March 29, 2010
Bought the A6 3.0T with Prestige package to replace Lexus GS400. I had upgraded the Lexus to TRD suspension parts, and ran it out to 225K miles before parting with it, and it was a superb vehicle.
That said, this Audi is more potent and tighter than the Lexus. At high speed, this is rock solid. I've had it out in the desert at its 130 mph limit, and it was like driving at 50. I highly recommend replacing the stock airfilter with K&N for a dramatic improvement in throttle response and overall performance. No other upgrades, and i'm on stock suspension with 18" OEM.
I'm averaging about 24 mpg, which is great considering I drive it like I stole it. At 85 it runs around 30-34 mpg according to the readout, which is great for something with this amount of power on tap.
Paddle shifters allow you to go straight into "manual" mode even when you have it set to "auto"; it simply lets you play around like Speed Racer and automatically transitions back to "auto" once it senses your done playing. For more control, or to hold a specific gear longer, slap the gearshift over to M.
Stereo is great with BOSE speakers, and you can tweak numerous settings to please any accoustic preference. Some settings can actually sound bad, so play around with it and you'll find the right one. You can also set it independently for CD, FM, AM, etc., which is a really nice feature.
Climate control is superb (once you figure out Audi's "Econ" button vs. A/C). No problems cooling in the AZ desert, and it's Black! You can also tilt the sunroof with the shade pulled shut, as the shade actually tilts up with the sunroof- great feature out here to keep the sun out!
I took Armor All to the leather because it seemed "dry," afterwards looks and feels like it should have from the factory.
Back up camera is great, but wish it had proximity sensors to help out in front.
Adaptive Headlights work wonderfully, and Xenon high beams are like letting the Sun peak out from under your hood- it looks like daytime in front of your car.
Can't comment on reliability as I only have 20k on it, but no probs yet and dealer has been great.
Highly recommend this car with this new supercharged engine- it accelerates like a pebble from a giant's slingshot.