New tech keeps the 2016 Audi A6 fresh
New tech keeps the 2016 Audi A6 fresh
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New tech keeps the 2016 Audi A6 fresh

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2016 Audi A6 is a bona fide Audubon roller. It's as comfortable at 35 miles per hour as at 70. [MUSIC] Audi has been killing it for years, combining powerful and efficient performance and handling tech with truly innovative connected cabin electronics. Although this 2016 Audi A6 is not a generational update, [MUSIC] It does show some marked improvement. In fact, there's one minor but key change that makes me a little bit giddy. We'll get to that in a minute. I never get tired of this navigation system. It pulls in Google Maps satellite imagery of your immediate surroundings. Audi updated the electronics, here. Giving the 2016 A6 a 4G data connection, and a faster [INAUDIBLE] chip. When I pull up my destination options I not only get online Google sear over that 4G connection, I also have this freeform search that matches keywords I enter with the car's own database of locations and streets. It's a fast, easy way to find places and works even outside of data coverage. And now, a very special moment in Audi history. For years, Audi cars have had this proprietary music interface, requiring all sorts of adapter cables for different iPhones and other devices. Not anymore. The new A6 comes with USB ports. Two of them. I can plug in my phone That one looks like music for the car's controller. Sure every other car in the world has usb ports but now Audi does too. Folks, it's a new world order. At eight inches the main Lcd on the dashboard looks small compared to whats in competitors vehicles, that's one way the A6 shows it's age. The next generation of this car should get Audi the virtual cocktail. Which uses a mass of LTD for instrument panel, showing navigation and other information overlaid with virtual gauges. YOu can get an A6 with a two liter turbo charge engine or a three liter diesel, both of which get better fuel economy than this car. [MUSIC] But I've been very impressed with the super charged three liter V6 in this A6. At 333 horsepower and 325 [UNKNOWN] to torque, Audi says the A6 gets to 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. That's quick. But, you don't necessarily feel it from the drivers seat. This car is so well mannered, and its eight speed automatic transmission's so smooth, it gets up to speed with no drama. And the A6 is pretty remarkable in the turns. That's partly because they have Audi's cuatro all wheel drive system but also due to some very good suspension tuning. Audi doesn't offer an adaptive suspension for the 2016 A6, but this 6 suspension strikes a very good balance between handling and comfort. To be honest, this isn't the most comfortable car I've driven, but it's very competent when faced with rough roads. For the long freeway bids I miss having an adaptive cruise control which automatically slows down for slower traffic ahead. That feature and a few other goodies come in the driver assistance package for $2550. But I don't have it here. For driver assist I have a blind spot monitor head up display and a back up camera. The base 2016 A6 model with its 2-liter turbocharge engine goes for $47,125. To get Quattro all-wheel drive and the 3-liter supercharge V6, we bumped the price up to $58,325. Prestige trim adds $4,200 and that gets us LED headlights, a heads-up display, and some other features. And the really good CNET Style I would add that driver's assistance package for $2550 getting us up to $65,075 delivered. To be honest, the 2016 Audi A6 has the boring, conservative look of a traditional sedan. The Audi A7 looks better and comes with the same equipment so I would opt for that model. Plus, the A6 blew me away with its power, handling, and cabin space. And oh yes, those USB ports. Finally! [MUSIC]

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