2012 Audi A6 Review

By on May 18, 2012
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Precision luxury.

Good: Very comfortable and quiet cabin, interesting MMI navigation system, elegant yet futuristic interior and a powerful engine with great road handling.
Bad: Driving experience borderlines on too comfortable, i.e. boring and the outside design is a bit too simple (except for the front).
Price: AED 240,000 (standard, including 5 years service)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Audi A6 is undoubtedly a big, and thanks to the all-wheel drive system and various safety features, heavy car; 1740kg curb weight to be exact. However, the 3-liters Supercharged TFSI engine makes short work of this weight thanks to 300hp @ 5,250 – 6,500RPM and a massive 440Nm of torque @ 2,900 – 4,500RPM. This propels to the A6 from 0 to 100kmph in 5.7 seconds.

When driving normally the A6 is superbly quiet; you can talk normally and even at highway speeds you’ll barely need to raise your voice to be heard by the passengers in the back. The suspension is equally poised, but that’s not to say that it’s overly soft either.

Thanks to the Pirelli P Zero rubber, Quattro all-wheel drive and a decent (but not overbearing) traction system, the A6 feels well balanced and easily maneuverable.  However, all that quietness and softness leads to a rather boring drive. Were it not for the Sports mode the A6 would’ve been no better than a small SUV with a V8 inside. The true spirit of the sports sedan only comes to life in Sports mode, when you start to push it to the limits.

However, given the size of the car, the busy roads of Dubai and the true power unleashing well after 3k RPM, the A6 doesn’t feel exciting as a driver’s car. Then again it wasn’t designed to be one in the first place. Sure it has all the key checkboxes of a sports sedan ticked, but the ride inside is so subdued that you’ll hardly ever feel your pulse rising. I guess that purpose is fulfilled by the S6.

As an executive class car, though, the A6 is one of the best. It’s extremely comfortable, has a lot of tech goodies and a very potent engine mated to an intensely smooth gearbox. The design may start to age quickly, though, but sitting inside you’ll admire every second of it.

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  • Zulmaty

    And if such a category didn’t exist before, the A6 certainly personifies that image.

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