New Audi A6 Ready To Fight BMW 5-Series With A8 Looks And Tech

One of the main attractions at Audi‘s stand in Geneva was the new A6 that will soon enter production and go on sale in different markets, including Europe, this June.

With a design that’s heavily inspired by the new A8, the 2019 A6 is described by Audi itself as having “taut surfaces, clear edges and striking lines”. Its styling would be best characterized as ‘safe’, and while some may not be able to distinguish it from the larger A8 unless both cars are side by side, that’s no bad thing for the A6.

The interior is very high tech: from the 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system to the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, both found in higher specs, to an 8.6-inch screen that waves goodbye to the traditional climate control buttons, the new A6 does away with convention and adopts what fighter jocks would call a “glass cockpit”.

As expected from an executive saloon that will soon be joined by an estate, aka Avant in Audi-speak, it also gets lots of leather and other high quality materials. The panoramic glass sunroof, ambient lighting packages, air quality package and premium stereo by Bang & Olufsen are optional extras, and front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions are available as well.

For now, Audi keeps the engine lineup as simple as possible in Europe by offering one petrol and one diesel unit. Both of them have 3.0 liters in displacement and make 340PS (335hp) and 286PS (282hp) respectively. Fuel consumption is reduced with a mild-hybrid system that comes with both engines, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

The TFSI petrol unit has an average consumption of 6.7-7.1 l/100 km (42.2-39.8 mpg UK / 35.1-33.1 mpg US), and emits 151-161 g/km of CO2, while the TDI diesel returns 5.5-5.8 l/100 km (51.4-48.7 mpg UK / 42.8-40.6 mpg US) and emits 142-150 g/km of CO2.

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  • Soob

    Nice I guess, except the fake exhaust tips.

  • rover10

    This new iteration will make anyone considering the BMW or Mercedes equivalent scratch their heads. This A6 is stunning on big wheels.

  • vvmdrf

    Audi lost it’s elegance. Too many creases in the sheet metal.

  • Elpatore

    I just hope all the fake exhausts are gone in the mid cycle refresh.

  • Grumpy

    Screen needs to be higher. Looks more passat than last gen A6. They should have swapped the positioning of the vents and that screen.

  • Kagan

    looks ok with cleaner lines than bmw and merc.

  • AstonMartin

    Being objective, immediate competitors in the form of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E Class have the all new A6 beat out the gate in every category.

  • KidRed

    That looks so good. But seriously- WTF is with the tail pipes?!?!

  • :/ Yurr

    Looks better than the A8 to me. Which is sad considering it’s there flagship.

  • TrevP

    Love the blue. I am going to say it too “what is up with the fake exhausts?”

  • SteersUright

    The exterior is rather drab and dull, but then again the 5-series is just plan bloated and quite ugly itself. The Audi’s interior, though, makes the all-new 5-series look like a last generation model.

  • IT DOESN’T LOOK BAD HERE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE TIME WHEN FAKE AIR INTAKES, FRONT AND REAR ARE A THING OF THE PAST.

  • Merc1

    And?

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  • Karl

    I remember when Audi’s design language was relevant! The head designer for Audi should be replaced. These cars are more than boring to say the least.

  • getoffme

    Now that looks like a turd. Hey Audi, look at the K900 concept and learn something from Kia at least.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    The more I see the exterior, the more I don’t like it. The front has just way too many lines…it’s busy and fussy.
    The interior is beautiful, though. The only concern I have is losing the click-wheel; I think the touch-screens will be distracting. Maybe in the future, when cars are self-driving, it won’t be a big deal, but we’re not there yet.

  • TheHake

    Strange that the high output 2.0TFSI motor is not available for it at launch.

  • lagunas3ca

    Zzz…

  • HotnCool

    I like the New A6

  • botornot387

    I love this model. I would have to say this actually looks better than the A8 and the A7. The Merc and BMW are hohum in comparison. Bring on the S6 and RS6

    • Elpatore

      oooooh the RS6 is going to be epic.

  • RO

    And??

  • KidRed

    Damn the A6 looks great. Nice, mature and sexy. Sad about the exhaust, but I assume aftermarket exhausts or tuners will come up with something. I just hope the S6 won’t go that route.

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