With a fresher image, a more premium feel, and an eye toward taking the fight to the competition, the 2012 Audi A6 represents an important step for Audi, but is it up to the task? MotorAuthority rates the 2012 A6 a solid 8 out of 10.
Like the rest of Audi's 2012 lineup, the A6 gets a new, brand-defined front end, a smooth, uncluttered body, and a clean, attractive interior. It's not quite the head-swiveler that the new A7 is, and it's larger and less athletic-looking than the new A4, but on the whole, the look works well for the 2012 A6.
Under the hood, the A6 packs a range of engines, from a 2.0-liter turbo four to our pick, the 310-horsepower supercharged V-6. Mated with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the drivetrain is very similar to the A7's, and that's a good thing: power is ample, fuel economy is decent, and everything operates smoothly and quietly. The four-cylinder, however, gets a CVT transmission, none of which are to our liking, and doesn't...