2018 Audi models get new standard features and optional packages


Audi recently announced that all 2018 models will receive additional standard features and new optional packages. The A5 and Q5 are completely new for 2018 model year. 


For 2018, the A3 sedan and convertible get two additional USB ports and heated front seats as standard across the entire model range. A3 with Premium Plus trim receive blind spot warning as standard. Bang & Olfusen premium audio system can be optioned on the Premium Plus trim by selecting the Technology package. This package also includes Audi’s MMI interface with navigation and Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. The more powerful S3 gains a new S Sport package option that add red brake calipers and magnetic ride dampers. The A3 e-Tron hatchback gets 18-in alloy wheels with all-season tires when optioned with the Sport package. The 2018 Audi A3 sedan starts at $32,925, the convertible starts at $39,325, the e-Tron hatchback starts at $40,475 and the S3 starts at $44,625. Destination charge is included in these price tags.

A4/A4 Allroad

The Audi A4 range was completely redesigned for 2017, but the sedan receives more standard features for the 2018 model year. The entry-level Premium trim now includes heated front seats as standard. Premium Plus trim in the A4 sedan and A4 Allroad wagon now includes blind spot warning and Audi pre-sense at the rear. The top-of-the-range Prestige trim includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and high beam assist as standard on both the sedan and the wagon. The 2018 A4 sedan can now be optioned with the Black Optics package which consists of 18-in black alloy wheels, red brake calipers, gloss black sill blades, gloss black painted rear spoiler and side mirror caps, a flat-bottom steering wheel, piano black inlays and contrasting red stitching. The 2018 Audi A4 sedan starts at $36,975, the Allroad wagon starts at $45,475 and the S4 starts at $52,375.


The 2018 A6 sedan and A7 sportback can be optioned with a Competition package that includes black side mirror caps, 20-in alloy wheels, red brake calipers, Quattro sport differential, sport-tuned suspension, brushed aluminum inlays, S sport seats with diamond stitching, flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters and black cloth headliner. The 3.0 L turbocharged six-cylinder engine in both models now produces 340 horsepower and 325 lb.ft. torque. A6 models in Prestige trim receives a 360-degree view camera as standard while the A7 in Prestige trim gets a corner view camera. LED headlights and interior lights are standard on both cars with Premium Plus and higher trim levels. The S7 and RS7 get additional alloy wheel options ranging from 20 to 21-inches and are wrapped in summer performance tires. The top-of-the-range RS7 also comes with a sports exhaust system with black finish tips as standard. The base 2018 A6 with the 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine starts at $50,675 and the S6 starts at $72,875. The A7 starts at $70,675 and the top-dog RS7 Performance starts at $131,675.


Audi’s flagship sedan, the A8 can be optioned with the Executive package that adds 20-in alloy wheels along with active safety features like adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, active lane assist, blind spot warning, Audi pre sense and heads-up display. In the S8, which is powered by a 4.0 L twin-turbo V8, the Executive package adds ventilation, massage, power adjustment, and power lumbar support for the rear seats. A8 models equipped with the optional Black Optics package adds black exterior accents and either 20 or 21-in alloy wheels. The 2018 Audi A8 3.0T starts at $83,475 and the S8 starts at $116,875.


Audi’s smallest crossover in the U.S., the Q3 in the base Premium trim gets a new Convenience package that adds keyless entry and push-button start, a power tailgate, aluminum trim, and an auto-dimming center rearview mirror. Q3 Premium Plus models receive full LED headlight and taillights along with blind spot warning as standard. In addition to the features included in the Premium Plus trim, the new Sport Plus package adds a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, black roof rails, and 19-in alloy wheels. The seven-seater Q7 gets keyless entry and push-button start as standard on all trim levels. Premium Plus trim now includes a 3D Bose surround sound system and the range-topping Prestige trim adds power closing doors. The 2018 Audi Q3 starts at $33,875 and the Q7 start at $50,875.


Parking sensors are now standard on all 2018 Audi TT models. The Technology package now includes a 600-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olfusen audio system. The S-Line Competition package adds brushed aluminum inlays, a sport-tuned suspension, red brake calipers, leather/Alcantara sport seats, and flat-bottom steering wheel. The performance oriented TTS is now available with Nappa leather front seats with diamond stitching and the extended leather trim and controls can be had in Crimson Red, Cloudy Gray, and Calendula Yellow. The 2018 Audi TT coupé starts at $44,925 and the TTS coupé starts at $53,925. As of this writing, Audi has not announced the pricing for the 2018 TT roadster.


The 2018 Audi R8 coupé and convertible remains mechanically unchanged when compared to the 2017 models. However, both models do receive cosmetic updates with the addition of the Black Optics package. The package includes black 20-in alloy wheels, gloss black exhaust tips, Mythos Black side blades, and Titanium Black exterior trim. All 2018 R8 models now come standard with Audi’s smartphone interface. The R8 will be the first Audi model which can be optioned with the company’s laser LED lighting technology. The new LED lights are standard on the R8 V10 Plus models and are optional on the standard V10 model. Additional updated to the 2018 R8 consist of Anthracite or Carbon Sigma high-gloss inlays depending on the selected trim level, Audi Sport badging, and puddle lights. The 2018 Audi R8 coupé starts at $166,180 and the convertible starts at $178,350.

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