Having made the decision to opt out of the company car scheme I was looking forward to having hundreds of cars to choose from. In reality, once you cross off the completely impractical (but pant-swellingly gorgeous cars like the Mazda RX8) you end up with a rather boring list of 'me too' cars like the BMW 5 series etc.
I'd never really considered an Audi before because I'd always thought of them as a second rate BMW and looks-wise they just didn't float my boat. However the A6 S line is a stonkingly beautiful car. Its masculine lines and an understated but luxurious interior make this car a relaxing and exciting place to be in equal measure. Whether you're listening to Sting whilst cruising around town or The Prodigy whilst hammering down country lanes, this car does a superb job of justifying it's price tag.
The S line model has superb detailing touches and the sport seats make all the difference in finding the perfect driving position. Mine has 19" alloys which look amazing and combined with the S line lowered suspension give a firm yet supple ride.
There are a couple of minor gripes - the driver's seat creaks slightly when pushing hard on bends and the level of standard kit compared to the likes of Lexus is limited. Also, to achieve the mpg quoted by Audi you will need to drive like your gran - the owner's manual even states that you should change gear at 2000rpm!
I have been a BMW man for the past couple of cars (X3, Z4) but my wife persuaded me to give an audi a go as she is a huge fan.
I loved the look of the A6 and was originally looking at the 3.0 tdi Le Mans edition at circa 37k, but I soon learned that the dealers demo 4.2 Quattro S-line was available with 3k miles, 10 months old for £29,500 with 2 years free servicing, I decided to take a punt on it. This car is £47k new after all.
As a top of the range model, my car came with leather, auto, cruise, quattro, xenon's and so on. The engine is simply astonishing, coupled with the auto box it's just so relaxing to drive. Slip it into S and the car shrinks around the driver and transforms into a sub 6 sec 0-60 sports car. The ride is firm but never uncomfortable and provides plenty of confidence when pressing on.
On the downside, fuel economy is not clever, although I don't do a large mileage My daily commute is 8.5 miles and I get 21-22 mpg. On a 200 mile motorway cruise recently (70-75mph) I got 27.
This is a large, comfortable luxury saloon built to the highest of standards. My local dealer (Aberdeen John Clark) cannot be faulted. All in all, I'm delighted with my A6 and would recommend the V8 to anyone, especially if you can get one ex-demo!!
The quality and presence of the car is first class. Unfortunately that's where the love affair ends.
I made the mistake of choosing the standard leather seats, which in any event were a £1250 option. The rake of the seat bases can't be adjusted , neither can the lumber support as there's no adjustment facility. This means it's difficult to get comfortable and long journeys soon become tiring.
I think Audi have inadvertently fitted the sports suspension to my vehicle as the ride is so firm. This type of car should soak up poor surfaces but it dosen't.
Whilst my whole family agree the car looks the "part" they still choose to run around in my wifes Renault Megane purely due to ride comfort.
I bought the car 4 months ago from Teesside Audi and they tell me there's nothing they can do to improve the quality of the ride. Apparently I should have paid extra for the better seats !
Sorry Audi, but the car has to go !
For such a large executive type car the basic suspension setup is ridiculously stiff making any journey other than motorway use tiring and uncomfortable. The adaptive air suspension (AAS)option @ £1500 would probably have helped but unfortunately it isn,t available on the 2.0 TDI SE. Audi have hundreds of options for the A6, therefore in the absence of the AAS they should consider different / deeper tyre profile options which would significantly improve things for those that prefer the softer smoother ride. The car rides more like a Subaru Impreza. The DVD Sat Nav looks good, but it's nowhere as near user friendly as my previous Honda Accord Executive. Standard equipment on the 2.0 TDI SE is OK. However, unless you order the storage pack @ £85 the rear passengers have no place for their fizzy drinks ! The 140bhp engine struggles at times as this is a big car but once you're moving it's fine. The fit and finish is excellent and can't be faulted. This is a good company car choice given the low emmisions and the reasonable start price, but really you need to spend another 5K to get the spec. to where it should be.
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