New Audi A6 is a benchmark for quality and comfort

Hugh Maguire: is impressed with the new Audi A6

New Audi A6 is a benchmark for quality and comfort

In typical Audi fashion the changes to the latest A6 are as they say are more than skin deep.

The new A6 range does boast some detail cosmetic changes with a lovely new style that mimics that of its big brother A8, but more importantly technical under the skin revisions have made the new A6 a class leader for comfort and quality.

As before the range includes petrol and diesel engines with manual or optional automatic gearbox’s.

Also as before there is an extensive options list which be warned can very quickly tot-up to a tidy sum. My test car this week was the new Audi A6 40 TDI diesel in S-Line specification.

So has it got street cred?

Yes I love the new style, its bold enough to be distinctive yet conservative enough so as not to alienate buyers in this segment.

It is an imposing car that simply oozes understated class. I like the huge Audi grille and tail section with the chrome bar linking the two light clusters. The sleek lines of the new car give it a very purposeful profile. It is a very classy looking machine.

What’s it like inside?

The new cabin is beautifully crafted and in my opinion is now the very best cabin in this class beating both the Mercedes and BMW. The materials are of the highest quality and the fit and finish simply beyond reproach.

The Audi Virtual cockpit is a visual masterpiece but despite improved graphics some of the functionality is not so well executed, often requiring a couple of stabs with a finger to get the result you want.

The S-Line is very generously equipped and too much to detail here, but highlights include the double glazed windows, mild hybrid technology through regenerative braking, and intelligent stop start, as well as a host of goodies such as google maps, leather and Alcantara upholstery, Matrix LED auto lights and much more.

What's under the bonnet?

Powered by Audi’s creamy smooth 2.0 litre TDI diesel and mated to a 7-Speed S-Tronic auto with power going to the front wheels, and 204 bhp on tap this A6 moves along very nicely indeed. It sips diesel burning just 6.1 litres per 100km over my test and road tax is €270.00.

Will I enjoy driving it?

The ride and handling of the new A6 is equally impressive. The sports suspension set-up of the S-Line is a good blend between comfort and rewarding handling making the new A6 an enjoyable car to drive.

It also proves to be superbly refined with wind, road and engine noise all very well suppressed.

Accommodation is vast with plenty of leg and headroom both front and rear along with a decent 530 litre sized boot. All in all this is a very well rounded car that never fails to impress in any area.

Verdict

The new A6 has evolved into what is a very fine car indeed. It is beautifully crafted so much so that unlike some rivals you really do feel as though you are travelling in a car that is a cut above the rest.

The styling is superb, distinctive yet maintaining an element of conservatism that is needed to appeal to buyers in this segment.

The doors shut with a reassuring clunk, and the body insulation and fine tolerances mean that the noisy outside world is barely audible.

This is a classy car, a car that you will throw a glance back at with pride as you walk away and its the class leader for comfort, high tech and quality.

Prices for the A6 start at €50,800, the S-Line tested here starts at €55,605.