Beautiful car, loads of tech... even more complaints
Since I started driving I’d only ever dreamed of driving an Audi. My uncle always gets the newest model of his choice through his company, but the last few have progressed through the A6 saloon S-line series. I envied him for it. Never would I imagine that at just twenty-two years of age I would be the owner of an Audi A6 Saloon! Although it might only be an SE model, it’s everything I dreamed of – and more.
Come rain or shine, I had a smile on my face as I approached the beautifully crafted body, with its sharp edges and refined trim (despite offering less appeal than the S-line model). The front grill screams aggressively at any car you drive towards with the well-known 4 rings plastered proudly in the centre of the grill. The defined lights flow with the body and are flush to the bonnet. They remind me of the eyes of a leopard about to pounce on its prey.
There’s also ‘junk in the trunk’ as the lights narrow towards the centre of the rear, emphasising the raised edge known as a lip spoiler. And sadly that takes us to the end of the beautiful body design, however, it goes out with a bang thanks to the very sporty looking twin exhaust.
That twin exhaust looks excellent on my 2L turbo diesel but not so good on my bank account summaries! Audi claims combined fuel consumption of 57.6 mpg, however, I visited the fuel station twice a week and I didn’t do a lot of driving daily. The CO2 emissions of 129g/km make road tax rather pricey too. But for the acceleration of 0-60mph in just 8.7 seconds, it’s worth it.
Equally as striking as these figures is the technology within the car. Audi’s motto (translated) is “advancement through technology”. Technology is their strong point. As stated above, I had the SE trim which is the entry-level trim of A6. However, being an executive car, this trim is packed with full leather upholstery, sat-nav, Bluetooth, dual climate control, cruise control, automatic lights, rain-sensing wipers and parking sensors all around the car; making it virtually impossible to hit anything when parking the large saloon. My model also had front heated seats as an optional extra purely because the UK spends about 360/365 days of the year in winter and nobody likes a cold butt!
Whilst we’re talking about comfort, I might as well state the obvious: the drive of this car is phenomenal. It’s compliant. You always feel in control. I did encounter an issue with the clutch. It would judder quite a lot when pulling away in first gear. I contacted Audi, who advised this was a COMMON FAULT and that it might cost around £2,000 to fix. All things considered, I loved my car! There are several cars I dreamed of driving but after getting behind the wheel the excitement drained from me quicker than the cars went from 0-60. Audi is NOT one of those brands. They look stunning, they drive even better and you get loads of tech without the price of full spec! I used to ask my uncle “Why do you always stick with an A6 rather than upgrade to an A7 or a Q-model?” and now I understand why. Be wary when buying used as there can be many faults under the surface and they will be costly!
Very adjustable for maximum comfort. Soft ride in comfort mode. Plenty of space inside.
Lots of power from the turbo. Quick 0-60 but large and heavy. Feels like a boat in corners.
Common clutch fault can set you back £2,000+, road tax and fuel can quickly rack up.
Looks very classy and luxurious. The S-Line would be nicer looking.
Tech is plentiful - Electric, heated mirrors, heated seats, Bluetooth, sat-nav, cruise control, dual climate control, A/C, various drive modes and steering modes.
Great car, practical and luxurious. Great value for money when used - just be wary of fault under the hood.