2016 Audi A6 overview: Audi A6 surprises with high-speed dealing with, 4G knowledge

Thankfully, the A6’s head-up show conveniently tasks the pace on the windshield, proper in my discipline of view.

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Audi offers its second largest sedan a couple of electronics upgrades for the 2016 mannequin yr.

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Audi’s second largest sedan, this technology of the A6 got here out in 2011, however it will get a couple of upgrades for the 2016 mannequin yr. With the A6, Audi exhibits it may partially conquer the disparity between automotive and tech product cycles, upgrading the dashboard electronics outdoors of a generational replace.

Audi improved the brand new A6’s already spectacular dashboard electronics by upgrading from a 3G to 4G built-in knowledge connection, putting in a sooner Nvidia processor and including options to the navigation and stereo system software program. Effectivity enhancements imply a horsepower enhance and improved gas financial system for this technology, as nicely.

The bottom 2016 A6, with a 2-liter turbocharged engine and front-wheel drive, goes for $47,125, however the mannequin I drove got here with Quattro all-wheel drive and a 3-liter supercharged V-6, beginning at $58,325. Bumping it as much as Status trim and including a couple of different package deal introduced the entire as examined to $66,875. UK patrons will solely discover diesel, or TDI, A6es on the supplier lot, with a value of £32,295 for the 2-liter base mannequin. The bottom A6 in Australia will get by with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, at a value of AU$89,061.

2016 Audi A6 hides wonderful driving dynamics underneath conventional sedan design (footage)

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Sooner maps

One of many exceptional issues pioneered by Audi and in full show within the A6 is the combination of Google Earth and the navigation system. I by no means get uninterested in seeing satellite tv for pc imagery on the LCD, overlaid with street markings and dwell visitors for ease of navigation. Whereas this method labored quick sufficient in earlier iterations of the A6, the imagery hundreds extra shortly over the brand new 4G knowledge connection. And I used to be happy to see the navigation system routinely change over to its saved, graphical maps when the info connection dropped out.

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Google Earth imagery and dwell visitors info load sooner over the brand new 4G knowledge connection.

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Audi retains its Multimedia Interface (MMI) dial controller, buttons and touchpad on the console, which let me browse menus and choose features. Together with typical vacation spot choices akin to deal with and points-of-interest database searches, the A6 additionally gives on-line vacation spot search with outcomes from Google and a brand new freeform search, which instantly started itemizing outcomes from the automotive’s onboard knowledge as I entered letters, matching enterprise, metropolis and avenue names. It’s the quickest approach to discover a vacation spot, working even sooner than the web possibility.

Beneath route steerage, Audi dietary supplements onscreen flip instructions with indications on the head-up show. Nevertheless, the straightforward blue traces projected on the windshield, missing even avenue names, usually left me questioning which flip I ought to truly take.

The show and MMI present the A6’s age, as Audi rolled out its new Digital Cockpit show and refined MMI within the TT coupe mannequin , an entire new infotainment interface that can discover its approach all through the Audi lineup. Nevertheless, Audi manages to duplicate a little bit of the Digital Cockpit interface within the A6 by displaying the navigation maps on the small instrument cluster LCD, which sits between the analog gauges.

The A6’s knowledge connection additionally helps dwell visitors, present public parking storage capability when out there, gasoline costs, climate and my favourite, a form of location-based Wikipedia displaying attention-grabbing places within the automotive’s neighborhood.

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With Audi lastly adopting USB ports, I used to be capable of plug my cellphone into the automotive utilizing its personal cable.

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Certainly one of my fixed complaints about Audi autos has been the Audi Music Interface, a proprietary port requiring a mess of adapter cables to help iPhones, USB drives and different music storage units. The brand new A6 does away with that legacy, adopting the trade’s extra extensively used USB ports. Two of them sit within the console, though just one helps iOS units. Different audio sources embody Bluetooth streaming, an onboard exhausting drive, an SD card slot, and satellite tv for pc and HD radio.

Audi additionally upgraded the stereo system in order that I may browse my iPhone’s music library utilizing the MMI when it was paired by Bluetooth. Not each automotive has that functionality but.

The Status trim meant a Bose audio system, with 14 audio system, for the A6. Whereas the Bose system is actually a step up from the usual 10-speaker system, it falls slightly in need of finely detailed audiophile high quality. I by no means felt a very immersive listening expertise with this method. Hardcore audiophiles will need to get the out there Bang and Olufsen system, with 1,300 watts and 15 audio system.

Supercharged effectivity

The sound from the Bose system by no means needed to compete with the engine, which hummed alongside quietly whether or not I used to be cruising at 2,000rpm or pushing redline. Audi offers the A6 3.0T, this mannequin’s designation, a 3-liter V-6 using variable consumption and exhaust valve timing, direct gas injection and a supercharger to make 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, a 23 horsepower enhance over the 2012 A6. The supercharger, a little bit of pressured induction know-how not extensively used within the automotive trade, compresses air into the cylinders at any time when the engine turns, creating an always-on energy increase.

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The Black Optic package deal offers the grille black trim and upgrades to 20-inch wheels, whereas LED headlights include the Status trim.

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Stomping the gasoline pedal from a cease, I barely registered the time earlier than the head-up show learn 60 mph, however Audi places the zero-to-60 mph time at a fast 5.1 seconds. The A6 exhibits so little drama getting as much as freeway speeds that I used to be there earlier than I knew it. Extra spectacular, the eight-speed computerized transmission shifts extremely easily, barely letting itself be felt throughout acceleration runs or coping with the on a regular basis stop-and-go of metropolis visitors.

Earlier this yr, I drove the A6 with its 2-liter turbocharged engine, and was a bit underwhelmed. Relatively than the straightforward energy of the V-6, I needed to get on the throttle more durable with the four-cylinder, and was handled to extra intrusive, and fewer nice, engine noise, not what I might need within the A6.

Audi’s DriveSelect system comes commonplace within the A6, letting me select between Consolation, Auto, Dynamic and Particular person drive modes, affecting throttle and steering response. The transmission consists of its personal Sport mode which was, fortunately, engaged after I selected Dynamic in DriveSelect.

Given the A6’s fastened suspension and conservative sedan design, I did not anticipate a lot after I put it in Dynamic mode and powered by a decent set of turns. However the A6 confirmed remarkably spectacular dealing with, gripping the pavement and resisting wallow as I saved the pace up and obtained the tires singing. OK, Quattro all-wheel-drive enjoys a superb fame for efficiency, however the suspension additionally managed to maintain the A6 comparatively flat with out resorting to adaptive applied sciences.

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The shifter for the eight-speed computerized transmission shares console house with the MMI controller.

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And regardless of the dealing with acumen, the journey high quality did not really feel too agency throughout mundane driving duties. I felt rougher sections of street, however the suspension proved very competent at minimizing vibration within the cabin of extreme physique motion. The A6 strikes a superb compromise between consolation and dealing with.

The A6 achieves EPA gas financial system of 20 mpg metropolis and 30 mpg freeway, an honest vary for a automotive this dimension. An idle-stop function seamlessly shuts down the engine at visitors stops, saving gasoline at pink lights. Audi’s idle-stop works higher than most I’ve skilled, shortly bringing the engine again to life with barely a shudder after I lifted my foot off the brake pedal.

Dynamic sedan

The 2016 Audi A6 revealed my very own bias towards giant sedans, from which I anticipate piggish efficiency. The A6 actually stunned me with its adept dealing with, capable of take turns very comfortably at pace. Likewise, the modest-sized engine produced wonderful acceleration and ran easily, serving to to ship a snug journey and seamless idle-stop conduct. Different automakers ought to aspire to the driving dynamics of the A6.

For related options, Audi’s closest rival is BMW. Each firms do a superb job of integrating on-line vacation spot search. However Audi steps it up with the 4G connection and Google Earth integration. Audi’s related providers are good, however I might additionally prefer to see extra third-party apps constructed into the dashboard.

The one function I missed on this A6 was adaptive cruise management, which routinely slows the automotive based mostly on the pace of slower visitors forward. Adaptive cruise management, able to bringing the A6 to a full cease, comes as a function of Audi’s Driver Help package deal, which additionally consists of lane conserving help.

Past a couple of minor criticisms of the A6, that is one terribly good, high-tech sedan. Nevertheless, anticipate a brand new technology of the A6 inside a few years, utilizing the progressive Digital Cockpit cabin tech interface together with no matter shiny new improvements Audi has been conserving underneath wraps.

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The 2016 A6 is an awfully succesful and related high-tech sedan, with rewarding driving dynamics.

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Tech specs

Mannequin 2016 Audi A6
Trim 3.0T Status
Powertrain Supercharged direct injection 3-liter V-6 engine, eight-speed computerized transmission
EPA gas financial system 20 mpg metropolis/30 mpg freeway
Noticed gas financial system 23.5 mpg
Navigation Commonplace with dwell visitors
Bluetooth cellphone help Commonplace
Digital audio sources Web streaming, Bluetooth streaming, iOS integration, HD radio, satellite tv for pc radio
Audio system Bose 630-watt 14-speaker system
Driver help Night time imaginative and prescient, adaptive cruise management, lane departure prevention, blind-spot monitor, rear-view digital camera
Base value $46,200
Value as examined $66,875

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