2014 Audi A6 TDI Test Drive And Overview: Diesel Does It

I’ve fallen in adore with a diesel. Audi Audi’s 3.-liter TDI is a great engine, and it is has located a fantastic application in the gorgeous 2014 Audi A6 TDI. I like to feel of myself as an unpretentious guy. I’m a rare steak and iceberg lettuce sort of guy (no potatoes anymore – no carbs for me). Whenever I hear auto journalists raving about diesel sedans, I have to fight the impulse to shout “Euro-snob! We’re Americans! We like our scorching-rods! Maintain your soccer balls to your self, and give me a V8!”

My check vehicle was a loaded 2014 Audi A6 TDI Prestige model. The Prestige package adds $ 2,800 to the base cost of $ 57,500. My tester also came with a $ 2,800 Driver Assistance package deal (far more about that later on), a $ one,500 19” Sport package deal, and 20” 10-spoke wheels ($ 800), along with a $ 500 coat of Glacier White metallic paint. Add in the $ 895 destination charge, and the as-examined price tag came to $ 66,795 – certainly premium territory for a mid-dimension sedan. The price tag consists of Audi’s 4-12 months/50,000-mile guarantee, 1-yr/5,000-mile no-charge 1st servicing support, and 4-yr roadside support (offered by a third-get together). EPA estimates for fuel economic climate are 24 mpg city/38 mpg highway.

A6 is in its 4th generation, following a makeover for 2012. The first A6 appeared in the United States as a 1994 model, taking on the alphanumeric designation following a redesign of the Audi 5000. The recent automobile shares a lot of visual cues with the rest of the Audi sedan lineup, like a massive, open-mouthed grille and pulled-back horizontal headlight array. The total package is sleek, stylish and unfussy. Audi’s press fleet of TDI designs appear to all be white with somewhat overstated gray “TDI” stickers along their rocker panels – but you do not have to grow to be a rolling advertisement for the technologies in real existence, as there are 13 subtle colour alternatives accessible without the big stickers.

If you are a fan of overstuffed luxury, the A6′s interior may well strike you as a small sparse. But if you are a connoisseur of contemporary style, you will identify the excellence of Audi’s alternatives. There is a thematic motif of form that is repeated during the cabin that really appeals to me, as the bezel that surrounds the air vents subtly mirrors the bezel that outlines the door manage pockets. Materials variety is initial charge, specially on the Prestige model. There is no mistaking the actual wood trim — you can truly truly feel the raised grain when you touch the panels. And real metal and polished aluminum trim pieces do not lie to your hands.

Audi’s multi-media interface (MMI) appeals to me, and I really really like the display placement in the A6. The 8″ shade screen tucks away inside the dash when not in use (and when the ignition is shut off), and then mechanically levers up at the center of the dash, the best place, in my viewpoint. You can go through the screen without having a large diversion of focus from the road. Audi’s touchpad MMI touch sits on the left side of the center console, just beside the driver’s right thigh, creating it really easy to input quick information into the program — significantly simpler than the scroll wheel, which is the default input.

My check vehicle’s Driver Help bundle proved incredibly beneficial, specially on Los Angeles’ ridiculously overcrowded freeway method. Audi adaptive cruise control can carry the A6 all the way to a total quit, and then commence the automobile in movement once again when visitors moves, even though Audi active lane assist helps hold the car between the lines. It is not autonomous driving, but it certainly requires the edge off of bumper-to-bumper visitors once you get to trust the method. The prime see camera is a dream when it comes time to park — I’m a genuinely great parallel parker, but I have been known to scrape a wheel or 2. The illuminating prime see eliminates this hazard.

Photo (c) Jason Fogelson

Photo (c) Jason Fogelson

I’m rather convinced that if I blindfolded most drivers, put them behind the wheel of the A6 TDI and let them drive (following taking off the blindfold, of program), 9 out of 10 would in no way guess that they have been driving a diesel vehicle. You have to truly pay attention for the telltale diesel clatter at idle and when the car is pulling, and it’s difficult to discover. The turbocharged V6 is refined and smooth and most of all, effective as all get out. With 240 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque obtainable, the A6 gives a rush of linear acceleration. In the previous, diesel engines have been derided as noisy and smelly. Diesel fuel requirements have tightened more than the final twenty many years, but diesel even now has a distinctly distinct odor from gasoline, and it has an oilier texture that tends to keep on your hands longer than gas — so you want to be further careful when fueling. But after A6 will get the fuel in the tank, it burns virtually as cleanly as comparable gas engines. The fun chemistry portion of diesel is that a gallon of diesel can release a lot more energy than a gallon of gasoline, which accounts in portion for the A6 TDI’s amazing fuel economic system rating. Turbocharging matches well with the diesel engine’s performance traits, and the A6 is tuned to deliver torque throughout its rev selection, with no perceptible “turbo lag” in the procedure. The 8-pace Tiptronic automatic transmission is smooth as silk, and keeps the engine in the correct variety to get complete benefit of the diesel energy. Snick the console-mounted gear selector into “S” mode, and the functionality gets even greater. Audi reviews zero-to-sixty instances of 5.5 seconds for the TDI, just a hair off of the A6 3.0T’s (supercharged and gasoline-powered) figure of 5.3 seconds, whilst strengthening on fuel economy by 11 mpg highway. Impressive.

Put into even easier terms, the A6 TDI just feels like it costs down the street, pushing you back into your seat and flattening your eyeballs into your skull. You know, like enjoyable.

Audi’s attention to detail extends to the suspension and dealing with qualities of the A6. I actually liked the truly feel of the sedan’s electromechanical energy steering system, which is tuned to give velocity sensitive feedback. The quattro all-wheel drive method is normal on the TDI, and it provides the A6 the truly feel of amazing grip on the road, specifically in dry situations. We’re going through a historic drought right here in Southern California, so I didn’t get a likelihood to test the A6 in the moist, but if you reside in a rainy or snowy area, quattro will be an asset.

The A6 TDI has moved way up my list of mid-dimension premium sedans, possibly all the way to the leading. When I close my eyes and believe “mid-size sedan,” the image I see appears a great deal like the A6. It is the really model of elegance and restraint, and combining that with the intoxicating power of the 3.-liter turbodiesel just puts it in excess of the leading. I genuinely really like this vehicle.

The mid-dimension premium diesel sedan pool is little, tightly aggressive (and all-German). The BMW 535d xDrive and the Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC Sedan every single have their supporters. The BMW brings a equivalent 6-cylinder sporting bent, although the M-G opts for 4 cylinders and even greater fuel efficiency (but less entertaining).

The A6 TDI is the very first diesel-powered sedan that I’d actually buy, and would advise to my premium-inclined pals. Drive 1 prior to you settle for a gasoline-powered sedan, and I consider you will be amazed and intrigued. That will not flip you into a snob. It’ll just make you a forward-thinking diesel fan.

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