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Much to recommend for quality, value and economy - it just lacks dynamic polish

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Audi A6

The Audi A6 rises higher than any model before it and is now a real contender in the mid-size exec market

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26 January 2011

The interior looks lovely...

26 January 2011

Autocar: "Depends which options you choose – and there’s a lot of choice. Our test car was a 3.0-litre TDi Quattro S-Line on steel ‘Sports’ springs, so it rode 30mm lower than a standard SE-spec car, and ran higher spring and damper rates selected by Quattro GmbH."

Why do Audi persist in giving the press cars S-Line suspension settings?

I would hazard a guess that if this had been on standard suspension settings it would have lost little in overall handling performance but gained the decent ride quality.

Other than that, it looks like a great place to spend time in, even if the driving experience isn't up to that of an equivalent BM.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

26 January 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

Why do Audi persist in giving the press cars S-Line suspension settings?

[/quote]

Just guessing but possibly becuase it looks better on the bigger wheels for the photos, or maybe because the S Line is predicted to be the biggest seller, or perhaps they expect that motoring journos tend to be focused more on the handling ability rather than comfort?

26 January 2011

Autocar: "That’s because our test car rode sharp motorway expansion joints noisily, and fidgeted over minor surface imperfections that equally focussed rivals might have ironed out."

Ok, it was a S-Line model but two of its competitors are the best ride/handling cars in the world.

And, given the dynamics of previous incarnations, this really should have been paramount. So all in all, it is an 'update' of the outgoing model with same-as looks and a great interior. Isn't that every Audi? Surely this would have been their moment to prove themselves beyond the E-Class and 5 Series? A missed opportiunity I feel.

26 January 2011

That's not an A6, it's an A8... Oh no sorry meant A4... Actually not sure...

Wish they would make them look different...

Give me an XF anyday!

Global Warming.. My Rs

26 January 2011

[quote Jaydub]

That's not an A6, it's an A8... Oh no sorry meant A4... Actually not sure...

Wish they would make them look different...

Give me an XF anyday!

[/quote] Have to agree. I understand the marketing need for a "family" look, but Audi's saloons in particular are now looking too alike.

I've always thought, in any car range, the more expensive models (especially), like the A8, need to look more desirable than their smaller/lower cost sisters, like the A4 & A6, to attract the customers to pay more. Put it this way, the A6 is mechanically similar to the A8, it has nearly as much interior room, is as well-built, and going by this review, is possibly even more refined the the A8 too. And now that they look very similar too, why anyone want to pay more to go for the A8 over the A6? And you could argue the same in picking the A4 over the A6.

26 January 2011

[quote Overdrive]Have to agree. I understand the marketing need for a "family" look, but Audi's saloons in particular are now looking too alike.[/quote]

Unlike BMW I suppose...

26 January 2011

[quote ballyblack]

[quote Overdrive]Have to agree. I understand the marketing need for a "family" look, but Audi's saloons in particular are now looking too alike.[/quote]

Unlike BMW I suppose...

[/quote] Not at all. BMW are guilty of the same thing. The interior of their different models, in particular look exactly the same (except perhaps the Z4). I really can't see why anyone would pick the 7-series over the 5, apart from the need for a tiny bit more rear space.

26 January 2011

I would agree that BMW are very similar in their approach to styling to Audi.

In fact you could term the BMW v Audi sales offensive as a Clone War!

What happened? BMW and Audi used to make interesting cars...

Global Warming.. My Rs

26 January 2011

I doubt it! my old A6 had air suspension and the only choice was between washboard and vomit inducing floatiness...pity, because that interior looks amazing!

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