2014 Audi A6 review

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2012 Audi A6

For all the platinum-level Audi seems to have out over the last decade or the German automaker hasn t yet the ultra-competitive midsize premium dominated by those dastardly at BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

With a new emphasis on emotion and technology, Audi it finally has the right recipe in its A6 sedan. Forgoing the V8 sedans anchor the top end of BMW and Mercedes-Benz s lineup of and E-Class sedans, the A6 3.0 TFSI here offers a supercharged and fuel-thrifty take on luxury for the

Premium midsize sedans a huge portion of the global segment, but they re sort of the whipping post. Not as accessible as like the A4 and 3-Series, this isn t as overtly luxurious as the big uns like and 7-Series.

In fact, cars the A6 are workhorses in Europe and Asia, they serve as taxis and But in this market, the A6 is aimed at types who want a feel-good tweener.

This latest A6 is Audi s first effort at this market; its bloodline back into the late passing through Audi s unintended acceleration scare 60 Minutes! ).

For various reasons, A6s have played third fiddle to the and 5-Series in terms of sales but the 2012 might just that. For starters, it s an all-new that s much more captivating than its dapper but predecessor. It also draws on big brother A8 for much of its driver technology.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged serves as the base engine, our tester was optioned up with the supercharged 3.0.

Our tester was no model thanks to its loaded up package with an S Line sporty-looking) trim package. hedonists can take an astounding more in additional options full-LED headlamps and a $5,800 system.

What s it up against?


Its foes are, of course, the BMW and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Equivalent can be found with either a or an E350. Then there s the Lexus GS 350, which is new for 2012, while the Infiniti M37 and the Cadillac CTS are probably worth a visit for conscientious shoppers.

How does it look?

Audi s lineup is perhaps most centered around its A7 five-door a model very closely to the A6. As a result, it should come as surprise that the A6 shares of the A7 s design.

From the front, s signature shield-like grille is its prominent feature, but bird-like help give it a somewhat look.

Oddly, the blackout below the headlamps on our tester a bit downscale — as though were covers for where fog should be installed. A6 s relatively 114.6-inch wheelbase gives it a profile that s thankfully on the stylistic accouterments seen on rivals.

A small window the rear doors has become an hallmark, and while it makes the car s a bit busy, it definitely aids Compared to the more sensuous A7, the of the A6 is a bit of a letdown. Elongated tail and a simple ducktail design into the deck lid are joined by a tacked-on-looking rear diffuser the exhaust pipes that aid aerodynamics but looks like an

Our tester s Aviator Blue paint was uniformly applied, but the seems to be about the blandest of blue we ve ever seen.

And on the inside?

Audi has long set the for well-built and elegant interiors, but it is recently that the company s studios have begun to try out emotionally engaging designs. efforts have certainly off.

Clad in velvet leather with traditional burled wood trim, our was about as conservatively optioned an A6 as you can unique trims and colors are on for more adventurous buyers. A wheel wrapped in buttery leather affronts the driver of a low dashboard that s light on But don t be dismayed; the A6 is about as high-tech as come.

A plethora of switches and take center stage in the on three sides of the automatic lever, while a big LCD screen to life from the top of the dashboard. screen features everything one expect from a premium like navigation and Bose but it ups the game with Google satellite imagery and an innovative cursor like that on a computer for certain menu Looking for a Chinese restaurant?

s new Audi Connect system is included for six months but costs a few a month afterward) can be fired up by out Chinese with your in the touch pad.

The good and bad news is that the can be fairly safely used the vehicle is being driven.

seat passengers are treated to room and, in our Prestige tester, their own climate Further back, the trunk a wide opening but its 14.1 foot space is unimpressive. selection remains an Audi our tester s leather seats among the nicest we ve ever while every material felt better than the

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But does it go?

At our tester s heart was a V6 engine with a supercharger and s FSI direct injection. All that brings forth 310 horsepower and 325 of torque spread between and 4,500 rpm.

A6s with the are exclusively all-wheel-drive (2.0Ts standard with front-wheel-drive), an eight-speed automatic with a shift gate puts the to the ground. Though it might tip the at a hair over 4,000 the A6 is quite peppy.

At idle, the is imperceptibly smooth, but a light tap at the awakens the beast that within. At all speeds, the A6 is quick, but it awakens for high-speed passing. there s little wind or noise, it s not hard to accidentally triple digits.

Perhaps our tester s blah color was a good choice all.

Fuel economy is at an impressive 19/28 mpg according to the we averaged 23 mpg combined and saw a solid 29 mpg on a jaunt. quattro — as calls its all-wheel-drive system means that grip is endless; push the A6 beyond its and its stability control system gently intervene.

Despite its credentials, however, the A6 seemed to up just a bit short as a true s car compared to either the 535i or the GS 350. Its steering weight can be to increase effort, but that t make a change in feel. the suspension is sport-oriented firm, but the sense of isolation that we appealing on highway treks when the road turns even with the Sport installed on our test car.

lean is negligible and the car confidently its way through the esses, but it went the motions with a vague of detachment.

Leftlane s bottom line

We to fall in love with the A6 we re smitten with its A7 sibling, but we up our evaluation with a high of respect an enthusiasm and not love. this is a highly competent that will perform the way most drivers enjoy premium midsize sedans. We no doubt that it will go a way toward solidifying Audi as a competitor in the premium midsize

2012 Audi A6 3.0T FSI base price, $49,900. As $61,530.

Metallic paint, Prestige Package, $6,880; Package, $1,500; LED headlights, Audi side assist, Destination, $875.

Words and by Andrew Ganz.

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