Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2014 Audi A6: Driving Enjoyment, Pleasant Styling

Luxury meets performance in the 2014 Audi A6, and that sweet combination makes for smooth sailing for drivers and passengers of this midsize sedan.
Under the hood of the A6 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 220 horsepower. If you want more power, you can opt for the 3.0-liter  V-6 that makes 310 horsepower or, new for this model year, a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V-6 that makes 240 ponies.
The 2.0 liter comes with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission or all-wheel-drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is what you get with the 3.0-liter engines.
Exterior styling is attractive, but far from gaudy. It follows the understated design consistently used by Audi on its sedans. The A6 has 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust and fog lamps. You can opt for 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels also.
The interior is neatly and smartly designed, with good fit and finish and comfort among its strongsuits. Leather seating is standard, with options that include the MMi multimedia system, Bose or Bang & Olufsen stereo systems, four-zone climate control and heated rear seats.
For safety, the A6 comes standard with collision avoidance system and blind spot monitoring, antilock brakes and electronic stability control and eight airbags.
Driving the A6 can be fun when you want it to be, or just smooth and solid when you need it to be. It accelerates effortlessly and takes corners nimbly.
The A6 starts at around $44,000 and ranges to close to $58,000.
If you’ve read our Audi reviews before, you know that we’ve always been impressed with their looks and driving performance. What continues to dog the brand, though, is spotty quality and reliability ratings.
But if you’re willing to take a risk, you might be rewarded with a car that will give you lots of pleasure.

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