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2019 Audi A6
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2019 Audi A6

 

Highlights:

 

  • Complete redesign
  • Four information displays, including a head-up display
  • Autonomous remote parking
  • Larger interior
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Four suspension options
  • Mild hybrid technology

 

Audi’s midsize sedan sees a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. The MMI infotainment system has been updated with a new optional 8.6-inch touch screen mounted on the center stack. It features customizable controls for a number of functions, including climate control. Three other optional screens are available: a 10.1-inch central display, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display in the gauge cluster, and a head-up display that’s projected onto the window.

An autonomous parking system that lets you drive the A6 into your garage using your smartphone as a remote control is also available.

Legroom has increased in the rear compared to the 2018 A6, as has front and rear head and shoulder room. The exterior dimensions are up only slightly, indicating that Audi has made more efficient use of the space in the sedan.

A four-wheel steering system and four suspension options should help ride quality and agility. The suspension options include a conventional steel-spring suspension, a stiffer sport suspension, and a suspension with adaptive dampers, which let you control the firmness of the ride (firmer for agility, softer for comfort). The fourth option is an air suspension, which gives you more control over the ride than the adaptive dampers.

A mild hybrid system will be standard for all A6s. It uses a 48-volt battery (instead of a 12-volt) to allow the A6 to operate without the engine running at stoplights and while coasting. It can also recapture energy while braking. More and more luxury vehicles are switching to these 48-volt systems to save fuel.

Car and Driver speculates that the engines in the 2019 A6 should be similar to what’s offered in the 2018 A6: a base turbocharged four-cylinder and an optional turbocharged V6.

The Audi A6 currently places first in our luxury midsize car rankings.