2019 Audi A6 | Move Over E-Class | TestDriveNow

2019 Audi A6 Prestige 55 TFSI quattro
In general, sales figures for traditional cars foretell a grim future as the SUV machine
marches on. But for those of you who still prefer to be
closer to the road there are some amazing choices in the sedan world – especially if
you have a corner office. And this is the all-new Audi A6. Your memories of driving before that SUV arrived
in your driveway may be getting a little fuzzy. So do yourself a favor and go test-drive a
car…you know, one with 4 doors and a trunk. It’ll remind you how good it can feel to
ride a little lower and all of the subtle attributes that go along with it; especially
if it’s a German luxury sedan like this new A6. It’s large but not too big, it’s easy
to get in and out of and once you step through that door it’s like arriving in the lobby
of a boutique hotel. A sedan like this demands a majestic ride
quality and the A6 delivers. Though Audi touts this car’s more dynamic
driving nature via enhanced handling to me the headline is how beautifully smooth it
operates; from powertrain to suspension this is how a luxury car should feel. It wraps you in a warm blanket and allows
you to tune out the crazy world around you. With heated, massaging seats replete with
a number of programs for both the driver and the front passenger, a silent cabin and new
minimalist electronic controls, the A6 is a haven for the weary. I just love driving it…it’ll drop your
road rage quotient by a factor of 10. So what makes the A6 new? Well, the V6 is still force fed but the supercharger
has been replaced with a twin-turbo nestled between the cylinder banks to generate 44
pound-feet of additional torque. With 335 horsepower it’s not any faster
to 60mph than the previous A6 at a sensible yet stirring 5.1 seconds but it is more efficient. The new all-wheel drive disconnect feature
known as quattro ultra in combination with a new 48-volt electrical system that facilitates
mild-hybrid operation allows this heavier, more powerful A6 to achieve an extra 2mpg
in combined city/highway driving, rated at 25mpg. An even more fuel efficient front-drive 4-cylinder
model is also on the way. This A6 also trades in a little luggage volume
for greater head- and shoulder room in both rows, but this trunk is still a big one and
offers hands-free activation, a cargo net, a bag hook and expansion into the rear seats. These rear seats really do offer up a lot
of legroom but the backrests are very upright and the seat bottoms are very short plus with
this big transmission hump right here this is essentially a 4-seater. Quad zone climate control, heated seats, dual
USB ports and manual sunshades facilitate the luxury ambiance for 2 more. The technology in these luxury sedans is mind-blowing
and it can definitely be intimidating. But I’ve got to give Audi credit…for as
much safety and convenience as they’ve stuffed in here, notice how they’ve cut down on
button clutter…a lesson learned from the Swedes, perhaps? The new dual screen MMI system gets most of
the credit for the newfound simplicity as do the natural language voice commands…here’s
something we get to say in Albany a lot: I’m cold. Most of the controls are now clickable switches. Even the touchscreen has a haptic feedback
click to it when pressed. The ergonomics are superior so everything
seems to be right where your mind expects it to be. I’ve never been big on the 2 screen setup
before but this is a perfect utilization of it. Whether you’re changing the spectacular
ambient interior lighting or using the wireless CarPlay with a concealed wireless charge pad,
this MMI system is very likable. The around view camera with 3D view is the
best on the market and includes a switch to activate it outside of the touchscreen. And Audi’s virtual cockpit with Google maps,
various configurations and heads-up display is nothing short of brilliant. It blows away the information clusters of
its German rivals. And the animated LED exterior lighting is
so cool but I’m surprised the A6 doesn’t have some sort of logo projection when opening
the door. People ask me what makes a car this expensive;
is it really worth it? And I often compare it to an expensive watch…now
you can find a cheap drugstore watch that’ll keep the same time but some people obsess
over details, accuracy and precise movements. They’re usually very nuanced but together
they complete the package and satisfy the owner in a way something less simply can’t. And the A6 has those it factors…it’s brilliantly
smooth and stout with on-demand power and a quiet demeanor. Understated but strong, there is a beautiful
harmony here that makes you want to keep driving. And despite the optional lowered sport suspension
and thin walled 21” tires, the A6 rides like a dream. Just because it’s coddling doesn’t mean
it can’t hang on a curvy road. The Drive Select modes can manipulate the
car up for Comfort, Dynamic or Auto settings and can be personalized and when in Dynamic
the A6 handles the road like a boss without forgoing comfort. The engine sound also adapts but always remains
appropriately muted and the 7-speed transmission is as smooth as they come. The only issue I have with the drive is the
new progressive steering system that adjusts the ratio on the fly based on speed and driver
input. Because of it I find that the A6 sometimes
doesn’t turn in quickly enough resulting in an artificial understeer situation that
feels unnatural. But the torque vectoring and 4-wheel traction
on these grippy tires provide an amazing sense of control. As for safety tech it’s all here including
Adaptive Cruise Control with the helpful Traffic Jam Assist but there’s no true hands-off
autonomous driving so Cadillac’s Super Cruise continues to lead the way. The 2019 A6 starts at about $60,000 while
this heavily optioned Prestige trim checks in at $77,290. And just when you thought the Germans couldn’t
be any more confusing with their vehicle naming, Audi now refers to this A6 with the 3.0T as
the 55 TFSI quattro S tronic…the 55 representing the vehicle’s relative power output in kilowatts
to add “clarity” for customers, according to Audi. I’m not kidding. Stately and powerful, smooth and comforting,
the new A6 is where it’s at in the techy luxury business sedan segment.

96 thoughts on “2019 Audi A6 | Move Over E-Class | TestDriveNow”

  1. I don't like this car because it's Attack of the Screens
    It's all about the screens inside, the car loses that blend of organic luxury, taste, and tech Mercedes has nailed with it's current crop of cars and SUVs. Audi is just putting in screens to put in screens, and has lost designing an actual interior, for human beings. I like the outside, but the inside is where the sale is made. Give me the Benz!

  2. Great review, Steve! Audi did a fantastic job on the A6. I enjoy the styling much better than the E Class, 5 Series and even the A8.

  3. Steve … the Prestige model that I test drove DID have the Audi rings shining downward when I opened both front and rear doors

  4. As a high-end mechanical watch fan, we absolutely obsess over the smallest details, and there's something this A6 utterly fails on in that department: the exposed cup holders and 12V socket. They look TERRIBLE, like they belong in a base model VW Jetta, not a $70K+ luxury car. As far as I can tell this seems to be Audi of America pinching pennies, because EU market A6s have a proper wooden cover instead of the nasty looking exposed plastic. Shame on AoA for trying to save $1.50.

  5. Hello Steve,
    You live in Albany, NY area.
    That explains your confident use of American language, people sometimes refer as English.

  6. Reduction in button clutter? Probably the worst "advancement" ever. Now to adjust temperature etc. instead of just reaching for a knob, I have to take eyes off the road and find the controls on the crowded touchscreen. This is a fail. Nothing can replace tactile operation.

  7. A Sweet car indeed! I HATE those wheels for some reason. I'd literally take any other one of the optional wheels over the ones on your tester.. This car is definitely on my test drive list.. I've been telling myself I am going to break away from the sedans because that's mostly all I've ever owned but this one looks too good to pass up.

  8. Sounds like the audio is of good quality, I was able to hear an 80’s track. I liked and enjoyed the review it’s the 1st A6 of 2019 I’ve seen here. Feels like an exclusive review. Super Coolness.

  9. Excellent review Steve… this is a beautiful car.. Audi did an excellent job with this a6..there’s nothing more to be sed.. it’s truly a well designed and executed German sedan

  10. Hi Steve, isn’t it a single turbo ? Btw I’ve been watching your videos since about 2005! You were on my ride and I was trying to help my parents decide on which minivan to buy. Time flies ! I’ve always loved your reviews and they hold special relevance to me, maybe because I’m also in upstate NY. I’ve been a loyal but quiet fan and was just wondering if I have been doing my part well enough by being and subscriber and constantly watching and rewatching your videos. I’m not the best at hitting the like button. Does that really help you out ? Jw as I’ll do it more often if it makes a bigger difference. Much love to you and the fam !

  11. Great review! Especially the watch comparison! Really love and enjoy your videos, looking forward to more reviews

  12. Drove this over the weekend not a big fan of the turbo unless it's the start/stop feature that makes it slow. I prefer the engine on my 2012 A7 which uses the supercharger to give it more immediacy in takeoff

  13. Great review! Especially the watch comparison! Really love and enjoy your videos, looking forward to more reviews

  14. One of the few luxury models that actually makes sense. My budget cant get me there, but if it could, this is one I would consider. So good at so much without drawing attention to itself.

  15. Not a German or Audi fan but I always liked the a6 for some reason … A sweet spot in the Audi line up

  16. @1:48 –>> This 3.0 V6 is NOT A TWIN TURBO engine.

    It is a SINGLE "Twin Scroll" Turbo

    Normal turbos have a hot side, and a cold side. The hot side funnels exhaust gasses around a turbine, spinning the turbo compressor.
    Twin Scroll= The "hot side" has TWO SCROLLS (separate air channels) for the exhaust gasses pushing through, rather than ONE. One small air channel, and one big air channel, allowing it to spool quickly at low RPM, and hold its spool all the way to redline with the big channel.

    2 air channels (scrolls) = TWIN SCROLL.

    Twin turbo = 2 Turbos
    Twin Scroll = 1 turbo, with the power band of most twin turbo systems.

    Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. The A6 is my favorite car I sell here at my Audi dealership. Just trying to prevent the spread of false information.

  17. Whose the idiot that thought fake exhaust pipes were great looking and whose the idiot at Audi that approved it ! They both should be fired

  18. What's with the hands free trunk opening? So what, your hands are full of heavy objects, so you should balance on one foot then kick underneath the rear of the car? And that's supposed to be safe and better??

  19. Audi really screwed up by not including the ZF 8 speed over this DC 7 speed that will cost the owner after the fact….Thankfully the "S" version retains the fine 8 speed from before.

  20. why do you lie? i was drivin this Audi – it has a freakin media solution. three different screens, no switches, absolute feature creep and over engineering. You tap many times on one of the screens before a function starts. menue after menue after menu. A car for video game players – not for drivers.

  21. That dual screen is disgusting. Just wait for a sunny day to blind you… finger print galore. Zero direct access to base functions. All vendors are doing this. Me? No buy car until this BS is over.

  22. These transmissions and turbo engines have had so much trouble before. Bringing them both back in this car is a slap in the face for any reasonable reliability. And the old supercharged engine is better all around being not only much more reliable but also lag free.

  23. A dream car! For the dealer. Someone, 3 years down the line, is going to be dumped with a total maintenance nightmare. All this tech will go wrong and when it does, you’re f**cked. The Audi dealer is laughing all the way to the bank – with your money in his hand

  24. I had the opportunity to drive ‘19 a7 as a loaner.
    Like discussed in this video.. less buttons. Head and shoulders a lot cleaner yet simpler to learn how to use.
    Seat bottoms, we have bottom extenders on our q5 and it was a selling point as I’m 6’ tall- loaner didn’t have that package. If they extended it more to accommodate long legged people it would of been the total package-
    I had the opportunity to own 02 & 05 A6 -(07×5-wife’s) and the quality of German made products are head and shoulder better. From 2002 they made it superior then today’s standards; my opinion of course.
    Living in central New York.. I enjoyed its ride quality of our loaner.. like a cloud yet nimble enough compared to its size. When driven it wanted to go and the automatic high beam feature made you want to take those winding back roads you often avoid.
    I’d like to get some seat time in this A6- looks amazing from the profile and it’s styling which is enhanced doesn’t look over the top as we’re starting to see in the newer models.
    Great video

  25. Styling is boring and bland including interior. Why is there such a rave about Audi's interior? It is ok but at some angles and or areas it has that cheap VW plastic look. I think Audi is an ok car but can't hold a candle to MB or BMW

  26. This German trash is a money pit. Buy a Lexus unless you want to spend all year at a mechanic shop handing all of your money.

  27. “Looks like the inside of a boutique hotel”?? WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN SMOKING? Since when has a “boutique hotel” looked futuristic? Clearly you don’t know what a boutique hotel is.

  28. This guy is the best. Top reviewer. I can't find nothing else on this level of quality, edition and information is objective as it can be.

  29. Classic lines of a sedan , i dont like new cars that looks like sport cars , the driver has all the confort and the rear passangers gets nothing like a cheap car.

  30. The G30 BMW 5-Series is the standard of the class any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The RWD biased chassis of the BMW has superior ride and handling dynamics over the FWD biased Audi A6. There is a reason why both the 5 Series and MB E-Class outsell the A6 year after year..

  31. The real competition for this Audi A6 comes from within the VW Group and it is called the Arteon sedan. If you are a VW/Audi fanboy, do yourself and your wallet a big favor and checkout the Arteon which looks more interesting than this A6 and it is probably 90% the car the Audi is for $15K less. The A6 is no competition to the superior RWD biased picks in the segment, BMW 5 Series and MB E Class.

  32. Using Google maps is a question mark for me. There are too many areas where there is no data signal, especially here in the southwest desert area. The reason I liked in car GPS is because the entire map was in the system, there was no signal issue. Unless there is a workaround, I won't be buying the Audi, I rely on gps a lot.

  33. I have one it’s crap.
    The lane departure is irritating as Fuck, the satnav is rubbish, why have they snatched complexity from the jaws of simplicity.
    Sorry I hate it.
    Getting rid of it, it’s a company car, will buy a 3 year old A8 or Skoda superbinstead.

  34. 4:50 The A6 does have logo projection both on the Prestige edition and it's available as an aftermarket option from several sellers for a very reasonable amount.

  35. Thanks Steve! Good job describing the car. I drove one the other day (night drive too) and I was blown away. I currently drive a Lexus ES 350 2016 executive package which also drives very smooth and quietly however the Audi experience was special. The only thing now is to see how reliable the car is on the long run. No doubt that Audi made progress from 2011 when their engines were troublesome but this has to be proven on this model too.

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