If you want a luxury sedan that can quench your thirst for excellent performance but does not look bland, consider owning a 2014 Audi A6. It’s got cutting-edge technology, stylish body and cabin, and an attractive engine lineup with quattro all-wheel drive.
NEW FOR 2014 A6
- diesel V6 engine
- 220-hp 4-cylinder engine
- discontinuation of Premium trim level for 3.0T models
UNDER THE HOOD
The engine lineup for the 2014 Audi A6 consists of 3 choices. The first one is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a continuously variable transmission or CVT and front-wheel drive system. A combination of an all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The second engine option is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic and stop-start technology are standard.
Finally, the A6 can now be had with a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6. It can motivate the A6 with 240 horsepower and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque. It also gets an 8-speed automatic and all-wheel drive system.
Here are the EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Audi A6:
|2.0L FWD, CVT||25 mpg||33 mpg||28 mpg|
|2.0L quattro, 8-spd automatic||20 mpg||29 mpg||23 mpg|
|3.0L V6 quattro, 8-spd automatic, supercharged||18 mpg||27 mpg||22 mpg|
|3.0L V6 quattro 8-spd automatic, turbocharged diesel||24 mpg||38 mpg||29 mpg|
ON THE ROAD
The A6 is underpowered with the base 2.0-liter engine that comes with a CVT and front-wheel drive system. Stepping up a bit to the quattro-eight-speed combination makes the luxury sedan sportier. The 3.0-liter V6 gives a more refined ride. And though it brings great fuel economy, the diesel engine pulls off impressive acceleration.
Not all vehicles in the segment are as communicative as the Audi A6. The sedan provides a lot of grip and is compliant when shifting directions. A minor flaw, though, involves the electric power steering which could do better in delivering feedback.
INSIDE THE 2014 A6
As expected with every Audi vehicle, the A6 shows off elegant and high-class cabin. Materials are of premium quality and every element seemed to have been placed delicately. This impressive design does not compromise the cabin’s functionality and comfort, though.
The Audi A6 has an impressive array of cabin tech which you can already take advantage by purchasing just the base model. Some of the must-have features are Bang & Olufsen sound system, Audi MMI Touch, navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and full park assist system.
All seats are comfortable and supportive, especially that they’re available with heating and cooling functions. But reviewers have mixed opinions about the rear seat. Some say it has more legroom than other vehicles in the class. Others think that the cushions are too low, making them slightly less comfortable for taller passengers. Meanwhile, the 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is average for the segment.
There are a total of 6 models available for the 2014 A6. The 2.0T Premium is standard with daytime running lights, automatic headlights, LED taillights, rear fog lights, heated windshield washer nozzles, gloss black and aluminum exterior trims, dual exhaust outlets, tri-zone automatic climate control, multifunction steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather seats, 8-way heated power front seats with lumbar support, driver seat memory, split folding rear seatbacks, 5-inch driver info system, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, satellite radio, SD card slot, iPod integration, Bluetooth, cruise control, Audi Drive Select, heated power side mirrors, and automatic wipers.
The Premium Plus models get LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights, auto-dimming outside mirrors, navigation system with voice control technology, MMI Touch (handwriting recognition technology), Audi Connect, 7-inch color driver info system, HD radio, keyless start and entry, and parking assist with rearview camera.
Finally, Prestige models feature adaptive headlights, Audi S line exterior, quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED interior lighting, 12-way ventilated power front seats, 14-speaker Bose surround sound system, and side assist.
Audi also offers features like top- and corner-view camera system, head-up display, night vision technology, active lane assist, adaptive cruise control, 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and full LED headlights as options depending on the model.
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