Audi A6 always remained understated in its appeal as most of the affluent buyers used to prefer either Mercedes E-class or BMW 5-series. For some reason best known to Audi, A6 never went on offensive against these direct rivals though now with the launch of updated A6 this scenario has turned on its head.
Once dithered away, new A6 is all set to take head on with its both Mercedes and BMW. Audi has equipped A6 with more equipment and gadgetry along with adding to refinement and efficiency of its diesel motor. We at ECARDLR were expecting this facelift to culminate into addition of petrol variant to the model list of A6 though unfortunately that didn't happen. Still Audi claims that diesel-powered new A6 is quite capable to turn the wind's direction in its favour. Well to check this authenticity of this claim, we set behind the wheel of new A6 and here's our first impression.
Style, Design & Interiors
Facelift A6 comes with slew of outside as well as inside alterations; aimed to take its appeal to a notch higher. Externally the principal change is the adoption of matrix headlamps that has replaced the older units of A6. These are sharper, more dynamic, and feel exquisitely edgy in their turn out. Dynamism flows unceasingly in the profile as this silhouette carved out its personality in uniquely understated manner. Rear has got its own share of alterations, and like front, split tail lamps at the back ornament the large and capacious trunk.
Inside the cabin, Audi A6 continues to follow function over form pattern. Simplicity is central theme of the new A6 with all controls and gadgets fall into hands with much ease. Its hard to find any flaw in A6 literally, and car is near perfect ergonomically. New design wood texture, centrally located touch screen monitor display, automatic climate control, and comfortable seats equip A6 with much of the flavour. For unpretending, simplicity loving fellows this is among the best cabins around. There is no shortage of space as both front and rear seats are generously spacious.
As most likely the car will be used as chauffeur driven, comfy rear seat is boon for the owners. The only chink in the armour is unavailability of the ventilation at rear bench. Another lacking we find is A6 still has to get rear camera as parking such a long car without any artificial intelligence is indeed a difficult task.
Engine &Driving Dynamics
Powered by 2.0-litre TDI diesel motor, A6 makes 190 PS and 400 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. Audi is still to launch petrol A6 so for the time being, the only option available is of diesel. What adds to the credentials of this motor in addition to being more refined and tractable, is its high fuel efficiency. A6 has got ARAI rating of above 18 km/l which is quite amazing. There is a little turbo lag at the start though once the rpm picks up, A6 deliver thunderous performance. Engine is mated with Sporty 7-speed S-tronic transmission which comes with convenience of paddle shifters to make up for any loss in in-gear acceleration.
Ride quality of new A6 has improved over its predecessor as suspension has been tuned for some more comfortable setting. Still potholes get registered inside the cabin with a solid thud. Handling is good though not as sharp as BMW's 5-series. Steering also feels a little dud at higher speeds though its light nature make it suitable for in-city runs.
Priced at Rs 49.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Price), Audi A6 comes across as slightly premium offering than its direct rivals. Like all Audis, this one too looks gorgeous, comes with functional and roomy interiors, has punchy as well as fuel - efficient diesel motor, and loaded up to gills with features. It’s true that it lacks the aura of three-pointed star or handling finesse of BMW, but then it makes up for these shortcomings through its sensible, all-rounded package. Further, high fuel efficiency is added advantage though Audi could have upped the ante had it added petrol variant to the model list of A6.
Style & Substance 3.5/5 Ride & Handling 3/5
Interiors & Ergonomics: 4/5 Safety & Equipment 4/5
Power-Plant & Transmission 4/5 Fuel Efficiency 4/5
Value for Money 2/5