An Audi showroom, L to XL A8, M4 A4 and S3 A3 The manufacturer claims that the eighth generation A6 is “multi-talented in the luxury class” digitization, comfort and sports “.
The bold claims, and possibly justified since the A6 is based on the same platform as the A7 and A8, and thus acquires great technology. In fact, everything available to its larger, more expensive stablemates, in fact, except for the A8 AI’s fantastic AI autonomy. Technology such as the all-wheel drive, the mild hybrid system that allows the engine to run at speeds up to 99mph and the “MMI touch” entertainment system with two touch screens. More on that later.
The problem is that the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Volvo S90 – the main competitor to the A6 – are all extremely good cars. BMW for the way it drives (a remarkable reference to the Jaguar XF, though it is lacking elsewhere), Mercedes for its finesse and the S90 for the Scandi calm and charm. If you are in the middle of nowhere and want a good car, you are not without options. So the Audi A6 can’t just be good – it has to be really good, and in every way possible, just to compete.
Of course it is bigger than the car it replaces, with a length of 7 mm, a width of 12 mm and a height of 2 mm. And while there is undoubtedly a lot of A4 and A8 in the design – why not – we think the A6 is a quiet thing. Especially in the S-Line trim, which adds a little aggression to what is otherwise a very thin package. Better-analog than the A8, definitely and (marginally) more interesting than the A4. It differentiates these three more than it separates the C-, E- and S-Class – that’s for sure. The wagon looks particularly good and looks even better with the pumped arches of the RS6.