Audi has been widely praised for its outstanding interiors and the new A6 does little to diminish this reputation. Interior materials are top notch, from the sumptuous tan leather seats to the gorgeous wood trim and brushed aluminum accents. All of the usual creature comforts are present, including heated power front seats, dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, navigation system, and Bluetooth® hands free phone operation. Interior room is quite good and the trunk is nicely sized for stowing a bunch of suitcases, but the rear seats could use a bit more legroom to accommodate taller passengers.
If we had to criticize this otherwise outstanding interior, we could find some fault with Audi’s Multi Media Interface, which controls the navigation and sound systems. Although the system works quite well and isn’t that difficult to operate, it is quite complex and navigating through the various menus takes some patience. In addition, the controls for the system aren’t located on the dashboard, but rather are placed on the center console next to the shift lever. Looking at the controls therefore requires looking down and away from the windshield, which is obviously quite dangerous while driving. Although over time we grew used to operating the various buttons and knobs without looking at them, a more traditional dashboard layout would be preferable.
The A6 received a subtle exterior redesign for 2009, with more flowing body lines that give the car a slightly more athletic look. Audi’s signature “single frame” front grill remains, although the shape is now a bit rounder. The trunklid is also new and gives the rear end a more poised, but still mature appearance. Both the headlights and taillights are more pronounced and feature daytime running lights in the form of a slim strip of LEDs. These lights are quite bright and should make the car very visible in traffic. Although the overall design is not as striking or unique as other cars in the luxury segment, the A6 is far from boring and retains a classiness that eludes many of its competitors.
With an MSRP starting at $50,100, the A6 3.0T isn’t exactly cheap, but compared to others in its class the A6 is actually a good value and should be an attractive alternative in this competitive market segment. Both the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E class are more expensive, and although you can get a Lexus GS or Acura TL for less, the A6 comes standard with all-wheel drive, exceptional road manners, Audi’s signature interior quality, and the status that comes with a German nameplate. For many buyers looking for a mid-size luxury sedan, this combination of attributes should be hard to resist.
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