Having opted out of the company car scheme i wanted something other than a rep mobile!
I got a cracking deal from my local Audi centre and am paying just a tad more than the mondeos/vectras you can get on a PCH deal.
About the car, everything about this is quality, this is the first car i have sat in and felt i have the correct driving position. Everything in the cabin is exactly where it should be, the standard trim & spec level is excellent, the car does not drive like an estate/tourer it handles like a much smaller car. The gear change is slick and steering positive and very light when parking. I was a bit unsure that the 2.0 diesel was going to have enough power for the size of the car but no need to be it picks up and goes when you ask it to and the fuel consumpion is amazing! There is enough leg room in the rear for the tallest of people, the boot space can accomodate all the stuff needed for a weekend camping trip!
The only thing that seems to let this superb car down for me is when you pull out of a junction or rounabout it is all or nothing, if you set off at sensible pace you panic and think your going to get hit, if you floor the throttle it takes off and the wheels spin and the traction control kick in, but i guess like any new car it takes time to get use to a few things!
I am going to have to buck the trend here. We picked up our brand new 2.0TDI SE in May 06. So far we have covered 10,000 miles and the vehicle has been in an Audi Centre 6 times with 3 warranty claims. First the back seats squeaked loadly which were evetually discovered to have been not fitted correctly at the factory. Then the MMI (with DVD Sat Nav, front/rear parking sencors etc etc) failed repeatedly. The problem was a loud clicking noise coming through all speakers all the time with no radio/cd/sat nav/anything working. The cause of this problem was never traced despite it being looked at at 3 separate Audi Centres (the last one being 300 miles away in Leeds where the car was originally ordered from). Audi UK or Audi Germany had no solution for the problem and in the end all the electrics were replaced (not a quick job!). The key has now failed. The on board warning tells me its a battery but when the battery was replaced the key is still faulty - result - new keys required along with copies of drving licenses, V5s etc etc. The final and most annoying fault is the current complete engine failure the car is suffering as it languishes at yet another Audi Centre (and whilst I drive a Vauxhall Vectra hire car - nice!). No solution yet determined despite 2 hours on diagnostic equipment. The engine is now being stripped down. Again, not a quick job.
This may just be the ultimate mix of executive cruiser, family wagon and workhorse - with astonishing fuel consumption.
I wanted no compormises this time in an executive car but as a company car driver I wanted more money in my pockets and less going to the treasury. With a young family (with associated kit) and a demanding job with all sorts of requirements, a large estate was a must - although it doesn't feel its size.
15 months / 30,000 miles in and I still can't believe how well this car performs.
The ride is smooth and refined, the gear change precise, instrumentation clear and simple to use, the cabin is quiet (despite the diesel) and the seat / driver set up supremely comfortable.
The build quality is excellent. I have had no need to contact the dealer except for the first service at 18,500 miles. The car does exactly what you expect, every time.
What I didn't expect was fuel consumption on motorway cruising of up to 50.4 mpg. Typical average is around the 44 to 46 mpg mark.
Load space and practicality is superb. Grip and torque excellent. Build quality solid.
A 2 litre diesel won't blow the petrol heads away, but in every other dimmension its excellent.
I bought this manual 'Le Mans' edition in November of last year and it still impresses me each day I climb in for the long haul to work.
Firstly, comfort, which is key as I travel a 100 mile round trip each day, is first class. The driver's seat positively embraces me. Ergonmically, Audi have perfected the ultimate driving position and being 6ft 4 proves no hindrance to that level of comfort.
OK it's no super sports car, but who buys a massively versatile estate for that purpose. I tried its two main german rivals which I failed to warm to, although I could see the fun to be had in the BMW. As a complete package I felt the Audi was the best option.
It does, however, amaze me how the Audi, for its sheer size, likes to be chucked about whilst cornering flat and with no resistance to the limits I want to push it to. 19" alloys certainly add to the steering feel over the 18" ones. Don't listen to the car reviewers about its ride quality, it's no worse than any of its rivals with sports suspension.
What really does impress me more than anything about the car is the super-refined diesel engine which returns an average of 41mpg (I even got 50mpg on a couple of long runs). Hard driving takes it to the 32-33mpg mark.
This my second A6 with now 26K miles on the clock and yet again Audi have given me a trouble-free motoring experience.
Top Marks Audi.
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