WE LIKE Class-leading interior, incredibly quiet cabin WE DON'T LIKE Road noise from 21-inch tires, fake exhaust tips The fifth-generation A6 moves to a new platform with a choice of suspensions that make for the best-riding A6 in a while, albeit one thats a bit firm on uneven surfaces. Zach Gale said the A6s excellence sneaks up on you. The 3.0-liter V-6 replaces a supercharger with a turbo and is now a mild hybrid with a standard 48-volt system. Judges called it quiet, smooth, and capable. The ride is crisp and sharp, Frank Markus noted, but it was still possible to get a slide going on the handling course. It rides the big curves like a bobsled on a steel track. The transitions from one corner to the next are wonderfully precise. Kudos to the acoustics teamthe cabin is almost unnervingly quiet. Breathtakingly clean and elegant, Angus MacKenzie said. Chris Theodore called it a revelation that re-establishes Audi as the interior design leader. The matte wood trim, supple leather, and Alcantara marry well with the three screens of the optional Virtual Cockpit while keeping a redundant volume button. There was appreciation for the large back-seat area. The exterior drew mixed reviews. It left Theodore cold, but others felt the conservative styling and surfacing were elegant and upscaleexcept for the fake exhaust tips. The A6 is loaded with technology, including a lane centering system that was hit or miss. And there was love-hate (mostly hate) for its cruise controls traffic-sign recognition, which lawfully follows the speed limit to the point of slamming on the brakes in a transition zone. This is really what a luxury car should feel like, Mark Rechtin said. Modern, forward thinking, plush, yet restrained. READ ABOUT 2019CAR OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS: Buick Regal Ford Mustang Ford Transit Connect Hyundai Accent Hyundai Elantra Honda Clarity Kia Forte Lexus ES Lexus LS Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Nissan Altima Toyota Avalon Toyota Corolla Hatchback Volkswagen Jetta READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS: BMW X2 BMW X3 BMW X4 Cadillac XT4 Ford EcoSport Ford Edge Hyundai Santa Fe Infiniti QX50 Jaguar E-Pace Jeep Cherokee Lexus RX L Mercedes-Benz G-Class Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Nissan Kicks Subaru Ascent 2019 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro Base Price/As tested $59,895/$76,695 Power (SAE net) 335 hp @ 5,000 rpm Torque (SAE net) 369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm Accel, 0-60 mph 5.0 sec Quarter-mile 13.5 sec @ 102.7 mph Braking, 60-0 mph 107 ft Lateral Acceleration 0.93 g (avg) MT Figure Eight 24.9 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) EPA City/Hwy/Comb Not yet rated VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE/TRANSMISSION 3.0L turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 /7-speed twin-clutch auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4,329 lb (55/45%) WHEELBASE 115.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 194.4 x 74.3 x 57.4 in ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY Not yet rated CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB Not yet rated The post Audi A6: 2019 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist appeared first on Motor Trend .
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