2001 A6 New Car Test Drive
Audi A6 has four doors, but it doesn't look like a sedan. Its stylish flair and sweeping lines evoke the sportiness of a coupe. Now in its fourth model year after a smart redesign in 1998, this luxury entry possesses clean lines that are still fresh and forward-looking, with new, fussed-over features and modifications for 2001.
The A6 is chock full of amenities to help it compete with such luxury sedans as the Cadillac Catera, Mercedes Benz C280, Lexus GS 300 and Infiniti I30t, all of which start in the $33,000 to $37,000 range. Audi believes the A6 will be popular with buyers who have difficulty justifying the prices of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
In spite of its fine competition, the A6 is a standout from one end to the other, exuding the confident air of a jewel whose every detail has received a thorough polishing.
Four models are available: 2.8 sedan ($34,400), 2.7T sedan ($39,500), 4.2 sedan ($49,400), and 2.8 Avant wagon ($37,350). All come with a high level of standard equipment.
A6 2.8 sedan comes with a 2.8-liter V6 rated at 200 horsepower. It's the only A6 that uses front-wheel drive with electronic traction control; Quattro is a $1,750 option.
All A6 models except the 2.8 sedan come standard with Quattro four-wheel drive, including the Avant wagon, which is otherwise similarly equipped to the 2.8 sedan.
A6 2.7T sedan comes with a 250-horsepower twin-turbo V6, a Torsen center differential, P215/55R16 tires, traction control, and an electronic stability program.
A6 4.2 sedan is powered by a 300-horsepower, 4.2-liter, five-valve V8 engine. In addition to the above, it comes with leather upholstery, leather door trim panels, a HomeLink garage door opener, memory system for seats, automatic dimming mirrors, ski sack, power sunroof, premium 200-wat sound system, and an adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and telephone controls. It's equipped with P235/50R16 tires on unique six-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
Audi has extended its warranty package to four years/50,000 miles.
Our 2.8 sedan was equipped with the optional $1,750 Quattro all-wheel drive system; a $625 cold-weather package (heated seats, ski rack); a $1,975 luxury package that included a power glass sunroof, a HomeLink remote transmitter and leather upholstery; a $750 premium Bose sound system; a $550 CD changer; $350 rear side airbags; and a $550 destination charge. All of those options increased the sticker price to $40,750.