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The Audi A6 3.0 TDI Review

Audi A6 3.0 TDI Review

The Audi A6 was first introduced in 1994, as a successor to the Audi 100, The A6 is, now in its fourth generation, with the latest version first being released in 2011, coming in both saloon and wagon configurations.

The Audi A6 also comes with a diesel (TDI) engine starting from a 2-liter four-cylinder TDI offering 136 horsepower output up to a 3-liter six-cylinder TDI version. The 3-liter TDI engine was engineered using Audi’s latest diesel technology, a common-rail direct injection system that injects diesel fuel with Bosch piezo-injectors in precise quantities into the cylinders.

The two-stage turbocharged V6 diesel engine produces 313 horsepower making it by far the most powerful as well as the most in demand diesel engine in the entire A6 line-up, powering up an impressive 479 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine partners with an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, which smoothly distributes the engine’s power to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

As far as look is concerned, the series four Audi A6 has much more of a swept-back, sport-sedan look than its predecessors, an effect that makes it that little smaller than some of its counters in size class,although drivers and front-seat passengers will barely feel the difference.

On the other hand legroom can feel tight in the back, especially for taller passengers, with the middle space on the back row being especially cramped.

All the seats are supportive and comfortable, even on long trips, while the A6 might fall short on storage space with just a 14.1-cubic-foot trunk, although there is a a pass-through feature available at the expense of the mid back row passenger. If there are no passengers coming along, the rear seat can be folded forward increasing storage space, but not by too much as the cargo floor is quite high.

As far as interior finish is concerned, the 2014 A6 has to be rated as one of the finest cabins in its class, boasting the excellent material quality and a solid fit and finish that has long been expected from Audi.

Driver control comes through a via the dash-mounted pop-up screen and a knob and buttons on the center console, controlling a state of the art MMI (Multi Media Interface) entertainment, communication and a Google Earth navigation center, boasting crisp graphics logical menus as well as a user friendly touch pad that greatly increases functionality.

The 2014 Audi TDI comes in a choice of two trim levels – the TDI Premium Plus and TDI Prestige.

The 3.0T Premium Plus comes with a fuel-saving stop-start engine system auto-dimming outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, a voice-activated navigation system , xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, HD radio, an enhanced MMI controller, Bluetooth audio connectivity, sitting on 18-inch wheels.

The 3.0T Prestige comes with all of the above as well as adaptive headlights, power-adjustable steering wheel, special exterior styling accents, ventilated front seats, a Bose audio system pleasant LED cabin lighting, four-zone climate control, blind spot warning system and a rear collision warning system.

Among the options for those who want to take their 2014 Audi TDI up a peg or two are the Driver Assistance package, comprising a top-view camera system with front and rear corner views, the Audi Pre-Sense Plus collision mitigation system, as well as adaptive cruise control, active lane assist and Audi’s Black Optic package which adds 20-inch wheels, summer tires and high-gloss black trim.

The 2014 Audi A6 TDI comes with a well balanced safety system, taking in front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear side airbags and front knee airbags anti-lock disc brakes and stability control, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning/keeping assist and a blind-spot warning system rounded off by Audi’s Pre-Sense Basic system, which automatically tightens the seatbelts whilst closing the car’s side windows and sunroof (if fitted) in the event of a potential collision situation being detected by the system.

The A6’s Prestige comes with Audi Pre-Sense Rear as standard, which uses the brake light to warn traffic behind the vehicle in the event of a possible rear end collision, with the ability to automatically activate a number of other preventive protective measures should the system detect that the situation turn critical.

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