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Audi A6 Hatchback First Drive & Overview

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Audi A6 Overview

The Audi A6 name plate made its debut in 1994 when the German automaker changed its naming nomenclature. The Audi A6 was earlier known as the Audi 100 (100 for 100 PS), with the first generation model going on sale in 1968 after Volkswagen purchased the company from Mercedes-Benz. Today, the Audi A6 is in its seventh generation and the latest model is known as C7 (internally known as Typ 4G). The new Audi A6 was launched last year and takes heavy inspiration from Audi’s flagship sedan, A8. Check for EMI calculator at Fincarz.

The A6 shares most of its components with the A7 Sportback (review here) and looks thoroughly impressive all around. Locally assembled by Audi at its Aurangabad facility, the Audi A6 has the goods to become the new benchmark in the executive luxury segment, giving the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series intense competition.

Audi A6 Exteriors

The Audi A6 embodies all the typical characteristics of the German make. It has it all from the razor sharp styling on its body, pioneering LEDs or the large single face radiator grille. This Audi A6 looks very contemporary as it has a correct balance of elegance and performance stitched in style.In the front, the bold radiator grille is the signature design mark. The radiator grille gets a chrome surround. It has a very fixed and confident jaw line. The headlights seem to be finished with a samurai sword. Its sharp lines begin from the grille at an angle and fly off around the body. The hood flows softly and joins the radiator grille. It has very subtle and almost hidden lines on it. The A6 gets standard Xenon plus headlights and the LED strip which runs across the headlights look future ready.

The roofline has a flowing pattern too. The A6 measures 4.92m long and has a wheelbase of 2.91m. This makes the car look very long and also contributes to the generous legroom inside the cabin. The window line and the shoulder line flow almost parallel with the rear quarter glass panel stretching its way to the rear. The windows have a subtle chrome outline around it.On the rear profile, it has a very humble design which is dominated by the LED tail lamps. The boot lip is elevated and acts like a hidden spoiler on it. The only interesting part on the rear design is the chrome finished exhaust pipes. The 3.0L variant gets stylish twin pipes which look awesome. Overall, the A6 will impress all with its elegance and style.

Audi A6 Interiors

Come around to the side and you notice that the new-design alloys not only look better than the older ones, but have also grown an inch larger and come shod with meaty, eighteen inch diameter Bridgestone Turanza’s. At the back, the tail-lights carry on with the Matrix treatment and look absolutely stunning when lit-up. You’ll notice the reworked badging and the chrome-strip running along the boot-lid bottom. All-in-all, the A6 Matrix edition looks absolutely stunning in this 2015 refreshed avatar.

Step inside and you’ll be greeted by classy un-veneered wood trimmings which immediately up that luxury feel by a few notches. The chrome accents used only serve to heighten this feeling and coupled with the beige interiors, go on to give the cabin an aura of understated luxury. The seats up front come with four-way electronic adjustments and finding the sweet-spot behind the wheel or as a co-driver is a breeze.

The Bose sound-system thumps loud and clear, no matter how high you wish to crank up the volume. With over 14 speakers on-board, this 5.1 system may be a tad biased towards bass, but is crystal clear across the entire frequency range. The rear seat is equally well appointed and gets dedicated air-conditioning controls as well as a 12V socket and a cigarette lighter. They also get an exclusive remote through which, passengers at the rear can control the MMI system. There’s plenty of leg-room, with close to four inches of space between the back of the front seat and the knees of the passenger at the rear. However, the seat-back is a tad upright for comfort and the under-thigh support feels inadequate on longer rides. Check for Audi A6 in Igc2016

Audi A6 Performance

Underneath the engine hood is the same 2.0 litre, four cylinder, in-line diesel motor with common rail injection system. The engine is capable of pumping out pinnacle power of 190 PS between 3800 to 4200 RPM along with peak torque of 400 Nm between 1750 to 3000 RPM. Petrol variant is powered by the 1.8 litre, four cylinder, in-line petrol engine with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and Audi valvelift system.The petrol motor is tuned to churn out maximum power output of 140 KW between 4200 to 6200 RPM along with pinnacle torque of 320 Nm between 1400 to 4100 RPM. Both the engine works along dual clutch a seven-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a two-wheel drive system.

Performance delivered by the A6 saloon is simply impressive; the saloon gets an adaptive air suspension which helps bettering the performance. The diesel powered A6 hits 100 kmph from stand still within 8.4 seconds while the petrol version hustles to 100 kmph from rest in just 7.9 seconds. Audi A6 top speed for the 35 TSFI variant is 233 kmph, which is insignificantly more than the 35 TDI Matrix version at 232 kmph.

Audi A6 Driving

The new Audi A6 sheds close to 80 kgs of weight thanks to the use of an aluminum hybrid body. Various other mechanical components including the wheel control arms are made of aluminum. The chassis is stiffer than before while the air springs and dampers are adjustable according to the driver’s requirement. The Audi drive select offers 4 modes – comfort, sport, dynamic and individual. In comfort mode, ride quality is extremely good with the car providing very good cushioning over the worst of roads. The A6 glides over potholes and rarely does it get perturbed by bad roads. Even in Sport mode, the A6 rides well and doesn’t feel as extreme as far as the ride quality is concerned.

Power is channeled to all the 4-wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system which gives good grip and eliminates under-steer to a certain extent. The electro-mechanical steering wheel weighs up well but isn’t exactly point and shoot. It does offer reasonably good feedback and is confidence inspiring at high speeds. The Audi A6 has a lift feature which raises the car by 20 mm, enabling the vehicle to clear big speed-breakers with ease. The air suspension sets the ride height of the vehicle in either of the three settings. On the highway, it lowers the body to increase stability. Braking is aided by all wheel disc brakes and various safety systems ensuring shedding serious speeds is done confidently.

Audi A6 Safety

As you’d expect, the A6 is brimming with safety kit, including six airbags, an advanced stability control system, and Isofix child seat-mounting points on the front passenger seat and two outer rear ones.The A6 was also awarded the maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash test in 2011. It scored an impressive 91% for adult occupant protection and 83% for child occupant protection, but a less impressive 41% for pedestrian protection.

Optional safety kit includes rear side airbags and a system that steers the car back on course if it starts to wander from its lane on the motorway.An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to help fend off thieves, and security experts Thatcham gave the A6 five out of five for its resistance to being stolen, and four out of five for its resistance to being broken into.

Audi A6 Price in Chennai 

Audi A6 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 67,83,832 to 68,82,166 for variants A6 35 TFSI Premium and A6 35 TDI Premium respectively. Audi A6 is available in 2 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Audi A6 variants price in Chennai. Check for Audi A6 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Audi A6 Summing Up

The Audi A6 has a rock solid image and offers decent fuel economy. The car’s spacious interiors with an ergonomic cabin offer relaxed cruising. The Audi A6 with its clean and elegant contours and perfect craftsmanship which are all characteristic of this luxury brand offers an indistinguishable ride as well as ownership experience.

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Audi Q3 Features & Transmission

Audi Q3 Overview

The Audi Q3 is an SUV offered by the German carmaker in a 2.0 litre diesel engine which is offered with a choice of a manual and an automatic transmission. The automatic is a 7 speed S tronic unit while the manual is a 6 speed gearbox. The 35 TDI is also offered with Audi’s exclusive Quattro all wheel drive system while the 30 TDI S Edition has a front wheel drive. This SUV is available in one variant for each engine option and has a number of exterior, interior and upholstery colour options. The Audi Q3 measures 4,388 mm in length, 1,831 mm in width, 1,608 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,603 mm. Other features on the Audi Q3 include cruise control, hill hold assist, reversing camera, audi sound system and electrically adjustable seats. View Offers & Price on Q3 in Mumbai at CarzPrice

Audi Q3 Exteriors & Style

There are minimal changes to the exterior of the car. At the front, the car dons a new face with the bold singular frame grille that gets matte chrome finish. It extends all the way to the headlamp and forms a contrast with the body colour, making the front appear sportier than before.The redesigned front bumper gets black inserts for the fog-lamp housing, interestingly there are no fog lamps here. That is because, the car gets new all-LED headlamps (first in segment) with DRLs, which Audi claims, offers the enough illumination even in the foggy conditions. The other change is to the internals of the headlamp, the shape of the day time running lamps is different and they are visibly larger than before.

The only change to the side profile is the addition of the new ten-spoke alloy-wheels that look elegant. The changes to the rear are even lesser; the internals of the tail lamp have been altered, but unless one has spent a lot of time with its predecessor, the changes will be hard to notice. The new turn indicators though are instantly noticeable, the dynamic indicators illuminate from inside out in the direction of the turn.Although the changes are limited, I still like the way the new Q3 looks. It is more aggressive than before, but importantly Audi has managed to do it in a subtle manner. There are no additional cuts and creases on the body like on the new Mercedes cars, the aggression comes just from the face and stance. If I were to draw an analogy, while the entry-level Mercs look like hardcore action heroes like Sylvester Stallone, the new Q3 has the demeanor of Jason Statham.

Audi Q3 Interiors & Space

There are no major changes to report in the cabin. The Audi Q3 carries forward with the same neat dashboard and generally user-friendly interior. Quality is up there with more expensive Audis and though the seats are not real leather but leatherette, the ambience inside is what you’d expect in a premium SUV. You sit reasonably high up in a Q3, the front seats are generous in size and support and even the rear seat is spacious enough for two adults to sit in comfort.

With the update, Audi has streamlined the variants on offer. The 30TFSI and 30TDI can only be had in Premium trim while the 35TDI is available in Premium Plus and Technology trim too. What is nice is that even the Premium variants get much wanted goodies like a panoramic sunroof and electrically adjustable front seats. The Premium Plus trim doesn’t get more features but adds in richer aluminium-look inlays. The top-spec Technology variant is pricey but your money does get you paddle shifters, SD card-based navigation, a reverse camera and a colour multi-info display in the instruments binnacle among other features.

The Q3 runs Audi’s MMI infotainment system. It is easy enough to use but the interface doesn’t look as slick as that in the newer Audis and there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay support either.

Audi Q3 Engine & Transmission

Petrol Q3s start with a turbocharged 1.4-litre unit driving the front wheels. It’s powerful and rarely forces you to change down on steep hills. In fact, we’d choose it over the more powerful 2.0-litre engine since that one is available only with quattro four-wheel drive, and is less efficient as a result.

At the top of the range sits the RS Q3. It’s all-wheel drive and automatic only, and gets a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder petrol engine. It’s extremely quick in a straight line; there’s even a Performance version that’s quicker still, thanks to a power boost.

Of the two diesels, the lower-powered unit is the best. It’s easily strong enough to cope with a full load, pulling from low down over a wide band. The higher-powered diesel feels more strained under load and is hard to justify.

Audi Q3 Driving Dynamics

Audi hasn’t altered the suspension of the Q3 and it rides and handles the same as before, there is nothing to complain about though. That’s because the baby Q has always carried a good balance of ride and handling, taking bad roads in its stride with confidence while also being sharp through corners. The Q3 is the only car which can carry the SUV tag with pride in its segment as it comes with the quattro all-wheel drive system, making it quite capable off-road. We took our test model through some off-road sections and it didn’t bat an eyelid. The steering is light at low speeds which is a boon in the city while at high speeds, the feedback could have been better. Braking performance is excellent and the Pirelli tyres offer very good grip. Check for Audi car dealers in Bangalore

Audi Q3 Safety & Security

When compared with its small SUV rivals, the Q3 falls short of the class best but still performs well with regards to safety. In fact, examining its five-star Euro NCAP rating more closely, it’s evident that the model’s child protection rating is near the top, although its pedestrian rating is only average.The Q3 provides most of the safety kit you’d expect: six airbags, including curtain bags that extend into the rear of the cabin, electronic stability control and ISOFIX fittings for the front passenger and two outer rear seats. However, automatic emergency braking isn’t available.

There’s a long, and largely reasonably priced, selection of optional safety and security kit including visual and acoustic front and rear parking aids, rear side airbags, and active lane assist and blind spot assist.To ward off thieves, deadlocks, locking wheelnuts and an alarm are also included. It’s enough for the Q3 to have earned five-star ‘theft-of’, and four-star ‘theft-from’ ratings from to security experts Thatcham.

Audi Q3 Price

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 33,40,000/- (Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD) to 41,54,250/- (Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology). Get best offers for Audi Q3 from Audi Dealers in Hyderabad  Check Q3 price in Hyderabad

Audi Q3 Verdict

The new Audi Q3 is now a lot fresher, offers extra features and at the same time, retains the good qualities of the previous version. It would have been nice to see the updated engine with betterpower and efficiency make it to India as well. There are more colour options too, like the shade you see here. Model trims will mostly be similar to the outgoing model. We drove the Technology variant that features standard navigation and 20GB jukebox storage in addition to the other features like the panoramic sunroof and LED lighting. The entry level model wasn’t here at the drive but expect this version to get added features too. The Q3 rolls out in India on June 18 and we expect prices to go up only marginally