2019 Audi A6 55 TFSI Review | carsales

2019 Audi A6 55 TFSI Review | carsales


Audi has a name for quality mechanical hardware. In fact, much of the German car-maker’s
success is embedded in its quattro all-wheel drive systems, or stonking four, five, six,
eight and 10 cylinder engines. But hardware isn’t the sole focus for this
car. This is the new A6 sedan, and you could argue
that in car technology is what truly sets it apart. The updated A6 arrives in Australia from August,
initially with this top flight 55 TFSI offering. Priced from $116,000 it will soon be joined
by more affordable 45 TFSI variants closer to the magic $100,000 mark. The big point of difference with the new A6
is Audi Connect Plus, a software system incorporated into two new centrally-mounted screens. The program is included in the A6 purchase
price for the first three years, and for $300 annually thereafter. Audi connect plus allows users to remotely
lock and unlock their car, set up a geofence, apply valet and secondary driver settings
and much more via a phone app. It also places emergency calls, and brings
a host of navigation and infotainment services with terrific detail, including how many vacant
spots there are in nearby car parks, live fuel pricing and weather updates. It’s a big step up from the predecessor
vehicle. Of course, the A6 is nothing without redeeming
mechanical features, and this 55 TFSI offers plenty in the form of a 3.0-litre turbo-six
with 250kW and 500Nm. That’s not far off the previous generation
S6, and for $50 grand less. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual
clutch automatic and quattro all-wheel drive, bringing a nought to 100km time of 5.1 seconds
and respectable fuel economy, partially brought about by a new 48-volt mild hybrid system
that. I’ve got to say, from low speed, the driveline
isn’t as smooth as I expected. Under more urgent throttle applications, there’s
a noticeable delay followed by a surge as all those pieces of the puzzle get things
going. From that point on that, there’s a lot to
like about this. No shortage of grunt, a really punchy mid-range
and an all-wheel drive system that’s almost fool proof on a twisting piece of road. Incredible! At 2.0-tonnes, the A6 manages corners, highway
and rougher roads superbly. Our car’s optional combination of adaptive
suspension and 21-inch wheels was near faultless, making for smooth roomy progress on b-grade
roads. Throw in broad back seat, 530-litre boot and
new tech suite, and the A6 is an incredibly comfortable long-journey car. You could almost mistake this car as an A4,
the handling is so light and nimble. I really like the ride on b-grade roads, it
reflects the surfaces underneath, and manages to take the edge off all but the harshest
of bumps. The cabin is whisper quiet and isolated from
outside elements as well. Steering directness and weighting feels like
it has progressed too, though there’s a little bit of feedback missing for Australian
tastes. And the same dampers are excellent in controlling
the car’s heft. In faster corners, the A6 is right at home. Make no mistake, this is vintage Audi – all-wheel
drive, bustling engine and a degree of clout through the corners. It’s also bristling with equipment inside. But the luxe factor is really turned up with
the technology suite. And it gives the A6 a key point of difference
in the fight against the E-Class and the 5 Series.