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Audi A6

SIX-PACKED (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The Audi A6 goes from strength to strength in fifth generation form. Can it make a bid for the crown in the full-Executive segment? Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 54

This MK5 model Audi A6 trims up and sets about its rivals with a package that's based on a efficiency, technology and, yes, a bit more power. It'll have its work cut out dislodging BMW and Mercedes but it's hard not to love the care and attention that's clearly been lavished on this car.

Backgroundword count: 109

'A first class journey with a business class ticket': that's how Audi describes the travelling experience you'll get in this fifth generation A6 model. Basically, what the Ingolstadt brand has done here is to democratise much of the technology of its larger A8 and enveloped it into smartly proportioned new bodywork. There's certainly lots to admire here, with advanced mild hybrid drivetrains, sharper yet more comfortable suspension options, sublime cabin comfort and a high-tech all-digital MMI touch response interface. But then then exceptional technology will be needed if his Audi is to be able to face down rivals of the quality of BMW's 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class.

Driving Experienceword count: 243

Engine-wise, things kick off with the 204PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine in the '40 TDI' variants, offered with either front wheel drive or quattro 4WD. For six cylinder buyers, Audi offers this A6 with two powerful, smooth engines - one TFSI and one TDI. The 3.0 TFSI V6 turbocharged petrol unit powers the saloon from rest to 62mph in 5.1 seconds using its 340PS and 500Nm of pulling power, topping out at an electronically limited 155mph. More popular though, will be the 3.0 TDI diesel with 286PS. This unit delivers similar performance thanks to 620Nm of pulling power. As before, all A6 models are exclusively equipped with automatic transmission. The 3.0 TDI unit is paired with an eight-speed tiptronic and the 3.0 TFSI with a seven-speed S tronic. Both engines channel their outputs through quattro all-wheel drive as standard. In conjunction with the tiptronic transmission, the quattro configuration is based on the more familiar self-locking centre differential format, while the S tronic transmission works with the even more efficient ultra variant, which is capable of engaging the rear axle instantly whenever needed but decouples it during cruising to maximise efficiency. In conjunction with the tiptronic transmission, the optional sport differential can enhance handling by actively distributing the power between the rear wheels. The driver can select various driving profiles via the Audi drive select system - the wide spread from Comfort through to Dynamic is even more pronounced than in the outgoing model.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

3.6

8.4

Combined mpg:

29.4

67.3

Extra urban mpg:

38.2

74.3

Height (mm):

1430

1521

Length (mm):

4931

4979

Max Speed (mph):

139

155

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
90%
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