In 1981 Michele Mouton was the first (and only) woman to win the World Rally Championship. She also won the Pike's Peak Hill Climb in 1985. It just so happens that the car manufacturer who sponsored her was Audi. The article I read about her says that Audi signing her was controversial. Not because she's a woman, however, but because she's French and not German. I can't honestly say whether or not Audi has always catered to women (or just the really fast ones), but after my week in the A6 Avant (wagon) I'm willing to swear they've been making perfect cars for women and moms since the wheel was invented. It's that good, ladies.
My husband understands perfectly when I tell him I am moving out of the house and into the car. It is comfortable, fast, nimble, and smart. I am convinced that this car is humoring me by letting me drive it. The A6 Avant comes with a MultiMedia Interface computer program with Navigation. In addition, it has an Electronic Stabilization Program, automatic adjustable suspension, and an automatic tailgate (my favorite). That's not to mention Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. If all this is starting to sound intimidating, well, it kind of is. There are so many things this car can do, learning it all seems impossible mostly because I don't have time to sit in the garage and read all about the on-board computer, and it's not what I choose to spend vacations doing.
However, note all the "automatics" I mentioned. This car will kick all these automatic features in and the beauty is that I don't have to do a thing. The Quattro all-wheel drive is amazing. In icky conditions, the car sticks to the road like that gross linty stuff that ends up of my kids sticky fingers after lunch. In normal conditions, it also sticks to the road in a way that feels so tight and sporty I jump out of bed in the morning excited to drive my son to school. The Electronic Stabilization Program will adjust the suspension and steering on a turn according to the speed of the car, so I feel like that expert driver everyone knows I am (fake it till you make it, right?). No herky-jerky turns on windy roads, just smooth sailing in the A6.
Allow me to vent my one complaint about the car. The MultiMedia Interface (MMI) is crazy. It gives me several ways to do the same thing. When I'm sitting in the driveway, it's fine. Out on the road, when I just want to adjust the seat heater and can't remember if I need to use the dial on the console, go into the MMI, or just poke the seat heat button I'm in trouble. The system controls are also placed on the center console area just between the shifter and the armrest. Kudos to Audi for this placement, it's very handy and makes so much sense. However, I have to unlearn all my old impulses to use it. Old dog, new tricks.
What I do like about it is the fact that I can turn off the screen when I don't need its assistance. I don't need any more input than I have, and Audi respects that. Hey, did I mention I love the automatic tailgate? Power opening AND closing, people!
Anyway, the Audi A6 Avant fits me. The child car seats go in with a little trouble because the Latch connector is a bit recessed into the seat. But Audi has a fix for that. Apparently I can get adaptors for the Latch system, which acts as a sleeve for those recessed anchors. The sleeve goes over the anchor and keeps the seat out of the way so I don't have to dig in there every time I move the child car seats. When the kids have outgrown their car seats, I remove the adaptor and never have to deal with the anchors again. Slick!
Lastly, the A6 looks good. No, it looks hot. Yes, it's a wagon, and yes, I live in suburbia where a hot "sports wagon" gets longing stares, but fundamentally this is a pretty car inside and out. Audi gives me just enough wood to warm the interior and make it cozy. Just enough brushed metal to make it feel sleek, and beautiful charcoal leather that pampers me by being easy to clean and soft as a baby's bottom. The Audi A6 Avant is a great car that both women and men can agree on. Now if we could just agree on which movie to rent we might create world peace.
LET'S TALK NUMBERS LATCH Connectors: 2 Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5
IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample
SENSE AND STYLE Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Great Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Groove-On!
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