German luxury automaker Audi is one of the best-selling luxury brands in the world, with company roots that date back to before the start of the 20th century. Its oldest branch began in 1885 with the company Wanderer and another, NSU, that later joined Audi but was founded around the same period. The Audi name came about as a synonym for the surname of August Horch, the company’s founder, who lost trademark use of his name due to a previous company with which he was involved.
The modern era for Audi started in 1969 with the Audi 100, followed by the Audi Fox in 1972. Audi’s relationship with Volkswagen led to the Audi Fox serving as the basis of the 1973 Volkswagen Passat. The Audi 50 similarly served as the forerunner to the Volkswagen Golf, an extremely successful model line. The shift to luxury models started in the 1990s.
Canadian auto specialty website Wheels.ca lists these as the Top Five best contemporary Audi models:
- Audi Quattro – their first all-wheel-drive sedan. “Quattro” now denotes any AWD model.
- Audi R8
- Audi RS6/RS 6 Avant
- Audi TT
- Audi RS2
Insurance Impact of Acura Models
The price you pay for Audi car insurance is dependent on a number of factors, one of which is car brand and model. The Insurance Bureau of Canada published data on claims costs for each make and model, and insurers may use this information to calculate premiums. Here’s how Audi models compare in three major insurance categories.
Audi Personal Injury Claims
It’s interesting to note that all Audi models average to above-average in accident benefit claims. This is perhaps a result of effective safety systems. Particular stars are the Audi A4, Audi S4, Audi Q5, and Audi Q7.
The Audi A3, Audi A4, and Audi A6 compare with the average for all Canadian personal injury claims, so any car insurance for Audi models is likely competitive on the accident benefits portion.
Audi Collision Claims
On the flip side of the claims department, there is no Audi model that scores better than average in collision claims. It’s not unusual for a luxury car to cost more to repair, and the IBC statistics demonstrate that for Audi. With the exception of the occasional model year, all Audi models cost more than average for a collision claim.
Audi Comprehensive Claims
For comprehensive claims, Audi places models in all categories, above average, average and below average. Comprehensive claims include those made due to car theft. Audi has no vehicles in the top ten and in fact, the Audi A4 and Audi Q5 made at least one list of the least stolen cars in Canada.