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2009 Audi A6 — Car Review

Style and quality — easy to say but hard to get.

For anyone looking to buy a mid-size prestige car there are bucket-loads to choose from. Over in the Audi garage the Audi A6 sedan is serious contender. Here is a vehicle where style delivers more than good looks and quality is obvious in every way.

And did we mention it s great value too?

What You Get

Time had marched a long way since we last tested an A6 so when a 3.0-litre TFSI V6 Quattro arrived in our garage, we were again reminded why people love Audi and why it is Australia s fastest-growing premium automotive brand.

Recently updated with refreshed styling and some new engines, the A6 range starts from $74,500 (our 3.0-litre TFSI V6 Quattro was stickered at $112,500). This V6 is one of the new engines in the A6 lineup which now includes petrol and diesel, naturally-aspirated, turbocharged and supercharged.

The A6 is a beautifully styled European mid-size prestige sedan with extensive standard equipment — and of course Audi s brilliant driving dynamics highlighted by the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Under The Hood

The supercharged 3.0-litre V6 TFSI petrol engine is one of the new engines included in the A6 facelift earlier this year.

With 213 kW of power and a flat torque curve delivering 420Nm between 2,500 rpm and 4,850 rpm, it propels the A6 from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds — that s about the same as an SSV Commodore.

Audi went the supercharged V6 route to deliver V8-like performance but with reduced emissions and greater fuel economy. At 9.5l/100kms on the combined cycle, the A6 is certainly efficient.

The Interior

Inside is the trademark Audi quality with abundant leather and high-standard trim materials — our test car was fitted in the new pale grey leather colour.

Changes in the recent facelift include re-designed rear seats, additional aluminium trim for the switches and buttons plus new L-shaped head restraints for each seat

We also enjoyed the optional Comfort package which brought a sports leather-wrapped steering wheel with multi-function controls and paddle shifters for the transmission plus an electric glass sunroof.

The MMI Navigation Plus system now boasts a 7-inch high resolution 800 x 480 pixel screen and a center console joystick control. Its hard drive has a 40 GB capacity and can store up to 4,000 addresses (as well as music files for the CD/DVD audio system). A TV tuner capable of receiving digital programs is optional.

With the multi-adjustable drivers seat and steering wheel adjustable for rake and reach, driver comfort is right on the top shelf.

Exterior Styling

Recognized globally as one of the best current exterior designs, Audi has wisely kept changes to a minimum in the A6 facelift — some new body-colour fins in the trademark large front grille, a new rear bumper with wider diffuser, LED tail lights and daytime running lights are about it.

Our 3.0-litre TFSI test car (and 2.8 FSI and 3.0 TDI models) run 18-inch alloy wheels which do look better than the 17-inch units fitted to other models.

Beautifully proportioned and elegant, the A6 looks terrific from any angle.

A couple of very handy options to consider: Audi Adaptive Light (a dynamic cornering light system which is activated when your turn the steering wheel into a sharp corner to light the way around the turn) and Audi Side Assist which detects cars up to 50 meters away on the side and illuminates a signal on the exterior mirror should changing lanes be risky. Our test car had both fitted and they are excellent driver aids.

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On The Road

No surprises here — the A6 is pitched against the BMW 5-Series and E-Class Mercedes-Benz so refinement levels are high and driving dynamics pin-sharp.

As usual with European sedans, the ride is firm compared to Japanese and American-sourced vehicles but that is part of the excellent high speed handling package.

Drive is via Audi s six-speed automatic and acceleration is brisk in any gear. We certainly enjoyed the instantaneous response of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6.

Challenges

We stepped-out of the just-launched new M-B E-Class into the A6 and we did notice the engine noise of Audi s V6 was a little more noticeable under hard acceleration than the Benz.


And over our high-speed mountain route we would have liked a little more feel from the power steering.

Verdict

One of the great Euro mid-sizers, the A6 is a major contributor to Audi s excellent product lineup.

Value is strong too with the entry-level A6 2.0 TDI priced at $74,500 and exempt from Luxury Car Tax thanks to its sub 7.0l/100kms fuel consumption.

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Styling; performance; dynamics

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