2019 Audi A6 evaluation: 2019 Audi A6 first drive evaluation: A cushty tech powerhouse


The Douro Valley area exterior of Porto, Portugal is full of postcard-worthy sights of the Douro River, vineyards and sleepy cities. The tight roadways, decrease velocity limits and a liberal sprinkling of velocity cameras gives an ideal alternative to take issues simple and fiddle with all the brand new tech options packed inside the 2019 Audi A6. Sadly, it is much less splendid for digging the spurs into the brand new luxurious cruiser.

There are small stretches, nevertheless, the place you possibly can actually open it up between cities. With Audi Drive Choose in Dynamic, the brand new mild-hybrid 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 is punchy all through the rev band with 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque on faucet. That is equal horsepower to the supercharged V6 within the outgoing automotive, however 46 further pound-feet of torque. A brand new 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission dials in sedan’s sporty attributes with fast, well-timed shifts in full auto, and a very good handbook shift perform. Audi says the combo will get the all-wheel-drive A6 to 62 miles per hour in simply 5.1 seconds.

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A light-hybrid turbocharged V6 motivates the brand new A6.

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The V6 would be the solely engine provided when the A6 goes on sale close to the tip of this 12 months. Audi says a four-cylinder mannequin is forthcoming, however precise timing for its arrival remains to be to be decided.

Gasoline financial system figures aren’t obtainable simply but, however you possibly can anticipate V6 numbers on par with the present automotive’s 20 mpg metropolis and 29 mpg freeway scores. The hybrid {hardware} captures power through regenerative braking and powers a extra aggressive stop-start system, and the electrical help is properly built-in with no noticeable results on brake really feel or off-the-line efficiency.

By way of curves, firmer adaptive dampers and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires maintain the A6 tied down and fast on its toes, confidently slithering by means of transitions. Sadly, Audi’s mild steering tune stays, with hardly any weight on middle, even within the Dynamic setting. General suggestions most likely will not be any higher on US-bound autos, as our vehicles will probably put on much less aggressive all-season rubber.

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An adaptive suspension and extensive tires ship competent dealing with reflexes.

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Simply as a driving rhythm begins to develop, a 50-kph velocity restrict signal at all times places an finish to the social gathering. However toggling Drive Choose to Consolation places the A6’s daily-driving street manners within the highlight. The drivetrain is clean in all conditions and does not endure from any jerky, low-speed habits that is frequent with some dual-clutch gearboxes.

Journey high quality over bumps is soft with the usual steel-spring setup; all US fashions will use this, along with a sport suspension that lowers the journey top barely. An adaptive air suspension will probably be obtainable in different markets, as will a rear-wheel steering system. An Audi spokesman says the air springs and fancier steering {hardware} will probably be coming to the States, however on the extra efficiency oriented S6.

Inside, the brand new A6 is a little more spacious than its predecessor. All passengers take pleasure in comfy and supportive seats, and rear occupants get a half-inch extra legroom than earlier than. The trunk gives 18.7 cubic toes of area to accommodate ventures to the shop, sufficient baggage for a street journey or a pair units of golf golf equipment.

The inside structure mirrors that of the swoopy A7, and consists of a lot of the know-how that first appeared on the Audi’s A8 flagship sedan. Gone is the MMI management knob in addition to a lot of the conventional exhausting buttons, all of that are changed by the MMI Contact Response system’s twin capacitive touchscreens with haptic suggestions. On increased trim ranges, the higher display measures 10.1 inches and the decrease display is a still-plenty-big 8.6 inches.

The highest display controls navigation, the obtainable 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and numerous different media. The decrease display often homes local weather seat temperature controls, and as much as 27 shortcut buttons for radio stations or particular menus, however will flip right into a writing pad when getting into a vacation spot into the top-screen navigation. Due to the bigger floor space and software program enhancements, now you can write in full names of streets and cities, moderately than the earlier MMI’s one-at-a-time inputs. Fortunately, Audi did not go too loopy and transfer all controls into the touchscreens. Quantity remains to be dealt with by old-fashion knob — hooray!

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As much as three high-resolution screens may be discovered within the new A6.

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Audi Join companies allow Google Maps imagery, on-line vacation spot search with voice recognition, climate and Wi-Fi capabilities. Those that desire at hand infotainment controls over to a smartphone will probably be joyful to know that the newest MMI system nonetheless consists of each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The one draw back? Fingerprints. After a half-day of driving, each middle screens had been critically smudged-up, however apart from that, the brand new MMI Contact interface is responsive, intuitive to make use of and is able to storing as much as seven drivers’ particular person settings. If two high-resolution screens aren’t sufficient, you too can add Audi’s great 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit rather than the standard gauge cluster to additional stimulate your retinas.

Along with a stronger infotainment know-how sport, the A6 receives plenty of upgrades on the security tech entrance. Typical options like automated emergency braking, 360-degree cameras with a 3D view, blind-spot monitoring, cross visitors alert and parking sensors are all right here, however enhancements have been made to the adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping-assist methods. A brand new laser scanner joins a large suite of sensors that embody ultrasonic, radar and digital camera, to autonomously assist the automotive keep higher centered within the lane and dangle again a bit if a automotive occurs to be intruding into your lane — say, in a narrow-lane development zone.

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The one draw back to all of the screens? Fingerprints.

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Pricing will not be obtainable for a number of extra months, however search for the A6 to hit dealerships round November, alongside the brand new A7. The present V6-powered A6 instructions $57,475, together with $975 for vacation spot, so use that as a baseline in your 2019 mannequin 12 months MSRP guesstimates.

The eighth-generation Audi A6 is primed to be the technological powerhouse of the midsize luxurious sedan section. That it additionally boasts engaging sheetmetal, competent dealing with chops and the flexibility to ship supreme journey consolation ought to undoubtedly have the BMW 5 Collection and Mercedes-Benz E-Class on discover. 

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