2012 Audi A6 Premium Quattro
Manufacturer: Audi Part number: 101356435
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CNET editors' review
price range: $49,900.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 08/16/2011
The good: Navigation enhanced by Google, a touch-pad cabin tech interface, a supercharged direct-injection engine, an eight-speed transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive combine to make the 2012 Audi A6 one of the most cutting-edge cars on the road.
The bad: Audi's routing algorithm does not do a very good job of avoiding traffic jams. Only the top trim level offers branded audio systems.
The bottom line: Despite some very slight issues, the Audi A6 is a tech powerhouse, a comfortable sedan with a powerful, efficient engine and the most advanced navigation system available.
Technologically advanced by with a few minor flaws
by gmcfalls on March 5, 2012
Pros: Google integration is fantastic. The online searching capabilities show how in-car navigation is supposed to work. Suspension and overall performance is solid from the supercharged V6, and the gas mileage is probably better than you'd expect.
Cons: The outside aesthetics are boring. Kind of picky, but the trunk latch feels like something that should be on a Ford Focus. Some of the materials are prone to fingerprints and smudges. Brake dust is worse than it should be.
Summary: Overall, the A6 is a very solid car. The performance is responsive, the suspension and traction control systems are top-notch, and car tech is the best I've used yet. ...
Summary: Overall, the A6 is a very solid car. The performance is responsive, the suspension and traction control systems are top-notch, and car tech is the best I've used yet. The Google integration makes life very easy. Once setup, voice search is very easy and accurate. Press the button and say 'Online Destinations Italian Restaurants', and the results pop up in a few seconds. A few surprises: the headlights are amazing, the rear-seat pass through with the included ski bag is a neat feature, the interior lighting is vey nice, and the Bluetooth integration was easy and straight forward. The best part of the car for me is how easy everything is to control. Much better than iDrive, MyLincoln Touch, or pretty much any other system. A few years from now, all other control systems will take their queues from Audi.
There are few minor flaws though. The exterior is not exactly awe-inspiring. The built-in remote doesn't work with my gate or my garage door opener, so this is kinda useless to me. I do wish it was easier to make firmware changes. I don't want to have to buy VCDS to make simple changes - this should be easier to do. Kinda picky, but the trunk latch feels cheap. I do wish I could change the red interior lighting scheme to something a little softer at times. The red is very cool, but it would be great to see how it would look in green, purple, or something else. One of the worst parts of this car is the brake dust. It gets everywhere - the wheels, the body, etc... It really is annoying how much brake dust the car creates. Basically for me, I want more control over the electronics without having to buy additional components. The things you can do with VCDS are great - why isn't this part of the firmware already? Maybe an 'Advanced' menu or something? Why have the options and not be able to access them easily?
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by psychodo on September 8, 2011
Pros: powerful engine, all wheel drive, beautiful interior, handling and great technology
Cons: can get pricey with high tech options as stated in the video review
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Had 5 Recent MBs , 4 Recent A4's, This Is The Finest!
by billfinkri on January 7, 2012
Pros: Technologicaly Superior To Any Other Car I've Owned, Comfort-Superior, Excellent Power/Pickup w/Awesome Gas Mileage - Handling Preference, Soft, Medium, Or Tactful w/Set To Stiff!
If You're Techie As Much As I Am, Test Drive This Fine Car!
Cons: Really Nothing Negative Except: In These Economic Times This Is A Vehicle For Only Those That Can Afford The Car. Audi Should Have Their Actuaries Study How To Bring The Pricetag Down A Little So More People Could Afford It. They Would Sell More!
Summary: The Audi Commercial Is Right! I'm A New Loyal Audi Customer - I'm Going To See How It Holds Up Over The Next Few Years. I Feel Confident ...
Summary: The Audi Commercial Is Right! I'm A New Loyal Audi Customer - I'm Going To See How It Holds Up Over The Next Few Years. I Feel Confident And Trust I'll Not Have To Update This Posting With Anything Contrary To My, Nothing But Positive, Review. Excellent Design, Craftsmanship, And Plenty Of Technology For Any Taste That The 2012 Audi A6 Offers.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Absolutely love this sedan.
by crow_magnon on August 21, 2011
Pros: Comfort, looks, ride, tech, quatro and supercharged engine/torque
Cons: built to be understated
Summary: For the price, can't beat the overall package. Wonderful upgrade for Audi's mid-range executive auto.By the way, if you are going doen ...
Updated on Aug 21, 2011
Summary: For the price, can't beat the overall package. Wonderful upgrade for Audi's mid-range executive auto.By the way, if you are going doen this road, the only wat to go is the S-line trim with the 20" rim package! Sweeeet...
Updated on Aug 21, 2011
Updated on Jan 20, 2012Jan 20th, 2012... Still loving this car. Did I mention that the S-Line with the 20" rims is the way to go..... LISTEN TO ME.... :)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Excellent car but..............................
by Zarif15 on August 18, 2011
Pros: Really comfortable. Really affordable. All i can say that this is a great car.
Cons: Not that fast as my audi r8 or my bentley continental gt. Expected more out of the car
0 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
by mydaddi on August 19, 2011
Pros: good values
Cons: bad values
Summary: ^^^^^^^ is right, its not as fast as an R8 or Bentley GT, heck its not as fast as a Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti either, I expected more from the Audi ...
Summary: ^^^^^^^ is right, its not as fast as an R8 or Bentley GT, heck its not as fast as a Ferrari Enzo or Bugatti either, I expected more from the Audi A6 to beat those cars, now I am not gonna buy one.
0 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
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