Car News 24 Feb 2016

The New Audi A6 Proves Utterly Techtastic

First deliveries of the latest Audi A6 should have landed in April of this year and for those who like a bit of technology the A6 certainly doesn’t disappoint with a raft of groundbreaking tech to get to grips with. 

A brief look at the A6 will tell you that this car has is definitely not an ordinary point and drive kind of vehicle. In fact, a brief look at the some of its key features reveal:-

night vision assistant
head-up display
park assist (both parallel and perpendicular)
side assist
active lane assist
wireless internet hub
active cruise control
active lighting 
pre-sense safety system
fingertip sensitive touch pad

As well as the above even the headlights offer a little bit of a James Bond feel and Q would certainly be please with himself as he showed off the LED headlights which communicate with the cars satnav system, adjusting their operation according to your route with the potential, for example, to switch to extra lighting as you approach junctions

As well as the gadgets, Audi has also championed the A6’s fuel economy which, thanks to a bodyshell which uses both aluminium and steel in its construction, means that the basic “super economical” 2.0-litre four-pot diesel version weighs a lowest in class 1,575kg (BMW’s 520d tips the scales at 1,695kg). To complement this the new A6 comes with an elongated wheelbase (in comparison to its predecessor) making for more space inside.

The £30,145 four-cylinder diesel is a little slower than other engines offered for the A6 , but it’s at least £4,000 cheaper and still perfectly acceptable for this application with good pull from 1,500rpm and 0-62mph dealt with in a swift feeling 8.7 seconds.

Drivers opting for the standard SE trim are not going to be disappointed, as despite an increase in price over the outgoing A6 of £600 the new car comes with more than £1,000 worth of extra equipment including leather, satnav and a 6.5-inch folding screen as standard. As well as this if you want to spruce things up on the inside you can choose one of the exceptional layered wood trims on offer, which rounds off one of the nicest and best built cabins of any car on sale and certainly the best in this class.

The Audi A6 looks to be a more than competent competitor to the likes of the Jaguar XF, BMW 5-series and Mercedes E-class and the cars green credentials make it a very attractive proposition.