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Europcar BMW 320i

There’s a lot to say about BMW drivers. Most characterisations, typically involving balding middle-aged corporate men with existential mid-life crises, are unfair. Given my Volvo Driver Moment, I was open to reconsider that such stereotypes could be open to interpretation.

Europcar recently launched three new BMWs into their Australian fleet: 320i, 220i cabriolet, and 420i cabriolet. This was a second bite at the apple for BMW after Hertz dropped them for Audi in the Hertz Prestige Collection. The Australian premium and prestige rental market is now home to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz. If a different German each weekend is your kind of thing, we’re improving each year, and Ride Hacks covers it all.

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Audi A3 Cabriolet Hero

Audi A3 Cabriolet Review

Writing this review of the GoGet Audi A3 Cabriolet has been challenging. After 24 hours with the car, plenty of sun with the roof down, and an elongated drive up to the northern tip of Sydney’s Palm Beach, I feel like I have a few words to say, yet I still don’t know how I feel about the Audi A3 in a convertible.

When one thinks of Audi, it’s hard not to think of the R8 or TT. Both cars will spark a variety of emotions, opinions, and arguments within seconds of dropping their name. This isn’t just between motoring folk — it seems everyone has an opinion about Audi.

I’m sure Audi likes this controversy. They like their brand to be injected into a conversation that was previously, and selfishly, hogged by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, and the Italian-bred horse and bull.

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GoGet Audi A3 Sportback

Audi A3 Review

Since the beginning of Ride Hacks, we have stood for providing the most comprehensive reviews of prestige car rentals in Australia. However when we set out on this journey we didn’t expect to also become the most comprehensive reviewer of the Audi A3.

Whether this is good or bad luck, Audi has been proactive in doing deals with GoGet, Hertz and Hertz 24/7, so we have a lot of A3’s to choose from. That’s not really a bad thing.

Honestly, I like the A3. It’s a great car to drive. There is enough fun in the modest engine, the interior is well-refined, and you’re going to feel a touch more class than driving the Japanese or Korean alternatives.

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Audi Q5

Hertz 24/7 Audi Q5 Review

Naturally, when I was taking care of some business in Singapore and a client of mine mentions they will be in Sydney the following week, I jumped at the opportunity to put on my pretend Uber Black hat and chauffeur them to their destination — Castle Hill, not exactly a cheap taxi ride from Sydney Airport. How nice of me.

I’ve been waiting for a chance to try out the Avis Signature Series which seem to only be found at Sydney and Melbourne Airports. However with the $17 train ticket (or god-forbid, a taxi fare) to the airport to pick up the car, it didn’t seem such a smart time to test it out.

So the Hertz 24/7 Audi Q5 was chosen as the car for the job.

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Hertz Prestige Review | Audi A3

It all started when I wanted to do a comparison between my last review of the Super Fancy GoGet Audi A3 and the Hertz 24/7 Audi A3 — the well-needed replacement for the BMW 118i in their on-demand fleet. The booking was for 8am on Sunday morning for 24 hours. My wife and I planed to visit my sister and her partner in Newcastle, roughly a 300Km round trip from Sydney.

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GoGet Audi A3 Sportback

The Definitive GoGet Audi A3 Review

The Audi A3 is GoGet’s most recent category of on-demand vehicles available to hire within minutes notice. They refer to it as their ‘Super Fancy’ range, pushing down the current A1 which was considered just ‘Fancy’ for the past few years. After spending three days driving the A1, which really isn’t worth writing about, my experiences in the A3 have completely changed my view of what type of driving experience could be bought at a relatively low price.

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