Audi's mid-size A6 follows up a 2017 refresh with a few minor trim updates that see the car gain a few new features and options, along with a bit more power for the optional 3.0L supercharged V6.
As before, A6 comes in Progressiv and Technik trims, the key new kit being 19-inch wheels that replace 18s as base specification, and standard LED headlights across the board.
Typical of German luxury manufacturers, and of Audi in particular, the A6 could be accused of not looking particularly special; a quick glance at the car in profile gives the impression of an outsized Volkswagen Jetta. Audi sets its designs apart with an oversized grille opening that, while it drew criticism years ago at its first appearance on a production model, now appears downright tame to the gaping maw that graces a typical Lexus model.
But we're not here to criticize stylistic decisions. Instead, let's consider this car's powertrains. Audi was big into four-cylinder power before it was cool, though it's a relatively new addition to the A6 line. Here, it makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque in 2.0T trim and connects to the road through an eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive system.
The underhood option is a 3.0L supercharged V6 (it comes, confusingly, with 3.0T trunklid badges) that gains seven horsepower for an even 340 and the same 325 lb-ft of torque as last year's car. It too gets an eight-speed gearbox and AWD.
Those larger wheels and LED headlights join a standard features list otherwise unchanged. At the entry level, the A6 comes with sunroof, power-open trunk with hands-free activation, smartphone interface, auto-dimming rearview and side mirrors, three-zone automatic climate control, electric power steering adjustment, eight-way power front seats with four-way driver lumbar and memory, heated front and rear seats, backup camera, navigation, 10-speaker stereo, Audi MMI infotainment, passive keyless entry, front and rear parking assist and selectable drive modes.
Move up to the Technik variant and Audi adds 20-inch wheels, power trunk closer, power-folding side mirrors, four-zone climate control, ventilated front seats with passenger lumbar, top-view camera, 14-speaker stereo, automatic high beams and blind spot monitoring.
If you want more power than the 3.0T provides, you have to move up to the performance-oriented S6 model; unlike BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Audi likes to market speedier versions of its cars as S-branded variants.
Fuel consumption estimates are 10.9/7.5 L/100 km (city/highway) for 2.0T models, and 11.5/8.2 in the 3.0T.
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