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2006 Audi A6 Midsize Luxury Sedan


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Options “ horsepower at 6500 rpm and 243 lb-ft torque at 3250 rpm.

Standard Engine: 3.8-liter, Dual Overhead Cam, 24-valves, V-8, 335 –horsepower at 6600 rpm and 310 lb-ft torque at 3500 rpm.

Fuel Economy (city/hwy): 17/26.

Transmission: Six-speed automatic , Six-speed automatic with Tiptronic .

Standard Safety Features: Driver and passenger airbags, Front side airbags, Curtain side airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes , Brake assist, Antiskid system, Front and rear active head restraints, Tire-pressure monitor, Rear-obstacle-detection system, Emergency inside trunk release.

Competition: Acura RL, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti M, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

I used to think modern electronics were assembled with tight tolerances. Then I sat in this car.

To test just how well the interior bits fit together in Audi's all-new A6 -- a car previously recognized as having one of the best interiors money can buy -- I compared my fancy cell phone to the various buttons, switches and pieces of trim in the A6's cabin. The car won in every way.

While an average cell phone has lots of itty-bitty buttons that fit almost perfectly to keep pocket lint and other crud from entering the phone, the pieces inside this Audi fit together even tighter. I couldn't even slide my fingernail inside most of the perfectly aligned gaps in the car, but the cell phone, on closer inspection, looked like it was assembled by a kindergarten class.

It's an incredible cabin with a level of detail I've never seen before -- not even in $100,000-plus superluxury cars I've tested.


  • It has precisely cut wood trim that's surrounded by a tiny, perfectly straight band of chrome that's so small you hardly notice it's there.

  • It has tight-fitting, soft-touch materials that envelop virtually everything that's not made of wood and chrome.

  • It even has subtle accent lights hidden under the footwells and along the door armrests.

It's the kind of car you don't want to leave the tiniest speck of trash inside because it looks so perfect. It's beautiful in every way, inside and out.

In fact, I could find very little to fault in this car after a week behind the wheel. There are only two minor troubles: the brakes feel "grabby," which isn't a problem once you get used to it, and the opening for the trunk is a tad too small.

Yeah, I know. Big whoop.


2006 Audi A6 Midsize Luxury Sedan
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