The A6 is perhaps one of the best known examples of mid-sector luxury sedans on the market. We have climbed aboard the 2014 A6 2.0 litre TDI to give it a spin and to find out if it truly deserves its rather high asking price.
From a visual standpoint, it’s an Audi purebred. The only model in its class to offer front wheel drive as standard (as opposed to a rear powered solution), it stands out from the main competition: BMW Series 5 and the Mercedes E-Class.
The large grille, probably the first visual element to catch your eyes, exudes class, with its subtle chrome detailing and suave edges. The headlamps contain details familiar throughout the Audi range, becoming thinner as they approach the grille; moreover, the slim, distinctive running lights underline its classy nature.
The visibility provided by the car is close to excellent, as the C pillars are less bulky than in other models and allow the driver to peek behind without having to strain his or her vision. The window line has largely remained the same as its predecessors, the same being applicable to the sweeping roofline. Although the rear overhang seems to be a bit too short to house a large boot, you’ll be pleased to find out that the rear storage space measures 530 litres, 10 litres more than the Series 5.
What about the driving experience, then?
Well, the A6 is no slouch, as the German manufacturer employed extensive use of aluminium in its core structure and body panels. The 2.0 litre TDI, probably one of the most desirable engines in the A6 range, will probably account for the bulk of the sales. Having a total of 190 horsepower, it will go from 0 to 62 in a bit over 8 seconds. The most notable feature, however, is the fuel economy: fitted with an S-Tronic 7-speed gearbox, it will return 67.3mpg in a combined cycle. 17 inch wheels come as standard, but you have a wide range of options and even going for the larger 18 inch version will not bring down your mpg. The suspension is firm enough to prevent body roll, but it also does a tremendous job at filtering the always undesirable bumps in the road.
The interior, one of Audi’s most famous realizations, feels as fresh as ever. It is well insulated from road and wind noise, although the noise from the diesel propulsion unit may seep in the cabin when idle. Also, the larger body mass as compared to its rivals limits the sporty driving style. All models come with leather upholstery and navigation. The sat-nav screen comes up at the touch of a button and, if desired, it can be configured to run Google’s mapping application.
Coming in at £31,955, it offers a myriad of options as standard and also gives you the choice of selecting different wheel designs and interior trims.