Audi Fetish - Four Rings For Life
July 22, 2018
OK, fair disclosure: I have an Audi fetish. Ever since I bought my first one (2004 A4 2.0), I just can't get enough of them (I've also owned a 2009 A3 3.2 and a 2008 A6 3.2). I love the quality, the engineering, the drivability and the subtlety. So please take that into account when reading this review.
I am in love with my "new" 2014 A6. It's the Prestige, and it has all the bells and whistles one expects from a top trim line Audi. The craftsmanship is phenomenal, from the exterior to the interior, even the oh-so satisfying "thunk" when closing the doors. I have a hard time finding fault in the manufacture of this vehicle.
I was concerned moving from the 3.2 naturally aspirated V6 to the 3.0T supercharged engine, but after a week of driving I am glad I made the switch. The engine and the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission are silky smooth and provide stupendous acceleration throughout the power band. When I step on the pedal, this car goes. And it stops really well, too, thanks to the ventilated disc brakes all around. And don't even get me started on the Quattro all-wheel drive system: I have yet to drive a car with such an amazing, intuitive and effortless AWD system. One of the main things that brought me to Audi keeps me coming back, especially for the Torsen differential. A nice touch is the rear bias (60:40). But you'll never break this car loose, and trust me I've tried. This car will go where you point it. Some might prefer a vehicle with a little wiggle to it, but I love driving a car that is firmly planted and sticking to the road. There is the expected Audi understeer (which is a little overblown in my book), but once you know how to handle the car it's not an issue.
Since I've only had the car for a week, it would not be fair for me to talk about reliability. I know that some folks see these German-engineered wonders as unreliable. I will tell you that from my previous experience (see above), I have never had any major issues with my Audis. It doesn't hurt that I have a local, independent mechanic (shout-out to Wolfe's VW in West Hanover Township) that I implicitly trust to take care of my babies, and they are far more affordable than the local Audi dealership. In all honesty, I expect this car to be fairly reliable.
The interior room on this car is exceptional, especially in the front. The rear might be a little smaller than other mid-sized sedans, but there is come compromising expected for style. The trunk is also a little smallish, but that's what roof racks are for! Overall, the interior is roomy and sumptuous. The seats are comfortable (it has the ventilated front seats: score!) both front and back, although the rear seats sit a little low. Buttons and dials have a satisfying resistance and click, and although the MMI screen might be a little outdated, it serves its purpose. Some might find the MMI system complex and confusing, but having used the system for the last 3+ years, I find it to be instinctual and simple to use. One incredible strong suit: the gauges. Man, Audi makes some beautiful gauges. With the full-color display wedged between the tach and the speedo, I am in love with the gauge package on this car. It might be one of the most beautiful designs I've ever seen. The Bose 14-speaker sound system is amazing. Everything taken into account, the interior is a place I want to spend a lot of time.
So my love affair with Audi continues. I would highly recommend this car to anyone looking for a luxurious, sporty, comfortable, stylish and dependable AWD beauty. Four rings for life!