Known for their reliability, superior engineering and comfort – choosing between luxury SUVs can be an exciting but daunting task. There are plenty of factors to consider, including who will service your vehicle. Here at Volks Affair- our Audi and BMW service teams – are always keeping an eye on vehicle trends and we’re delighted to see our favourite German SUVs are becoming increasingly popular in Melbourne.
According to ACA Research the upward trend in SUV sales is continuing on from 2017. SUVs seem to be the preferred vehicle of choice amongst Australians and luxury German vehicles are a fashionable and attractive option. The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are fast becoming top luxury family SUVs, the BMW X3 is especially popular with its signature double kidney grille front and sleek body.
2018 – BMW X3 and Audi Q5: At a Glance
Both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have turbocharged four-cylinder engines with the option to upgrade to a more performance-oriented model.
Both cars have sleek, well-fitted interiors and make perfect family vehicles. They fit 5 people comfortably and have enough boot space for all the family vacation baggage.
Both cars offer high resolution digital screens, but an interesting difference is that BMW X3 only supports Apple CarPlay whereas Audi Q5 supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That may be a deciding factor for many.
BMW X3 2018
iDrive – for natural navigation, just speak.
Heads-up display – speed limits, navigation and collision warnings are projected onto the windscreen so you can keep your eyes on the road
Driver Assist – will give you warnings if an accident risk is detected
Safety technology – includes rear cross traffic alert and side-assist (you’ll be warned if you’re about to open your door onto a cyclist)
All Wheel drive
As with most cars it’s really a personal choice and a case of test driving both models. If you are planning to invest in a new car this year – our advice is to opt for one the superior luxury German models. Just make sure you have a top-quality service centre that can service and repair your vehicle to keep it in top condition.
Audi Service and BMW Service
At Volks Affair our highly skilled BMW and Audi mechanics will service your car with the latest diagnostic equipment. If you want your car serviced by experienced and trusted technicians, then look no further. We offer competitive pricing and we’re conveniently located in South Melbourne. We welcome all new and returning clients, so contact us today!
While Tom Cruise fans are enjoying his latest appearance as Ethan Hunt in the next instalment from the Mission Impossible franchise, the Volks Affair BMW service team is looking forward to watching those BMWs in action. BMW has partnered with Paramount Pictures since 2011 in the amazingly popular Mission Impossible movies.
Mission to Thrill – BMWs perfect advertisement
“Mission to Thrill” is the name of BMWs new marketing campaign and the movie is a spectacular display of thrilling car chases and vehicle stunts.
The cars showcased include:
BMW 5 series sedan (1986)
BMW 7 series sedan
And for a bit of fun the BMW RnineT Scrambler – because what would a Mission Impossible movie be without some daring motorbike stunts?
The Head of Brand Communications at BMW – Uwe Dreher said:
” BMW and Mission: Impossibleare a perfect fit. This provides the ideal stage for our most dynamic business athlete: the BMW M5.”
An ‘athlete’ it certainly is – it’s a sleek, high performance sedan with a 4.4 litre V8 biturbo engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. It is going to deliver some edge of the seat, fast-paced sequences.
Also making an exciting appearance is the 1986 BMW 5 series sedan (E28) – proving that even older models of German engineered vehicles still have what it takes. This was the first of the 5 series to come with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
If you’re a BMW fan, make sure you find some time to see German vehicles pushed to the limit in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
If you’re a BMW driver, ensure your car is serviced by an independent automotive workshop like Volks Affair. Our service technicians are VACC-certified and use the latest BMW repair tools. We use genuine BMW or approved parts and we are committed to providing quality service.
An important part of our quality service assurance is to provide fair and transparent quotes. We pride ourselves in the level of communication between our technicians and our customers. You will be involved in the decision making and we will let you know our recommendations and prices before the work is done.
All of our services include fluid and oil changes, safety checks and an on-road test. You are welcome to discuss any concerns with us. For further information, please visit our BMW Services page or give us a call.
Driverless cars are getting closer. In fact, a lot of autonomous tech is already on our roads. We service a number of Audi vehicles with varying degrees of autonomy every day. With the first Level 3 vehicle set to be released this year, it might not be too long before we see a fully self-driving car arrive at our workshop for a service!
So this week, we thought we’d look at the six different levels of autonomous driving, as set out by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Where possible, we’ve given an example of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) already on our roads. (more…)
Volkswagen announced that they will be updating their logo next year. How it will change is a mystery: the company is remaining tight-lipped. What we know so far is that the badge will look “as good on a smartphone as it does on a car”.
Volkswagen are focusing more on electric vehicles — the brand want to have an electric version of their entire fleet by 2030. We imagine that the new logo is being designed to reflect VW’s electric future. (more…)
Last August, we wrote about BMW and the Takata airbag recall. But it’s not just BMW that has been affected by the Takata airbag recall. As of early March, over 4 million vehicles in Australia have been recalled, including Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Skoda, Toyota, Holden and more.(more…)
Henry Rollins has recently been in the country to promote Mercedes-Benz’s first prestige ute, The X-Class. Henry Rollins is a punk rock musician, actor and TV personality. He is also a regular columnist for Rolling Stone. Mercedes-Benz have hired him to promote their first prestige ute, The X Class, in Australia. We’re quite excited about the X Class, and have been following the campaign closely. So this week, we decided to blog about it!(more…)
The name MINI is taken from the British Motor Group’s original car, the Austin Mini and Morris Mini. They were small cars, so, in 1959, were aptly named. In 1969, ten years after their creation, the “mini” part of these two car names took over as the marque. BMW bought the Mini in 1996, when it took over Rover Group. The cars would continue to be known as Minis until, in 2003, BMW decided to capitalise. Since then, the car has been called MINI. (more…)
Last month, the F1 held its annual Melbourne GP. 20 cars competed. Two Mercedes-Benz drivers finished in the top 10, including four-time F1 winner, Lewis Hamilton. This year, Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Australian GP. He finished seven points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.