In Europe, big executive saloon cars are sold with small four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines all the time. It’s actually more than likely that if you see an Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E Class, it’s going to be a small diesel engine that powers it. In Europe, it seems that the people care more about affordable and efficient luxury than power. And that’s probably a smart way to go. But here in the ‘States, we tend to like our luxury cars with big V8s. We haven’t always necessarily liked luxury cars with four-cylinder engines. Though, we are starting to turn around.
Cars like the Aud A6 2.0T and the BMW 528i seem to be selling quite well, lately. Even big ole ‘Merican companies, like Cadillac, are selling luxury cars with turbo four-pots under the hood. The, newly updated for 2016, Audi A6 2.0T is one of these entry level luxury cars, and it’s actually very good. The new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder, Volkswagen Group’s new EA888 engine, now makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, making it more than competitive in the segment. For comparison, the BMW 528i makes 240 hp from its own 2.0 liter engine and Cadillac’s CTS 2.oT makes 272 hp, though we suspect that it’s still the slowest of the bunch.
That’s a decent amount of punch from a little engine, though no one will mistake it for something larger. But mated to Audi’s most excellent ZF 8-Speed automatic (or 7-speed DCT in front-wheel drive versions) and powering all four wheels and the A6 2.0T can move quite quickly. The sprint from 0-60 mph happens in around 6.5 seconds, which is not slouch. While the little four-pot won’t make it a canyon carver, it’s still enough to have a bit of fun. It also gets decent fuel economy, so that’s a plus.
But there’s still the stigma, in the U.S., that big luxury cars need big engines. So, even though we know better in our heads, there’s still something that tells us that an A6 with an engine the size of a normal carton of milk seems a bit wrong. Even though it’s powerful enough to make it faster than a Subaru BRZ and actually makes a decent noise, it still seems a bit milquetoast. So what do you think, is the brain right and the A6 2.0T is a car worth buying, or should we follow our American hearts and go for the bigger 3.0 liter Supercharged V6?