Life is becoming too complicated. Take the heated seats (a modest £250 option) on this Audi A6. Hitting the illuminated switch is only the beginning of the bum-warming process. A quick prod and a colour graphic appears on the dash screen offering a virtual 10-stage warming selector. Twist the MMI command dial on the centre console and select your ideal backside-basting temperature. Then press the MMI dial to confirm. Easy.
Or is it? I’m not sure how long I had my eyes off the road when performing this simple task, but probably too long. And what’s wrong with a simple roller switch?There was nothing much wrong with the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, but Audi has decided to add a smaller 2.7-litre version to the A6 range. The 2.7 offers 178bhp and 280lb ft to the 3.0’s 222bhp and 332lb ft, and hits 62mph 0.8sec slower at 8.1sec, but counters with average fuel consumption of 41.5mpg (34.0) and CO2 emissions of just 181g/km (223g/km). And, at £26,330, the front-drive 2.7 diesel is £5600 cheaper than the (four-wheel-drive only) 3.0.
This car is vast. Not unmanageably vast, but seriously limo-level commodious. Shoulder room is extraordinary and rear legroom of the same order. But I reserve my greatest admiration for the A6’s huge 546-litre boot. Executed with the same care Audi lavishes on the cabin, it’s beautifully trimmed and square-sided. And unfathomably deep. On a gloomy day it’s hard to see the bulkhead.True, if this was a BMW I’d probably have spent less time staring into the boot admiring the fit and finish and more time appreciating the driving experience. And this has long been Audi’s problem: inspiring build and design seemingly traded for poor dynamics.