2014 Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
by Philippa Lane
With gas prices steadily rising, fuel efficient hybrid and diesel vehicles have become a popular choice among consumers looking for a practical solution that can save money and time, yet still provide the comfort, style, advanced technology, and great on the road performance of a high quality gas powered vehicle.
The 2014 Audi A6 TDI is a midsize luxury performance sedan with an incredible style, plush interior, sleek exterior details, and a powerful 3.0 liter turbocharged clean diesel engine, making it a serious competitor in the fuel efficient hybrid/diesel segment. The A6 is available in three trim levels- Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige and can be equipped with a choice of three different engines, such as a turbocharged 4-cylinder (2.0T), turbo-diesel 6-cylinder (3.0 TDI), or a supercharged 6-cylinder (3.0T). All-wheel-drive Quattro is standard for the 3.0 TDI and 3.0T trims and optional for the 2.0T.
The A6 TDI Quattro comes fitted with a quiet and powerful clean diesel V-6 engine paired with an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission, producing 240 horsepower, 428 lb. ft. of torque, reaching 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, and yields an impressive 24 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
Standard features for the A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic include leather upholstery, 18-inch 5-V-spoke design wheels, 8-way power heated front seats, power sunroof, three-zone automatic climate control, garage door opener, split-folding rear seat, 7” color driver information system, an Audi Music Interface, internal memory for digital media storage, Sirius Satellite Radio, touchpad control, MMI navigation plus system, Bluetooth connectivity, passive entry/start, HD radio, real-time traffic information, Audi Connect with internet access and smart phone integration, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps.
Safety features on the 3.0 TDI include- anti-theft vehicle alarm system, 8 air bags, electronic stability and traction control systems, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, front/rear parking sensors, a pre-sense collision mitigation system, lower tethers and anchors for children, active anti-whiplash front head restraints, and a rearview camera. Additional safety features are optional and include- Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, Audi Active Lane Assist, LED headlights and Night Vision Assistant, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality, and Head Up Display.
The Prestige package ($2,800) includes LED ambient lighting, S line exterior, four zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming power folding power folding heated mirrors, a Bose audio system, adaptive light and cornering light, Audi side assist, and front seat ventilation, cooled front seats, and a power adjustable steering wheel. The Sport Package ($1,500) adds 19” 5-double spoke wheels with all-season tires, a sport tuned suspension, and a multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters. 20-inch 10-V-spoke design wheels can be added for an additional $800.
The interior is luxurious, spacious, and highly appointed with fine grain natural inlays, intricately placed controls, power glass sunroof, a 4-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, comfortable leather seats, and a retractable touch screen with navigation. There is plenty of head/legroom for taller passengers in the rear cabin with ample cargo space for hauling groceries, boxes, luggage, and other miscellaneous items.
On the road, the A6 is a strong performer with 428 lb. ft. of torque and is quite enjoyable to drive. It has a solid build, handling is excellent, and the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine delivers a smooth ride, even on rougher terrain. Acceleration is quick, braking is accurate, and the vehicle has a sporty, yet elegant style with a prominent signature grille that blends well with entire exterior design to give the A6 TDI look great from any angle.
The 2014 Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic has a starting MSRP of $57,500, but with all of the added optional packages it is $66,795, which may seem a little pricey, however; compared to other luxury vehicles in its class; it is well worth the price and is one of the best luxury turbocharged diesel vehicles available today.
To find out more about the Audi A6 TDI Quattro Tiptronic Sedan, please visit-www.audiusa.com
Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network, LLC.