Audi A6 45 TDi Quattro

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As expected, the power to weight ratio of this V6 turbocharged 3,0 Diesel is grin-inducing, with impressive fuel consumption, regardless of spirited driving inspired by so much playful power.

By Rubin Van Niekerk

An all-digital MMI touch response system provides intuitive operation and personalisation, demonstrating intelligent automotive innovation, without compromising Quattro sportiness or safety.

In a market spoilt for choice and migration to premium crossovers, the Audi A 6 presents a remarkably silent, ultra-modern cabin with marvellous creature comforts. An intuitive smartphone-like display and MMI touch operating system has two large displays which replaces most of the buttons and controls of the predecessor model. You hear and feel a click as confirmation when your finger triggers a function by lightly pressing the touch-sensitive display. The navigation system acts as a highly networked media hub that offers a self-learning function based on the driven routes.

Voice control system can operate many vehicle functions, making the A6 an intelligent dialog partner and travel companion. Besides with a magnificent optional sound system like the Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, boasting 16 loudspeakers and 3D sound functionality, speech and companions are absolutely overrated.

Numerous driver assistance systems set new standards in the premium class and includes adaptive cruise assist, which comprises swerve and turn assist, which supports you when manoeuvring unexpectedly. A night vision assistant uses an infrared camera and reacts to the heat given off by objects, which converts to more visible black and white images on the screen.

Long journeys are ideal due to the luxurious spaciousness of the A6 with virtually no interior noise.

A standard progressive steering generally has a direct ratio, but with the increasing steering angle it operates more sportily, by transferring useful information to the driver, without unpleasant jolts.

The upgraded wheel suspension is made extensively from lightweight aluminium, so despite having larger wheels than previously, the impeccable ride is silent and superb.

The V 6 diesel engine delivers 183 W and 600 Nm with impressively strong power delivery, high efficiency, and pairs well with a slick eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

Matrix LED headlights and dynamic indicators work extremely well at night while there five horizontal lines that draw the daytime running light signature on the vehicle have dipped beam modules above them that look like pupils.

A sleek instrument panel with a technical and futuristic black-panel design dominates visually and combines form and function perfectly. Minimalist design language with horizontal lines creates an airy sense of space, whilst the centre console and the two MMI touch response displays are angled slightly toward the driver. When switched off, the top display is incorporated almost invisibly into the dark decorative surface. All elements, from the open-pore wood trim to the upholstery, suggest   stylish quality and subtle bespoke characteristics of the A 6.

Buying a car in this price range overwhelms with many choices not only from the German front but also from Jaguar, Lexus, and Volvo, however there are few engine configurations as thrilling as a state-of- the-art V 6 diesel.

The Audi A6 45 TDI quattro Tiptronic sells for R1 149 500 and comes with a 5-year/100 000 km Audi Freeway plan.

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