Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro - AUDI A6 Car Review

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Added: 12 Oct 2006
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WHEN the cost of the extras on a new car could buy a tidy runaround saloon, you know you are in for something a little bit special.

Open the door to the sleek Audi A6 quattro and those suspicions are quickly confirmed.

With stunning, eye-catching red leather upholstery, elegant instrument layout and seats that offer a driving position that immediately seems to fit you, the A6 oozes class throughout.

Turn the ignition, and it beggars belief the A6 supplied for the test drive is powered by a diesel engine – listen to the silence.

Everything about this Audi seems so sleek and refined and that includes the drive. It smoothly accelerates up through the Tiptronic six-speed gearbox (a snip at an extra £1,400), and glides both in and around town and on the more open road where the adaptive cruise control comes into play (£1,450).

Add all the top notch luxury specifications like DVD-based sat nav (£1,750) and electrically-adjusted sports seats (£1,050) and it’s clear to see how those pennies just keep on adding up.

But, forget the cost for a minute – after all this Audi challenges the not-so-cheap Mercedes and BMW brands – and what you have is a fantastic drive, offering outstanding performance, comfort and all-round manoeuvrability.

And, as expected from the German giants, safety features high on the agenda too. The Audi A6 boasts anti-lock brakes, EBD, ASR, ESP and all other letters of the alphabet that basically can be broken down to mean a safe ride with class-leading technology that helps to prevent an accident.

Of course, a few of the safety specifications do add a little to the final cost like a tyre pressure monitor (£400) and an acoustic and optical parking sensor (£575), but in today’s world, let’s face it, what’s a few thousand pounds between friends?

FAST FACTS

Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro

Price: £38,910

Mechanical: 233bhp, 2,967cc V6 diesel engine driving all four wheels via a 6sp automatic gearbox.

Max speed: 153mph

0-62mph: 7.1secs

Combined mpg: 33.2

Insurance group: 16

CO2 emissions: 229g/km

BiK rating: 34%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000-miles; 3yrs paint; 12yrs anti-rust

Words: Maxine Ashford

Keywords: AUDI, A6