

As you know, not all costs are covered by Audi Complete. You will be expected to pay for any damage caused to, or deterioration of, your car other than through fair wear and tear. That’s why a few simple checks by you will help keep your Audi in the best condition.

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