The current generation Audi A6 is a very typical Audi luxury car. It’s quiet, comfortable, good looking, fast, handles well, has loads of grip and has one of the best interiors on the market. But you’d never mistake it for a sports sedan. It’s very clearly a luxury car. This is typical of the Audi A6, and its intended objective, so that makes it a slam dunk. Well, apparently Consumer Reports thinks so as well, as it claims that the, updated for 2016, A6 leads its class.
For 2016, the A6 gains some subtle touches, just to keep it fresh. It receives a power bump to its 3.0 liter Supercharged V6 engine, some thicker glass to keep the cabin extra quiet and an updated infotainment system, among other things. These are minor updates, but ones that keep the A6 at the tippy top of the segment. The Supercharged V6 now makes 333 hp, which is the same as the Audi S4/S5, and is enough to propel the big Audi with ease. The infotainment system’s updated graphics are excellent and might even be best-in-class. There’s also a built-in WiFi hotspot, now. So while the A6 is still in its current generation, it stays fresh enough to compete for 2016.
The A6 was always a good handling car, but it was never able to compete in the handling department with BMW, Mercedes and now even Cadillac. So to stay ahead of its competition, Audi needs to make the A6 a supremely comfortable and enjoyable luxury car. Because, after all, isn’t that what matters most in that segment? Sure, having a luxury can that can double as a getaway car is cool, but for 99 percent of driving, those extra dynamic abilities are wasted. So the Audi A6 focuses on what people actually need and will use on a daily drive.
But don’t mistake the Audi A6 as a floppy luxury barge. It can still hustle if need be. Just maybe without the alacrity of a BMW 5 Series or Cadillac CTS, or Jaguar XF. But if you were to have to pick one of those cars to sit in and drive for long periods of time, it’s likely that you’d choose the Audi A6. Because it can handle the twisty stuff about 80 percent as well as the other cars, but its considerably nicer to be in. It also has Quattro all-wheel drive, which is probably the best system on the market, giving it superb traction in any kind of weather.
Combine those handling traits with solid straight-line performance, from either the 3.0 liter V6 or 252 hp 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder, and the lovely interior and comfort and the Audi A6 becomes one helluva package. But don’t just take my word for it, Consumer Reports thinks the same and has claimed the Audi A6 as the best car in the segment. I guess the refresh worked and an old dog can learn new tricks.