Audi A6 review - Interior, design and technology
No fewer than three display screens inhabit the superbly-built A6, which features a huge depth and breadth of features
The first thing that strikes you as you climb into the Audi A6 is the sense of calm the cabin conveys. The overall design is largely borrowed from the big A8 saloon, so you get clean, unfussy lines, full-width air vents and a trio of information displays.
You have to look really hard to find areas to complain about where quality is concerned. All the touchpoints are made from high quality leathers, plastics, or metals, and the gear selector operates with a satisfying sense of solidity. Dig deep and a few areas don’t stand up to quite such close scrutiny: the headliner, for instance, could be made from a nicer fabric – but we’re getting into the level of nit-picking here.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
There are three screens in the new A6, which will likely take time to get used to – not least because of how feature rich the car is.
The first screen, Audi’s familiar Virtual Cockpit, is hard to criticise. This rests ahead of the steering wheel, replacing traditional clock-style dials, and can be configured in a number of different ways, becoming almost all sat-nav display, for example, or showing a more prominent speedometer and rev counter.
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Two further screens sit on the centre console. The bottom nine-inch screen is reserved for the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning controls, and is also used for inputting text when entering sat-nav addresses. The top one is a 10.1-inch display (8.8-inch if you don’t upgrade to MMI Navigation Plus), which takes care of infotainment and driving functions, such as route guidance and driving modes – though this latter feature also has a pair of dedicated buttons at the base of the lower screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard.
The top screen features smartphone-like tile apps, which can be dragged and dropped, allowing you to configure it as you wish. Both screens provide haptic and acoustic feedback, so they vibrate slightly and make a quiet click when you push them. The system is fast and lag-free in its operation, our experience is that pressing the screens requires a harder push than is ideal, while the touchscreen-based nature of the air conditioning, for example, requires more concentration than buttons and dials would. The voice-recognition software is so advanced, however, that you could do most tasks without using your fingers at all.
The A6 is also offered with a vast amount of tech. This class of car means Bluetooth and a DAB radio are standard, while full LED Matrix headlights, and dynamic indicators, which sweep outwards as they illuminate, are likely to be optional, though. The back lights, meanwhile, can be upgraded so they comprise a single horizontal strip, spanning the length of the A6’s rear end.
Audi also offers a number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with the A6. The remote parking system, for example, allows you manoeuvre the A6 into and out of spaces via a smartphone app. The Tour package, meanwhile, bundles adaptive cruise control with active lane-keeping assistance. Other options include the Comfort and Technology pack, which brings a Bang and Olufsen stereo, ambient interior lighting and a 360-degree parking camera system.
In this review
- 1Audi A6 reviewThe Audi A6 blends sleek styling with cutting-edge tech and unimpeachable build quality
- 2Engines, performance and driveSharper, faster and more dynamic than the old car, the A6 will reward keen drivers, but still soothe long-distance motorists
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsAdding mild hybrid tech means that the A6 should be competitively frugal
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingNo fewer than three display screens inhabit the superbly-built A6, which features a huge depth and breadth of features
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceAudi has worked hard to improve the A6’s interior space, and it shows
- 6Reliability and SafetyTop-notch safety and assistance systems should ensure maximum protection in the A6, but Audi’s warranty is only average