Another EC Review - Audi A6 3.0 TDI S-Line

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  1. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Went to check out my Father's new ride this weekend. The vitals:

    • 3.0 TDI Quattro - 6speed auto with paddle shift,
    • S-Line Pack - 30mm lowered and stiffened suspension, 14inch diameter brake discs, grille, splitter and rear diffuser,
    • Additional rear spoiler,
    • 19inch multispoke alloys (S-Line option),
    • Daytona Grey metallic paint (S-Line option),
    • S-Line interior - black half-leather sports seats, black headlining, leather shift knob and steering wheel,

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    Impressions? The pictures really do not do justice to how imposing it looks in the metal. It sits very low, and just seems so much more curvaceous and aggresive than the new A6's I'd seen before.
    It is however a huge chunk of car, the 19s only just seem adequate for it.

    The interior (sorry no pics) is beautifully built, very dark and sporting. Seats look and feel good. The MMI system is suprisingly easy to use, far better than iDrive in my experience.

    On the road, I was limited by the fact the car needs running in and I had my father with me. Didnt get a chance to use kickdown, but you can certainly feel the torque from the fairly refined diesel engine. Paddle shift works quite nicely, and the auto 'box in general was very smooth.

    Handling was good as far as I pushed it, hardly any body roll. Payoff is a ride that due to the sports suspension takes a stiffly sprung normal car and makes it even stiffer. It isnt as bad as the STi, but it's not far off.

    Main disappointments were the fairly weak sound system, the tyre noise (expected on 19s) and the speed sensitive power steering. Really lacks feel, and I got caught off guard by it a few times at parking speed.

    Overall, I liked it. Maybe not loved it, but it's a cool piece of kit, and seems to turn a few heads as well :big grin:
     
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  2. curiousgeorgeM3

    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    Nice review.

    Can't get over the grill but otherwise a pretty sharp looking car.
     
  3. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Guessing you mean wheels mate?

    Personally I love them, my only reservation being they look a little too similar to the (15inch) ones fitted to the VW Polo GTi.

    My father isn't exactly keen on them yet, but as the only 19inch option currently avaliable there wasn't much choice. Being such a big car anything below 18s just look seriously lost in its flanks. Would need maybe 21s before the wheels would actually look "big".

    One thing I cannot stress though is how much better it looks in real life. Even now looking at those photos it doesnt look as great as it did stood beside it. Hoping to drive it again in a couple of weeks once its run in, and hopefully by myself :big grin:
     
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    Merli gplus.to/merli OT Supporter

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    Oh man... that front-end design...... :wtc:
     
  5. cedric

    cedric I don't have a contract

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    I saw one in person about a couple weeks ago and i thought everything about it was much improved over the last A6. The RS6 is an entirey different story though.
     
  6. Johnny*MacBlayze

    Johnny*MacBlayze wassup? shut up!

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    grill looks awesome in person
     
  7. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    Update: I was planning to drive the A6 again this weekend. Slight problem, its currently at the Audi Dealership.

    Apparently when my Father was driving to work on Thursday, the brakes kept sticking on. Got to the stage where the brakes sticking were stopping the auto-box from changing up, so he had to use the tiptronic.
    It's been in since Friday, no word on whats happening.
     
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    Stop reading my mind :mad: I thought the same thing :o
     
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    :bowdown: Lord of the Rings!
     
  10. ASIANPRIDE

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    Wow...I love AUDI's...
     
  11. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    You seen it in-person yet? I had my doubts about the grille until I saw it in-person.
     
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    curiousgeorgeM3 naughty little monkey

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    Yes. Still ugly. If I wanted a car in this class, based on looks, I would buy a Benz.
     
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    KeeperOfAcheron I dub thee Sir Phobos, Knight of Mars, beater of a

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  14. $entenza

    $entenza Saudade, Beco.

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    OH man, My dad just bought exactly the same car!!!! LOL!!!! The Fuel Economy is incredible.. :big grin: I love it, it's impressive in metal as u said and looks great! Ours is Gun Metal grey :big grin:

    :bowdown:
     
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    $entenza Saudade, Beco.

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    I'm sorry Benz = Old and busted.. Audi >* the deisigns are original and very Purrdy... then again, i like the New 5 series and 7 series.. so i guess u and i have differing views on what a "handsome" care looks like..

    I lub my new A6 :big grin:
     
  16. Dr. Woo

    Dr. Woo Guns don't kill people

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    NOT the CLS. The CLS is the most beautiful sedan I've ever seen, bar none.
     
  17. Omega6_Virus

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    It's just so strange. It doesn't look as bad as the others I've seen with different body colors. It's easier to spot the grey plastic across the grille for the plates on aother colors.


    When I saw the thread, I thought EC was EuroCar magazine. Very cool to get an up close, real driving, review.


    Even though this isn't very scientific, seems to show that your opinion is not the majority. Many may think your "old and busted" look on MB is actually a "timeless" design. MB cars may not be the most noticable and sexy vehicals, but the designs are not at fault. They all look very nice.
     
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  18. $entenza

    $entenza Saudade, Beco.

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    oh and Bose Sound System > ***
     
  19. Redline Racer

    Redline Racer Subaru Tecnica International

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    My father made the mistake of not bothering to order the BOSE system on the advice that the standard one was good enough.

    In my experience I would beg to differ, the standard system is barely adeuqate :big grin:
     

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