As far as German automotive luxury goes, you can’t really get much better than an Audi. Their A6 model is the bigger brother of the A4 and manages to knock everything that is great about its little brother up to an even higher notch. Cool, classy business motoring is the call of the day with the A6 – with the line-up sporting 3 variations. As is common with Audi, each variation fills the place in its intended market perfectly. The typical A6 will appeal to businessmen and those wanting the looks and desirability of a saloon car, while the Avant and Allroad Quattro will appeal to those wanting that same style but with the space of an estate or that off-road feel.
The model of focus today is the new A6 saloon, which has recently been given a 2012 facelift and is due for release in April this year. Aesthetically it has undergone quite a change, with a completely new front end paying very close resemblance to that of their supercar the Audi R8. Having officially taken ideas from the A8 model, the headlights are now angled and curve around the edge of the body to give it that mean, aggressive stare, and the grill has been redesigned to be sharper and more edgy. The bodywork has also undergone considerable change from last year’s model; with a far sleeker design. What results in the redesign is a car that carries a business like class with it, while also still harbouring a mean sporty glance. It works surprisingly well and the A6 manages to maintain its class despite its edge.
Available in two iterations – the SE and the S Line, the new A6 will be sporting 4 engine sizes when it ships, ranging from 2.0l right up to 3.0l and a choice of either Diesel or Petrol. The less expensive option is of course the SE, but don’t for a second think that compromises quality. Interior is typical Audi class with a blend of fine woods and Milano leather intended to give that premium business feel. An excellent Bang and Olufsen audio system accompanies the interior comforts, with a total of 15 speakers and many of the technology used taken from their renowned BeoLab 5 home speaker range. An incredibly powerful 1200 watt amplifier drives the system, while the CD player incorporates SD card slots to enable playback of portable storage and mp3 files. Moving to the exterior of the car we get Alloy wheels as standard with both models and a handy electromagnetic parking assistant sensor, so keeping your priceless Au di A6 away from those dreaded curbs has never been easier.
Confirmed prices for the new A6 are excellent value for money; for the 2.0l model of the standard A6 you’ll only need to pay £34,355 which keeps it firmly in line with that of its competitor the BMW 5 series. Don’t underestimate the size of the engine either, as the 2.0l still has more than enough grunt at 177bhp to get you where you want with time to spare. Not to mention the cheerfully low emission output of only 129 g/km that should make saving up for your next luxury purchase a lot easier. This is definitely shaping up to be a great purchase for any businessman who wants a high performance sports car that doesn’t compromise on quality and luxury. Offering a healthy number of engines at launch and with a choice of diesel of petrol, there should be something for everybody. Put this on your list as its one to watch out for without doubt.