Sprint Review: 2020 Audi A6 40 TDi

People don’t want sedans anymore; especially in southern Africa. That’s a huge pity though, because this one is excellent…

You need to know: Audi’s mid-size A6 sedan slots neatly into that “wow what a great car but I’ll buy a crossover instead” box.  Once inside, it rubs shoulders with the equally accomplished 5-Series and E-Class while treading on the sad remains of Accord, Passat, Optima and whatever else was annihilated by SUV’s.

As if that’s not bad enough, in-house cannibalism comes in the shape of the cheaper (yet equally desirable) A4 and A3 sedans. Never mind the posh A8 or sleek A7 and A5. There’s almost no reason for the A6 to exist and it’s our humble opinion that it will soon disappear from certain markets altogether; taking the other remaining Germans with it.

More info: I’m sorry if that intro was a bit morbid and long-winded but this vehicle embodies a tragic irony. It’s refined, elegant, sophisticated, comfortable, and completely… what’s the word I’m looking for… unwanted. On the upside, for those of you who can find and afford one, it represents quite a bit of exclusivity.

Why? Because you chose style and grace over herd mentality. Handling and consumption over egocentric driving positions. The Audi A6 – even in base-spec 40 TDi form – proves how amazing a modern luxury sedan can be. Everything looks and feels proper. Did I mention how quiet, frugal and spacious it is?

This is a top-class automobile.

Watch out for: Some yummy options can be expensive, never mind the purchase price, while the triple screen cockpit requires a serious chunk of your time to master. Unless you’re 17. In which case, you’re not interested in an A6. Obviously, it has inferior ground clearance, entrance height and visibility in a world dominated by SUV’s.

Why you want one: To give you cold, hard numbers… a 530L boot, executive-style room for four to five adults, a five-year (or 100,000km) service plan, six airbags and a 72L fuel tank for a theoretical range of 1,400km when working on a best-case scenario of 5.2L/100km. We easily hit 5.5 on a steady cruise.

But most of all, because it’s everything you could’ve ever wanted from a luxury sedan. In closing, if you’ve ever had an A6-sized itch, get one now before they’re discontinued. And while Audi still offers fifteen shades of grey for the exterior colour, there’s also the delicious but rudely expensive choice of Tango Red.

Yes, please.


Engine:2.0 i-4 turbo-diesel
Transmission:7-speed DCT, FWD
Max. Power:140kW
Max. Torque:400Nm
Avg. cons.:7L/100km (claimed 5.2)
0-100km/h:5.72 seconds (claimed 8.4)
Top Speed:Claimed 237km/h
List Price:From R 919,500

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