Audi’s new A6 gets off to a positive start, it’s pleasing on the eye, and its styling has been executed flawlessly, with clean lines flowing from the front led lights to the rear. The visual stance on the A6 I drove was complemented by the immense 20” V-design alloy wheels. Inside, the fit and finish is of an exemplarily standard with an accurate addition of wood and aluminium dash inserts. Spending time inside the A6 is something you’ll find yourself looking forward to, it’s a safe, relaxing cocoon to enjoy time in.
If technology is your forte, the new A6 certainly doesn’t disappoint, there’s a host of high-end electric enhancements which can be specified. The most significant on my car were the Night vision assistance with pedestrian detection and Adaptive Cruise control with stop & go function. The former uses a thermal imaging camera to detect pedestrians located between 15 and 90 metres away, this is particularly beneficial if you drive at night on unlit country roads. The Adaptive Cruise control will maintain your chosen speed on a clear road, it will automatically adjust the speed of the car as it approaches slower moving traffic and will bring the car to a gradual halt and start-up through crawling traffic.
The entry-level A6 is powered by a 177hp 2.0 TDI engine and sits in tax band B, it retails at €42,500. I drove the 3.0TDI V6 Quattro in SE trim which commences at €56,900. The V6 TDI delivers a very vigorous 245hp, there’s a strong power delivery throughout all of the S-Tronic’s seven gears. For a powerful car of this size and weight (1720kg), it returns a very impressive 6.0l/100km on a combined consumption.
The all-new A6 is without doubt a premium saloon that has strong intentions on positioning itself at the top of the executive saloon car market.[table “22” not found /]