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Audi A6

Research the new Audi A6

The Good

Outstanding luxury and refinement define this car at every turn. It is very quick, and if you upgrade to a V6 engine, you will experience a surge in power and driving capability. The 2012 Audi A6 is roomy and benefits from flashy, appealing styling.

The Bad

The vehicle’s price point is a little bemusing, as the sportier and alluring Audi A7 doesn’t cost a whole lot more. The standard inline-4 engine may leave you a little thirsty for more power. Optional equipment is on the expensive side, and the steering isn’t as responsive as you might expect.

The Bottom Line

If Audi’s unique styling and unsurpassed elegance appeal to you, the A6 is a luxury entry well worth considering.

Price

There are two trim levels available: the base Front-Trak front-wheel drive model, and the Quattro all-wheel drive model. The latter comes with a supercharged V6 engine that offers greatly improved performance; however, as you will notice below, it will also send the Audi A6 price skyward.

MSRP: $41,700 to $49,900

Average paid: $40,450 to $48,525

Performance

Acceleration and power

While the inline-4 engine on the 2012 Audi A6 Front-Trak provides good performance, the supercharged V6 upgrade offers greatly enhanced performance capabilities. Also, the vehicle has shed some weight from last year, which has brought on an inherent improvement in performance statistics. The standard engine offers a relatively modest 211 horsepower, while its supercharged cousin kicks in with 310 horsepower. A similar disparity is seen in torque capabilities; the inline-4 peaks with 258 lb/ft, while the V6 comes in at 325 lb/ft. The base engine is capable of going 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds, which is below-average for its class (but above-average for an inline-4 engine). As mentioned, you will compensate for the difference in power by enjoying far superior fuel efficiency from the inline-4 engine.

Handling and braking

With one of the industry’s leading suspensions, the 2012 Audi A6 is one of the smoothest-driving vehicles you will find on the market. Variable front/rear power split enables you to maintain precision control over maneuvering at all times and at all speeds. Audi has earned an excellent reputation for overall drivability, and nowhere is this more evident than in the new Audi A6.

All-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and electronic brake assist inspire confidence if you decide to send your Audi A6 onto the open road with abandon.

Interior

Seating

Even among prestigious automakers, Audi has earned a reputation for refinement and high-end luxury. Leather seating and real wood trim are standard on the Audi A6 2012 model, as it has been in the past. Multi-directional power-adjusted seating is also standard in the front bucket seats, and all passengers will benefit from plenty of room, lumbar support and the utmost in comfort.

The driver’s seat is 8-way adjustable, and the passenger seat is 4-way adjustable. The rear seats are configured in a 60/40 split bench.

Features

Predictably, the new Audi A6 is loaded with high-end features, though there are even more available on an optional basis (albeit for an inflated price). A 5-inch monochrome information display screen, leather seating, cruise control, keyless ignition, power windows, power door locks, power seats, three-zone interior climate control with separate controls for the rear seats and an auto-dimming rear view mirror are among the most attractive standard features.

The entertainment system is a 10-speaker MMI-radio AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 capability, controlled via a 6.5-inch LCD screen. An iPod cable, auxiliary audio input jack and Bluetooth connectivity are all standard. You will also get a three-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio with vehicle purchase.

Cargo space

14.1 cubic feet of cargo space is available in the trunk. The rear 60/40 split bench seats can be collapsed if you ever need to add cargo space to the cabin of the vehicle.

Safety

In addition to eight airbags, electronic traction and stability control, and all-wheel anti-lock brakes, Audi A6 reviews have been raving about the car’s new auto-correct lane feature, which prevents you from drifting in both city and highway traffic. The vehicle has earned good scores on government crash safety tests.

Specifications

The 2011 Audi A6 has been completely redesigned, and is all-new for 2012. These specifications are for the 2012 Audi A6 Front-Trak front-wheel drive sedan.

  • Transmission: 8-speed continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Inline-4
  • Engine Size: 2.0 L
  • Horsepower: 211 @ 4300 rpm
  • Torque: 258 @ 1500 rpm
  • MPG, City: 25 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 33 MPG
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