2014 Audi A6 Turbodiesel Review
The A6 represents the core model of Audi's luxury sport sedan offerings. For 2014, the A6 blends spirited driving dynamics and new state-of-the-art technological equipment and features, providing elevated levels of comfort, convenience and security.
The 2014 Audi A6 lineup offers four engine variants for the U.S. market: a 2.0T turbocharged TFSI inline 4-cylinder; a 3.0T Supercharged TFSI V6; the new 3.0 TDI turbocharged Clean Diesel; and finally, a 4.0T turbocharged TFSI V8 engine for the S6.
My test 2014 A6 TDI quattro was in Premium Plus trim, powered by the 3.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel V6 mated to the 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It sported an elegant Glacier White metallic exterior, complemented by a Black interior. The base sticker was set at $57,500 while the metallic paint, Driver Assistance Package, A6 Prestige Package, 19-inch Sport Package, Black Optic Package and Destination charge elevated the final sticker price to $67,295. This latest iteration Audi A6 quattro is an extremely gratifying example of a performance-oriented luxury sedan. The new 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel V6 makes perfect sense for drivers who want performance, but also desire extended range and optimal fuel economy.
In a recent Audi TDI Efficiency Rally that took place in and around the Washington D.C area, Audi models were provided to prove to a group of national automotive press the advantages of diesel fueled vehicles. The new diesel A6 set aside any preconceived notions that might have been held that diesel power is noisy, smelly, dirty and inferior to gasoline-fueled vehicles. Quite to the contrary, the 3.0 TDI Clean Diesel provided more torque and was only discernable as a diesel motor when at idle with the hood open. EPA is rated at 38 mpg highway.
The electronic 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission provides smooth transitions from gear to gear with the dynamic shift program, and Audi's quattro permanent all-wheel drive system delivers surefootedness in driving scenarios where traction, or the lack thereof becomes an issue. The speed-sensitive Servotronic steering supplements the precise handling of the A6 with a heightened level of precision in steering.
The A6 gives the impression of being in motion, even when parked. It provides a pleasing ride quality minus any "float and roll" -- a trait associated with some luxury sedans. The low, sloping, sculpted hood and pronounced, bold trapezoidal grille prominently displays the German automaker's four-linked-ring insignia.
The A6 exhibits a muscular sleekness that flows pleasingly and effortlessly from nose to tail, and even with the taut overall design concept, the interior accommodations are quite roomy and luxurious. The cockpit is definitely driver-focused, enveloping the pilot and front passenger with rich materials and textures. The three-spoke multifunction steering wheel offers a gratifying and substantial feel.
The Multi Media Interface (MMI) control terminal, located behind the gearshift lever, is in perfect ergonomic arrangement and places its display exactly in the driver's line of vision, integrated beneath the top dashboard cover. The keyless engine start/stop button offered a nice touch, as did the electronic park brake, with its console mounted set/release switch. The display screen stows neatly into the dash when exiting the car, reappearing when firing up the engine.
The Audi A6 continues to progress in an evolutionary manner, with a heightened level of sophistication. but with a sense of purpose as well. Don't rule out the diesel -- it deserves a more prominent place in our society, and it's growing rapidly in popularity, with the compact car share of diesels expected to more than double over by 2018.
Manufacturer Photo: The Audi A6 model line, representing class-leading technology, performance and precision, is enhanced for 2014 with the addition of the Audi A6 TDI clean diesel model. New for 2014, the Audi A6 TDI's 3.0-liter 6-cylinder clean diesel engine with 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and all-wheel drive generates a powerful 240 hp and 428 lb-ft torque, seamlessly launching from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
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2014 AUDI A6 TDI
VEHICLE TYPE_________________ 5-passenger AWD large sedan
BASE PRICE___________________ $57,500 (as tested: $67,295)
MOTOR TYPE___________________ 24-valve turbodiesel V-6 w/DI
HORSEPOWER (net)_____________ 240 at 3500 rpm
TORQUE (lb.-ft.)_____________ 428 at 1750-2250 rpm
TRANSMISSION_________________ 8-speed automatic
OVERALL LENGTH_______________ 193.9 in.
TURNING CIRCLE (curb-to-curb) 39.0 ft.
CURB WEIGHT__________________ 4,178 lbs.
FUEL CAPACITY________________ 20 gal.
EPA MILEAGE RATING___________ 24 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
Copyright, Motor Matters, 2013
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