2015 Audi A6 | First Drive
* Wide choice of engines and variants on offer
* Phenomenal Bose sound system
* Great value proposition
* Similarity with the other offerings from the brand is simply too high
* The 3.0 litre variant feels lethargic when pushed
The Audi A6 has unknowingly written its own success story over the years. It’s been a hit with small, swanky families on the lookout for an affordable luxury sedan, and an even bigger hit with the numerous fleet operators in and around the city. But the German sedan’s success isn’t just an accidental occurrence; it’s the outcome of a breathtaking design, a plush cabin, and a justified price tag.
It’s difficult and more often than not, even impossible, for designers to improve on an already outstanding arrangement. Yet somehow, the designers at Audi have proved that they can take the outstanding and make it spectacular. With its crisp contours, taut surfaces and emphasized curves, the 2015 Audi A6 not only looks sharper and smarter than the model it replaces, but sexier too. Although, it must be said, that distinguishing the A6 from the flagship A8 model is now more challenging than ever before.
The pizzazz found on the exterior is echoed within the cabin. The combination of unpolished wood trim and fine leather aren’t just pleasant to the eyes, but to the touch as well. With several colours and trim finishes on offer, it is needless to point out that the interiors of the A6 aren’t as prosaic as some of its traditional rivals. Simply said, it’s opulent without being flashy and technologically advanced without being overwhelming.
Improvements both inside and out have seen the 2015 Audi A6 take a leap forwards in the technological sphere as well. Equipped with a Speech Dialogue System (SDS), it allows for driver’s to compose text messages, play music, and even call a certain friend as they would with Siri, but instead, through the vehicle’s Speech Dialogue System without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Helping the driver further is the instrument cluster that mirrors the navigation screen into the instrument binnacle, in addition to Night Vision, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Monitoring systems.
The engine line-up for the improved A6 range includes one FSI engine and three TFSI units with outputs ranging from 190 horsepower to an intestine juggling 333 horsepower. For our drive activity that began in Dubai and took us through the twisting mountain roads of Fujairah to Ras Al Khaimah, Team AutoMiddleEast managed to get behind the wheel of two variants – in Audi lingo, the 35 TFSI and the 50 TFSI.
The former, powered by a 3.0 litre V6 unit proved ideal for pootling around with its 190 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. Smooth on the highway and with minimal wind noise creeping into the cabin, it didn’t feel underpowered by any means, but the delay in power delivery due to the turbo lag, did dampen the overall experience.
The mightier 50 TFSI, did resolve that issue with its linear distribution of 333 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque to all four corners. Mated to a 7 speed S-Tronic transmission, it also demonstrated its ability to touch the 100 km/h mark in 5.1 seconds and hit 250 km/h when flat out.
Although the A6 has got a sufficient amount of grunt, it takes no shame in flaunting its disinclination to being sporty. It set out to be a comfortable cruiser above all else and makes sure you’re aware of that.
The Audi A6 has evolved over the years and is now at the pinnacle of its life – the best it’s ever been. Although it’s lost its individual identity within the brand’s line-up, there’s no doubt in saying that the A6 will continue writing its success story, one model at a time…