Audi A6 2.7 TDI SE - AUDI A6 Car Review

Review

Added: 02 Sep 2005
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OFFERING a wide range of engine choices is an obvious way of expanding a car maker's potential market.

Which is one of the reasons why the line-up available in the new Audi A6 range includes everything from a two-litre diesel to an eight cylinder, 4.2-litre quattro.

But after a week with a 2.7-litre diesel version I think I have found the perfect choice.

For one thing this is one diesel which doesn't believe it is a diesel.

It doesn't sound like a diesel and certainly doesn't perform like one, or at least it doesn't perform like most people's perception of one.

The only aspect of it that really is truly diesel-like is its economy. In a week in which I covered some 300-400 miles the average fuel consumption was a very impressive 45mpg.

Now for a 2.7-litre V6 powering a large, heavy saloon you can't ask much more than that.

Combine this consumption with dynamic performance in each of its six gears and it is easy to see why this new A6 has such appeal.

In mid range gears in particular - third and fourth - the acceleration really is blistering, all the way around to the red zone on the rev counter. In fact this diesel will show a clean pair of heels to many similar sized petrol engines and with so much torque it puts a hell of a lot of enjoyment into everyday driving.

Audi is traditionally noted for its understated refinement and with this diesel the company really does excel. The car is superbly quiet with no hint of diesel engine noise from the driver's seat and it has instant response to the accelerator, ensuring it would easily convert the most ardent of diesel haters to put it on their list of desired cars.

The latest A6 saloon was launched last year and is a very civilised car.

It is also larger than the model it replaced and now offers limousine-like space inside, a feature which is particularly noticeable from the rear seats.

From the driver's point of view the most noticeable change is the dashboard, which sees the moving of a number of switches to the now bulkier transmission tunnel.

In the middle of these is a multi-function control centre which operates most of the secondary features on the car - when you first press the relevant button.

Press the radio button, for example, and the large main control knob then operates that function. As you switch from one function to the other it is displayed on a central dashboard screen.

Select radio and all the pre-set stations are shown on the screen. And even when you switch on the heated seats the screen offers you the option of temperature - from one to five.

During the week I had my A6 on test I went on holiday and packed everything but the kitchen sink.

Fortunately for me the A6's voluminous boot swallowed the lot with ample room to spare - just one other feature which makes this one of my favourite cars on the road today.

FAST FACTS

Audi A6 2.7 TDI SE 4dr

Price: £26,845

Mechanical: 180bhp, 2,698cc, 6cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6spd manual gearbox

Max speed: 140mph

0-62mph: 8.1 secs

Combined mpg: 39.8

Insurance group: 15

CO2 emissions: 190g/km

BiK rating: 25%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles; 3yrs paint; 12yrs antirust

Words: Edward Stephens

Keywords: AUDI, A6