Because Audi is seen as a premium brand it is often easy to forget that, like BMW, it has a huge range of cars these days. And stepping from an RS6 -  Audi’s most expensive car bar the R8 - to its cheapest, the A3 1.4, couldn’t have been a better reminder of that fact.

Not many companies have a 500bhp+ super saloon and a front-wheel drive hatch in their line-up (well, I can think of Vauxhall, but that's not the point).

Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Sportback first drive

I was at an Audi driving day, where it lines up its range of cars for testing. When I arrived a red RS6 was unoccupied so I decided it would be rude not to warm it up.

This is an eye-wateringly rapid car, mainly when you’ve got its considerable weight moving, and it requires immense concentration to thread along country lanes.