Photography: Rahul Kapoor
sedan has been one of the most popular cars from Audi’s stable. It’s been a
while since Audi showed some love to it. Now they have shown it some love with
the 2015 A6 and they have thrown in some really clever gizmos, squeezed more
performance out of the powertrain and the best part is that I had the pleasure
of driving it.
When you look
at it, not much has changed in overall design. It still looks like an Audi, it’s
still a 4 door sedan but somehow, there is something about it that makes it
look better than the old one. The changes are in the details.
the engine is the same found in the old one and the A3 and the new Q3 but
slightly better and improved for more power. The 2 litre 4 cylinder TDI engine
now churns out 190bhp instead of the 176bhp which you got from the old one. By
upping the power Audi has also managed to increase the fuel economy by 5pc with
and ARAI certified figure of 18.53kmpl.
That is a
glimpse of what it’s like on paper. On the road however, things are a little
bit different. Instead of the old automatic gearbox, Audi has put in
Volkswagen’s epic dual clutch DSG gearbox, fiddled with it slightly on their
own and gave it the name S-Tronic. The 7
speed gearbox in my opinion is probably one of the best automatic transmissions
ever made. The shifts are seamless, the flappy paddles are very responsive and
the changing gear has never been quicker. With 190bhp and 400Nm of torque
available at the disposal of your right foot, the acceleration is brilliant.
The A6 now does 0-100kmph in a claimed time of 8.5 seconds which is very helpful
in traffic and overtaking, in addition Audi has made it to be comfortable
first, which brings me to the ride.
7-speed S tronic
dual clutch with paddle shift
Air Suspension with controlled damping
Fuel Tank Capacity
Length x Width x Height
4933 x 1874
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
you get Adaptive Air suspension like you get higher up in the Audi range. It’s
all a trickle down technology. So now
the A6 is much more comfortable and with a slightly modified chassis design
with changes in materials and improving strength, the car while being more
focused on comfort, it feel s steady but as it is long and heavy, it isn’t quite
as agile it’s still biased towards comfort which just hits the spot.
There are 3
driving modes (Audi Drive Select), ‘Comfort’, which makes everything all soft
and squishy. The ‘Auto’ mode changes the dynamics of the transmission, steering
and suspension according to the drivers driving style and ‘Dynamic’ which firms everything up, adds weight to the steering and
quickens up gear changes. The steering is electric and even in full “Dynamic”
setting it just gets heavier but no changes in feedback. It’s probably the only
thing I feel that could improve on the car. The Achilles heel is the front
wheel drive system. While its competitors offer rear wheel driven sedans in the
segment, the current A6 matrix is only available in FWD. But Audi are planning
on a Quattro four wheel driven variant as well which will be added as choices
that’s pretty much sums up the major boxes. Now the cabin on the other hand
gets many, many features that are brilliant. For starters, you get Audi’s new
Next Generation MMI system with navigation and media, displayed on a 20.32cm
retractable screen is loaded with many more features like hand writing input,
voice command, Bluetooth, a surround sound system from Bose and more. What its
competitors don’t provide but the A6 does have is a 4 zone climate control and
that plays a big role in the segment. Most people who buy the A6 usually end up
sitting as passengers in the rear. So the A6 comes with a remote control for
the MMI system hidden in the armrest. And if the leg room seem too less, the
front passenger seat can be adjusted from the rear as well. Some more features
included with the A6 are Milano leather upholstery which is finished
beautifully all around the cabin, B pillar air vents, ambient lighting,
electronically adjustable seats with memory function for the driver, parking
system with rear view camera, cruise control, finest quality wood finish on the
dash and the interior trims, convenient boot opening system, lots and lots of
storage space and 8 safety airbags for passenger and driver safety.
address the party piece of the A6. It’s a known fact that some car
manufacturers use motorsport as a testing situation to develop future
technology. The 24 hour Le Mans endurance race is one of the gruesome and
testing conditions man and machine can endure. If all the components can
survive the race, then it will survive anything the world will ever throw at
it. Since the year 2000, Audi has 13 Le Mans victories to its name. But these
victories are nothing if not capitalised for to benefit the common man.
just displaying a trophy, Audi has used their Le Mans entries and victories as
their Research and Development department. A lot of manufacturers do that but
none of their products are so clearly visible. The new Audi A6 Matrix uses
headlight technology like no other. The matrix head lamps are the party piece
of the A6 which made its debut in the A8. With the beautiful dynamic LED turn
indicators, the Matrix LED headlights not only help the driver remain at full
beam in dark situations at all times, it also scans the road for other cars and
just reduces the beams just for that particular car so as to not hamper the
visibility of the oncoming driver or the car in front.
To end on a serious note, the A6 Matrix is loaded with features that you will actually use
instead of features that you’ll never be able to figure out. Though it has a
couple of things that play against it, in a few months time, I’m sure with a
Quattro variant coming out, Audi will be swift in addressing the only thing
that’s holding it back. A part from that, I feel there isn’t a package
available that is as wholesome as the A6. It ticks the right boxes and it
delivers in quality and standard. It’s still a true Audi and a car that
deserves to be considered strongly when buying.
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