The Douro Valley area outdoors of Porto, Portugal is full of postcard-worthy sights of the Douro River, vineyards and sleepy cities. The tight roadways, decrease velocity limits and a liberal sprinkling of velocity cameras supplies an ideal alternative to take issues simple and fiddle with all the brand new tech options packed inside the 2019 Audi A6. Sadly, it is much less superb for digging the spurs into the brand new luxurious cruiser.

There are small stretches, nonetheless, the place you may actually open it up between cities. With Audi Drive Choose in Dynamic, the brand new mild-hybrid Three.Zero-liter turbocharged V6 is punchy all through the rev band with 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque on faucet. That is equal horsepower to the supercharged V6 within the outgoing automobile, however 46 extra pound-feet of torque. A brand new 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission dials in sedan’s sporty attributes with fast, well-timed shifts in full auto, and a very good handbook shift perform. Audi says the combo will get the all-wheel-drive A6 to 62 miles per hour in simply 5.1 seconds.

A light-hybrid turbocharged V6 motivates the brand new A6.

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The V6 would be the solely engine provided when the A6 goes on sale close to the top of this 12 months. Audi says a four-cylinder mannequin is forthcoming, however precise timing for its arrival remains to be to be decided.

Gasoline economic system figures aren’t accessible simply but, however you may anticipate V6 numbers on par with the present automobile’s 20 mpg metropolis and 29 mpg freeway rankings. The hybrid hardware captures power through regenerative braking and powers a extra aggressive stop-start system, and the electrical help is effectively built-in with no noticeable results on brake really feel or off-the-line efficiency.

By way of curves, firmer adaptive dampers and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport four tires hold the A6 tied down and fast on its toes, confidently slithering by way of transitions. Sadly, Audi’s gentle steering tune stays, with hardly any weight on middle, even within the Dynamic setting. General suggestions most likely will not be any higher on US-bound automobiles, as our automobiles will doubtless put on much less aggressive all-season rubber.

An adaptive suspension and broad tires ship competent dealing with reflexes.

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Simply as a driving rhythm begins to develop, a 50-kph velocity restrict signal all the time places an finish to the get together. However toggling Drive Choose to Consolation places the A6’s daily-driving street manners within the highlight. The drivetrain is easy in all conditions and would not endure from any jerky, low-speed habits that is frequent with some dual-clutch gearboxes.

Experience high quality over bumps is soft with the usual steel-spring setup; all US fashions will use this, along with a sport suspension that lowers the journey peak barely. An adaptive air suspension will likely be accessible in different markets, as will a rear-wheel steering system. An Audi spokesman says the air springs and fancier steering hardware will likely be coming to the States, however on the extra efficiency oriented S6.

Inside, the brand new A6 is a little more spacious than its predecessor. All passengers take pleasure in snug and supportive seats, and rear occupants get a half-inch extra legroom than earlier than. The trunk provides 18.7 cubic toes of house to accommodate ventures to the shop, sufficient baggage for a street journey or a pair units of golf golf equipment.

The inside format mirrors that of the swoopy A7, and contains a lot of the know-how that first appeared on the Audi’s A8 flagship sedan. Gone is the MMI management knob in addition to many of the conventional onerous buttons, all of that are changed by the MMI Contact Response system’s twin capacitive touchscreens with haptic suggestions. On larger trim ranges, the higher display measures 10.1 inches and the decrease display is a still-plenty-big eight.6 inches.

The highest display controls navigation, the accessible 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and varied different media. The decrease display normally homes local weather seat temperature controls, and as much as 27 shortcut buttons for radio stations or particular menus, however will flip right into a writing pad when coming into a vacation spot into the top-screen navigation. Due to the bigger floor space and software program enhancements, now you can write in full names of streets and cities, quite than the earlier MMI’s one-at-a-time inputs. Fortunately, Audi did not go too loopy and transfer all controls into the touchscreens. Quantity remains to be dealt with by a superb old-fashion knob — hooray!

As much as three high-resolution screens will be discovered within the new A6.

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Audi Join companies allow Google Maps imagery, on-line vacation spot search with voice recognition, climate and Wi-Fi capabilities. Those that desire at hand infotainment controls over to a smartphone will likely be completely happy to know that the newest MMI system nonetheless contains each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The one draw back? Fingerprints. After a half-day of driving, each middle screens had been significantly smudged-up, however moreover that, the brand new MMI Contact interface is responsive, intuitive to make use of and is able to storing as much as seven drivers’ particular person settings. If two high-resolution screens aren’t sufficient, it’s also possible to add Audi’s fantastic 12.Three-inch Digital Cockpit instead of the normal gauge cluster to additional stimulate your retinas.

Along with a stronger infotainment know-how sport, the A6 receives a variety of upgrades on the security tech entrance. Typical options like automated emergency braking, 360-degree cameras with a 3D view, blind-spot monitoring, cross visitors alert and parking sensors are all right here, however enhancements have been made to the adaptive cruise management and lane-keeping-assist techniques. A brand new laser scanner joins a large suite of sensors that embrace ultrasonic, radar and digital camera, to autonomously assist the automobile keep higher centered within the lane and hold again a bit if a automobile occurs to be intruding into your lane — say, in a narrow-lane development zone.

The one draw back to all of the screens? Fingerprints.

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Pricing will not be accessible for a number of extra months, however search for the A6 to hit dealerships round November, alongside the brand new A7. The present V6-powered A6 instructions $57,475, together with $975 for vacation spot, so use that as a baseline to your 2019 mannequin 12 months MSRP guesstimates.

The eighth-generation Audi A6 is primed to be the technological powerhouse of the midsize luxurious sedan phase. That it additionally boasts enticing sheetmetal, competent dealing with chops and the flexibility to ship supreme journey consolation ought to undoubtedly have the BMW 5 Sequence and Mercedes-Benz E-Class on discover. 

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