2014 audi a6 tdi review




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  • EDITOR WES RAYNAL: I've been loving the Audi A6 for a while. The diesel makes it more appealing to me. Why? To my mind, it has all the.

    Full test of the Audi A6 TDI Quattro. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver.

    About Audi. Audi is the most popular brand among used cars. The annual output is 2 million vehicles.

    The Audi A6 TDI just might make you a diesel convert.

    So it'd take you a little while to get a return on investment if all you wanted was better fuel efficiency, depending on how much you drove. Dynamically, it's an Audi A6 with lightly weighted, but quick-responding steering. I remain quite taken with this car, its stellar winter-weather performance aside. The company has cleaned up the rear quite nicely, and I can't think of many ways to improve it. I don't care so much about the resolution on the MMI screen.

    I've been loving the Audi A6 for a while. The diesel makes it more appealing to me. To my mind, it has all the diesel benefits like torque check out that lb-ft! This is a fine engine installed in a terrific midsize sedan. The car leaves the line fast and smooth. Throttle response is right now, unlike some competitors' diesels, and the power stays stout throughout the revs.

    The overall diesel smoothness and operation make me wonder why anyone would order it with any other engine. I don't include S model in that view because that's another kettle of fish entirely. I don't blame it. I would love to stay in bed in the morning, too. My mileage to and from the office was about 20 mpg according to the in-dash measurer. Not blow-me-away impressive, but the conditions have been just horrible, with some wheelspin, lots of stop-and-go -- I didn't expect much.

    Frankly, 20 mpg was a very good number, in my opinion. The rest of the car is pure A6, meaning the interior is gorgeous and well built, the chassis is rock solid and the exterior is sharp. No, it's not cheap, but excellence costs money. The car is worth it. Boy, Wes is right: This A6 TDI isn't cheap. I have about three hours total in the car between yesterday and today; that was about 30 miles, with both traffic and ice all over the road. My first complaint is that it didn't warm up fast enough.

    Both last night and this morning, it took about 15 minutes in the car to get to a comfortable temperature and for the windshield to defrost completely. The heated seats work quickly, but that won't keep your face and hands warm when it's -5 degrees.

    Actually, the whole heating system is a pain. I wish it would just work with the central dial. I also didn't find the seats very comfortable. The bottoms were flat, and I didn't get much support for my skinny rear end. The interior does look good, though. It's warm and inviting.

    I like the flip-up navigation screen, the gear-shifter setup and the center cluster. And most of the time, the central MMI control works great.

    I like the look of the A6 and the rest of Audi's sedans. They get sort of sharp in the front, with various edges pointing forward, but it's also generally flat, giving it a muscular, blocky look. The company has cleaned up the rear quite nicely, and I can't think of many ways to improve it. Like all Audi vehicles, the A6 was great in the snow and ice.

    I never slowed, let alone got close to getting stuck. The front lip is a bit low, which had me crushing some snow chunks while I was driving over them, but nothing hung up this car. A lot of the credit goes to the Pirelli winter tires installed on our test car, but don't forget about the all-wheel drive, either. During one of my nights with the car, I decided to slog through the foot of snow on the ground to do some grocery shopping.

    The unplowed roads were nasty, with the A6's front bumper serving as more of a snowplow, but at no time was I afraid of getting stuck, losing control or sliding off into a ditch. The only hiccup was my fault. Instead of shoveling a path through the large pile of snow at the bottom of my driveway, I instead thought I could just bust through.

    2014 Audi A6 Review



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