I decided that my next car would be a BMW 535xi or the Audi A6. My wife drives a 2008 BMW 535xi T and we really love the car...it does drive like a dream. However, the new 2012 BMW 535xi is a big disappointment. Driving characteristics are null/void...nothing there...boring. Is the BMW nice- yes, absolutely. Is it refined, of course. But ultimately the BMW does not compare to the new Audi A6. I was shocked, floored and surprised. It is that noticable of a difference. We are thrilled with the purchase, ride, technology, and price ($2,000 off for current BMW owners). Most gorgeous car we've ever owned...and my 6 & 8 year olds love the heated seats.
First time Audi owner ... I could not be happier with the A6. Considered the BMW 535xi, e350, and Infiniti 37x. Test drove each 2 different times and each time I was swayed towards the A6. BMW was quickly eliminated because of the run flat tires. I have heard several stories that they are costly and prone to issues. 37x was eliminated because the shifting seemed a bit harsh and quirky. Also, I did not like the navigation. e350 was eliminated (even though I was offered a 11% off MSRP) because in the end I preferred the ride, feel, and technology of the A6. For me, the A6 offered the best ride and performance of the others.
This is my first German car and am very happy so far. I compared the new A6 to 535xi and Infiniti M. The A6's interior was by far the best of the three - very comfortable seats, awesome high tech features, and enough room for 3 kids in the back. MMI/voice system works much better than the BMW's version. Great fuel efficiency on highway, much better than 28 mpg rated. One of best features is adaptive cruise control, which works amazingly well. One downside in this particular vehicle was that it was built and sold with a "2.0T" badge on rear and was also sold without the appropriate rear view camera chip, both items which the dealer will address. Braking a tad longer than on my '10 MDX.
I am a new Audi owner, I never thought this car would be so much fun to drive, it is light and fast, if you are wanting a fast car that is easy on the fuel, this car is the best one. My last trip was about 540 miles and I had another 125 miles left on the range using the same tank of gas, this car comes with a cvt that allows the car to drive in like a manual, automatic, or a CVT, if you want to drive easy it is so smooth on the highway, if you want a more power then shift it to dynamic mode and you will get to 120 miles/ hour in seconds. You will get a rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The interior is Awsome, This year Mercedes-Benz and BMW left are left the dust.
Aviator Blue Metallic Paint ($475); Prestige Package ($6,880 -- includes 18-inch V-spoke-design wheels with 245/45R18 all-season tires, Audi Connect with 6-month complimentary trial period data contract that includes MMI Navigation plus with voice-activated Google Earth navigation, Google Local search, real-time Sirius traffic with 3-month complimentary subscription, myAudi destinations and rolling Wi-Fi hotspot; CD changer located in glovebox, power heated, auto-dimming, manual-folding exterior mirrors with memory; HD radio; MMI touch and Jukebox; front and rear acoustic parking sensors; xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights; four-zone automatic climate control with rear air controls; advance keyless entry; adaptive headlights; LED ambient lighting plus; Bose sound system including 630-watt 5.1 surround sound, 14 speakers and AudioPilot that adjusts volume as speed changes; front-seat ventilation, power-adjustable steering column; cornering lights; S line exterior bumpers and grille); Bang & Olufsen Sound System ($5,900 -- includes 1,300-watt, 15-speaker with subwoofer and center speaker sound system that includes Acoustic Lens technology, Digital Signal Processing and ICEpower digital amplification); Innovation Package ($5,800 -- includes adaptive cruise control, Audi pre-sense plus collision preparedness system, Audi side assist blind-spot monitoring system, LED headlights, head-up display, Night Vision Assistant infrared camera, heated, power-folding, auto-dimming exterior mirrors with memory); 19-Inch Sport Package ($1,500 -- replaces 18-inch wheels with 19-inch 15-spoke wheels with 255/40R19 performance tires and includes sport suspension and three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles).
Supercharged, direct-injected, V6, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
310 @ 5,500-6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
325 @ 2,900-4,500
Eight-speed automatic with console shifter, steering-wheel-mounted paddles with sport mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.717; II = 3.143; III = 2.106; IV = 1.667; V = 1.285; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.839; VIII = 0.667; R = 3.317; FD = 2.848
Strong supercharged power right off the line and continues its strong flood of power through the quarter-mile. Transmission shifts quickly in Sport mode. Quickest run was a bit of an anomaly, as used power braking in Sport transmission mode with stability control off, and the upshifts were much more abrupt and lightning-quick and could not duplicate (a trick we've seen in other new Audis). Manual shifting is via paddles or console lever. Blips throttle on downshifts but will not hold gears to rev limiter.
Not the firmest pedal ever, and with moderate travel, but incredibly consistent and stable stops. Very little nosedive and zero brake fade exhibited in six stops. Short stopping distances, too.
Skid pad: Steering feels very light and unfeeling around the skid pad, and there's significant understeer, but the chassis is very receptive to drop-throttle to keep the A6 on the arc. And those summer tires clearly have a lot of grip. Slalom: There's more substance to the steering during the higher speeds and transitions of the slalom. Grippy tires give a lot of confidence to throw the car around and AWD is a real boon for exiting at full throttle. The suspension feels oddly springy, though, as you transition back and forth. Overall, a confidence-inspiring car.