yesterday I was invited to the presentation of the new A6 at my
In europe the A6 is generally presented these days and Austria is no
When I saw the new body the first time on pictures I was disappointed
about the grille. No, not disappointed, I was startled. The back
appeared to be nice but the front was odd.
Now, you folks who saw the pictures, know what I mean.
Finally I saw it in realtime and I instantly was converted. This car
is a beauty.
The rear end is even better than I thought and the front is amazing.
It does not at all look clumsy or odd or heavy. The grille fits _very_
nicely between those headlights and the line of the car is just
Now for the interior:
The car had the 3.0l TDI engine (225 HP) and they had two of them
standing there de facto fully loaded. You could sit inside and feel
around, the batteries were actually connected so one could check the
displays et al.
What I instantly liked were the seats. Leatherseats with excellent
side support. I saw with enlightment that they reintroduced the
extendable support for your upper legs. (Although, while pulling it
out I hurt my finger ;-).
The parking brake is now electrical, so no lever, just a tiny flip
Seating comfort is great and the increased legroom is very nice. I'm
186 cm tall (roughly 6'1) and if I sit comfortably in the front for
driving and then change to the rearseat behind the drivers seat there
is enough legroom for someone like me for a long trip.
Feel and touch is very nice and firm.
The MMI (Multi Media Interface) is handy, but I did not have the time
to play around a lot with it.
However, what set me back a little that it is in fact impossible to
add an aftermarket radio to the car. I asked the head of the austrian
Audi sales and they confirmed that it is not planned that this is
possible. That means that you either have an Audi radio/navigation
etc. or none (if that's possible anyway.
There is just no DIN slot anymore available to insert a radio or in
dash CD or whatever.
And worse, you can hardly upgrade the system you bought in the
beginning to a better one (unless it's audi). And the better ones have
the larger displays. So all in all it might be a bit hard to change
anything there. Better buy everything right from the start.
The salesman also told me that the MMI electronics is fully integrated
into the cars electronics so messing around with it could mean messing
around with drive electronics et all. Not somehting one wants to do
But I'm sure the aftermarket industry will have their own developments
out soon :-)
The Cruise Control is still on a (now separate) stick behind the
steering wheel. I.e. not on the wheel as with the BMW's. I regret
that, but test driving the A4 I got used to it fairly quickly.
All in all I must say I liked the interior and the feeling of room,
yet at the same time of close surrounding like a glove. Hard to
I could not drive the car (the test cars will be available beginning
of may) but I definitley plan to.
Oh and the Avant will be released by spring next year. By end of this
year the car will see a third diesel engine with 2.7 liters and 177
* Audi A6 Avant TDI *
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