2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI | road test

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Looks, build quality, handling, engine
BadBadStiff ride
SpecsSpecs3-litre TFSI engine, 295bhp, 440Nm
PricePriceAED 231,000 (as tested)
RatingEditors RatingFour Star

Most of us will agree that Audi went a little too far with its family identity concept and identifying one Audi sedan from the other was becoming a bit difficult. Audi too realised this and promptly rectified this issue with their new ‘AQR’ design philosophy with each vehicle category getting its own type of styling.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

2012 3.0 TFSI

The 2012 Audi A6 borrows a lot of design elements from its elder brother the A8 but the grille and the lower air dams are significantly different. The front with its prominent grille and futuristic headlights certainly hog more limelight as compared to the rest of the car. The headlight cluster is one of best we have seen in a mid-level executive sedan till date and overall package is much more appealing than the outgoing version. The side is relatively fuss-free with just one stroke flowing across its length with rear end sharing cues with the A8 and the A4 with its beautifully designed tail lamps and twin chrome tipped exhausts. The A6 is sportier and aggressive, something that its competitors have shied away from being and that makes it a hit or miss proposition with potential buyers.

The interior design and layout echo the bold exterior. We like the wrap-around dashboard that is very driver focused, just like it should be. The wrap-around style of the dash does give you a perception of the interior being a bit cramped but there is plenty of room for four adults to travel in utmost comfort and luxury. To reassure the occupants of its executive car identity, the interior has a layered-wood veneer and leather finish paired with high quality plastics. There is hardly anything to complain about here. Fit and finish quality is right up there along with its rivals and brushed aluminium touches on some buttons just does the trick for us.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI interiors

Dashboard layout is very driver focussed with a wrap-around design

Standard equipment includes the latest iteration of Audi’s MMI operating system that now supports Arabic and the handwriting recognition system can identify Arabic text inputs. The MMI (multimedia interface), for those who are not familiar with it, gives you a variety of information on various functions including navigation, audio system and car settings. Owners will have to spend some time fiddling with the menu to get used to this system, which, once mastered, can make the driving experience a whole lot better.

However, we did have issues with the navigation in some of the newer areas of Dubai. The installed version of maps available on the test car didn’t seem to be the latest and we spent a lot of time going around in circles.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI Alloy wheel

20-inch alloy wheels look awfully good

The 2012 Audi A6 also offers a variety of other gizmos like a head-up display which tells you your speed and also displays navigation information, active lane assist, park assist with a reversing camera and an excellent Bose audio system to name a few.

There are two-engine options for the 2012 Audi A6. A 2.8-litre FSI motor that produces 204bhp at 6500rpm and 280Nm of torque at 3000-5000rpm and the one on our test car, a 3-litre TFSI engine which churns out 295bhp of peak power at 5,250-6,500rpm range and 440Nm of torque from 2,800 to 4,500rpm. Both variants get a 7-speed dual clutch S tronic automatic gearbox that transfers power to all four wheels.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI engine

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI engine

Armed with a supercharger and a turbocharger, the 3-litre TFSI engine starts gunning it right from the word go. There is no waiting for optimum power to be delivered and the moment you floor the accelerator, the car surges ahead with purpose and a faint whine from the supercharger penetrates into the cabin. Our test equipment indicated a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds, which is impressive for a saloon this size and the Quattro drivetrain restricted any kind of wheel-spin drama during hard acceleration.

Another thing we would like to point out, which might not seem relevant to most buyers is the fuel consumption. The start/stop system that comes standard, turns off the engine automatically at red lights and traffic jams. With Audi claiming the new engines to be 21 per cent more efficient that the older versions, this car returns an impressive fuel consumption figure. During our test we recorded a high of 13 litres per 100 kilometres and a low of 9 litres per 100 kilometres, which indicates an average consumption of approximately 10km/l.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

The 2012 Audi A6 has three driving modes that can be set using the MMI – auto, comfort and dynamic. These modes alter the engine and the gearbox performance without any changes to the suspension and steering. Suspension is set on the stiffer side and it does come to your attention pretty often. A sporty car with a sporty suspension is a good thing for us enthusiasts but when you consider the buyers in this segment, it might not go down well with them. We too were left longing for a softer setup on occasions.

The plus side of this stiff ride is excellent handling. You can’t go wrong with this suspension setup mixed with the Quattro drivetrain and the quick shifting dual clutch gearbox. A short trip to the twisties on the outskirts of Dubai saw us return with sinister smiles plastered across our faces indicating just one thing, this car handles like a charm. For owners who want to try some spirited driving on occasions, this car is seriously worth considering if you can live with the stiff ride.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

However, Audi will offer the adaptive air suspension and the dynamic steering option in the near future and this would have been a seriously good offering to have at launch. Why wait for something that can add a whole new level of driving comfort? We don’t know.

Safety equipment consists of the usual electronics and airbags with additional optional safety packages like the Audi pre sense, adaptive cruise control, side assist and lane assist.

The mid-size premium car segment is the second largest premium segment in the Middle East and Audi has very clearly mentioned its intentions of becoming the number one premium brand in the region. Audi has pinned a lot of hope on this car to help them get to the top.

The 2012 Audi A6 is available from AED 188,000 and AED 231,000 for the A6 2.8 FSI quattro and the 3.0 TFSI quattro respectively. Both models come with 5 years service and 3-year warranty as a standard.

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

2012 Audi A6 3.0 TFSI

 

Specifications

Price: AED 231,000 (as tested)

Engine type: V6 supercharged and turbocharged

Displacement: 2995cc

Max. power: 295bhp @ 5250-6500rpm

Max. torque: 440NM @ 2900-4500

Transmission: 7-speed S tronic automatic with paddle shifters

Drivetrain: Quattro all-wheel-drive

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