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Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 2016 review

EXPERT RATING
7.2
Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the Audi A6 1.8 TFSI with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

Audi gamely continues to sell their 5 Series competitor, the A6. The high-rider A6 Allroad takes most of the attention, but if you keep an eye out, you'll see an A6 sedan every now and again.

Look even closer – really close – and you'll see that there's been a recent upgrade.

Audi A6 2016: 1.8 Tfsi
Safety rating
Engine Type1.8L turbo
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded Petrol
Fuel Efficiency5.7L/100km
Seating5 seats
Price from$24,900

Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?   7/10

At $80,990, the 1.8 is the entry-level, front-wheel drive model and comes in $500 dearer than the rear-drive BMW 520i.

Standard is cruise control, parking sensors front and rear with reversing camerablind spot sensor and rear sensor for cross traffic, xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, climate control, electric front seats, leather trim, DAB radio and satnav.

There's a tremendously lengthy options list but as is the Audi custom, you can get the greatest hits in a couple of packages. Our test car had the Technik package ($5800) which added park assist, around-view camera, adaptive cruise with stop and go, autonomous emergency braking and four-zone climate control.

It also adds Audi Connect, which puts Google Earth overlays on the sat-nav maps, lets you search Google for points of interest and act as a wifi hotspot in the car (which needs its own SIM card; it doesn't like most smartphones).

 

It's a classy-looking thing, with Audi's trademark design language of creased sheetmetal, prominent front grille and distinctive daytime running lights.


Metallic paint is a supremely cheeky $2280 bringing our test car to $87,980.

The ten speaker stereo has the usual bluetooth and USB ports and is run from an 8.0-inch motorised retractable screen. Audi's MMI controls the show and there's the added bonus of DAB to go with it. The A6 actually has two USB ports, with a high-power port for faster phone charging. The big news is this upgraded A6 doesn't need the silly proprietary cable that the A4 still needs.

The MMI interface is very good and has gotten better and better over the years as Audi's designers have played with the mix of rotary and shortcut buttons.

Is there anything interesting about its design?   7/10

The A6 is one of Audi's subtlest pieces. It's a fine looking car but it doesn't really stand out in this base-spec, which is of course perfectly fine if that's what you're after.

Rolling on 18-inch alloys, it's a classy-looking thing, with Audi's trademark design language of creased sheetmetal, prominent front grille and distinctive daytime running lights. The new twin LED DRLs are more distinctive still, marking out the A6 from the rest of the range.

Inside is also very standard Audi, with a clean dashboard design and a screen that disappears into the depths of the dash when you lock up or if you want it out of the way.

Inside there's tons of room and it's a very comfortable cabin to spend time in. The driver gets plenty of adjustment and you sit reasonably low, snug between door and high-set console. The dashboard is the usual model of clarity although the optimistic speedo raised a few smiles. Despite it being tightly packed, it doesn't matter as the updated central screen can show a digital speed readout.

What safety equipment is fitted? What safety rating?   8/10

Eight airbags, ABS, traction and stability control, blind spot sensor and rear collision sensor are all standard, while the Technik package adds autonomous emergency braking.

The A6 has a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Warranty & Safety Rating

Basic Warranty

3 years / unlimited km warranty

Verdict

In many ways, the A6 1.8 is the very epitome of the Audi experience - quiet, composed and very stylish, it doesn't shout about itself. It's hardly a big seller but it does give those who wish for a big executive sedan from Ingolstadt everything they could need.

Would an A6 tempt you away from a 520i? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Pricing guides

$42,444
Based on 16 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$32,989
Highest Price
$59,800

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
1.8 Tfsi 1.8L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $24,900 – 33,000 2016 Audi A6 2016 1.8 Tfsi Pricing and Specs
2.0 TDI S Tronic 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $22,800 – 31,020 2016 Audi A6 2016 2.0 TDI S Tronic Pricing and Specs
2.0 TDI S Tronic S-Line 2.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $27,800 – 36,850 2016 Audi A6 2016 2.0 TDI S Tronic S-Line Pricing and Specs
2.0 Tfsi S Tronic Quattro 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $38,000 – 49,170 2016 Audi A6 2016 2.0 Tfsi S Tronic Quattro Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.2
Price and features7
Design7
Engine & trans7
Safety8
Driving7
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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