The upgrade to our much-loved Benz C220 CDI would have been the E270, until that is we tested the A6.
Our car is fitted with the six speed Tiptronic gear box, SatNav, TV, voice control, 18" alloys.
It's a joy to drive from the moment you press the button (keyless start) to start the engine, which just doesn't sound like a diesel. The Benz is still unmistakably one at idle.
Turbine like power from low revs characterise the A6, with a tremendously solid feel. It goes exactly where its pointed as if on rails. I haven't yet had the chance to try the four-wheel drive on some of our country gravel roads but that is one of the reasons we bought it.
The boot is huge, and when coupled with the fold down rear seats its almost like a station wagon in carrying capacity. However my wife was concernbed that she couldn't get the boot to lock. That is until I explained that it was in fact locking but that when she checked the boot lock it was opening it for her because she had the key in her handbag. That's a nice feature both doors and boot have the same smart keyless lock/unlock mechanisms.
My only criticism so far is tyre noise on certain types of road surface, but this is probably only because the car is so quiet most of the time. We are averaging about 12.8 L/100Km around the city but this drops dramatically on a country trip. I expect this to fall as the engine beds in.
And best of all, the abiity to watch the cricket when stuck in traffic!
I had the pleasure of owning this car for five weeks, until the engine developed a problem with the ceramic heater plugs - supposed to be a relatively minor fault except the dealership broke 3 of them in the head and had to strip it down to retrieve the pieces!
Obviously I rejected that car an am awaiting delivery of it's replacement, I am told that Audi are now fitting steel heater plugs as standard so that should solve the problem, (fingers crossed)
It is a super car to drive, you do need to understand technology to get the most from this car as its most of it is computer controlled. The extras are pricey I have over £10k of them in my car but it does make the car much more fun.
This car is big enough for the family and quick enough for the speed demon in us all!!!
It's exceptionally quiet you can easily forget it's a diesel.
Drove a 3.0 TDi Quattro Tiptronic with sports supension and 17" wheels.
It's a big car and it feels like it too, unlike the 5-series that feels smaller out on the road. The engine is smooth and it's very fast. There is a bit of a lag when putting your foot down before it kicks down and lurches forwards. You can avoid this by selecting a lower gear with the paddles first. There is quite a bit of body roll in the corners despite the sport suspension, but it feels really sure footed. I was on windy country roads in heavy rain with some flooding on the lower cambers and it just gripped and went where it was told.
The cabin is finished superbly, there is lots of room for everyone - even behind 6'3" me. The boot is huge and I like the fact the rear seat folds. The MMI control dial is simpler to learn than BMW's iDrive. The whole car oozes quality.
A lot of car for a lot of money, but why not fit parking sensors as standard?
A very modern design, with more than a hint of the A8.
The interior is particularly good, with more of a feeling of quality than the current 5-Series, for example. The seats are very supportive, and it is easy to achieve a very comfortable driving position.
The MMI system does not take long to master, wih the 4 corner buttons providing a quick and intuitive jump to the relevant area. The built in telephone is excellent - as long as you store your telephone numbers on your SIM card rather than in your handset!
The lack of standard-fit satellite navigation is a little disappointing, but otherwise the level of specification is excellent.
On the mechanical side, the engine is another example of Audi's ability to produce a powerful, economical diesel engine with the refinement of a petrol engine. The automatic gearbox is very smooth, even under load, and the ability to drop a gear with the steering-wheel mounted paddles, even when in "normal" auto mode, aids smooth overtaking.
Couple this refinement and comfort with the security of the Quattro system and you have a superb car, and a more appealing package than the equivalent offering from BMW.
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