Autocar takes a closer look at some of the key features of the all-new Audi A6

Audi's all-new A6 will arrive in UK showrooms in April 2011 priced from £30,145. Here, Autocar looks at some of the key features of the new executive saloon that will fight ultra-competitive rivals from Mercedes and BMW after the car makes its debut at January's Detroit motor show.

Advanced sat-navAudi’s Satellite Navigation Plus can download Google Earth images on to your route. It also feeds data to the directional headlights, DSG ’box and adaptive cruise control so they can anticipate your direction at junctions.

Dynamic steeringDynamic steering, which varies the speed of the A6’s steering as well as its level of assistance, will be an option soon after launch.

See the official pics of the all-new Audi A6 saloon

Equipment and pricingUK cars will get leather and regular sat-nav as standard, as well as parking sensors and two-zone air-con. There will be a modest £350 price increase, new for old, but a £2000 value enhancement, says Audi.

Wider grilleBroader, single-frame grille adds visual width to the A6’s front end. High-gloss black plastic and chrome finisher brings upmarket polish.

Read the full story on the new Audi A6

LED headlightsLED directional headlamps are an option. They emit a whiter light than xenon or halogen bulbs, produce less glare for oncoming traffic and are less adversely affected by sleet and fog. LED tail-lights are available as an option.

Body sculptingAudi calls this bodyside feature, which runs horizontally just below the glasshouse, a ‘tornado line’. It’s one of very few design flourishes on an exterior designed to look smart and familiar rather than fresh and eye-catching.

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Wheels and tyresWheel options range from 16in to 20in, and tyre sizes from 225/60 to 265/35. Pressure monitors come as standard.

Ten coloursIbis White and Brilliant Black will be the only solid colours. There are eight metallic colours, including three different greys and two blues, and a pearlescent black and a pearlescent garnet red.

Sportier modelS-Line exterior styling kit adds more prominent bumpers, grilles on the front valance air intakes and a faux rear diffuser.

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6 December 2010

I am having a terribly hard time getting excited about this car. And I am an Audi driver. As my 12yo daughter would say 'Care factor Dad? About ZERO'. It all looks so deeply boring to me

6 December 2010

"Audi’s Satellite Navigation Plus can download Google Earth images on to your route. It also feeds data to the directional headlights, DSG ’box and adaptive cruise control so they can anticipate your direction at junctions."

Why????? Can the car not cope with an approaching junction unless it knows which way you will be going? Surely this is a feature too far? And I'm normally a big fan of in-car tech...

6 December 2010

[quote Oilburner]

"Audi’s Satellite Navigation Plus can download Google Earth images on to your route. It also feeds data to the directional headlights, DSG ’box and adaptive cruise control so they can anticipate your direction at junctions."

Why????? Can the car not cope with an approaching junction unless it knows which way you will be going? Surely this is a feature too far? And I'm normally a big fan of in-car tech...

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Because it's designed for the new breed of brain dead Audi driver's who drive like idiots....perhaps they should delete the indicators and rely on ESP (extra sensory perception) to 'communicate' with other drivers......

6 December 2010

[quote Oilburner]Why????? Can the car not cope with an approaching junction unless it knows which way you will be going? Surely this is a feature too far? And I'm normally a big fan of in-car tech[/quote]

Like the A8, the new A6 will use nav data in addition to its own observations for the (presumably optional) adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control, as well as the transmission. The headlight beams adjust depending on the type of road you're on (eg - motorway vs. town), and the cruise control anticipates junctions, motorway exits, etc. when predicting what the car in front is likely to do.

In practice, it's very clever stuff and a huge step better than old-style adaptive cruise controls. It uses two radar units, a camera, parking sensors and nav info to know where it is and know/predict what the cars around are doing, whereas the old system used one single radar which could easily 'lose' the car in front around a bend, for example.

Earlier this year, in Germany, I set the cruise control on a new A8 and managed to go from 100km/h up to 240 km/h down to a complete stop, back up to 230 km/h and back to a complete stop, over 25km, without touching a pedal and without feeling paranoid that the car wouldn't recognise a danger situation like I usually am with adaptive cruise controls.

6 December 2010

Fine, but what happens when you take a diversion/take a wrong turn/etc that the sat nav isn't expecting? Or have the audacity to be driving somewhere without using the sat-nav?

Does this mean the intelligent systems don't work as well or the car doesn't drive as well?

That's why I think it's so daft, it's only clever while you're doing what it's expecting! And for 95% of my driving, I don't need sat nav because I already know the way to work... So do I need to set my sat nav to get to work and then come home to allow the adaptive systems to work properly? Really?

6 December 2010

[quote Oilburner] So do I need to set my sat nav to get to work and then come home to allow the adaptive systems to work properly? Really?[/quote] Perhaps the system is scaled down to "normal" mode, using only the input available from the radar and satnav and act accordingly. I have the same feeling as with smartphones, these functions are rather distracting me from driving. Thanks to my former job and otherwise I drove lots of newer models equipped with gadgets, but I always enjoyed sitting back to my good old '99 Mondeo V6 - little electronics, better visibility and great handling. The only thing I miss is a proper audio system. Having "said" that, I completely understand that makers look for cutting edge USPs to set them apart of the competitors...

6 December 2010

[quote Oilburner]Fine, but what happens when you take a diversion/take a wrong turn/etc that the sat nav isn't expecting? Or have the audacity to be driving somewhere without using the sat-nav?[/quote]

No, you don't need to be using the satnav to navigate at the time. It will still refer to the map to determine where it is for headlights, transmission, adaptive cruise control, etc. Whether you're using it to find your way is irrelevant. The car accesses the map data all the time. On a windy road it won't shift up and down as often and will instead hold a gear around a bend. As you move from a side road onto a motorway it can automatically adjust the headlight beam to suit. That sort of thing. You still have to drive the car...

9 December 2010

Well I rather like it. It does look very like the current A6 at first glance but thats no bad thing. The new 5 series is fussy by comparison and the latest E Class always reminds me of a Mk2 Ford Granada! Seems good value as well. A similar speced 5 series would cost around £4K more.

9 December 2010

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9 December 2010

[quote disco.stu]No, you don't need to be using the satnav to navigate at the time. It will still refer to the map to determine where it is for headlights, transmission, adaptive cruise control, etc. [/quote]

Very clever , but what happens if the map is out of date , or wrong , or you have the sat-nav on but choose not to take the route it suggests ?

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