2019 A6 New Car Test Drive
The shapely Audi A6 mid-size sedan has been redesigned for 2019, and most of the big gains come in less visible ways.
Yes, the shape's been subtly tweaked, but more important are its stiffer chassis and lighter body, which improves the 2019 A6's ride and handling.
Likewise, its former supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 has been replaced by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes the same horsepower, but has much torque that comes on at lower rpm and peaks later. It also uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system which can power accessories such as heat and air conditioning when the car is stopped, but not when it's shut off.
The new engine makes 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is 44 more pound-feet of torque than last year. Its acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 5.1 seconds, same as last year. It's mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive, which cuts power to the rear wheels when extra traction isn't needed.
The wheelbase of the new A6 is a half-inch longer than before, although the interior room is the same, roomy enough for a mid-size car. On the outside, the length is the same, the grille is bigger, the fender flares understated, and there are new headlights and taillights.
The base Premium model has an unchanged dashboard layout, but the other two models, Premium Plus and Prestige, feature three screens: a 12.3-inch digital dash, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for vehicle functions. The improvement was made to better display all the various functions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, now standard.
EPA fuel mileage is 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined on premium gas. That's 1 mpg better than the all-wheel-drive BMW 540i and 2 mpg better than the Mercedes-Benz E300.
The 2019 A6 hasn't been crash-tested yet. Automatic emergency braking is standard. In the Audi A4, the system was rated 'Superior'? by the IIHS, preventing a crash at 12 mph and reducing a crash to 25 mph from a 47-mph speed.
An optional safety package, for $2,500, includes active lane control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up display. .
The 2019 A6 Premium model costs about $60,000, higher than rivals but better equipped, even without the high-tech displays. It includes leather seats, twin touchscreens for infotainment and vehicle controls, 19-inch wheels, LED lights, sunroof, heated eight-way power adjustable front seats, three-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, four USB charge ports, automatic emergency braking, and premium audio.
The Premium Plus, at more than $63,000 to start, includes the triple high-resolution screens, keyless ignition, and soft-close doors.
The Prestige, for more than $68,000 to start, adds a surround-view camera system, heated and cooled front seats, head-up display, blind-spot monitors,16-speaker audio by Bang & Olufsen, and wireless smartphone charging..