Overview: This is the 2016 Audi A6 2.0 T and performance is the word that describes it best. If you have ever ridden a spirited horse then you will understand what I mean. You know there are some special animals that simply want to run. There are also special cars that are high spirited as well.
It is clearly one of the best performance cars in class and continues to be a joy to drive. Truly it stands out when you get behind the wheel. It is especially apparent when you get on a curvy mountain road and put it through its paces.
The ride is exceptional and you have to give credit where credit is due. I’m not a cheerleader for German cars generally because they appeal to all but are affordable only to a few. They are expensive to own and operate and luxury car dealerships are notoriously expensive. That probably can’t change because it is simply a fact of the level of quality and capability this car provides. In that sense it is exactly what it should be. So be it. This class car is just not for everyone. And that is certainly okay.
The automotive market literally has something for every want or need. So no one has to apologize for any level and class of car. Just because I can’t justify owning a car in this class it doesn’t mean it is any less a transportation option.
That being said, if this IS justifiable in your life and budget you need to drive this very special automobile.
General Information: It is assembled in Neckarsulm, Germany; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Germany 62%; Engine – Hungary and transmission – Germany; Classification is Mid-size (luxury). Cars from Audi: A3 Cabriolet, A3 Sedan, A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet, A6, A7, A8, Allroad, Q3, Q5, Q7, R8, RS 5, RS 5 Cabriolet, RS 7 and S3.
Opinion: Diamond Lane: Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a bill that would allow “Off Peak” travel in the diamond lane to relieve traffic congestion. Wow, is that a total disconnect for Brown? OR – was there something in the bill that was tacked on that was unreasonable or simply not to his liking. Can’t these legislators just address a problem to change such things for the purpose intended and not muddy up the issue with pet projects being tacked on?
The law would have allowed Southern Californian’s to drive in the HOV lane on the 134 and 210 freeways off peak.
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Handling & Performance: Outstanding and outclasses nearly every car you will drive.
Styling: Audi has consistently held to a very recognizable design over time. Nice job Volkswagen.
(Headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany, Volkswagen designs, manufactures and distributes passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles, engines, and turbomachinery. They also offer financing, leasing and fleet management services. In 2012, it produced the second-largest number of motor vehicles of any company in the world, behind Toyota and ahead of General Motors.)
Fit and Finish: Outstanding.
Conveniences and comfort: Usual standard features and some advanced safety features that are becoming more in demand these days. For the money I believe Audi should do better. Bluetooth hands free phone for example should be standard on all cars since more and more accidents are being attributed to cell phone use.
Consumer Recommendations: If this is within your budget you will be impressed in everything about this car. Trust me. Test drive it and you will fall in love all over again.
Recognized Competition: Audi A6 2.0 T Quattro $53,000, Mercedes Benz E-Class $54,000, BMW 5-Series $51,000, Cadillac CTS Sedan $54,000, Volvo S80 $49,000.
Good News: Style, handling and comfort above and beyond what is on the market today.
Bad News: Price will be way more than the vast majority can justify for transportation.
Standard Equipment: 2.0 liter 252 horsepower 4 cylinder engine, 8-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all wheel drive, stability control, Audi drive select, energy recuperation with start stop system, power sunroof, heated mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seat back with passthrough, heated 8-way power front seats with driver memory and 4-way lumbar adjustment, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, leather seating, walnut dark brown wood inlays, Audi sound system, Sirius satellite radio, rain and light sensors, front side and side curtain airbags, anti theft alarm system and ignition immobilizer, LATCH child safety system.
Gas Stats: $2.99/ Gal avg. October 4, 2015
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22 City and 32 Highway MPG
Pricing: MSRP $48,400.
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