Audi A6 Saloon 1997-2004

Audi A6 Saloon 1997-2004

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Luxurious vehicle
  • Excellent build quality

Cons:

  • Unsettled ride
  • The handling is heavy at times

Overview

The Audi A6 has gained a good reputation as a solid vehicle with a classy business look driven by an engine that will last forever. Better still the Audi A6 is not as expensive as its rivals BMW's 5 Series and Mercedes' E-Class. Customers have a range of engines to choose from with the diesel engines producing an impressive blend of speed and economy.

Exterior and Interior

The cabin of the A6 is solidly constructed and does not disappoint when it comes to the interior. The seats are smartly designed with ample space for the driver and passenger enough room for three people to sit comfortably in the back. The luggage space is larger than the BMW's 5 Series and is easily accessible, but not as spacious as Mercedes E-class. The cabin is the best in the business with no rivals being able to claim a better one.

Performance and Economy

The Audi A6 has many different engine set up which start with the 1.8 and 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engines which are the best economically out of the petrol engines but don't have enough pulling power when the car is loaded and is definitely not strong enough to pull a trailer. The 2.4, 2.8, 2.7-litre turbo and 3.0-litre V6 engines are a much better option as they give adequate power and respectable fuel efficiency coming in at around the mid 20's. The top of the range 4.2-litre V8 is the fastest and most enjoyable to drive but with the fuel consumption coming in at below 20mpg, it isn't really worth it. As for diesel engines there is the option of two engines coming in with varying levels of power. These come in the form of a 1.9-litre and 2.5-litre V6 engines. The V6 turbo diesels give incredible fuel efficiency figures at just under 40mpg and the 1.9-litre reaching the high 40's.

Like to Drive

For a long-distance drive, the Audi A6 is perfect whether it's for a relaxed afternoon drive, long business trips, going on holiday or transporting flat-packed furniture. The engines run smoothly and reply well when accelerating with no need to rev too strongly. Furthermore there is a total lack of outside road and wind noise coming through to the cabin.

Faults and Repairs

There is nothing to worry about if the A6 you are looking to buy has been looked after properly and serviced at Audi dealerships or specialists. Compared to the Mercedes' E-Class and BMW Touring Series, the servicing costs of the A6 come in slightly cheaper and can be reduced further if it is serviced at and Audi specialist. As with all Audi's there have been few reports of any serious faults. The most common fault and the thing to check up on when looking to buy a second hand A6 is the rear suspension. When taking it for a spin just listen for any undue noises coming from the suspension and check the tires to see if there is any uneven tread wear.


Overall Rating:
Review by Chris G
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"A6 1.8t SE Quattro"

Exterior and Interior

Clean and subtle styling. Even by today's standards it is a very pretty car. Typical Audi stance, and style. Interior is very good, again even by today's standards, little has changed over the years.

Performance and Economy

The 20v 1.8 Turbo is a great engine. As used in the Golf GTi, Seat Leon Cupra, Audi TT, A4 and so on... Always seems that you have more than the 150bhp standard figure. Admittedly, the Quattro four wheel drive system does hinder the straight line sprint, but the grip is always there in the corners, regardless of the weather. Fortunately this is an engine that responds very well to tuning with many examples seeing 250bhp on more or less standard engine components. A remap alone should see you to the magical 200bhp figure.

Like to Drive

In a word, comfy. Proper motorway cruiser with the grip to have fun on the B Roads too. It's quite a big car, so parking may tricky if your not used to it, but properly maintained and serviced cars still feel like new well into the 150,000 mile barrier. <

Faults and Repairs

Oil pressure is the common fault with these engines, keep on top of it by monitoring the oil levels, and perhaps the addition of an Oil Pressure Gauge and you'll be good for a long long time!
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