Audi A6 consolidates grip with improved all-wheel-drive option

AHEAD of   2013, Audi A6 has concluded plans to consolidate grip on its segment with an all-wheel-drive option for the base 2.0T engine coupled with start/stop engine functions and a top-view camera system.

The 2013 Audi A6 is a midsize luxury sedan available in five trim levels — 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The numbers denote the engine fitted (a 2.0-liter turbocharged four or a 3.0-liter supercharged V6).

Standard equipment for the 2.0T Premium includes 17-inch wheels, Audi Drive Select (adjustable modes for steering, throttle and transmission), automatic headlights and wipers, heated mirrors, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and triple-zone automatic climate control.

Also, available is eight-way power front seats (includes four-way lumbar adjustments), leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The 2.0T Premium Plus adds 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED running lights, front and rear

Parking sensors, a rearview camera, auto-dimming outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, Audi’s MMI electronics interface, a color driver information display, upgraded audio (with HD radio, a CD changer and a digital music server), a voice-activated navigation system (with real-time traffic and Google Earth) and Audi Connect (an in-car wireless Internet connection).

The 3.0T Premium Plus is equipped similarly to the 2.0T Premium Plus. The 3.0T Prestige adds different 18-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, S line exterior accents, cornering lights, ambient LED cabin lighting, quad-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel and a Bose audio system.

The 2013 Audi A6 2.0T is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 good for 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard; all-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic is available as an option. Audi claims a 0-60-mph time of 7.5 seconds for the CVT models. EPA-estimated fuel economy is an impressive 25mpg city/33 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for the CVT and 20/30/24 mpg for the eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

Standard safety equipment on the 2013 Audi A6 includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front knee airbags.

Rear side airbags, front and rear parking sensors and a blind-spot warning system are either optional or included with the upper trims.

The optional Audi Pre-Sense Plus system can warn the driver and automatically activate the brakes and adjust the front seats for maximum protection if a crash is deemed imminent.

The 2013 Audi A6, according to Edmond motoring experts  “offers one of the finest cabins in its class, with an attractive dash layout, excellent materials quality and solid fit and finish”.

“The A6 also offers the option of in-car Wi-Fi, which uses a 3G connection and adds Google Earth data to the navigation system while also providing simplified Google search for POIs.

“It sounds a bit over the top, but it’s actually quite handy if you need to get some unexpected work done on the road. The Google Earth navigator system is more a matter of form over function, though, and can actually make the map more difficult to comprehend at a glance.

“All the seats are supportive and comfortable on long trips, while the backseat in particular offers more real-world legroom than most rivals. The A6’s 14.1-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side, though the rear seat folds and features a pass-through when more space is needed.

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