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2016 Audi A6 hides excellent driving dynamics under traditional sedan design (pictures)

The Audi A6 may look like any other large sedan, but its Quattro all-wheel drive and suspension tuning combine to give it grippy handling and all-speed comfort.

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The A6 is Audi's second largest sedan, under the A8, and received a generational update in 2011. Although considered a refresh, the 2016 model gains significant cabin electronics upgrades and more horsepower.

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Powering the A6 in 3.0T trim is a supercharged 3-liter V-6 engine, good for 333 horsepower, and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The A6's sedan format and 16-feet, 2-inch length means a roomy cabin for five passengers.

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LED headlights come as part of the Prestige trim.

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The A6 employs conventional yet modern sedan style.

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Quattro all-wheel drive comes standard on the 3.0T trim A6, giving the car exceptional handling and improved capability in bad weather.

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Although Audi only offers the A6 with a fixed suspension, it is very well-tuned, striking an excellent compromise between performance and comfort.

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The A6 hits the luxury or premium market, with power adjustable leather-covered front seats.

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The satin finish on wood trim in the cabin makes for a natural appearance and feel.

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Rear-seat passengers enjoy individual climate control in the Prestige trim A6.

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The 8-inch LCD in the A6 actually looks a little small when compared to similar sedans from competitors, but Audi upgraded some of its hardware for the 2016 model year, giving the A6 a faster Nvidia processor and a 4G data connection.

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As typical with Audi, the steering wheel has a light feel but delivers precise response.

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The instrument cluster shows a small version of the navigation system maps, if selected by the driver.

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The head-up display projects speed and limited turn guidance on the windshield.

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The MMI controller includes a dial, buttons and a touchpad.

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The main menu screen shows function icons on an elliptical menu.

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The navigation system benefits from Google Earth imagery, streamed in over the car's data connection.

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The destination options include a new freeform search field for onboard address and business databases, making for quick search results.

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The 4G data connection powers information sources including traffic, fuel prices, weather forecasts and local points-of-interest information.

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Audi's new parking feature shows capacity of public garages, for those capable of broadcasting that information.

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The hands-free phone system pairs with your phone, and includes typical directory and calling features.

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Audio sources include an onboard hard drive, Bluetooth streaming, HD and satellite radio, and recently adopted USB ports for drives and iOS devices.

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The music library for devices plugged into the USB ports shows album, artist and song categories on an elliptical menu. For iOS devices, you can also view a music library interface over a Bluetooth connection, although the format is different.

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HD radio includes multiple channels from individual stations.

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For many years, Audi relied on its own proprietary Audi Music Interface, requiring adapter cables, but now it has adopted USB ports.

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Audi offers a Bose audio system as an upgrade, but buyers can opt for an even better Bang and Olufsen audio system.

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Audi's DriveSelect feature tunes the car for Comfort or Dynamic driving modes, although they only affect steering and throttle response.

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The rear-view camera includes trajectory lines and distance indication.

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The 2016 Audi A6 performs remarkably well and offers innovative connected cabin electronics, however it is due for a generational update in a couple of years.

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