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Audi A6 Review: Audi A6: Premium Selection

Audi A6: Premium Selection

By Aditya Chatterjee; 26th April, 2014
Introduction

Audi A6: Premium Selection

Mundane cars are being mass produced by the hour. They are mushrooming all over. Some claim to deliver the best mileage while others promise to be the best money can buy. Rise above this and you shall find a different world of premium luxury. These cars are made with only one intention and that is to pamper their owners.

Audi A6

India has slowly emerged as the new entrant in the global luxury car market scene. Even though the market trend has not been in its favour, still India has shown positive growth in this niche space. The big three German brands dominate it with their extravagant offerings. Audi, the number 1 luxury car maker in India, has been doing great numbers for quite some time now. It won’t be exaggerated to claim that Audi has inspired the other two to get more aggressive in the country.

This time we decided to club our drive review with a premium experience a typical Audi owner would like to indulge in. We drove the Audi A6 3.0L TDI to a picturesque York Winery, located 20 minutes from Nasik, for a surreal experience.

Audi A6

Exterior

If you sight a dynamic sedan which has a large radiator grille complimented by four rings and has razor sharp headlights with LEDs, you bet it has to be an Audi. The A6 blended superbly with the relaxed backdrop of York Winery. The premium lines of this business sedan ran in tandem to the luscious green vineyard.

Audi A6

Its sharp lines begin from the grille at an angle and fly off around the body. The hood flows softly and joins the radiator grille. It has very subtle and almost hidden lines on it. The A6 gets standard Xenon plus headlights and the LED strip which runs across the headlights look future ready.

Audi A6

The A6 measures 4.92m long and has a wheelbase of 2.91m. This makes the car look very long and also contributes to the generous legroom inside the cabin. The window line and the shoulder line flow almost parallel with the rear quarter glass panel stretching its way to the rear. The windows have a subtle chrome outline around it.

On the rear profile, it has a very humble design which is dominated by the LED tail lamps. The boot lip is elevated and acts like a hidden spoiler on it. The only interesting part on the rear design is the chrome finished exhaust pipes. The 3.0L variant gets stylish twin pipes which look awesome. Overall, the A6 impresses all with its elegance and style.

Audi A6

 

Interior

York Winery, which is situated at a pleasant 20 minutes drive from Nasik, is known for producing great varieties of wine. One can enjoy the scenic view of Gangapur dam backwaters when in York. They justifiably claim to make good wine using modern technology with French influence. Be it Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc, the finest of can be enjoyed here.

Audi A6

Being in the ultimate mood courtesy our stupéfiant location, the interiors of A6 just took the experience to the other level. The beige wrapped trims which get a glossy wooden finish on the dashboard are something to make a note of. The leather seats with multiple position adjustments will make sure you enjoy the experience and not leave the cabin at all.

It has unique four zone deluxe air conditioner. Inside the A6, there is a sun sensor which gauges the intensity and position of Sun and accordingly adjusts the cabin temperature. Rear passengers get pillar mounted AC vents which are indeed effective.

Audi A6

The instrumental panel has been designed in a crisp way with sporty dials. It displays host of information like distance to empty, fuel consumption, cruise control etc etc. The different options on the instrumental panel are very easily accessible and can be controlled with the help of steering mounted controls too.

On the central panel occupies the most important, MMI Touch which is a new way to control the Multimedia interface. The MMI can also be operated with a remote by rear passengers. If the interiors and fabrics were too luring, perhaps the 14-speaker Bose Surround System can be a real kicker pushing the mood into something heavenly. It also comes with an optional 6 CD/DVD changer. The information on 7inch color display is very lucid.

Audi A6

The Audi A6 has elegantly draped interiors. It has a very roomy cabin and is synonymous to premium and uber luxurious feel. With so many features and comfort options, there are no options left but to willingly surrender.

 

Performance

Cars like Audi A6 are generally driven by chauffeurs. I am not trying to type cast them but that is the truth in most of the cases. The amount of luxury Audi pours inside is amazing but then how does it feel to be the one behind the wheel?

Audi A6

We had driven the 2.0L TDI earlier and this time it was its elder sibling, the 3.0L TDI at our disposal. A quick check at the specs sheet and the mightier figures were out. This luxury sedan churns 245 Hp at 4000 to 4500 rpm and a torque of 500 Nm at 1400 to 3250 rpm. These figures are better than competition as the V6 does much better than its 4 cylindered German rival. To begin with even though the A6 is wider and longer but still it manages to clock a 0 to 100 in 6.1s which is 1.4s less than the Mercedes Benz E Class.

The chauffer of the A6 will be one lucky man is he gets to control a 500Nm V6 motor which can be the most tamed if needed and at the same time will pull you back with its amazing power delivery. The engine just refuses to disappoint and the tachometer needle keeps on revving till you want it to. I simply couldn’t manage to make it do redline and I really doubt if there is one because once you get on the throttle the motor just keeps climbing without any possible lag.

Audi A6

It also has 4 modes of driving and toggling between different modes is fun. The dynamic caters to the enthusiastic need whereas the comfort is more of a relaxed drive. One can also lower or raise the vehicle height depending on the exact need. The Pirellis which are my current favourites do a splendid job of keeping the A6 grounded. Throw this massive vehicle in a corner and then get out with some hard throttle and the Pirellis will get you out without a screech. Even at high speeds, they do their job just fine.

The A6 also comes with the Audi famous Quattro and it indeed takes care of the undulations on uneven roads. It also makes sure the power delivery happens precisely with its 40:60 ratio, 40% in front while the remaining 60% goes to the rear. The suspension too can be tweaked according to the road. It shifts from comfort to dynamic very quickly on a gentle twist of the rotary push button control.

Audi A6

 

Tech specs
Technical Specifications
 Make Audi
 Model A6
Variant 3.0 TDI
Engine Displacement 2967
Power (PS/RPM) 180KW/4500
Torque (Nm/RPM) 500/3200
Transmission S Tronic
Dimensions in mm
Length  4915
Width 1874
Height 1455
Wheel Base 2912
Claimed fuel efficiency in KMPL 14
Tyre size Front 225/55 R17
Tyre size Rear 225/55 R17
Top speed KMPH 220
Tank capacity in Liters 75
Kerb Weight (Kg) 2330
Turning circle Radius in M 5.2
Boot Capacty in Lters 510
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 57,23,000
Features
Features 3.0 TDI
Adaptive air suspension Yes
Electrical sunblind for rear window Yes
Driver information system with 7" colour display Yes
Electrically adjustable driver seat Yes
4 Way lumbar support Yes
Cruise control Yes
Electromechnical power steering Yes
Front center arm rest Yes
4 zone delux automatic air conditioning Yes
Anti theft alarm with tow away protection Yes
Electronic stabilization program Yes
Full size side and rear airbags Yes
Tyre pressure monitoring display Yes
BOSE surround system Yes
Audi music interface Yes
Leather covered multi function steering wheel Yes
Valcona leather upholstery Yes
LED Headlights Yes
Competition
Specifications
Audi
A6
Mercedes Benz
E Class
BMW
5series
Variant 3.0 TDI 250 CDI 520 D
Engine Displacement 2967 2143 1995
Power (PS/RPM) 244/4500 204/4200 184/4000
Torque (Nm/RPM) 500/3200 500/1800 380/2750
Transmission S Tronic 7 Seed Automatic Steptronic
Dimensions in mm
Length  4915 4879 4907
Width 1874 1854 1860
Height 1455 1474 1462
Wheel Base 2912 2874 2968
Claimed fuel efficiency in KMPL 14 15 18
Tyre size Front 225/55 R17 245/45 R17 245/45 R18
Tyre size Rear 225/55 R17 245/45 R17 245/45 R18
Top speed KMPH 220 250 220
Tank capacity in Liters 75 80 80
Kerb Weight (Kg) 2330 2280 1870
Turning circle Radius in M 5.3 5.3 5.2
Boot Capacty in Lters 510 540 520
Ex showroom Mumbai in Rs 57,23,000 39,86,141 54,00,000
Features
  Adaptive air suspension Full LED Headlamps Adaptive LED headlights
  Electrical sunblind for rear window Nappa leather interior Bi Xenon Headlights
  Driver information system with 7" colour display ARTICO man made upholstery Multi function leather steering wheel
  Electrically adjustable driver seat Electric sunroof Airbags for driver, front passanger
  4 Way lumbar support Electrically adjustable seats Head airbags front and rear
  Cruise control Electronic stability program Side airbags for driver and passanger
  Electromechnical power steering Antilock braking system with brake assist Dynamic stability control
  Front center arm rest Adaptive dual stage airbags for driver  front ,passanger Dynamic traction control
  4 zone delux automatic air conditioning side impact airbag for driver and front passanger Leather upholstery
  Anti theft alarm with tow away protection Attention assist Leather wrapped steering wheel
  Electronic stabilization program etc etc
  Full size side and rear airbags - -
  Tyre pressure monitoring display - -
  BOSE surround system - -
  Audi music interface - -
  Leather covered multi function steering wheel Leather covered multi function steering wheel -
  Valcona leather upholstery - -
  LED Headlights - -
  etc - -
Conclusion

The A6 does its job perfectly. It will take you from your house to office in the neatest and tidiest way possible but then if you want to take a detour from the mundane, the A6 can be the perfect way to sail in fantasy.

It is very obvious that comfort comes as a quintessential with this luxurious Audi. The 3.0L TDI engine also caters to the enthusiastic needs for the ones who occasionally choose to drive. The king size heart also delivers a good fuel economy of 17 to 18 kmpl which is very impressive for a vehicle with such performance. 

This fantastic experience will be cherished till the next time we head somewhere surreal.

Audi A6

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