2014 Audi A6 | new car review

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 by
2014 Audi A6
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  • 2014 A6
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  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 75%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

“Vorsprung Durch Technik” is a written testament that Germans could be extremely stubborn, due to their persistence in marketing a German motto to the rest of the world, which incidentally is non-German speaking. But that stereotype is easily forgotten when weighed against their immaculate attention to detail and precision as seen in the latest A6, Audi’s mid-sized sedan that is a rolling example of their Motto “Advancement through Technology”.

Pros

Improved headlight design
Folding rear seats

Cons

Identical styling to the larger A8
Lacks a panoramic roof

Looks

Just like Audi has been a pioneer of the LED lights on the car, it further extends its lead in lighting technology for 2014.The first noticeable change over the 2013 model is at the headlights. At first glance they are a wider version of the A5 head lamps. However upon closer inspection, you notice Audi has abandoned the traditional centred xenon bulb and introduced multiple square shaped xenon bulbs that have an (L-shape) alignment. The xenon lights are parallel to the LED lights below it and add symmetry to the car’s front end.

The body of the A6 has aerodynamic cues that make you question whether it was designed by an artist or simply crafted in a wind tunnel. The pebble shaped mirrors funnel air across the body to the boot’s upwards slanting edge that fends off the air. The body is large but sleek with 2 massive chrome tail pipes that can produce high decibels of muffler acoustics.

2014 Audi A6 exterior collage

Feels

Audi has evolved their concept of a seamless interior design. The multimedia screen tucks inside the dashboard and can be summoned out at the push of a button. The dashboard has also undergone a diet with a trim down on buttons making it more appealing to look at. The reduction of clutter means the ignition, radio controls, E-parking, and touch-pad were relocated to the centre console where they are a lifted finger away from drivers resting their arms on the extendable armrest.

Wide, comfortable, and towering over your shoulders, the seats tuck you in nicely and have adjustable bolsters that gently dig into your back and clamp you in from the sides depending on how snug you want to be in the standard Valcona & Milano Italian leather.

The rear seats are soft enough for you to sink in, but firm enough to hold you in place on rough bends. The enormous transmission tunnel in the middle however makes it difficult to seat 3 adults. They make up for it however, by being one of the only saloon luxury cars that has folding rear seats for added practicality.

2014 Audi A6 interior collage

Engineering

With the conveniently placed scroll under the gear lever, the driver can choose which song to play from the playlist on their phone, to stiffening suspension settings. You can draw out letters of the location you want to drive to or even use the more efficient and highly accurate voice command. One trending feature that seems to have gained more popularity with German auto makers is the automatic engine power on/off mode which switches the engine off when the car comes to a complete stop to reduce emissions, and immediately back on once your foot touches the throttle pedal.

What’s on offer?

5 engine variants to choose from, and the gap between the entry level A6 and the fully loaded RS6 Avant is a whopping AED 360,000. The entry 2.0T starts at AED 164,000 and puts out 180HP and 320 NM of torque. All models are turbo charged to offer a more fuel efficient line up and for higher torque which is mostly accessible between the 2,000 – 4,000 rev range. The only naturally aspirated engine is the 2.8L V6 (AED 192,300) that puts out 204HP/280NM of torque, which is 40 HP short of Mercedes’s E300. The 3.0T starts at AED 240,000 and produces an impressive 310 HP with 440NM of torque.

The S-line both share the same turbo charged 4.0L V8. The monstrous 560 HP and 700NM of torque RS6 only comes as an Avant and packs in bucket rear and front seats, an intoxicating exhaust note and has a steep AED 450,000 price tag. The more modest S6 puts out an impressive 420 HP and 550 NM of torque  for AED 301,000.

Verdict

The high prices are justifiable due to high standards of build quality that Audi has spread across its lineup. New technologies also allow it to command higher prices like when manufacturers invest more of their efforts on more fuel efficient ways, such as the eco-mode setting in the MMI that measures different driving characteristics. A contradictory aspect to Audi’s going greener phase is the mandatory Quattro for the V6s and V8. The AWD system is thirstier than an ordinary FWD and its functionality is somewhat useless to the UAE roads.

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