Wraps are off classy new A6

30 Nov, 2010 2:48pm Paul Bond

Audi’s 5-Series rival gets sharp new look with shorter but roomier body, and hybrid is on way.

The new model cavalcade at Audi continues! Following hot on the heels of the A1 supermini and A7 Sportback come the first official pictures of the all-new A6.

The photos reveal a subtle reworking of the outgoing car’s familiar shape rather than a completely new profile, but major changes include stronger creases along the doorlines and shorter overhangs. Up front, the angular new headlights are picked out by a stylish take on the brand’s signature LED running lamps.


Unlike most new models, the A6 is shorter and lower than the car it replaces, but wider and with a longer wheelbase, to improve space. The resulting short rear overhang reduces the load area yet gives a more compact look.

Inside, it’s more luxurious than ever, with the same great finish as in the A7. Curved new inlays in the doors help provide a wraparound feel. The MMI touchscreen now folds flush with the dash, while a 3G phone connection creates a wireless Internet hotspot for mobile devices inside the car. 

The lightweight philosophy debuted on the Quattro concept is clearly already influencing production Audis, as more than 20 per cent of the body is made of aluminium. This means the front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre TDI tips the scales at 1,575kg – that’s 120kg less than the equivalent version of the latest BMW 5-Series.

Under the bonnet, the big news is the arrival of a hybrid version, in 2012 – a year after the rest of the range. The first-ever petrol-electric A6 will use the same 2.0-litre TFSI engine and 33kW lithium-ion battery as next year’s Q5 hybrid, giving a 242bhp combined output. The car will also be capable of running on electric power alone – at up to 62mph – although the range is limited to only two miles. 

The rest of the line-up is a familiar mix of four and six-cylinder petrols and diesels. A supercharged 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 will launch the flagship from 0-62mph in only 5.5 seconds. Despite the new hybrid, the cleanest A6 will be a front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre TDI with 175bhp. This will return 61.4mpg and emit a mere 129g/km of CO2.

Two specs will be available - SE and S line. Standard kit includes LED daytime running lamps, leather upholstery, cruise and parking controls, SD-based satellite navigation, Bluetooth and rain sensors. 

S line models add 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, sports suspension and an exclusive S line exterior and interior styling treatment.

The A6 is set to debut at next month’s Detroit Motor Show, before arriving in dealers in the spring. Prices start at £30,145 for the 2.0-litre TDI with a manual gearbox, rising to £41,620 for the 3.0-litre TFSI with a seven-speed S Tronic transmission. S Line models command a £2,350 premium over SE versions. 

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looks lovely has a real sence of style and being an audi the interior will be well built with quality meterials 5-series no thanks il have one of these

Looks just like all of the other Audis - they have a design that they put it in the photocopier and press Enlarge/Reduce to get the size they want. Just another generic Audi soon to be found inches from your rear bumper with tacky DLRs blazing and the idiot driver on his mobile. I'd rather the XF anyday - for sure it's a better car and you support your own country like all other Europeans at the same time!

Those cheap, nasty LED lights that Audi insist on decking their cars with. I understand what they are doing, but BMW Angel eyes are a race apart and these LED are no different than cheap French Peugeot cars have!

I love my XF and I also love my BMW and I used to like Audi, but they are rapidly becoming the most hated "Rear View Mirror" car of all time

They are starting to look so old fashioned. For years now the only design changes they seem to make are to the headlights and the rear lights. I used to regard them as stylish and visually innovative - no longer, they are boring and long in the tooth.

Although the design is so samey it's good to see the car being shorter and lighter than the car it replaces. The interior is outstanding, the look, quality of materials, lightness is just streets ahead of any competition and I'm not even an Audi fan.

Leaves me cold, just another bland, boring, boxy, computer designed Audi! Why buy this bland box when you could have the super sleek, British designed, superbly engineered and built XF. It comes with more standard kit and the best diesel engine on the planet bar none! Audi can shove their Ech-a-sketched boxes and their LED lights up one of their fake tail pipes!

Dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull dull.

So what's NEW!!!, the colour of the wood trim YES, and the wheels YES. Nothing else. Same old Same old.

Totally agree

The car will also be capable of running on electric power alone – at up to 62mph – although the range is limited to only two miles.

WOW 2 MILES - Vorsprung durch tecnik? My arse!

They are starting to look so old fashioned. For years now the only design changes they seem to make are to the headlights and the rear lights. I used to regard them as stylish and visually innovative - no longer, they are boring and long in the tooth.

2miles worth of electric power is a joke for a company like audi who should be capable of much better things. The design is the same, and the interior rarely changes much. i've always liked audi but always thought they were expensive for what they are. i personally would rather have a BMW!!!

I don't think this car looks bad at all. It's as good as the A7 and A8, but I think it will look much better without all-LED headlights. They look disgusting on Audis.

I've an A6 Le Mans 20TDi as my primary car, it doesn't do the 59mpg as stated, even with the aircon and DTRLights off, 54mpg is the best I've ever got at a steady 56 for 200 miles , so if you believe the 61mpg figure.........Don't get me wrong this will be a good car, but to beat BMW Audi should have improved the MPG further and not copied the central dash style. I sometimes wonder if the reasons Audi only evolve their cars too much is simply because they don't want to depreciate their forcourt residuals too much...maybe I'm being too generous. gherkins123, re: your comments on drivers and mobiles - you really should have tried harder at your comprehension at school, go back and read the article again and then repent.

I've an A6 Le Mans 2.0TDi as my primary car, it doesn't do the 59mpg as stated, even with the aircon and DTRLights off, 54mpg is the best I've ever got at a steady 56mph for 200 miles, so if you believe the 61mpg figure.........Don't get me wrong this will be a good car, but to beat BMW Audi should have improved the MPG further and not copied the central dash style. I sometimes wonder if the reasons Audi only evolve thier cars a little and not too much is simply because they don't want to depreciate their forcourt residuals too much...maybe I'm being too generous. gherkins123, re: your comments on drivers and mobiles - you really should have tried harder at your comprehension at school, go back and read the article again and then repent.

"This means the front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre TDI tips the scales at 1,575kg – that’s 120kg less than the equivalent version of the 5-Series"

WTD??? Is that be a misprint or wot?

yep its quality AGAIN and yes its the same as A5 A4 etc soo DULL and boring. If I want quality and boring design I will go for cheaper VW.
and whers REAL handbrake??!

I have a 2007 A6 Avant with which I have been satisfied - no more, no less. I am now very old (over 50) and thus can remember Formica, which was a cheap form of fake wood very popular in kitchens of the 60's and early 70's. It appears to have returned on the dash of this car. This is NOT a good thing.

Have just bought a Subaru in an attempt to show a bit of original thought, which is more than I can say of Audi's designers! At least Subarus don't all look the same.

Sorry guys, you appear to have accidentally put up some pictures of the current A4, not A6!

i think it looks great. shut up haters.

I like this new A6 although I do have to question the choice of "wood" being used in AE's photos here. Maybe it looks better in the flesh but certainly the pics don't show the interior up in a particularly good light.

i must say that the car looks grate.. best in class well done audi on the new A6 , and for all of the commenters that can look beyound the dislike for the four rings..brand the bmw 5 looks just like the 7 and the upcoming 3 looks like the new bmw 5... sorry

I looked at the photos of the interior and I thought Fablon fake stick on wood - just like the very early Audis. No I prefer the existing A6

(Puts hand up gingerly) ...erm, I quite like the interior actually, shame Audi didn't design a new model to wrap it in... (wonders if he's being facile ... 'hides') :D

I'm not going to repent over my comments - of course a car of Audi's great status must have bluetooth, although from my experience, their owners don't seem to be able to use it. Perhaps they are playing with the 3G wireless hotspot adding comments to this article? And I think I did quite well at school: I have a PhD and now earn significantly more than Mr Cameron.

Excuse me, but... what are you all going on about? The Audi design is repeated throughout its range. So what? You don't complain about BMWs where now that the 3, 5 and 7 series are available, you need to read the model number on the boot to discover which model it is! As for the interior, yes, if you specify the beach colour it will look like formica, but, you can always opt, like I would, for the burr walnut. Finally, the Hybrid, which I continually moan about, it isn't worth bothering with until the diesel hybrid is made. As for the Jaaaag boys, I wouldn't bother with one, because the electrics will fry and the wallet will get burnt!

I've owned an Audi S4 Avant, it went like a wippet, pretty good handling too but I just found it so bland, there was nothing special about it, and the interior was so boring but everyone else raved about it, people would say nice car mate, I can't understand why though. I bought a top spec Jag, really fast, beautifully crafted and it felt special, I loved it. Everyone said oh why did you get rid of the Audi for that? Even my girlfriend at the time said I much prefered the Audi, I asked her why and she didn't know! Someone else dazzled by the bullshit advertising!!! One of the reasons she an ex I'm not into Lemmings!

I think it's you Audi/BMW lovers that are blinkered. I also owned an E36 3 series 325 coupe BMW in 98 and I got rid of that because it just left me flat, ultimate driving machine my arse! I PX'ed that for an imported MR2 Turbo (upgraded turbo, intercooler, suspension etc all done in Japan) now that was near supercar performance, and that car made me smile alot. Something BMW and AUDI have failed to do!

Well, forsprung durch this or that, but it is simply not exciting. With all those designers, all that krautwagen money: they just can't make it exciting?? Even the inside "design" looks like American cars:really Audi can not do better?

ENLARGED AUDI A4 WITH A BETTER QUALITY INTERIOUR LED'S & ALLOY WHEELS THAT'LL DO STICK A NEW NUMBER PLATE ON IT & PUT THE PRICE UP & THEY'LL BUY IT !

A5 SPORTBACK OR SHOULD I SAY A4 HATCHBACK REALLY OR IS IT AN A7 OR A8 IF U LOOK CLOSELY AT THE BADGE ON THE BOOTLID THATS THE ONLY WAY YOU'LL KNOW !

Yup, agree with all the comments above. Same old car. i had to take a double glance because it looked so much like the A4. However, Audi were here before back in the 80's with the Audi 80 looking very similar to the Audi 100 or the Audi 90 Coupe or the Audi Qauttro coupe (not the rallying icon but the one based on the 80 Coupe). Think Audi need another Audi A4 revolution soon i.e. when the first A4 was first released. BMW for all their ugliness/suspect looks, at least cannot be blamed for not being daring!

ohh.. come on now pll , enough about audi,s new a6 and the similarity of the looks of the car to the rest of the brands line up....all bmw,s look the same as well so those mercedes ....open urs eyes and be honest all bmw, and i say again all bmw,s look the same too..... .

Is this a scaled up A4 or a scaled down A8? Who cares, they all look the same.

Dull and unimaginative.

Didn't push themselves too hard on the design did they? I suspect the Audi design team are having a jooke at our expense.
I'm sure it will drive as well as other Audis and fill many an executive parking bay - and you can't say it is uglier than a BMW can you? ........................ but its time Audi climbed out of the rut they are in and gave us a new shape - or at least SOMETHING so that we can tell the models apart.

Lets be realistic, this is quite a smart looking car, which means it should do quite well as the last model was the best selling car in this class.

As for this car looks like an audi that's because it's meant to, as a bmw is meant to look like a bmw. Which people like. Hence why they sell so well! It's not much of a brainer.
You can only tell the models of BMW, Audi and Merc apart by small design changes and the size of the model i.e. 7 series being bigger than a 5 series.

So lets all calm down, it's a more striking car than the one it replaces.

What's wrong with people? This new A6 looks great! I think Audi are making great cars these days. In my opinion, they are good looking, great quality and comfortable. I would definitely have Audi on my shortlist - especially, the RS5!

Wow. So many Audi hatrers here. I ask the haters 'why are you looking at an Audi A6'? you ate on this page because you thought it looked interesting. The new a6 looks great. Sufis are very classy good looking cars. They are well built too. Audi pioneered the LEDs that every car manufacturer is trying to 'retrofit' on their designs. Mercs don't look as shap. They look bulbous and boring bmw s have aged in their looks. The BMW interior is shocking and outdated.

Jags might be good, but like the merc, they still have the 'old mans car' written all over them. Audi at least are looking forward with sleek efficient lines. As for the interiors. Drive an Audi and it will speak for itself. Ultimately, if we all liked the same car, there would only be one manufacturer. Audi is my preference. My parting thought to you .... the future King of great Britain Britain drives an Audi.

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