Premium car buyers are some of the most demanding on the market when it comes to expectations of quality and performance. Not only does a luxury car need to be able to fit the lifestyle of a prospective driver like a glove, it must also look good doing it and never let its driver down. The 2010 Audi A6 offers a range of models that not only meet these high standards, they exceed them with a level of versatility and style seldom seen in a midsize automobile.
First things first: the 2010 Audi A6 (MSRP $45,200) is available as either a sedan or a comfortable family wagon known as the Avant. The tradition of building fine wagons from strong sedan platforms is a European specialty, one that Audi has been perfecting for decades. Both body styles share several important Audi design cues such as the plunging front collar grille, LED headlight surrounds and twin bumper grilles that house the front turn signals. However, there are also a few touches that separate the two different vehicles in important ways. Most obvious is how the extended roofline of the wagon affects the overall look of the A6 as it gently slopes toward the rear, finishing in a strong C-pillar just before the hatch opening. More subtle is the way that the sedan’s trunklid uplift more clearly defines the crease that extends along the side of the vehicle, starting at the front fender and ending at the rear taillight wraparound. These distinctions help to add individual personality to each edition of the A6.
When it comes to mechanicals, the A6 sedan offers the widest palette of different drivetrain choices. Leading off is the A6 3.2, which draws its motivation from a 265-hp 3.2-liter V6 engine. Also capable of producing 243 lb/ft of torque, this unit is matched with a Multitronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that directs power exclusively to the front wheels. Fuel mileage shows as 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, which is impressive for a luxury sedan of this size.
Buyers interested in Audi’s famed quattro® all-wheel drive system will need to step up to the 3.0T trim, which also adds a more powerful, supercharged engine to the mix. Boasting 300 hp and 310 lb/ft of torque, this 3.0-liter V6 transforms the A6 from composed touring car to muscular track star, enabling it to spring to 60 mph in just under six seconds. The CVT is also replaced with a more conventional six-speed automatic unit that features Tiptronic manual shift control. In addition to spicing up the sedan version of the A6, the 3.0T is also the only trim level available on the Avant wagon. Fuel consumption for the 3.0T is almost identical to that of the 3.2.
The top-of-the-line Audi A6 4.2 stakes claim to its lofty status thanks to its use of a powerful 4.2-liter V8. This butter-smooth example of German engineering generates 350 hp and 325 lb/ft of torque, and is available exclusively with quattro all-wheel drive. Sharing its six-speed automatic transmission with the 3.0T trim, the 4.2’s fuel mileage comes in at 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Both the 2010 Audi A6 sedan and Avant wagon feature exceptional interior room for their classes. In particular, the Avant offers 34 cubic feet of storage space behind the last row of seating and an SUV-challenging 59 cubic feet with those same seats folded forward. Each edition of the A6 will see driver and passengers delighted with the amount of legroom, headroom and shoulder room, as well as with the exacting attention to detail poured into the vehicle’s interior by its dedicated designers. Audi routinely tops “best of” lists when it comes to the fit and finish of their passenger compartments, and the inside of the A6 is remarkably uncluttered and easy to use. Soft-touch materials abound, and visually, the cockpit is simply head and shoulders above the competition.
Technologically speaking, the Audi is similarly dominating. The A6’s Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system, which uses an LCD screen in combination with a rotary controller to interact with entertainment and other vehicle systems, is a revelation in terms of its intuitiveness. Other key features include an advanced blind spot warning system, a rearview camera, brake disc wiping and a 40GB hard drive-based navigation system.
The 2010 Audi A6 lineup is one of uncompromising excellence. With both sedan and wagon body styles on offer, it provides a degree of flexibility, utility and class simply not found anywhere else in the luxury market.