Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Supreme All-Rounder; Strong A6 Appeal Puts Spotlight Back on Sedans

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Supreme All-Rounder; Strong A6 Appeal Puts Spotlight Back on Sedans

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Byline: Grant Edwards

FASHION trends have a tendency to repeat themselves.

The latest proliferation of denim and acid-wash is testament to the circle of vogue.

Could that mean a revival of the sedan? The humble four-door with a boot has been largely cast aside in recent times, with the modern SUV garnering all attention.

Premium offerings are maintaining the sedan's presence, and Audi's A6 is appealing for those shopping in the $100k aisle who can look past the popular high-riding

wagons.

Comfort

The interior is well designed and plush, although it falls just shy of lavish. Then again, we have been spoilt by the state-of-the-art cabin styling of Audi's own TT roadster and big Q7 SUV, which manages to make its stablemates appear less shiny.

Yet everything is easy to navigate your way around, and the users just need to master the central dial, which controls an array of functions from stereo and phone through to the sat nav.

The driver has a lovely instrument binnacle featuring a tacho on the left, speedo on the right and large central digital display.

Personal preference is to have a large digital speedo that enables the driver to maintain a close scrutiny on the velocity ... and you need to be watchful. The diesel is outstandingly fast, and you can quickly creep above the legal limit with little care with limited noise intrusion.

The cabin is super quiet.

All the materials are soft-touch, and there's a nice sprinkling of chrome through the centre and on the console.

There is also a lovely circular line that starts on the front door and continues around the dash and on to the opposing front door for an added touch of elegance.

On the road

The 3.0-litre turbo diesel is outstandingly strong. It always feels like there is power at the ready, courtesy of monstrous torque.

It truly is an all-rounder, which is why we have seen derivatives of this engine in

various Audi models.

On the highway it cruises around 110kmh at about 1500rpm, yet can haul away from standstill with sports car-like prowess.

There are various drive modes, such as "comfort" and "efficiency", yet choose

"dynamic" and things can become raucous.

Steering is light, perhaps too light for eager drivers, which is especially noticeable with the lane-keep assist functionality. That technology helps keep the vehicle within the white lines if driver concentration wanes - it's a life-saver, but it can lead to an artificial feel on occasions. For those who don't like it around town, it's best turned off.

Throw the sedan into a bend and you can experience the benefit of Quattro all-wheel drive, and that lovely twist of power enables you to slingshot away with precision and control.

What do you get?

Basic equipment incorporates 18-inch alloys with the S Line exterior package, LED headlights and daytime running lights, sat nav, 20. …

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