Recall Alert: 2013 Audi Q7

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Vehicles Affected: More than 1,800 model-year 2013 Audi Q7 luxury crossovers manufactured between June 5 and Nov. 29, 2012, and equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine

The Problem: A check valve in the engine may become contaminated with plastic debris and allow engine oil to leak into the brake booster. If this happens, the brake booster diaphragm may rupture, causing a loss of power braking assist and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Audi-manufacturer Volkswagen began notifying owners this week, and dealers will replace a vacuum line for free. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination and, if contamination is found, replace additional components, also for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Audi at 800-253-2834 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi R8 Review

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"The V-10 version of Audi's mid-engine R8 is a user-friendly, daily-drivable supercar that comes alive when called upon with a screaming motor, wild styling and amazing reflexes," Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman said of the 2014 version. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

First California Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars Goes to Audi

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Audi announced today that it had received the first permit issued by California for the testing of self-driving, or autonomous, cars on the Golden State's roadways. The news comes the same day as California's new laws governing the testing of automated vehicles take effect with an eye toward the eventual consumer use of driverless cars.

Related: Survey: Motorists Apprehensive About Driverless Cars

"California roads are especially crucial to Audi Piloted driving testing because the state is home to the brand's Electronics Research Lab," the automaker stated in a news release. "ERL engineers are working on a wide range of automated driving issues, including human-machine interface prompts that indicate when the human or the vehicle are handling driving functions."

By Matt Schmitz | September 16, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Audi A3: Car Seat Check

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The 2015 Audi A3 ditches its hatchback design for the sleek lines of a sedan. With its redesign, the 2015 A3 has grown 7.5 inches in length. That extra room helped make it easy to install our child-safety seats in this compact sedan.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Audi A3 Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the redesigned-for-2015 Audi A3 joins the entry-level luxury sedan trend by offering the car with four doors and a regular trunk, along with sophisticated style all around and "gutsy" engines. Is it all enough to make the A3 A-No. 1 among competitors? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi RS 7 Real-World Cargo Space

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Who says you have to compromise when buying a sports car? The pumped-up high-performance 2014 Audi RS 7 variant of the A7 has a 560-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-8, four doors and an entirely usable cargo area. Zero to 60 mph comes in 3.7 seconds, so you better strap down both strollers in the cargo area. Yes, "both strollers." We fit our large and small strollers in the back of the RS 7 with room to spare.

Related: Research the 2014 Audi RS 7

The RS 7's cargo area isn't the widest. Its strengths are in how deep the cargo area stretches combined with the large hatchback opening and split-folding backseat. There's a generous 24.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which is roughly how much room a compact-to-midsize SUV offers behind the backseat. See how well our assortment of common cargo goods fit in the RS 7's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | August 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Confounded by Car Technology? It's Time to Embrace It

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Today's technology-laden cars, SUVs and even trucks can be challenging for older drivers as well as car buyers who have been out of the market for several years. I'm among the many mature drivers who don't replace vehicles until they've been driven into the ground — my husband and I often go a decade or more between car purchases. Our current vehicles are of 2004 and 2006 vintage, and they lack much of the technology that's rapidly becoming common, often standard, on today's new cars.

Related: AAA Recommends Car Features for Older Drivers

As a Cars.com's copy editor, I'm encouraged to drive the test vehicles we receive at our Chicago offices so that I can experience the things I read about when I edit articles. I enjoy this part of the job, but it's proven to be a challenge due to unfamiliar technology. I often find myself communing with the owner's manual before I can leave the parking garage with one of our test cars.

Here are a few things other potentially overwhelmed car shoppers of any vintage should prepare to encounter:

By Jen Burklow | July 7, 2014 | Comments (11)

Google Unveils Android Auto

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Last week, we told you of Google's plans for a vehicle operating system to rival Apple's CarPlay; at today's Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, the tech giant unveiled the details of its new Android Auto system.

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The operating system runs on a smartphone, and after connecting the phone to the car, it projects its interface to a vehicle's touch-screen, allowing the user to interact with the system's functions via vehicle screen or voice command. Users can access and control Google maps and Google Play Music, as well as their phone's contacts and messages; third-party apps like Spotify and iHeartRadio will also be compatible.

Android Auto is the first system to come from the Open Automotive Alliance, a coalition of tech and auto companies working toward bringing the Android platform to cars. The group consists of more than 40 members, including Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia, a tech company. Honda, Hyundai and Audi have announced that Android Auto will be available in select model-year 2015 vehicles, but specific models and trims will be announced at a later date.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Audi Prices A3 Family Newcomers

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The 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which arrived in April, soon will welcome a trio of siblings. Audi this week announced pricing on the expanded A3 family, which includes the 2015 S3 performance sedan, the A3 Cabriolet and A3 TDI diesel sedan. The three new models are slated to go on sale late this summer, ranging in price from around $33,000 to nearly $42,000.

2015 Audi A3 Review

Standard features across the lineup include leather seats, power panoramic roof, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM Satellite and HD radio, a power driver's seat, a split-folding rear seatback and Audi's collision-mitigation system, as well as standard Singleframe grille, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and LED taillights. Available features include full LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, an updated version of Audi's multimedia system and Audi's four selectable driving modes.

Joining the already-available regular A3 sedan, which starts at $30,795, including an $895 destination charge, the S3 performance sedan will start at $41,995, including destination. The S3 is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine making 292 horsepower and features standard all-wheel drive and a sport suspension. The S3 can be outfitted with trim-specific 18- or 19-inch wheels. Standard interior features include a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel, paddle shifters and aluminum details.

By Matt Schmitz | June 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

Google to Unveil Apple CarPlay Rival

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Well, that didn't take long. Less than four months after Apple unveiled its CarPlay operating system that brings apps and maps galore to a car's multimedia system, Google is reportedly launching an in-car operating system of its own.

Apple Unveils CarPlay for Volvo, Mercedes, Ferrari at 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Automotive News reports (subscription required) that Google's internal designation for the system is Google Auto Link. It's the product of Google's Open Automotive Alliance, a group that includes Google, Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and tech company Nvidia. The consortium, formed in January 2014, promised to bring Google's Android platform to the car by year's end.

The schedule appears on track.

By Kelsey Mays | June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

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