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When you think of all-wheel-drive passenger cars, Audi is one of the brands that immediately comes to mind. Audi has been building all-wheel-drive cars since the 1980s, and today the technology is available in every Audi car line. Audi's Quattro system has evolved, and the latest version (in the A5/S5, A4, A6/S6, TT/TTS, and R8) imitates the feel of a rear-wheel-drive car by sending more power to the rear axle than the front. In models that offer a choice of powertrain, all-wheel drive usually comes standard with the more powerful engine and is optional with the lesser engine. With the subcompact A3 hatchback, the A4 sedan, and the TT coupe/roadster, all-wheel drive comes standard with the V-6 engine and is optional with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The A4 Avant (wagon) comes only with the 2.0-liter four and all-wheel drive, and the sporty, eight-cylinder S4 Cabriolet is likewise AWD only. All-wheel drive is also standard on the TTS coupe/roadster, the most powerful variant of the TT series, with a 266-hp turbocharged four. In the A6 mid-size family, the base, 3.2-liter V-6 drives the front wheels, but the turbocharged V-6, the V-8, and the V-10 (in the S6) all come standard with all-wheel drive. Both the six-cylinder A5 coupe and its V-8 counterpart (the S6) are all-wheel-drive only, as is the A8 sedan, in either V-8 or V-10 (S8) form. Finally, the R8 supercar comes standard with all-wheel drive.

A3
Price: $31,325/$37,800 (2.0/3.2)
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. 2.0 frontrak)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/28, 18/25 (2.0, 3.2)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city (vs. 2.0 frontrak S-tronic)

A4 sedan
Price: $32,675-$44,575
AWD cost: $2050 (vs. 2.0 TFSI Premium frontrak)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/27, 22/30 (2.0 auto, manual); 17/26 (3.2)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy

A4 Avant
Price: $35,675-$43,525
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/27
AWD penalty: n.a.

A4/S4 Cabriolet
Price: $43,675-$60,850
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. A4 2.0T frontrak)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/27, 17/25 (A4 2.0T, 3.2); 13/19, 14/21 (S4 manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (vs. A4 2.0T)

A5/S5
Price: $41,525-$53,525
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/27, 17/26 (A5 manual, auto); 14/22, 16/24 (S5 manual, auto)
AWD penalty: n/a

A6 3.0T/4.2
Price: $50,925-$61,775
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26, 16/23 (3.0T, 4.2)
AWD penalty: n.a.

A6 Avant
Price: $54,135-$58,985
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26
AWD penalty: n.a.

S6
Price: $78,025
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 14/19
AWD penalty: n.a.

A8/S8
Price: $74,875-$122,625
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23 (A8, A8L); 13/19 (S8, A8L W12)
AWD penalty: n.a.

R8
Price: $117,500-$126,600
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 12/19, 13/18 (manual, R-Tronic)
AWD penalty: n.a.

TT coupe
Price: $38,125-$47,375
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. 2.0 frontrak)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29 (2.0); 18/24, 17/25 (3.2 auto, manual)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (vs. 2.0 frontrak)

TT roadster
Price: $40,125-$50,445
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. 2.0 frontrak)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29 (2.0); 18/24, 17/25 (3.2 auto, manual)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (vs. 2.0 frontrak)

TTS
Price: $46,325-$54,325
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29
AWD penalty: n.a.

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