The Audi A6 name plate made its debut in 1994 when the German automaker changed its naming nomenclature. The Audi A6 was earlier known as the Audi 100 (100 for 100 PS), with the first generation model going on sale in 1968 after Volkswagen purchased the company from Mercedes-Benz. Today, the Audi A6 is in its seventh generation and the latest model is known as C7 (internally known as Typ 4G). The new Audi A6 was launched last year and takes heavy inspiration from Audi’s flagship sedan, A8. The A6 shares most of its components with the A7 Sportback (review here) and looks thoroughly impressive all around. Locally assembled by Audi at its Aurangabad facility, the Audi A6 has the goods to become the new benchmark in the executive luxury segment, giving the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series intense competition.
EXTERIORS AND LOOK ;
The Audi A6 embodies all the typical characteristics of the German make. It has it all from the razor sharp styling on its body, pioneering LEDs or the large single face radiator grille. This Audi A6 looks very contemporary as it has a correct balance of elegance and performance stitched in style.In the front, the bold radiator grille is the signature design mark. The radiator grille gets a chrome surround. It has a very fixed and confident jaw line. The headlights seem to be finished with a samurai sword. Its sharp lines begin from the grille at an angle and fly off around the body. The hood flows softly and joins the radiator grille. It has very subtle and almost hidden lines on it. The A6 gets standard Xenon plus headlights and the LED strip which runs across the headlights look future ready.
The roofline has a flowing pattern too. The A6 measures 4.92m long and has a wheelbase of 2.91m. This makes the car look very long and also contributes to the generous legroom inside the cabin. The window line and the shoulder line flow almost parallel with the rear quarter glass panel stretching its way to the rear. The windows have a subtle chrome outline around it.On the rear profile, it has a very humble design which is dominated by the LED tail lamps. The boot lip is elevated and acts like a hidden spoiler on it. The only interesting part on the rear design is the chrome finished exhaust pipes. The 3.0L variant gets stylish twin pipes which look awesome. Overall, the A6 will impress all with its elegance and style.
INTERIOR AND CABIN ;
Come around to the side and you notice that the new-design alloys not only look better than the older ones, but have also grown an inch larger and come shod with meaty, eighteen inch diameter Bridgestone Turanza’s. At the back, the tail-lights carry on with the Matrix treatment and look absolutely stunning when lit-up. You’ll notice the reworked badging and the chrome-strip running along the boot-lid bottom. All-in-all, the A6 Matrix edition looks absolutely stunning in this 2015 refreshed avatar.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by classy un-veneered wood trimmings which immediately up that luxury feel by a few notches. The chrome accents used only serve to heighten this feeling and coupled with the beige interiors, go on to give the cabin an aura of understated luxury. The seats up front come with four-way electronic adjustments and finding the sweet-spot behind the wheel or as a co-driver is a breeze.
The Bose sound-system thumps loud and clear, no matter how high you wish to crank up the volume. With over 14 speakers on-board, this 5.1 system may be a tad biased towards bass, but is crystal clear across the entire frequency range. The rear seat is equally well appointed and gets dedicated air-conditioning controls as well as a 12V socket and a cigarette lighter. They also get an exclusive remote through which, passengers at the rear can control the MMI system. There’s plenty of leg-room, with close to four inches of space between the back of the front seat and the knees of the passenger at the rear. However, the seat-back is a tad upright for comfort and the under-thigh support feels inadequate on longer rides.
Underneath the engine hood is the same 2.0 litre, four cylinder, in-line diesel motor with common rail injection system. The engine is capable of pumping out pinnacle power of 190 PS between 3800 to 4200 RPM along with peak torque of 400 Nm between 1750 to 3000 RPM. Petrol variant is powered by the 1.8 litre, four cylinder, in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and Audi valvelift system.The petrol motor is tuned to churn out maximum power output of 140 KW between 4200 to 6200 RPM along with pinnacle torque of 320 Nm between 1400 to 4100 RPM. Both the engine works along dual clutch a seven-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a two-wheel drive system.
Performance delivered by the A6 saloon is simply impressive; the saloon gets an adaptive air suspension which helps bettering the performance. The diesel powered A6 hits 100 kmph from stand still within 8.4 seconds while the petrol version hustles to 100 kmph from rest in just 7.9 seconds. Audi A6 top speed for the 35 TSFI variant is 233 kmph, which is insignificantly more than the 35 TDI Matrix version at 232 kmph.
DRIVING DYNAMICS ;
The new Audi A6 sheds close to 80 kgs of weight thanks to the use of an aluminum hybrid body. Various other mechanical components including the wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The chassis is stiffer than before while the air springs and dampers are adjustable according to the driver’s requirement. The Audi drive select offers 4 modes – comfort, sport, dynamic and individual. In comfort mode, ride quality is extremely good with the car providing very good cushioning over the worst of roads. The A6 glides over potholes and rarely does it get perturbed by bad roads. Even in Sport mode, the A6 rides well and doesn’t feel as extreme as far as the ride quality is concerned.
Power is channeled to all the 4-wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system which gives good grip and eliminates under-steer to a certain extent. The electro-mechanical steering wheel weighs up well but isn’t exactly point and shoot. It does offer reasonably good feedback and is confidence inspiring at high speeds. The Audi A6 has a lift feature which raises the car by 20 mm, enabling the vehicle to clear big speed-breakers with ease. The air suspension sets the ride height of the vehicle in either of the three settings. On the highway, it lowers the body to increase stability. Braking is aided by all wheel disc brakes and various safety systems ensuring shedding serious speeds is done confidently.
SAFETY AND SECURITY ;
As you’d expect, the A6 is brimming with safety kit, including six airbags, an advanced stability control system, and Isofix child seat-mounting points on the front passenger seat and two outer rear ones.The A6 was also awarded the maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2011. It scored an impressive 91% for adult occupant protection and 83% for child occupant protection, but a less impressive 41% for pedestrian protection.
Optional safety kit includes rear side airbags and a system that steers the car back on course if it starts to wander from its lane on the motorway.An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to help fend off thieves, and security experts Thatcham gave the A6 five out of five for its resistance to being stolen, and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.
The Audi A6 has a rock solid image and offers decent fuel economy. The car’s spacious interiors with an ergonomic cabin offer relaxed cruising. The Audi A6 with its clean and elegant contours and perfect craftsmanship which are all characteristic of this luxury brand offers an indistinguishable ride as well as ownership experience.